I mean, yeah, I'm sure for the most part people don't notice. But it only takes one, like the story on another thread by a guy who had the cops called on him when OC'ing in a Kinko's. He got taken outside and bent over the hood, so it's really a matter of how much risk you want to take. Oh, and it's legal in NC (where the guy lives) to OC unless somebody complains and then you can be asked to leave the area. I'm not sure the responding LEO really knew that. And that's a big part of the problem. Do your locals even know the law? Not worth it to me.
Bottom line, I think, is that for any activity, there are ways of behaving that will invite scrutiny and ways that will avoid scrutiny. For example, if you are dressed in all camo and moving "tactically" from one store aisle to the next, darn skippy people will notice you OCing, because you've attracted their attention (and justifiably so) as being out of the norm. Wearing an "I HAVE A GUN" T-shirt would likely also get people to study you more closely. On the other hand, behaving casually and dressing "normally" will allow you to blend into the background--you're just another unremarkable guy (or gal) and so people won't "check you out" closely. Unless you're hot.:image035:
In your above quote you stated.. "I didn't say that nobody noticed..", but in your original post you did say, ie: "Unless you make an effort to be noticed, you probably won't be."
Looking at your above original statement as written, one is able to easily interpret and come to the conclusion (as I did), that you were saying a OC'd firearm wouldn't be noticed by most of the public unless brought to their attention via some act, display or action to do so.
My original post wasn't written to disparage you, but rather to point out unless one gets some type of "Visibly Reaction" to their OC'ing, one doesn't know whether the firearm has been seen.. or not.
I have to admit that the kind of person who was OCing would dictate whether I make a glance or watch the person.
Someone who is decently dressed would not really get my attention. Especially a woman who accessorized with her outfit. I might look to admire the outfit. It's a "girl", fashion thing. :girl:
If someone is tattooed all over, neck and head, with piercings all over, holes in the ears and dressed like a dirt bag would get my attention and I would watch them. I know, I would be profiling but that is my measurement of alert.
I still wouldn't bring it to anyone's attention. How they act is more important to me.
Not a good idea to frighten your fellow employees....why didn't you just wait till the lady left and then say that lady was packing a gun on her side.
LOL.....I was a campus police officer in the mid 80's and I carried a stainless S&W .357. We wore the same uniform as the LAPD style. Pretty typical uniform for all police officers. A student I was talking said in a surprised tone, "You guys carry guns?!"
Really? You didn't see the Hogue combat grips and the shiny pistol on my hip? People do not notice other people because they live in their own little bubble. That's why they all say"The guy came out of no where" when they are victimized. No situational awareness.
Pretty much the same experience I've had when OC. And with me, I don't try to camouflage the gun. I've worn my G23 in my SERPA holster on a brown belt worn on tan pants and a white shirt. The gun/holster sticks out, it does not blend in. And I've still gotten the same reactions.