Excuse me officer, is this yours?

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    Excuse me officer, is this yours?

    So the wife and I were at the Western Wear store this weekend. I wanted to get a new pair of boots and I brought my Galco holster in to get a pair that somewhat matched my Havan coloured holster.

    After paying for my purchase and walking out I heard "Excuse me officer?" "Officer"... Not knowing who she was talking to I turned around to see the clerk had my holster in hand. I thought my wife had grabbed it, she thought i'd grabbed it, neither of us did.

    I grabbed the holster and said thank you. She said "I wouldn't have asked but I noticed your hip"

    I know I print, I carry a Springfield XD 40 and until I get my 5.11 shirts, I have some tighter fitting shirts.

    All this said, she apparently assumed that since I had a gun on my hip that I was an "Officer" of some sort.

    Too bad I didn't have my CCW Badge to flash her too! ;)

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    It's an assumption a lot of people make. Before I had a gun, I made the same assumption myself. Bad guys don't wear holsters. That's one reason I'm not crazy about IWB and pocket carry. Good holster. Cover it with a shirt or jacket. If it prints sometimes, so be it.

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    I still prefer being "completely" concealed myself.
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    I did find that it i pull it back a little more towards 4-5 rather than 3-4 it prints a lot less and is still easy to grab, however, when driving 3-4 is the only comfortable position for me.

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    I'm to the point, I don't print a lot, and stopped worrying about it many years ago. I have never had an issue, or anyone ask me about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by REVMAN View Post
    I still prefer being "completely" concealed myself.
    I would prefer that also, but since my state allows open carry, I won't lose my lunch if someone accidentally sees the imprint of the gun against a shirt or jacket. I won't impersonate law enforcement, but if somebody mistakes me for one, I won't correct them unless it's necessary to do so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ximat1 View Post
    ... Too bad I didn't have my CCW Badge to flash her too! ;)
    CCW badge?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brady View Post
    CCW badge?
    We don't need no stinkin badges...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brady View Post
    CCW badge?
    Don't ask.

    Think there's a "sticky" on this somewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ximat1 View Post
    Too bad I didn't have my CCW Badge to flash her too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brady View Post
    CCW badge?
    You can purchase a badge that says just about anything on it:
    Security
    Mall Escalator Enforcement
    Concealed Weapons Permit
    etc.

    Every so often someone will come along advocating the idea of wearing a badge like this. The reasoning is that people will assume you're a cop and not hassle you or call 911 because they spotted you carrying (the printing on the badge is too small to read unless you're holding it up to your nose). They push the absurd by suggesting that a cop won't accidentally shoot you during a hairy situation because he'll see the badge and assume you're a plain-clothes officer.

    Impersonating an officer is a crime, of course, but it's a crime of commission, not omission. In other words, you can't be held liable if someone assumes that you're a cop and you aren't required to correct their mistake. If someone flat out asks you, you either need to tell the truth or get very creative about giving a non-answer.

    An older gentleman who carries openly and often gets that question came up with a brilliant solution:

    Q: "Are you a cop?"
    A: "No ma'am, I'm retired."

    This is technically an accurate response. He's retired from a civilian job. Of course, people assume he means "I'm a retired cop." But you can't really help that.
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    That's a slick reply.

    Jot it down..take notes.

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    My reply: "What make you think I'm a cop?".

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    Quote Originally Posted by jumpwing View Post
    Impersonating an officer is a crime, of course, but it's a crime of commission, not omission. In other words, you can't be held liable if someone assumes that you're a cop and you aren't required to correct their mistake.
    Nice thoughts, but I'd REALLY hate to put that to a test in court. Besides, the REAL cops will arrest you anyway and let you stew in holding until the Ass. DA or a prosecuting attorney comes down with the correct interpretation of the law.

    Of ten people who "make" you:
    8 will assume you're some type of LEO. Do NOT encourage this. If you are asked directly, reply directly, "No, I'm not." My reply to the clerk would have been, "I'm not a law officer, but thank you."
    1 will be a bad guy who suddenly decides this isn't the day to stick up the 7-11.
    1 will be another CWP holder who will think to himself, "I am not alone."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keltyke View Post
    Of ten people who "make" you:
    8 will assume you're some type of LEO. Do NOT encourage this. If you are asked directly, reply directly, "No, I'm not." My reply to the clerk would have been, "I'm not a law officer, but thank you."
    1 will be a bad guy who suddenly decides this isn't the day to stick up the 7-11.
    1 will be another CWP holder who will think to himself, "I am not alone."
    Don't forget the one who thinks that he is not the Alfa-male anymore and will remark loudly about you carrying!
    Never has happened to me, but a few posted that it did to them.
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