Originally Posted by austin92
Ive been looking around with little luck for some good reading on how to respond to people when open carrying and they act scared or gawk at my firearm. I want to show them how it's a good thing. Id also like to be able to have a reasonable response to an officer harassing me about oc'ing. Basically, I never paid attentions in history class and don't know how to "respectfully" enforce my rights lol
On your first question, some folks can remain calm, pleasant, and poised, regardless of what is said to them or the manner in which they are approached. If your not ^^THIS^^ person, ignore the gawkers and just focus on smiling at everyone you make eye contact with.
It's common knowledge that none of us are going to change the minds of the hardcore anti's and having a gun on your hip will not change that equation. What will change minds is "allowing" a rabid anti to make a scene, loose their mind, and spew their hate, while you remain calm, smile, wave, and continue about your business.
On the LEO Side:
1. Know your State Laws
2. Know how case law impacts State Law
3. Carry cliff notes on the back of a business card so you don't forget everything when you get flustered... Or print out a copy of the laws and case law that effect OC to simply hand to the officer.
Above all else, never challenge the officers authority, whether he's right or wrong is not the point, he is the recognized authority and challenging that can be dangerous.
Whether your dealing with an irate citizen or an uneducated Cop, the goal is not "winning" an argument, the goal IS to be the one person who appears calm and "reasonable" to spectators, while excersizing your rights and NOT getting arrested.
There are hundreds of you tube videos showing both citizen and LEO OC encounters. Some OCers handle themselves marvelously and help the cause, many get flustered and come of looking like an idiot.
Id suggest watching these to see the difference between a POSSITIVE respectful advocate and a BELIGERANT ass hat with a gun... BUT... do NOT take your legal notes from these videos, you'll hear all kinds of legal lingo quoted by these OCer's but remember you may have no idea what State the encounter is occurring in.
Good Luck, know your laws, and stay calm.
I think you'll be surprised how few people even notice your gun... and of those who do... how few show any concern.