August 25th, 2013 05:42 PM
Finally, CWP Came In
Well, after waiting forever, my South Carolina CWP came in yesterday. I took the class in the middle of May, and the permit took a little under 3 months and 2 weeks to arrive. I took the Utah CWP class in early June, and got that permit in almost exactly 2 months, but it didn't do me much good in SC. Between the two CWPs, I can carry in about 39 states.
So with today being the first full day I can carry, it's been a little disappointing. In SC, it's legal to carry in church if you have the church leadership's (Pastor, Board of Elders, etc.) permission. I asked the Pastor for permission to carry in church (left my Ruger LCP in a DeSantis sticky holster in the car), and he was pleased to grant it (about 20% of the congregation carry), BUT they like to get a copy of your permit, then they print out a special card, signed by the Pastor, so you can prove to LE that you have been given permission. Bottom line, no carrying in the morning. BTW, you can carry a loaded firearm in your glove compartment in SC with or without a permit.
So after church, we head to a restaurant to eat, but this establishment serves alcohol and in SC (at this time), you can't carry in an establishment that allows the consumption of alcohol on the premises. So... the firearm stays in the car. Then while driving home, I forgot I had the gun in my glove compartment - the horror ! I work at a high security establishment the likes of which most people don't encounter. No firearms, munitions, fireworks, bows, arrows gasoline cans or antifreeze jugs, knives with blades > 3 inches, baseball bats, shovels, etc. are allowed in vehicles or on your person within the site's boundaries (the facilities are even tighter); and they inspect the vehicles (and people) for such things. I would get blistered big time if I was found with a gun in my car or was carrying.
The other thing I noticed is that I'm going to have to get used to carry a round in the chamber (obviously I'm a newbie). Finally, to keep my anticipation low, I've held off on buying a good holster for my S&W 686+ or Ruger 9mm (got some cheap ones), so I don't want to carry those yet until I get of the dime and buy a decent holster or two.
My biggest realizations are that I've got to get into a serious routine about when I do and don't carry, and I need to purge my wallet. The two CWPs and plastic card key my shooting club just issued have made it seriously fat.
August 25th, 2013 05:53 PM
Originally Posted by wester
So your patience paid off. Feels good to get your ticket, right?
I work at a high security establishment the likes of which most people don't encounter. No firearms, munitions, fireworks, bows, arrows gasoline cans or antifreeze jugs
, knives with blades > 3 inches, baseball bats, shovels
, etc. are allowed in vehicles or on your person within the site's boundaries (the facilities are even tighter);
I'm curious as to what kind of place you work at that won't let you carry a shovel or an antifreeze jug in your car. God forbid it should be located in the snow belt... I've worked at a couple of 'secured' facilities (DoD projects and nuclear) in CT, but a lot of folks carry shovels in the car in winter, and those of us with older cars carry jugs of coolant, oil, and even tools. And I suppose company softball leagues are a no-go as well?
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August 25th, 2013 06:03 PM
We went out to eat in a place last week that serves alcohol.It may have been a good thing,i had to leave mine in the car.There was a loud annoying drunk beside me that was getting on my nerves,smh.Thankfully some friends of his i guess,escorted his sloppy drunk butt out of the place.
I think the thing with the carrying where alcohol is served,will be looked at again.I forgot when,but maybe the next time,it comes up,it will pass and we can carry in places that serves alcohol.We shall see.If someone with a ccp isn't drinking,there is no reason why they shouldn't be allowed to carry.
August 25th, 2013 06:11 PM
Sounds like working at a nuclear plant.
Retired USAF E-8. Lighten up and enjoy life because:
Paranoia strikes deep, into your heart it will creep. It starts when you're always afraid...
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August 25th, 2013 06:19 PM
Yeah, it does feel good!
Originally Posted by gasmitty
My job? I'm struggling how to answer. It's not a secret around here, but I hate to discuss it much on a public forum. Think nuclear on a grand scale.
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