This is a discussion on Best way to respond to CCW questions? within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by JohnKelly Any suggestions as to how to tactfully evade? I know you said you didn't want to lie, but just say no ...
I'd answer "No" and state that I endorse and support the rights of citizens to do so, because to answer yes would mean that...I just gave up my concealment.
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Are there legal ramifications to telling that you are carrying? Is it part of concealment to not let anyone know? I dont remember reading anything in WA state law that addressed it. It only addressed when you must reveal it it (police, when asked).
You can tell anyone you want.
Do you remember the meyers brigg that most everyone in here took not to long ago and the majority of people on this forum are introverts.
As an extrovert, I pretty much tell anyone anything they ask me. There are 20 people in my office I love most of them like family so I have no secrets from them!
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If it is not in the US Constitution then the Federal Government should not be doing it.
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I frequently inform people of the steps involved in obtaining a CCW, which inevitably leads to the "Do you have one?" question. To which I will either relpy "Yes", or show them my permit, sometimes both. It isn't like I am trying to brag about having one or impress anyone. (If you were to ever meet me, you will likely not be impressed either, at least my wife doesn't seem to be.)
It is this type of thinking that prompted a co-worker to go get his CCW. This is also the guy that two years ago said to me that the gov't will never try to take away guns because too many people have them. Monday morning, before the shootings had stopped he looked at me and asked "You know what "they" are going to try to do now?"
If the conversation becomes confrontational, I simply let them embarass themselves. It usually happens.
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i agree with most here. if it's "cool" to say i am, i will. but this is where you have to give your own interview. i know i don't want the hassle of the ignorance and paranoia of an individual who might involve me in a detaining conversation where in the end, flashing lights blind me as it happens.
it has never come up personally, for me. I'm so concealed most of the time now... i forget.
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Generally I'll say yes. If I don't feel like answering, I'll say "That's kind of like asking about my underwear" with a smile.
I usually tell people it takes thirty seconds to bleed out if your neck is slashed. It can take 15 minutes for the police to respond. SCOTUS has determined that police don't have to respond to a call. I told my mom Monday that's why I carry, I may die but I want a chance to survive and that is why I don't go to free fire zones. For those that want to know about the laws I direct them to the state's website.
I then answer any question to the best of my ability, if I don't have an answer I'll tell them that I will get back to them.
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Zacharia Johnson (speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention,25 June 1778)"The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed." ~Alexander Hamilton
If we can't talk about it quietly I will tell them "Yes I have a permit and no I am not wearing a gun." I would then try to change the subject. When we could speak privately I might explain that I am wearing a holster and I am carrying a gun in the holster I am wearing.
Thanks everyone... I too feel like a sort of "ambassador" for CCW. Especially after the Virginia Tech massacre.
I think I will allow conversations to take the natural course, providing the person I'm talking to is genuinely seeking information. Being evasive (other than on the "are you carrying now" question) only serves to dissuade potential future CCW'ers. Too much at stake anymore these days.