Wow - made a guy in a gun store. My first!
I went to the local gun shop in suburban NC to buy a BeltMan belt yesterday. (They were out of my size). The owner is a gruff ex-GI who has a "No Loaded Firearms" sign on the door. They have the same sign on the door at the gunshop/range I use across town.
There are about eight customers walking around looking at guns and gear in the small storefront shop in a strip mall. The owner is writing up a sale for a guy buying a handgun. I notice through the front glass windows a young guy and his squeeze rolling up in a big, black SUV with monster chrome rims and a thumping stereo.
As he alights from his whip, I notice he's wearing the whole urban get-up - HUGE baggy pants, fresh Tims on his feet, and some kind of sports jersey with a hoodie over it. His hat has the ubiquitous New York Yankees logo and a flat brim canted to the side. He has some visible neck tatts.
As he gets to the door and opens it, I immediately look to his right-side hip, and sure enough, he is obviously totin' a Roscoe - and a pretty big one at that. The gun is hanging off something near his pocket, but it's really loose, and you can see the obvious print of a full-size semi-auto as it presses against the jersey and hoodie. As he moves , the darn thing swings around as well. I know the guy has just jumped out of the truck and wasn't taking any time to disarm. I assume the gun must be loaded.
I glance back at the owner at the counter who sees my look. He gives the guy a once-over, then, while still writing up his customer, gives the guy a stern look, moves his head side-to-side while looking at his hip, and the dude goes back outside, gets in his truck, and drives away.
I am awating my CHP, and this was the first time I noticed someone trying to conceal. Granted, it was a cake-walk given the guy in question, but I learned something yesterday. In fact, I think only the owner, me, and the potential customer knew what went down.
What I think is amusing is that if I choose to dress that way, I could conceal an entire armoury under my clothes without anyone noticing. Perhaps this guy wasn't interested in concealing too much. I can't fathom the mindset.