Glad you had a good day!
This is a discussion on open carried all day! within the Open Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I normally don't open carry just because I don't want to deal with any hassles I might face. And even though TN is an open ...
I normally don't open carry just because I don't want to deal with any hassles I might face.
And even though TN is an open carry state I have never seen anyone open carry other than at a gun store/show/range/etc so I feel strange doing it.
Anyways, I went hiking today in the Great Smokey Mountains so I decided to open carry my XD .40 SC in the blackhawk serpa.
Needless to say, not a single negative look from anyone, everyone was extremely friendly
Next we stopped at Wendys and ate, also not a single words was sad but a few people did a double-take.
After that I had to make a stop at a gas station and Advanced Auto:zero problems at either.
Now unlike some other people, I still think there is a time and a place for OC and I feel like certain places would be better visited with concealed carry just so you don't scare the
Now, if only I could get a few more Tennesseans to OC I wouldn't feel so strange.
Overall a great day of OC, will be doing it more often especially this summer when I don't feel like sweating on my gun.
Take care everyone!
Glad you had a good day!
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Nothing beats an excellent day with a warm OC gun!
I would like to point out that to open carry in Tennessee a person MUST HAVE a handgun carry permit from TN or any other state. Open carry without a permit is against the law. I'm sure you know this but I don't want someone else to misunderstand your post and get in trouble.
I dont OC very often down here. Did in the UP of MI some though.
I think out in the woods though is a great place to do it.
Honestly, at least in my neck of the woods, people do OC around in the city, more then most people realize. Even for me, I need to be looking for someone that is OCing just as I would look for someone CCing, and when I do so, I see both of them quite a bit.
Georg BüchnerWo die Notwehr aufhört, fängt der Mord an
(Murder begins where self-defense ends)
Glad your experience was liberating.
I know from experience that most Tennesseeans are friendly anyway. It just strikes me as funny:
We look forward to visiting Gatlinburg in the fall and may try a little OC while walking there.
Seeing open carry is like seeing naked people walking around. At first it's a shock, then it becomes ho-hum. They get over it.
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Paranoia strikes deep, into your life it will creep. It starts when you're always afraid... Buffalo Springfield - For What It's Worth
If I saw a gentleman with a gun on his waist (outside of TX, where OC is illegal), I would do a double take. I'd be curious of the make, model, holster, etc etc.
But glad you didn't get hassled for using those pesky rights of yours.
Sounds like you had a good time.
I was actually in the Smoky Mountains myself a couple weeks ago. My fiance and I went down there. I honestly didn't know the law on OC, but I had only brought my Ruger LCP with me anyhow. I CCed that wherever possible for the whole trip. Had a great time.
Were you on the marked hiking trails in the park? Because while there, I noticed all the main trails, that were on Smoky Mountain maps, had "No Firearm" signs at the start of them. I was very surprised. Since CC is now legal in these national parks, why would they ban firearms on hiking trails?
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Good on you!
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Gotta be nice to have the option to suit the situation.
The Smokeys are a great area, love to visit there again; but I'm going to hold off until I've got some permits in the wallet so I can carry when I go.
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I open carry nearly every day during the summer months here in West TN. The only thing I notice...is people don't seem to notice!
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