What if I'm asked?

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    First, do a google search on "Little Lizzie", and read the article by John Connor.

    If that doesn't fit your personality, then simply reply that it is your insulin pump, and then thank them for pointing it out to everyone within earshot and reminding you of the fact that you have diabetes.

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    i open carry a lot and get asked and questioned by people...just be honest.
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    I am with the "it depends" camp. My sister-in-law, who is from California (hint) was visiting us last week. At dinner, at a restaurant, the subject came up. She knew I go shooting at the range, but it never occured that I carry all the time.

    When she asked, I decided to trust her, and said, very quietly, since we were in a restaurant, that yes, I carry concealed all the time.

    Her next question caused my wife and I to smile. "I see", she said, "but is it loaded?"

    I explained to her the reasons for my CCW, and after I was done, I think I had her convinced as to how and why I wish to protect my family.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JonInNY View Post
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    Her next question caused my wife and I to smile. "I see", she said, "but is it loaded?"
    OH MAN............

    I'm glad I had already finished my Coke before I read that. That's almost hard to believe, but I believe it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SixBravo View Post
    Very discretionary. You'll get a lot of answers to this threat with people who will say 'Never Tell!' and others who will say 'It depends.'

    I'm more of the second camp. If you trust the person enough to tell them, then consider it. Quietly. Remind them that the question is not one appropriate to be asking in a public place because it is the business of yourself and nobody else.. unless you choose to make it someone else's business. I don't think its ever been asked. The people that know I carry, know I carry religiously. The ones that don't? They don't have a clue.
    I am of the "Never Tell" school of thought. I like your assessment, however. It is, and always should be, the permit holder's business and nobody else.

    The only ones that know are the ones that I took the class with and a very small group of permit holders that I shoot with. Most of us can't carry in California and have nonresident permits that cover the majority of the country. Separately though, we spend about as much time on the road as we do at home because of our jobs. Even amongst ourselves, we don't talk about carrying. We will have conversations about firearms, ammo and holsters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JonInNY View Post
    Her next question caused my wife and I to smile. "I see", she said, "but is it loaded?"
    Hah...to that I'd say, you think I carry an unloaded brick inside my waistband everyday that I can just throw at someone?

    I'm of the camp that no one needs to know. No one should ask and if they do, they won't find out.
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    Welcome...

    from Central Florida!

    I'm in the "It Depends..." category.

    If asked by a stranger, my response would be a puzzled look and either completely ignore the question or design a remark along the path of "Heck no, why would I want to have a gun?"

    If asked by a friend, especially those who I have encouraged to become responsible for SD, my answer would be, "You betcha!"

    Stay armed...regardless...stay safe!

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    I have only told my one best friend, and threatened to shoot him if he told anyone. My family knows but it was a brief conversation, with which they were concerned, but changed the subject, and I'm sure its been forgotten.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ Husker View Post
    "Of course, don't you?"
    Thats my answer.I say it with a very serious look and it usually follows with them changing the subject or a Q&A .

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    Quote Originally Posted by JonInNY View Post
    I am with the "it depends" camp. My sister-in-law, who is from California (hint) was visiting us last week. At dinner, at a restaurant, the subject came up. She knew I go shooting at the range, but it never occured that I carry all the time.

    When she asked, I decided to trust her, and said, very quietly, since we were in a restaurant, that yes, I carry concealed all the time.

    Her next question caused my wife and I to smile. "I see", she said, "but is it loaded?"

    I explained to her the reasons for my CCW, and after I was done, I think I had her convinced as to how and why I wish to protect my family.
    I know you said she lives in CA, now I have to ask....Is she blonde??
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    I'm also of the "it depends" mindset. If it is someone I know well and trust, I will discretely tell them I do. If it someone I don't know, or don't fully trust, I will ignore the question and let them wonder.
    Of course LEO are another set of circumstances. If I come into contact in an official capacity, I will tell them at the first opportunity.
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    You must admit that you are carrying to the Police, but other than that, think about their question...

    If they are asking you whether you have a concealed weapon, the answer "Yes" is an impossibility as, once you answer, it is no longer concealed!

    Do a google search--there are some VERY good answers to this question out there that you need to keep in your hip pocket, so to speak.

    *You should go a lifetime without anyone ever knowing you are carrying concealed, IMO. If you are ever asked it should be a once-in-a-lifetime event for you...but the reason you carry applies here too: be prepared (with an answer). No need to be rude, appear threatening, scarey, etc., as this gives us a bad name with the ignorant.

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    it depends for me

    I'm in the it depends category. My wife and my father know. My mother saw me with a holstered gun on the way to the range once, and since my dad is talking and researching a lot about getting a gun I'm assuming mom knows. Other than that, nobody knows.

    Keep it to yourself if you can. No reason to tell.
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    Once this guy at work asked me really seriously if I had a gun on me. I stopped and said "what?". I thought I had been made and put on my dumb face. It turned out that he was just joking about needing one to deal with the customers! He sure did catch me off guard. Never show your hand and you'll be fine. I laughed to myself about it, after my heart stopped pounding. People really never have any idea...ever.
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    My LEO cousin asked at a family get-together; he asked discreetly, and I realized I was printing badly, my holster had shifted rearward.
    I slid it back to where it belonged and the print disappeared.
    He asked why I was heeled at this benign get-together and I said, "When it's here, I know where it is. If it's in the truck, even locked in a case, I don't have that knowledge, but here" -- I tightened my arm in against my body, a gesture all cops recognize -- "I know where it is, and where it's not!"
    He saw the logic of my reasoning.
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