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    The Best Police Response to Open Carry Ever!

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    NRA Instructor, CCW in OH, CO, and FL. Former military, and been a shooter for about 20 years now.

    The back story:

    I was planning on going to the range with some friends to teach kind of an ad hoc class on different stances, grips, give them exposure and experience with different calibers. Had most of my guns in the locked cases, but I have more guns than cases (though they all fit in my safes in the house.) So, I strapped on onto a OWB holster. I had to run to the local gun shop and get some more targets before heading out to the range. Also had to stop by a grocery store to get some more ice for the cooler. Busy Saturday morning at the grocery so I am actually waiting in line with two bags of ice for about ten minutes (water dripping onto the floor from the melted ice...)

    Sure enough...some LEO's come in (yes, my radar is always on for this sort of thing) and talk briefly to the Customer Service rep at the front counter who points in my general area...I think I know what's coming.

    I actually make it through the line, having paid for the now half melted ice when the cops come up to me with the Customer service person:

    "Sir, there was a call to our office that someone has been causing alarm in this establishment. I noticed you are open carrying and the firearm is in the holster."

    "Yes officer, that's correct."

    "Sir, have you removed the firearm from its holster during your time in this store?"

    "No officer, I haven't."

    "Thank you. Ma'am, this man is legally authorized to open carry a firearm in the State of Colorado. It appears he is not brandishing nor holding his firearm in a threatening or menacing manner. We are required to respond to inquiries, so we have responded. There is no threat or danger here. If I may add on a personal note, this persons presence in your store has actually made it safer not less safe because a person who wishes to cause harm would not keep a firearm holstered. If someone like that were to consider entering these premises, the presence of this individual would make them think twice. I would ask that you consider that if you see this individual or any others like him legally carrying a firearm in a holster in your establishment before calling us to investigate. Is there anything else you'd like us to investigate?"

    Long pause...cop turns to me and says:

    "Thank you sir, you're free to go..."

    Note: He never asked me for ID, never asked WHY I was carrying, only if I ever removed it from my holster!

    #AWESOME!

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    Great, I agree. The police actually made a good point that the store was actually safer because of your presence/ open carry.

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    Here in AZ., it's very common to see someone open carry. I've yet to see a situation where it causes any kind of type of commotion. For the most part, it might draw a look or two from others, but it's then back to business as usual.

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    Agreed. Even when I see someone else with a holstered sidearm out in public, I make a mental note of it. If I am carrying at the time too (which I usually am), we both usually see each other about the same time, nod and smile.

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    There is hope after all ,common sense has not become extinct after all !!!

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    If it clears leather without a valid reason, someone is going to loose a gun & a license

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    Wow! Great story!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old11Bravo View Post
    If it clears leather without a valid reason, someone is going to loose a gun & a license
    That depends on the state laws regarding open carry. In OH it's perfectly legal to OC (though I wouldn't recommend it in more urban areas as that can attract undesired attention by OCing like that...)

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    As an LEO that makes me proud. All to many times we are asked to investigate something that is completely legal and not a problem. It's a waste of time. I would ask that all who are legal to get a CCW or carry do so.

    Just as a side note. Here in Missouri open carry is legal....I was in a local supermarket and the guy in front of me is carrying open carry. The clerk knows I'm an LEO. She saw the gun, never blinked an eye and I didn't bother the guy either......because it's Legal!!!!!

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    When I see someone carrying openly, I think "Thank God I live in a FREE STATE". In Arizona it is quite common, but I prefer to carry concealed while in public only for the fact that If needed I would have the element of surprise and if no one knows you are carrying there's less chance of it being taken from you. While hiking out on the trails, I have no problem letting it all hang out. The only time I heard of a problem was when some lady wrote to our local newspaper that she was horrified to see someone in a supermarket carrying a weapon and to add insult to injury questioned whether the gun carrier was going to pay for their groceries! Geez, lady you're not in New York or California! You're in Arizona for Christ's sake.

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    Yep she's an idiot....and probably had children to keep the idiot pool going~

    I have found that, "Stupid never sleeps."

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    Great out come, I like the way they handled the situation with the store employee. Open Carry is legal here in Washington State and I will occasionally open carry. Last July 4th we went to the 4th of July Parade downtown. I had a S&W Revolver in a OWB Holster, Two city cops walked by behind us and one of them pointed to my Handgun and neer said a word, Just pointed it out to the other officer. A couple of minutes later I turned around and a guy that was behind me said he was wondering what the cop was pointing at.
    I was at the local Safeway Store about a month ago, The guy ahead of me in the check out line had a 40 caliber M&P in a nylon holster. Just before getting in line I asked him what he was carrying. I seen him through-out the store and didn't see any one give him a second look. The cashier seen it and didn't give it second look.
    This year I'm planning on doing some open carry more often. My open carry handgun of choice is my Ruger SP101 in 327 Federal Mag 3" barrel or my stainless Ruger GP100 in 327 Federal Mag 4" barrel. Some times I'll carry my stainless Rossi 971 in 357 Mag with a 3" barrel & muzzle brake. I have several others I could use if I wanted too.

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    I just love this type of "perception vs reality" stories, hope more people could share their experiences.

    With that said, be sure to make your due diligence and thoroughly understand your home state's gun laws before exercising your rights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old11Bravo View Post
    If it clears leather without a valid reason, someone is going to loose a gun & a license
    Since I don't have/need a license ........

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    Quote Originally Posted by HighlandLofts View Post
    Great out come, I like the way they handled the situation with the store employee. Open Carry is legal here in Washington State and I will occasionally open carry. Last July 4th we went to the 4th of July Parade downtown. I had a S&W Revolver in a OWB Holster, Two city cops walked by behind us and one of them pointed to my Handgun and neer said a word, Just pointed it out to the other officer. A couple of minutes later I turned around and a guy that was behind me said he was wondering what the cop was pointing at.
    I was at the local Safeway Store about a month ago, The guy ahead of me in the check out line had a 40 caliber M&P in a nylon holster. Just before getting in line I asked him what he was carrying. I seen him through-out the store and didn't see any one give him a second look. The cashier seen it and didn't give it second look.
    This year I'm planning on doing some open carry more often. My open carry handgun of choice is my Ruger SP101 in 327 Federal Mag 3" barrel or my stainless Ruger GP100 in 327 Federal Mag 4" barrel. Some times I'll carry my stainless Rossi 971 in 357 Mag with a 3" barrel & muzzle brake. I have several others I could use if I wanted too.
    I, on occasion, open carry my Ruger Redhawk 44 Magnum w/7" barrel in a holster. It gets a lot of looks, but no comments. I live in AZ.

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    I figured it would be the perfect time to drop this one on the site


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    Quote Originally Posted by OGCJason View Post
    Agreed. Even when I see someone else with a holstered sidearm out in public, I make a mental note of it. If I am carrying at the time too (which I usually am), we both usually see each other about the same time, nod and smile.
    This post made me think of the picture i just posted lol

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