Get a car safe so it's not stolen in a "smash and grab" and leave it in the car. These work great:
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Lock it up in the car and don't carry at all.
Simply expose the weapon in its IWB holster.
Change from an IWB holster to an OWB holster.
I carry OWB anyway so I just take off the cover.
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Recommend you do a search...this has been covered many times previously. I open carry when going into a restaurant that has an ABC license to consume alcohol on the premises; I do not drink.
I do not recommend you leave it in the car...the only thing stopping someone from taking it is a piece of glass. Not to mention, if you try to take it out of your holster, there is a greater probabilty of a ND when trying to unholster covertly. If you wish to carry in VA and eat in restaurants, I recommend you become comfortable with open carry.
Hopefully we (VCDL) will be successful in getting the ban of concealed carry in restaurants overturned this year.
Are you a member of the Virginia Citizens Defense League?
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Granted: I think this OC only law is stupid,and seemingly in place so they can discourage people to carry into ABC places,...
Va is a pre-empted state,and opencarry is FULLY legal. Unforuntately nobody likes to exercise the rights that we DO have,yet complain when we lose rights.
I've yet to find a resteraunt I really,REALLY enjoy with the exception of a couple italian places,locally. (One of wich,the OCDO ladies is a waitress,w00t)
"To blame a gun for a mans decision is to foolishly attribute free will to an inanimate object"- Colion Noir.
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VCDL and friends have been trying for nearly 12 years now. Maybe this year.
Procrastinators are the leaders of tomorrow.
I agree with one of the preious posters. I would open carry but use discretion. 1. Keep your weapon toward the wall. 2. Sit where the weapon is not readily visible to other patrons in the restaurant.
Wait....this is what I do even when concealed...
Unnecessary? If defense of one's life isn't justification enough, I don't know what is. One cannot possibly know when or where a crime might occur. So unless one has it readily accessible then, in the case of needing it for self-defense, it's merely an inaccessible paper weight.I would leave it in the vehicle. Personally, I see no reason to unnecessarily disturb folks ...
I see no reason to disturb folks. I also see no reason their problems with legal carry should disturb anyone. Such concerns hardly warrant legal force to be employed as a salve for their fears. Someone's problem with my carrying remains his/her problem, if it's legal. He/she will simply have to get over it.
But then, Virginia seems to have had it's share of instances of heavy-handed treatment of licensed carriers the past couple of years.
anybody know the status of the Va bills to legalize restaurant carry?
-------------------------------------------I would leave it in the vehicle. Personally, I see no reason to unnecessarily disturb folks ...
I wonder how many guns were left in the car at the Killeen (Tx) Luby's? At least one that we know of...
I believe the law is to prevent people that become stupid when alcohol is added from becoming any more a problem than they already are. Most states don't allow consumption while carrying anyway.
Bad things can happen around beer IMO no carry near alcohol.
Every few years there seems to be some "confusion" here in NOVA. I recollect reading about a misunderstanding at a pizza restaurant in Manassas and an uninformed call to 911 at a sports bar in Reston. I obey the Law. I do not like disarming myself and I do not like leaving a weapon unattended even when it is locked in a car. I look forward to the Law being updated.
I concealed carry whenever I can. I open carry when I am forced to, usually through some unplanned circumstances. If I plan to go to place that will not let me carry then I am usually with friends, dress a bit more defensively, and carry other permissible defensive devices if allowed.
On a couple of occasions when I have open carried, I'm wearing a suit and my best leather belt and holster. I've had wait staff and managers ask me if I am law enforcement and I tell them the truth, that I am not law enforcement, that I am here for quiet dinner. I've never personally had a problem and tend to get greeted as a favorite customer on return visits.
I suggest open carry. But just as you dress to carry concealed, I suggest that you try and dress for the different Situational Awareness when you know you will have to open carry.
Last edited by gglockster; January 31st, 2008 at 01:09 AM. Reason: clarification
IN OTHER WORDS: Let's get back to PERSONAL RESPONSIBLILITY for our actions!!
If I get falling-down drunk while packin' and driving a rig, send MY butt to jail - it's not your fault if I'm a fool, so it shouldn't affect your rights.
Anyways, that's my story and I's stickin' to it!!!
I was in Richmond today at the Assembly lobbying for the smoke free Va bill as part of my professional group. I also lobbied for SB 746 and was able to speak with Senator Quayl who is on the Justice committee of the Senate. He assured me he supports the bill. I missed asking my representative about the House bill. Crossover day is next week so good or bad we will know if its passed by then