Carrying on Halloween

Carrying on Halloween

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    Carrying on Halloween

    So, I've been watching The Walking Dead (no, this thread is not about zombie apocalypse preparation, but it for sure got me thinking about it!), and I got to thinking.

    Halloween is surely a time where there is an increase in crime. Not that I have any actual statistics, but I surmise that with the natural concealment of costumes and masks, that BGs can get away with things more easily. I imagine most of the crime on Halloween is small-potato vandalism type stuff (anyone else been TP'd on Halloween?), but maybe not.

    Do you carry on Halloween? I suspect most of the answers will be, "Yes, of course" or "it's even MORE important", but after watching this zombie show late at night, I realized afterward how jumpy I was at every little noise...

    And, it's a moot point as I don't get my CCP until after Halloween, but I began to wonder if, as a newbie especially, it might not be a good idea for me to carry when I go out for Halloween. Surely there will be people that jump out at me, grab me from behind and try to scare me, and I just don't think carrying a deadly weapon on a day where I'm meant to be scared is a wise idea.

    Does anyone else feel this way? Or the total opposite, given that Halloween tends to be more dangerous?

    I know that where you go on Halloween has an impact, too, so maybe if you stay at home it's not as much as an issue as going out to haunted houses, amusement parks, etc.

    If I was a more seasoned CCW person, maybe I would feel differently, but as it is, I'm a newbie, and I just can't say with 100% certainty that I can trust myself at this point. Maybe after I was used to carrying for awhile, but not while it's a brand new sensation to have a gun on my hip.

    Other questions:
    Do you dress up, and if so, do you make sure your costume can accommodate a weapon?
    What if you had to draw on a BG, but he thought your gun was a Halloween prop? Too bad for him, I guess?

    Just some thoughts...
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    Why would Halloween be any different?

    Always carry.

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    It's just another day. Get up, get dressed, fill the holster. I don't wear silly stiff the rest of the year and I don't break habit on 31 Oct.
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    Regarding people jumping out to scare you, just think of it as an exercise in situational awareness. Look for the "BG" and anticipate where they could best hide, then avoid those places as best you can.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mkh View Post
    Why would Halloween be any different?
    Um...I thought I made that clear in the post...
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    You bring up some interesting points LaraCroft10. I'm new to CC and just got my permit a couple of weeks ago. I plan on carrying on Halloween. The challange is to be disaplined enough to realize that yes, you may be is little more scared due to the environment and circumstances, but you can't let that influence your judgement when it comes to your weapon. It's even more important to keep a level head so you're not reaching for your gun every time someone says boo. I might struggle with that also. Just remember that the best safety on your weapon is your head.

    And no, I don't plan on wearing a constume on Halloween so I won't have to worry about accomidating my weapon. Hipe this helps.
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    If we've reached the point where toilet papering a yard (preferably the school principal) is a CRIME that carries ANY influence in our decision of concealed handgun carry, we better STAY IN THE HOUSE.

    And if anyone can't "100% trust" themselves, until such time as they can, I would suggest to leave their handgun well secured IN THE HOUSE.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ghost tracker View Post
    If we've reached the point where toilet papering a yard (preferably the school principal) is a CRIME that carries ANY influence in our decision of concealed handgun carry, we better STAY IN THE HOUSE.
    Er...methinks you misunderstood me!

    And if anyone can't "100% trust" themselves, until such time as they can, I would suggest to leave their handgun well secured IN THE HOUSE.
    And yes, that was my point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LaraCroft10 View Post
    Um...I thought I made that clear in the post...
    Actually, your post is anything but clear.
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    Okay. What are you unclear on?
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    I'm new to gun ownership and have a CCW but don't carry yet because I don't feel that I have enough experience.
    So I won't be carrying a gun on Halloween or any other day until I know what I'm doing.

    I have started putting the gun in my glove compartment when I drive because I live in a sub division that is in the country so I travel back and forth on dark roads all the time. I feel so much safer now because of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LaraCroft10 View Post
    Okay. What are you unclear on?
    What the Walking Dead, an increase in vandalism on Halloween, and bad guys wearing costumes and masks have to do with the decision to carry a firearm.
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    Halloween is for the kids, NOT the adults. You are only along to protect them, not to participate in gathering of the candy. If you choose to take them to a haunted house, then you should already be prepared "mentally" for the "scare" and be prepared mentally to KNOW there is NO need to present your weapon as it's only make believe. If YOU are dressed in Halloween costume, then abide by the rules you would normally abide by if dressed normally. Bottom line is: Don't go stupid places, and do stupid things, with stupid people...after all YOU ARE THE ADULT... As another poster indicated, use the evening to hone your situational awareness. JMO
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    Just make sure of the situation. My kids are grown, so Halloween is mainly passing out the goodies at the door for me. I do notice that the older "kids," those who may create an issue, tend to come later in the evenings after the little ones and escorting parents have headed home.

    It's sad that the fun has been sucked out of what used to be the funnest night of the year, for kids and grownups alike.
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    Carrying on Halloween

    i do have a firearm with me when I accompany my son around the neighborhood to trick-or-treat and I carry an extremely bright flashlight. my son also takes a bright flashlight, phone, and jetscream whistle in case we get separated.
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