Star on the belt???

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    Star on the belt???

    A friend made a suggestion that I wanted to get your opinions on.
    He said that some concealed carriers in a near by state (VA) were carrying a shield of sorts (on their belt, out of sight) that stated they had a CC permit.
    If LEOs came on a crime scene, the legal gun carrier would make it visible (hopefully in a way that would not cause the officer to think he was going for a weapon) with the intention of quickly letting the LEO know that he was on his side.
    Doesn't sound quite right to me. Are y'all familiar with that kind of thing?

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    I can't wait to see the can of worms this opens up.

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    Yeah, no doubt<G>.
    Like I said, it doesn't sound right to me... at all.
    Having something that looks anything like an officer's badge sounds wrong to start with.

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    There is a thread in the sticky, check it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justherenow View Post
    There is a thread in the sticky, check it out.

    http://www.defensivecarry.com/vbulle...hl-badges.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by justherenow View Post
    There is a thread in the sticky, check it out.
    Ahhh... I'm checking it out now. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slowhike View Post
    He said that some concealed carriers in a near by state (VA) were carrying a shield of sorts (on their belt, out of sight) that stated they had a CC permit.

    If LEOs came on a crime scene, the legal gun carrier would make it visible ...
    So, law enforcement is supposed to magically trust someone with a "star" when responding to a call about a "man with a gun" or a shooting?

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    I had someone say the same thing to me the other day. All in all its a bad idea u want a shield then earn it and join a police force. I'll also tell you that responding to a call of this threat level anyone without a uniform with a weapon would be getting assisted to the ground. Fake badges are a bad idea all around. A badge is a symbol of authority, just having a CCW permit does not give you authority.

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    I think it's kind of silly, myself, but as long as there's no attempt to do something that only a police officer can do, such as directing traffic (and risk a charge of impersonating a police officer), I can't see any harm in it.
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    I thought the primary principle of concealed carry was concealed. It seems that some concealed carry folk want some way to advertise that they are carrying. This "hey, look at me" mentality is a big mistake.

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    Didn't have to read much on the sticky thread to see that my 1st impression was right.
    Sorry for the repeat question. I'll try to look & search better next time<G>.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tigrebleau View Post
    I thought the primary principle of concealed carry was concealed. It seems that some concelaed carry folk want some way to advertise that they are carrying. This "hey, look at me" mentality is a big mistake.
    Agree 100% Concealed means Concealed. End of statement!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ccw9mm View Post
    So, law enforcement is supposed to magically trust someone with a "star" when responding to a call about a "man with a gun" or a shooting?

    LEO's in the crowd: what do you think about that?
    Unless I know the person by sight, I wouldn't trust someone with a star in this situation. I follow the following, Be polite, be professional but have a plan to kill everyone you meet, and In God we trust, everyone else, let me see your ****** hands. OMO. Also, I stopped carrying my shield on my belt when I read about the tunnel vision that happens. I started wearing it around my neck so it is more likely to catch any responding LEO'S eye if I am in any off duty incident.
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    o.k. I'm ready.
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    As a teen and into my 20s I was interested in law enforcement. I realized at some point that it wasn't law enforcement per se but the cool badge I wanted. So I went down to the local Ben Franklin 5-and-Dime Store (OK, I'm old) and bought myself a Junior Detective Badge for a whopping twenty-five cents. I took it home, looked at it in my hand, and said to myself, "OK, now I'm cool." I then snorted and threw the badge away. I felt pleased - still do - that I could put that part of childishness behind me.

    Anyone who wants a badge should either be a real officer (if they'll let you), or go my route and call it what it is.

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