do your neighbors know

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    I live in a quiet but dense (by my standards) subdivision near Phoenix... 1/8-acre lots, party walls between yards, the standard "planned community" thing. My next door neighbor of 10 years on one side is a former Marine, and last summer when he mentioned getting a Glock he became aware that I'm always armed. That led to a further discussion and he got to see the inside of my safe, as well as handle an AR which he hadn't done since he was in Viet Nam. If we were faced with a Katrina/Watts sort of civil unrest, I'd arm him in a jiffy and know he'd have my back.

    Beyond that neighbor, the others come and go and I don't know many. If they are aware of my firearms, it's only passively from seeing me head out to the range with long-gun cases or a 1911 on my hip. I see no reason or advantage to tell anyone. Kind of a need-to-know type of thing.
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    I live in a very nice neighborhood so I don't worry about the neighbors knowing; and most do because I OC when I walk the dog. Nobody pays much attention even though I carry a 5" double stack 1911 on a pancake holster, not exactly hard to spot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by F350 View Post
    I live in a very nice neighborhood so I don't worry about the neighbors knowing; and most do because I OC when I walk the dog. Nobody pays much attention even though I carry a 5" double stack 1911 on a pancake holster, not exactly hard to spot.
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    The fewer that know your business, the better.
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    In my neighborhood I think most people have guns, but no one really talks about it that much. They don't hide it but it just doesn't come up in conversation.

    However, my neighbor across the street said to me one day, "We're going out of town for a week so if you see anyone breaking into the house just shoot them and leave the body by the back door. I'll take it out for trash pick up next Thursday".

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    Nah, they probably think it's a guitar case because I'm also a musician.
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    In the neighborhood where our old house is, many of my neighbors knew we had guns and are instructors. The neighbor behind me has a key to my house and office and my alarm code to my home and office. I have a key to his house and his alarm code. I went shooting with several of my old neighbors.

    In our new house which is rural, a few of our neighbors know we have guns and instruct CHL. We haven't lived here but a few months, and I have shot very little at our house, but others seem to shoot pretty often. Our current house was subject to vandalism while we had it under contract. I have made it known that there is an alarm system, video survellance and I won't have any problems with whipping a little snot nosed kids butt should they decide to do something stupid on our property, or doing what is necessary should an adult decide to do something stupid.

    It probably isn't good to try to keep secrets when often I wear one of our CHL t-shirts with a large image of a handgun in the center of the back of it.
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    I live in the country and all of my neighbors know I shoot. Many of them do as well. A guy in the next section across the road from me usually runs a belt through his water-cooled 1917 once a month, so my practice and test sessions are practically inconsequential. No break-ins or property damage for the 20 years we've been here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike1956 View Post
    With all the gunfire emanating from my property, they probably suspect.
    Yep, I'm a country boy myself. If my neighbors don't know, they need to have their hearing checked.
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    A few of my neighbors know, and looters in this sub would not do well.
    If we could sell, both my wife and I would like to be a bit more isolated in TX, OK, or even KY.
    As of now, it's not happening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    because I saw the new box in his trash.
    Fitting that this is in the Home Defense forum. This is exactly the reason I break down my boxes and turn them inside out. Ounce of prevention and all...so consider who sees you're new home theater box sitting on the curb...

    As for the neighbors, I'm not close with them so it never comes up, but I wouldn't advertise it. I don't carry anything out under blankets or in nondescript bags, but I don't go out and flaunt my hobbies. I don't have NRA stickers on any vehicles. Heck, I even keep my office window shade drawn so people don't see I have a computer.

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    I see no reason to tell anyone anything. I sure wouldn't introduce with "oh, by the way I'm packing". I carry a gun all the time, when I'm home or when I'm out. Even at home it's never exposed. It is no body's business. Some one said it best earlier in this post...trust no one...ever.

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    Nope, nada, absolutely not. NO reason for them to know. I carry concealed even when I go out into my backyard, If I'm upstairs, I close my curtains if I pull out my gun because I don't want anyone to know.

    Is it because I'm ashamed? Nope. It's because I want the absolute most surprise possible if and when I ever have to draw it.

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    Only my shooting friends know about my guns, everyone else do not, I don't advertise, don't know who is a thief, an unti or worst a deranged lunatic that could break in steal and use my guns in one of those horrible acts, one of the reasons I am opposed to government databases and newspapers disclosing the content of those databases for ratings (Both from posting and from reporting on news of the consenquences)
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    I don't trust anyone except maybe a friend or two and my brother, but neighbors? no way i have only known any one neighbor for a year tops. Some say I have trust issues, I like to think I'm just careful

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