This is a discussion on Odd situation at the Irving... within the Open Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by raevan I personally don't like people walking up and talking to me if I don't know them. If some one trys and ...
It could have gone worse like the situation I was in that I posted on here awhile ago, but my guy was CC'ing and printing, not open carrying. I think the guy was just expecting a negative response so badly that he automatically took your question as hostile and responded as such.
"I'd rather have one and not need it, than need one and not have it!"
It is just a more convenient and every bit as legal way to carry.
To the OP, no I think asking was perfectly fine. If he was a bit gruff that may just have been his nature. No big deal. In my experience, we open carrier's tent to be a bit more friendly than those who feel compelled to conceal out of some concern that they may offend the .
I don't think you crossed any line in asking a simple question.
I will be the first to admit ( and my wife will be the second ) that I am not the most personable guy in the world, but if someone starts to talk to me, even a stranger, I will engage them in conversation. As long as I have not pegged them as a possible threat. Then, they get told to back off.
I'm about half-way between Concord and Portsmouth and have never had any problems in my town, including restaurants, stores and gas stations. Got a couple questions, mostly regarding what it was, how I liked it, where do I shoot, etc. I had one person freak out in the local Hannaford, but the person that she was with calmed her down and she was better after they came over and talked to me. I happily answered her questions and she admitted that her apprehensions were based on lack of familiarity. I told her about some ways to get educated; she was either really interested or really scared....
I have yet to try a mall or anything closer to the MA border though. I don't exactly expect a friendly reception.....
There's a site, I think it's Ridley Report | The New Hampshire revolution is now televised . The guy who runs it, is sort of weird, but he has a lot of info on OC in New Hampshire, as part of the Free State program. You can also find him on Youtube.
He's one of those people who believe in NOT cooperating with the police, as long as he's not under arrest and such. i.e., he won't show identification, although he will give his name. Essentially, he's what some might term, "confrontational." But he's got lots of good info on OC in NH. If you can stand him otherwise.