Do any of you open or carry concealed at the gym? I usually have my CCW in my gym bag, but never on my person (perspiration, discomfort or afraid of misplacing it). After an incident that happened to me this morning at my local health club, I am not sure what the answer is.
Saturday morning at the health club, I was resting in between exercise sets, and was standing near the front door when this scraggly looking, toothless man pulls up in his beat up car, quickly enters the gym and starts asking me questions (where's the nearest gas station, directions to Norfolk). He was wearing a long leather coat and had his right hand in his coat pocket. Now, I’m 6’1” at 200 lbs, w/military haircut, so maybe he did not expect to see me. I immediately asked him to remove his hand from his coat pocket so I could see both of his hands. He said "sorry, it's only my cell phone." He was definitely up to no good, so perhaps I thwarted a robbery or at a minimum, a pan handling attempt. The sole employee saw this, and he left. She should have called the police, but did not. My concealed 9mm was stashed in my backpack 15 feet away, so there's no way I could have gotten to it had I needed it in time. Months ago, a Chinese mom & pop restaurant next to the gym was robbed, so you never know.