This is a discussion on OC at Target in Saginaw within the Open Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I was shopping at Target this weekend with my 3 year old daughter and my 9 year old step daughter. We walked around the toy ...
I was shopping at Target this weekend with my 3 year old daughter and my 9 year old step daughter. We walked around the toy isle and made a few selections. I was getting really hot at that point and decided to take my sweat shirt off that was my concealment garment and OC. When i open carry i make a point to smile and say hello to anyone who looks at me or my gun. I want people to realize everyone with a gun is not a psycho on a rampage and that there are a few good people left in the world (or at least in Saginaw MI). We headed to the checkout line and were waiting for our turn when the 3 year old started singing the Cops theme song and dancing. I look behind me and see 6 police officers directly behind me that were obviously there for me, most trying to hide a smile due to the young one. I am the GM for a hotel in the area that invites all the local police to come in and eat our breakfast in the mornings and get coffee when ever they want. Due to this i knew all the police by first name and they knew me also. They made a few jokes and told me that the call was about me causing a "scene" at the store. One of the officers told me that they were making much more of a scene than i was at that time and they would wait outside for me. We made our purchases, assured the cashier that they (police) were just doing there jobs and nothing to worry about. We ended up talking in the parking lot about guns and gear for a half hour. I always offer free shooting lessons to any of them that want, as a J/K... I even went to my hotel and booked a officer that was there a room for a employee rate for a room right after.
After i got home i ended up calling the store and talking to the manager about the incident and informed him of the laws (very politely of course). He was very nice and actually said that he had no personal problem or formal policy against OC but was obligated to call the police when a customer voiced there concerns. I can totally see that point and understand fully from a liability point of view. I am a big gun rights advocate, but also a professional who is responsible for a large business. Always remember to be polite and understanding of not only the police but the businesses position when a conformation arises. It goes a long way for the appearance of our cause in the community.
To the OP: Sounds like it well handled and I appreciate that you followed up with the manager of the store. The only way people will become accustomed to OC is if they start seeing it on a regular basis.
"Skin that smokewagon!".
To the OP:
I think you handled it well. I have OCed every time I have ever been to a Target, but never had a negative reaction. Sorry for the inconvenience of the MWAG call though.
"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."
Worked out fine and in a cordial manner. Glad to hear you knew the officers as that likely shortened the formalities. The only thing that I questioned was...why did they send 6 officers? 6 seems excessive....it's not like WW reported an active shooter...just a mwag.
It's a shame someone bothered to call the cops for a guy with his kids, but at least everything went pretty well. It must be nice to know a lot of the police on a first name basis.
"Bad boys bad boys, what you gonna do"...
Yoda, I am, yes.
Ever wonder what the sheeple are thinking " Oh my god 911 he has a gun and a baby singing the cops theme song quick send someone"