Thanksgiving family advice PLEASE!?
I drove with my family from MI down to OH for Thanksgiving, I read up on the OH laws, I have reciprocity, and I brought my portable gun safe. On the way down, my mother insisted that I tell my aunt or uncle with whom we are staying for 3-4 days that I have my CPL and have my firearm with me. I didn't think I should be obligated to tell them because it's my responsibility and I have it well under control. Out of respect for my mom I decided to tell my aunt. After all, it is their home. My aunt didn't completely freak out but did a little bit, she has some crazy/irresponsible kids that make very bad decisions, and she said "you should have asked before you came down, I wish you would have left it at home". I wanted to say "then I wouldn't have come", but my respect for family stopped me. She also expressed that she has an irrational fear of pistols and is even used to loaded and unlocked long guns being around but the crazy kids and stealing stuff was a concern. I let her know that I understand the gravity of the responsibility and I assured her very assertively and politely that nothing bad will happen as a result of my sidearm, and that she will be the ONLY person I tell, NO ONE will know I have it, so no one would even come looking for it, and even if they did it will be securely locked in a safe, or on my hip so NO ONE is getting their paws on my gun. ...but I still don't feel like she's convinced. Reality tells me I probably won't be able to convince her or make her comfortable with it...
I find myself torn and wondering what is the best way to go from here... Is there anything you can think of that I might be able to say to my aunt to convince her that everything is perfectly cool and OK? should I offer to lock it up in our family vehicle, lock the Jeep and just leave it there so she's more comfortable but leaving myself defenseless? I don't want to do that but feel like it might be best. Should I just continue to handle it as I am now, which would be to leave it where it is, she is basically accepting, but not happy/comfortable with it so just no longer bring it up and keep it on me or locked up in my care as usual?
All suggestions and input are much appreciated! :scratchchin: