Carrying at a huge religious event

Carrying at a huge religious event

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    Carrying at a huge religious event

    I am going to be volunteering at what promises to be a huge evangelical event here in Portland. (Portland CityFest 08) There are going to be tens of thousands of people and I am going to be right dab smack in the middle of it.

    The question is, do I carry at this event? My main concerns are

    1. Pick pocket types
    2. Bumping into people constantly
    3. It may be very hot
    4. Hugging people as I am going to be a counselor.
    5. Fatigue

    And probably a few others that I can not think of.

    And of course to complicate things, because traffic is going to be obnoxious, I will probably take mass transit to the downtown area where it is being staged. We all know what types frequent there.

    It is a dilemma and I would like to get your opinions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by exactlymypoint View Post
    1. Pick pocket types
    2. Bumping into people constantly
    3. It may be very hot
    4. Hugging people as I am going to be a counselor.
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    Knowing downtown Portland and Waterfront Park quite well, as well as the Transit Mall, I would go armed.

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    Just roll to your rifle and blow out your brains,
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    Two words... Pocket Carry. Then hug to your hearts content

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    I'd probably opt for my SmartCarry but I truly believe in my signature!
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    i'd say that a religious event is a more likely target for a nutjob that just about anywhere else. i'd definitely carry. if you're concerned about pickpockets and hugging, then try an ankle holster or smartcarry.

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    If the festival has those large "No Gun" signs, you may be safe!

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    Hot+working+pickpockets=Smartcarry. Otherwise, something deep IWB with a retention strap, or maybe one of those fancy undershirts with a built in holster.
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    Unless carrying is going to get you kicked out of everything, I'd suggest doing what you normally do. A religious revival festival is all well and good, but I'll warrant that the crystal balls there are just as foggy as everywhere else, with respect to being able to foresee crimes and threats.

    Portland still is what it is, with all the normal daily threats. Particularly if you're heading out on the Max train, there are the usual worries: litany of crime instances on/around the Max train.
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    Just imagine the things that can happen when you close your eyes & pray during a religious event.
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    I agree with Thumper...

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