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    Wanted to get some opinions on having other people know that your carrying concealed. Obviously some people are going to know, but in a hypothetical situation; If you were carrying IWB and someone happened to bump into you or maybe a friend was just messing around and happened to notice, would you play it off and deny anything strange or admit that his hand just accidentally knocked into your Glock. I seem to be under the impression that the less people that know the better... your thoughts?

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    I am VERY careful about who I tell. A few close friends (who also carry), and most of my family know, but no one else.
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    First of all, welcome to the forum.

    The only people that know I carry is my wife, the Sheriff and the people at the range. I prefer to keep my "status" confidential. Now, I know that accidents happen, if someone bumps on to me and feels something I would not make a big deal about it. If they ask I'd probably tell them some white lie, if I can pull it off. I don't allow anyone to "mess around" with me, especially if I am armed.
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    Only my wife and kids, and my business partners know. I rather people not know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boricua View Post
    First of all, welcome to the forum.

    The only people that know I carry is my wife, the Sheriff and the people at the range. I prefer to keep my "status" confidential. Now, I know that accidents happen, if someone bumps on to me and feels something I would not make a big deal about it. If they ask I'd probably tell them some white lie, if I can pull it off. I don't allow anyone to "mess around" with me, especially if I am armed.
    Totalmente de acuerdo Boricua. No one but my wife needs to know I'm carrying.

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    Just me, but I do not think carrying is compatible with messing around with people in such a fashion. This sounds like people who frequently use the word, dude, people who do not yet appreciate the value of discretion. If I am close to the mark, you understand that indiscretion can be dangerous to you. If I am off the mark, well... yea, the less people that know, the better.

    Now my wife grabbing my *ss is a whole different subject but she already knows I carry.

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    The clerk at any gunstore from which you have purchased a firearm knows. People with whom you shoot with know. Wife and most probably your kiddies know. Any observant punk should know, and know to ply their trade elsewhere. Most cops don't, the checkout clerk at Wally World shouldn't and the gangbanger on the street corner might find out, hopefully it shall be a learning experience for them.
    I think, in my case I know, that we reveal that we carry more by the way we walk, our level of alertness and covering action than by any buldge or inadvertent flash.

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    Who knows I carry? My wife, who BTW likes me to carry, my brother, who also has a CCW, my cousin, who has a CCW, most of my best friends, who are people I shoot with, my sd/firearms instructors.

    Who doesn't know? None of my neighbors, my mother-in-law, my brother & sister who don't have CCWs, my brother-in-law, some of my best friends who I don't shoot with.

    IMHO, "Who knows" you carry is on a "need to know" basis and very few people ever need to know. The more people who know, the more possible problems you could incur: e.g.:

    Let's say your neighbor knows you carry and then one day you have some dispute w/him/her. That neighbor decides to make trouble for you. The neighbor calls the sheriff and says you brandished your gun. The sheriff comes and sure enough, you're carrying (the sheriff already knows you have a CCW). It's your word against your neighbor's. Hard to disprove what your neighbor said.

    The fewer people who know, the better.

    A final thought on OC: I myself like to stay "under the radar". OC is not. OC says to a BG, "Shoot me first!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by KenInColo View Post
    Let's say your neighbor knows you carry and then one day you have some dispute w/him/her. That neighbor decides to make trouble for you. The neighbor calls the sheriff and says you brandished your gun. The sheriff comes and sure enough, you're carrying (the sheriff already knows you have a CCW). It's your word against your neighbor's. Hard to disprove what your neighbor said.
    Thats possible - But, what's the difference if someone says, "That LEO brandished his weapons". Now, how will anybody going to believe ?

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    If someone bumps me and notices something large on my hip, I explain it's my insulin pump for my diabetes....end of conversation.
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    First off, welcome to the forum.

    Basically the fewer who know the better. If someone does happen to discover your carrying, just tell them: "I'm following the laws of the state". Leave it at that.
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    Welcome!

    Unfortunately it took a very bad experience caused by one trusted friend to teach me to only tell those that absolutely must know!
    ALWAYS carry! - NEVER tell!

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    Welcome to the forum!
    Generally I think the fewer that know the better. The last thing you need is a buddy to have a stupid moment and figure he can do or say whatever he wants becuase you and your weapon have his back. Or, just as bad, you and your friends are in a situation where you might need to legitimately draw your weapon to protect someone and while you are waiting for your opportunity your rocket scientist buddy yells "You got a gun, stop him!"
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    Nogdog21 - Welcome to the forum

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    First, greetings & welcome aboard.

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    The fewer the better, as stated above.

    Now, here in Virginia the problem is centered around 1) restaurants & 2) Church.

    1) Restaurants because of the no CC in establishments where they have an on-premises ABC license. Local, where I am likely to meet someone that knows me, I disarm in the car. Not a good situation but better than everyone, who knows me, knowing. When traveling, I do the VA tuck.

    2) Church because of all the hugging. Church is one of the few times I switch to a Smart Carry. No one in Church will hug me there. . I put either a 40 or a 380 in the Smart Carry and a 45 in a paddle. Get to Church and remove the paddle, and lock the 45 in a lock-box that slides under the seat.


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