To quote Chris Rock: "Sure, it feels safe inside..."
"...but what about all those "jerks" waiting outside with guns?! They know you ain't got one."
I think of this quote whenever I think about all the places I won't be able to carry.
Most of the places I frequent do not allow guns, whether because of State or Federal law, or because of the law that respects a business owner's decision to not allow firearms. Since deciding I want my CCW, I have kept an eye out, and have noticed a LOT of places disallow firearms.
Bars, stadiums, the Metrolink (our city's public transportation), liquor stores, the airport, casinos, amusement parks, and even some grocery stores around here I've noticed prohibit firearms. And I don't work somewhere where I can carry because I'm a nurse at a hospital. I'll be going back to school soon....OOPS, can't take it there, either. Can't take it at all if I cross the Illinois border (which I do occasionally as my boyfriend is from there). This literally leaves a very small fraction of my life to put this to use.
It just sucks because the places that I feel like I need it the most are when I'm out at the bars (there is a LOT of crime on our main bar strip downtown) or when I walk to the Metrolink station a few blocks from my apartment (there's always shady stuff going down in that direction, too - including a forcible rape a couple months ago). This is when I feel the most vulnerable as a young woman, yet I can't carry protection here. I know that I can leave it in my car, but that won't do me any good downtown. If anything, my car will get broken into and it stolen (this is a big problem in the City. Criminals breaking into cars looking for guns. My car has been broken into twice) Not to mention liquor store robberies and whatnot...it's like criminals frequent the places they know people won't have guns, just like Chris Rock's song suggests.
Getting my CCW is still something I want to do, but my boyfriend raised the good, "What's the point?" question after realizing all the places that prohibit it.
Now, I'm not sure if it's like this everywhere, but carrying any of these places except on public transportation is not a criminal offense - they can just ask you to leave. So....do you carry anyway? Hope it's concealed enough that they won't notice? It says you can bring a gun to bars "with consent." What does that mean? Ask the manager? That seems like an awkward conversation (remember, I live in a very urban environment where very few people carry). I don't think I want to have a gun on me when I've been drinking anyway; that just seems unsafe.
It's just kind of discouraging. It really DOES raise the question...what is the point?