Open Carry Mistake!

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    Open Carry Mistake!

    Saw something today that made me wish I had a camera on me.

    I was heading to the Post Office today and parked on the street. I disarmed and lock my firearm in the car went in and took care of my business, but on my way out I saw something.
    I past a guy getting in to his car after dropping off a stack of letters, with his gun holstered on his belt. Not only did he drive into the forbidden "gun free zone" but the guy actually went into the building with his firearm (looked like a Glock) still in his holster!

    I was to far away to give him a verbal 2x4 up side the head for being stupid. He is just dang lucky that we were in an area were firearms are perfectly acceptable with the population, and he didn't get his self arrested for violating federal muck.
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    Not saying it was the case, but there is the possibility he was legal to carry in the post office.
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    My Post Office isn't posted anywhere.
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    My thought as well - if he was any form of LE, he'd be legal.

    It's good to be alert, but this is a case where it pays to keep eyes and ears open but the mouth closed, unless or until someone is in jeopardy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ Husker View Post
    My Post Office isn't posted anywhere.
    It doesn't need to be, although I noticed the ones in Chandler are. Firearms are prohibited in post offices, except when carried by law enforcement.
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    ...and their off!
    Let's see...Mmmmm threads on "Post Office Carry", O.K.
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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    ...and their off!
    Let's see...Mmmmm threads on "Post Office Carry", O.K.
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    I seriously doubt his was an LEO...he was about 5'7", mid fifties, and very much a pot belly driving a car with out of state plates. I have not seen him around town before or at the PD or Sheriff's.
    Yes, he could have been a LEO in another state just here visiting, but I just didn't get that feel when I saw him come out. When he was walking back out to his car I do recall that he had his shoulders rolled forward, and did not make eye contact with anyone else in the parking lot, it stuck me as a serious lack of SA.
    I was in my van on the street about 30 feet away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mamakennedy View Post
    I seriously doubt his was an LEO...he was about 5'7", mid fifties, and very much a pot belly driving a car with out of state plates. I have not seen him around town before or at the PD or Sheriff's.
    Yes, he could have been a LEO in another state just here visiting, but I just didn't get that feel when I saw him come out. When he was walking back out to his car I do recall that he had his shoulders rolled forward, and did not make eye contact with anyone else in the parking lot, it stuck me as a serious lack of SA.
    I was in my van on the street about 30 feet away.
    Possible he was LEO. I attended a Church service in a state where church carry is not legal but the guy in front of me was obviously armed as the printed outline of his firearm was easy to spot. After the service I was introduced to him and in conversation with him found out he was a FBI agent.
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    I try not to judge people and I certaintly wouldn't admonish someone - especially if he was carrying and I wasn't. There is another possibility, he might have simply forgot to leave the gun in the car. Maybe that is why he was slumped over and looking at the ground. Maybe he became aware that he still had his gun on when he was in the post office.

    I'll be the one to confess and take the heat. I did the same thing several weeks ago. I was carrying a MUCH lighter pistol and I didn't realize my mistake until I got back in the car and I looked down to buckle my seatbelt. Stuff happens, especially when your older, in a hurry and have many errands that day.

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    If I had been able to talk to him I wouldn't have been rude...the approach would have been more along the lines of "you fly is down" with out trying to draw any attention. Maybe then I would have found out that he was legal to carry into the PO, but my first thought was that it was a big mistake such has just being in a hurry and simply forgetting. Something I have done a few times myself...I usually catch myself at the door.
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    Yes stuff happens.... but if you are caught the judge and jury won't hear it. Your butt would end up in jail before you could say "oops"

    It is sad but it is easier to convict the person who is normally law abiding. They are faster to confess even if they didn't mean to confess or didn't realize they broke a law. When open carrying we have to be extra careful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mamakennedy View Post
    I was to far away to give him a verbal 2x4 up side the head for being stupid.
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    I would be very ver hesitant to approach a stranger carrying a gun in hopes to teach them about the law or point out they did something illegal, no matter how slight. For all you know they are criminal, murderer, wanted in 50 states etc. If you feel strongly enough about it be a good witness and inform the local law enforcement.

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    wow people.... there is nothing wrong with speaking to someone that is open carrying...

    Chances are the guy forgot or maybe he is a LEO or something. Either way I don't think mamakennedy was meaning to yell at the guy but merely to see whats up and maybe save that guy's freedom.
    There is something about firing 4,200 thirty millimeter rounds/min that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

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