I have found this forum to be quite helpful but I've hesitated to join in. I am a woman with a valid VA CCP. I took a series of training classes at a local range and then attended their CCP class, passed the tests and applied for, and received my CCP, last year. I felt it was an accomplishment (so I did tell some people about it) and I discovered how much I like to shoot and how much I appreciate the right to carry my firearm. Here's my big concern: I have had one company that I worked for (going through layoffs at the time) go into my purse without my knowledge or permission and take my gun. The company did not have anything publicly posted restricting gun carry. Since I often worked late (and I had obtained my CCP) I wanted to have my gun with me. I left that company and went to a new one. My previous company informed my new employer that I was "probably in possession of a firearm." I was called in by HR and questioned. I did not have the gun on company premises (as they had it posted properly). I was subsequently terminated.
I've learned my lesson and I don't breathe a word about my shooting as a hobby or my CCP. How do others handle this? I'm trying not to be bitter or reactionary but I can't help but feel I've been ostracized and punished for owning a gun. Any advice?