OC for the first time

OC for the first time

This is a discussion on OC for the first time within the Open Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I OC for the first time today. Had to go pick up our dog from the groomer and had an older gentleman notice. He asked ...

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    OC for the first time

    I OC for the first time today. Had to go pick up our dog from the groomer and had an older gentleman notice. He asked what type of pistol and how many rounds it carried. He wasn't condemning, just curious and the lady in the lobby did not seem to notice. I decided to CC in the grocery store, but I saw another man OC.

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    And your noticed afterward that the earth didn't stop spinning on its axis, right? The biggest effect is on the carrier, not the folks too busy with their own lives and activities to notice. You can probably expand your OC envelope a little bit as opportunities present themselves, just to gain a little more confidence. Glad it was an uneventful experience for you.
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    Congratulations! you'll find that Smitty is right. Most people won't even notice, and of the ones that do, only a very small percentage will say anything, and of those, most will simply ask you questions out of curiosity.

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    It's sorta like when I started skinny dipping in the stone quarries in southern Indiana in my youth, started out inhibited, self conscious, felt like everyone was looking, like I was doing something wrong; after a few times it was sorta liberating. I OC everyday now.

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    That was in Fayetteville, GA, wonder how it would go down here in the blue state of WA! Maybe I will try sometime.
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    Old folks and kids are normally the ones that will notice. Kids because the gun is at eye level and their curiosity has them looking at everything. Old folks, because they like to watch young people run around like a chicken with their heads cut off, making fools of themselves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheConcealer View Post
    That was in Fayetteville, GA, wonder how it would go down here in the blue state of WA! Maybe I will try sometime.
    Washington is not as liberal as most think when it comes to firearms. Even Seattle is mostly open carry friendly. Lots of oc'ers have meetups in the Pikes Market area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gasmitty View Post
    And your noticed afterward that the earth didn't stop spinning on its axis, right? The biggest effect is on the carrier, not the folks too busy with their own lives and activities to notice. You can probably expand your OC envelope a little bit as opportunities present themselves, just to gain a little more confidence. Glad it was an uneventful experience for you.
    I don't know smitty, the first time I OC'd I kinda felt like it slowed down a little.... That sure was a long day!

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    I OC regularly, have been for a few years. Only two comments ever, both complimentary, one by a customer at the grocery store and one by the bagger at the store.
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    Not as common in eastern Nebraska...so I have opted not to OC anytime soon. Decided to wait patiently for my CC license to arrive. Figure if I wasn't 100% comfortable with it, it's probably not a good idea. But, kudoz to those whom have and will continue to do so.
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    Glad it went well for ya.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carracer View Post
    Washington is not as liberal as most think when it comes to firearms. Even Seattle is mostly open carry friendly. Lots of oc'ers have meetups in the Pikes Market area.
    Surprise to me! I've spent my whole life in western WA and although we have pretty good laws in place regarding gun rights, there are quite a few real nuts that would flip a biscuit if they noticed someone carrying. Not to mention I have not once ever seen anyone open carry, but then again I don't know how commonplace OC is in other parts of the country. I hear of things like this Green Lake open carry incident Sunday stirring debate - Seattle gun rights | Examiner.com far too often.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheConcealer View Post
    Surprise to me! I've spent my whole life in western WA and although we have pretty good laws in place regarding gun rights, there are quite a few real nuts that would flip a biscuit if they noticed someone carrying. Not to mention I have not once ever seen anyone open carry, but then again I don't know how commonplace OC is in other parts of the country. I hear of things like this Green Lake open carry incident Sunday stirring debate - Seattle gun rights | Examiner.com far too often.
    Yes, I remember reading about this at the time. Unfortunate, but, doesn't happen near as much as you think.
    Here's a link to the Seattle/King County part of OCDO. Hope it's ok to link this. If not, delete and let me know.

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    Exactly how it should be.

    The more people carrying that folks see, the more they'll get to appreciate that merely being prepared doesn't equate to being a threat. Hopefully more communities will begin to see the light.
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