I created it, now what do I do?
This has to do with the neighbor that has recently gotten into guns/shooting. I helped him through getting to the range with me, purchasing his first firearm, and got him set up with some ammo. We have been shooting a few times, last night we even took his 6 year old son and my son so that I can start to teach his son safe gun handling skills. That is another story in itself. :gah:
Anyway, he had been carrying his SR9 in his back pocket when around the house, and laying it on the top of the fridge, or coffee table whatever. With his kids, boy 6, and girl 2, neither has been around guns or know any rules regarding them, so this was a recipe for disaster. I kept telling him to go get a holster, even just a cheapo that will at least hold the gun on the belt, but so far he had not done it. I recently got in a new Fist holster that works with both my Taurus' guns, and had just about stopped using my Wild Bill's all together. So the other night while we were on the driveway shooting the bull, I decided what the heck lets see if the Wild Bill's will fit the SR9. It did, not a perfect fit, but it holds it fairly secure and it is at least on his person. No more coffee table or top of fridge for the gun. He did follow the recommendation of getting a small pistol safe for at night and or when he isn't around to put the gun in. :hand10:
So here is the deal. Now that he has been using this holster and getting comfortable with it, he has messed up twice. He is good to go carrying concealed at his home, in his car, ect. But twice he has forgotten about it and went to the store with the gun in the holster. He failed to take it out of the holster and put it in the console of the car before entering the store. The first time, he went to the liquor store to get some smokes and a 6 pack, dropped his cash and the guy behind the counter (luckily it is a friend of his) said hey Joe, (not really his name) whats that on your side there. Well that was all good, since they ended up going to be back of the store, and the clerk was looking over his pistol. The second time he went to a different store and low and behold right behind him walks a cop. Now Joe is very nervous because he realizes that he still has this pistol on, so he splays his body away from the cop a bit, and finished the transaction then goes straight home.
I have told him that he needs to be more aware and needs to make sure that he leaves it in the console, or leaves it at home before he goes. Well he understands this but said, he didn't feel comfortable taking it out of the holster and putting it in the console, that someone would see ect. So I tell him that if he isn't going to be aware of what he is doing he really needs to get his CHL, and then he would be good to go. Of course this comes at a price, about 300 bucks in our area of Texas from start to finish, and he says he really doesn't have that kind of money or really doesn't need it, that these were just mistakes.
Mistakes or not, these types of actions can be very costly in the long run. With either a criminal record or heaven forbid getting himself into a situation where he would attempt to use his gun. He definately isn't ready to address that situation yet IMO. He doesn't carry with one in the chamber since he isn't comfortable yet. But that is another issue all together.
Anyone have any other recommendations on how to cure what might be a bad habit being formed right now by the neighbor?