There are permit holders, and then there are carriers?
Well, being the rather outgoing person I am most of the time, I've started sort of feeling the air or testing the waters with acquaintances, and strangers about concealed carry, our state (Arkansas), and if they carry on them. Results sort of surprised me out of my three most recent inquiries.
First is a long known acquaintance......the farrier who trims our mini-horse's hooves every six weeks or so. We always talk some about firearms, and he got himself a Glock last year sometime. He and I have been to the range once together to shoot up about 600 rounds of 40S&W through our Glocks. I asked him flat out one day if he carried on him. No, he said, I keep it in the truck. When he said he didn't know where or how to carry one on himself, I lifted my shirt to show him the G19 shrouded in kydex. He was surprised. I tried to send him home with a couple of my holsters to try, but he declined.
Next up are two gentlemen I have met at the local shooting range. Both have permits, and one says he keeps it in vehicle and doesn't body carry, the other one when asked if he carried politely said he did have a permit and that was that.
While I know that everyone is unique and makes their own decisions, I just can't quite figure out how to ask the question 'if you don't carry, then why did you get your permit?' tactfully. I just don't understand. Our state requires a day long course, and some expense as well. Granted a lot of these ol' boys have been carrying in vehicle for a long time and even before CC was born here. I had used the 'journey law' myself before and never ended up in the wrong.
So...does anyone think that some folks get a carry permit just to remain on the right side of the law while doing what they've been used to all this time? Or do some not fully realize this means you can carry concealed with you/on you (most places)? I would ask one of those guys outright, but that would seem too invasive even for me.