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  1. #11
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    Heh, after I openly carried again last night, I was a bit uncomfortable, and I guess my Fiance was uncomfortable as well. She and I went to Walmart and bought some movies, the minute I pulled in there was an LEO doing a patrol through the parking lot, I was already nervous, and he made me even more nervous, but, by the time we parked, he was already far enough away he wouldnt have seen my Pistol on my hip. I walked in and the Greeter seen my weapon a couple seconds after greeting us, the look on her face was priceless. But she did not freak out, she more less dropped her jaw for a nano second.
    We looked through movies, and I kept an eye on all the Walmart employees, and customers, I half expected someone to try and be a hero and reach for my weapon, and or an LEO to approach me, but neither happened. I did get a few looks and my fiance said most of them were with mothers with children. Oh well.
    I stopped in BP to grab a coke on the way home, no reaction there either. The cashier seemed a tad bit nervous but who cares, if I worked in a gas station and seen a MWAG Id be a little uneasy as well, especially if all I knew was BGs with guns. Hopefully I shed some light on OC and that BGs arent the only ones with firearms.
    Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you, Jesus Christ and the American Soldier....One died for your soul; the other for your freedom.

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    CONGRATS!! On your first.The more you do it, the easier it get's. If you really want to have some fun come to the Picnic in Marysville on June 27. And meet alot of other Ocers!!

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    Good deal, I really beleave far to much is made over open/concealed carry, in TN we can open carry but 99% of the instructors advise concealed, and I tend to agree, but I as I said, I do not put much into it, with the weather in the 90s my G-36 go's in a serpa paddle with my T shirt over it, it is concealed, mostly, the best thing I had seen carrying that way is people generaly don't mess with you, or if your in line at wally world, most people keep there rug rats away from you, sometimes the securaty guy will give you a once over, but nothing is ever done or said, we went to cracker barrel sat morning and there was a big table full of LEOs a couple of the younger ones gave me a look, but that was as far as it went, our server that day was a girl that was in our permit class, there are valid arguments on both sides, but I do have to agree all things considered, concealed is the better way to go, even if open is legel

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    Funny you mentioned mothers keeping their "rug rats" on a little tighter leash when you're visibly armed and nearby. I've seen that happen, too, which to me is fine. What really gives me that warm fuzzy feeling is when a parent sees you near, sees you're armed, and lets his or her kids go about their business. That gives me a sense of their increasing comfort around armed GGs. It's a good sign, I think. It at least shows that they're not automatically equating a gun to a BG. On the other hand, with their not fully knowing me or my intentions, it could be construed as irresponsible to let their kids near me, but with the way I dress and appear and present myself, it doesn't take much watching me to realize I'm not a person with ill-intent.

    Also, I don't recall whether it was this thread or another, but the subject of OCing into banks was breeched. If it was on this thread, let me just mention that I've OC'd into a few different branches of my bank without incident, and into my wife's credit union without incident. Whoever mentioned that OCing into a bank or financial institution would be crazy and result in being met by LEOs with their guns drawn, etc. obviously are speaking from their imagination. I can imagine things going that way but it hasn't happened yet - to me or anyone else who's OC'd into their bank. If it was another thread, I apologize - disregard.
    Don't do anything you wouldn't want to explain to the paramedics...

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    I was told by the police here that as long as there was no sign saying "no carry" then you could carry in the establishment. OC is legal here in Indiana, as long as you are permitted, but I would not try it in a local bank. I just can't seem to bring myself to OC yet. I still CC most of the time. About the only time I OC is at the range I belong to. Good luck with the OC just the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by handgonnetoter View Post
    I was told by the police here that as long as there was no sign saying "no carry" then you could carry in the establishment. OC is legal here in Indiana, as long as you are permitted, but I would not try it in a local bank. I just can't seem to bring myself to OC yet. I still CC most of the time. About the only time I OC is at the range I belong to. Good luck with the OC just the same.
    Thanks. And don't get me wrong, I'm not advocating that anyone OC's before he or she thinks/feels ready. Especially when starting off, OC feels foreign, odd, and/or simply awkward. Some level of that is expected and anticipated. However, if it's not a pretty simple feeling of oddity or awkwardness, and is a serious feeling of uncertainty, then don't OC (yet). If you're interested in OC and would like to, but feel too strange or nervous doing it, start small. Start on your own property. Start with OCing while mowing, perhaps, or gardening, or raking leaves or whatever. Once you feel comfortable doing that, then expand your OC boundaries a little. Try OCing while walking the dog up and down your street, or around the block if you're ambitious. Then, to your most frequently visited places - your local party store (check applicable laws), or gas station. ...Keep in mind, this is only if you're INTERESTED in OC and WANT to. I wouldn't urge those who don't want to OC to do so. This is only for those who want to but don't know where or how to start, or feel uncomfortable jumping in with both feet. In fact, I recommend finding some comfort in OC and having a little practice, rather than strapping on a gun for the 1st time and going wherever you wanna go. I just think it a better idea to ease into it.
    Don't do anything you wouldn't want to explain to the paramedics...

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    Sorry, but what is an MWAG? You guys throw me sometimes with the acronyms.
    Larry

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    Alright, I'm jealous... No law condoning open carry. No law forbidding it. The way the law is written it states concealed on your person in a public way

    "carry or possess a loaded firearm in a concealed manner in any public way or place"..

    I've been told open carry here is a good way to get your license revoked.
    So I keep it concealed. I do however, have this longing to open carry just for the hell of it.
    Perhaps a trip to Vermont is in order.

    Peace...
    You can give peace a chance alright..

    I'll seek cover in case it goes badly..

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6shootercarry View Post
    Alright, I'm jealous... No law condoning open carry. No law forbidding it. The way the law is written it states concealed on your person in a public way

    "carry or possess a loaded firearm in a concealed manner in any public way or place"..

    I've been told open carry here is a good way to get your license revoked.
    So I keep it concealed. I do however, have this longing to open carry just for the hell of it.
    Perhaps a trip to Vermont is in order.

    Peace...
    Found a couple threads that may shed a little light... or at least let you know you're not alone!

    Boston Globe - Mass. State police confirm open cary legal in Massachussetts - Massachusetts - Stories From The States - OpenCarry.org - Discussion Forum

    Open carry in mass - Massachusetts - Stories From The States - OpenCarry.org - Discussion Forum

    Massachusetts - Stories From The States - OpenCarry.org - Discussion Forum
    Don't do anything you wouldn't want to explain to the paramedics...

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