Open Carry has come a long way here in PA, alot of other states still need to follow suit. Sometimes that means filing law suits, as it is one of the reasons LE has become so aware of the legalities of open carry in this state.
I was on the way back from allentown, where I had just sold a rifle, when I received the most urgent of calls. So, I pulled in at the walmart in Wilson, next to the regal movie theater. My mission, retreive toilet paper. I pulled in, finished my smoke, and made my approach to the daunting walmart greeter territory. As I was walking towards the entrance, a few walmart employees, who appeared to be of managerial rank, walked outside. A male, and two females. I walked around them, and as I did so, conversation ceased.
I didn't make it 10 feet before I heard the younger female state, "you've got to be kidding me". I then heard the male employee say, "they can do that you know". I didn't stop and continued on my way inside to find my toilet paper, but heard some inaudible chatter from the young female employee, who seemed rather excited in her tone.
I retrieved my stuff, and walked out. There was someone standing there wearing some type of police association clothing, who was taking donations. I passed him on the way in, but didn't really pay any attention to him. As I walked out, the managers were gone, but he remained. I received the most disgusted look I've ever caught for open carrying since I received my LTCF/bought my first gun.
I was at the flea market yesterday, in saylorsburg, with my girlfriend. I was open carrying, needless to say I guess? We walked around for a little while, I didn't find anything of interest, but my girlfriend found an old 50's era lamp she liked. We decided to head over and grab some of the fries and dump vinegar on them, which is what we always do when we go to the flea market. We're standing in line, I don't think most people noticed, or if they did they didn't stare/didn't care. I know a few other people local to the area that have been open carrying there for a few years now. Anyway, a very large man and his girlfriend walked up to the line. I noticed they spotted my gun from a distance as they approached, as the man pointed right at me. He gets to the line and starts giving me the most foul looks, only to be rivaled by the police association man taking donations at walmart a few days prior. A few minutes later he walks off and gets on his cell phone. I wanted to have a cigarette, and out consideration for the people in line, I stepped out of the line to go have my smoke away from the crowd. I walked to where I was within distance so that I could hear the mans conversation on the cell phone. All I heard was, "it has to be concealed", "yeah, but it's not concealed", "oh, I thought it had to be concealed". He then spotted me and turned his back to me and walked away.
Two incidents within a few days of eachother, that apparently the concerned party was notified that open carry is in fact legal. I thought that was pretty cool, so I had to share it. Here in pennsylvania, there has been a complete overhaul of the standardized annual and progressive training law enforcement receives. The MPOETC, municipal polce officers educational training course, is a state wide training that all LE in the state of PA must pass to continue being a police officer. Due to the efforts of some courageous open carriers over the last few years, it has been changed to reflect the legalities of open carry.