This is a discussion on christmas eve wally world LEO encounter. within the Open Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I went to Wally World, open carrying my 1911 on my hip in my SERPA holster. I was looking for summer sausage and some decent ...
I went to Wally World, open carrying my 1911 on my hip in my SERPA holster. I was looking for summer sausage and some decent cheese to snack on at work tonight and I could not find any. There was a state trooper from SWAT on duty in the store working security and I approached him as he was standing there eating a hot dog. I broke the ice by jokingly asking, nothing like a quiet place to eat lunch right? and he laughed and said aint that the truth. I then asked if he was working security at the wal-mart and if he wouldn't mind pointing me in the direction of what I was looking for. He said sure and pointed me towards the Christmas foods area, and even went so far as to offer to show me by walking me back there to make sure i found it. He glanced at my hip once and complimented me on what a nice looking gun I had on my hip and wished me a Merry and safe Christmas. I conducted myself politely and made some small talk with him and he did not even check my permit. I continued my journey through wally world and cleaned out their shelf of 762x39 ammo for my AK. My gun did not point itself at anyone or at any time misbehave herself. Just thought I would share my positive non eventful open carry day at wally world.
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With some of the recent stories of bad open carry encounters yours is a welcome change.
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And that folks, i how you handle yourself while openly carrying a firearm! One on the hip and a bundle of ammo and snacks under your arm, thats America.
What happened to breaking the ice with, "nothing like a SWAT officer handling Wal Mart Security on Christmas Eve, wheres the sausages?"
"You got a permit for that piece?"
"I dont need no stiiiinking permits!"
Such a normal encounter makes you wonder who's running the show and whether we could all get along without big government, the gun grabbers, and know-what's-best-for-ya's.
-Blackstone’s Commentaries 145–146, n. 42 (1803) in District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008)Americans understood the right of self-preservation as permitting a citizen to repel force by force
when the intervention of society... may be too late to prevent an injury.
What I find even more astonishing is that you braved Christmas Eve at WalMart at all!!
Although, I may have to brave the after-Christmas crowd if we intend to eat after the big meals this weekend.
Since payday landed on Christmas Eve-Eve, the fridge is REALLY bare. There's all of 3 hot dogs and some ketchup, if the buns haven't molded.... Plus we're out of dog food. Ugh! Maybe I will go at 2am....creepy people 2am people are tolerable, as long as there's not a million of them trying to get all the "deals" at once.
I won't be wronged, I won't be insulted, I won't be laid a hand on. I don't do these things to other people and I expect the same from them. -- John Wayne as John B. Books in "The Shootist"
Hmmmm Summer sausage on a wheat thin with canned chesse and a Jalopeno meal for a KING !! The People around you didnt scream armed robber or gangbanger Amazing ! And agreed Pistology.
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That is the way it should be when you go into any store carrying IMO. Good. I'm glad you had a positive experience.
Wow it didn't grow legs and have a mind of it's own.???
Just kidding. Sounds like how EVERY OC should go with an LEO.
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But..but ..but I felt endangered when I saw you. It my right not to live in fear!My gun did not point itself at anyone or at any time misbehave herself.
Oh wait. Christmas eve at Walmart? I was already victimized. Never mind.
Wit Dat 100%
a far as I'm concerned has a great policy toward Carrying and all.
What with the choice of a lifetime permit if you choose, in liew of the 4 yr., and less stringent on the rules of places that are off limits, and the encounter you cited, plus other similar such occurrences, and that spells good policy makers.
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Sounds like a good evening... nobody getting their hair blown back over a "gun" Merry Christmas
If you had been carring a LCP would you have gotten different snacks? Brie and water crackers?