Family OC in town today!

Family OC in town today!

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    Thumbs up Family OC in town today!

    Well y'all, after the last two tries and everything going like buttah, I did my 1st OC with the Bunny Family today.

    I came back from a morning class at the range, so I was still OC when I got home, and we had this grand opening at the gym that we'd promised to go to. So we did. Honestly, the only two people who noticed were Mr. Bunny's trainer and my trainer, and even then, because they knew I had a class that morning.

    On that happy note, we decided to go to a little sandwich place for lunch and eat al fresco (table outside on the sidewalk) in an outdoor shopping plaza. Again, no one noticed. Or if they did, they didn't say anything or act weird.

    I followed some online advice about not acting all weird and nervous, being friendly, smiling, talking to folks like it's a normal thing (because what BG does that, right? Don't they usually hide their faces and try to remain gray?) and everyone we talked to was the same way.

    Walked across this little field to a farmers market stand, got some produce and chatted up the farmers. One said jokingly "Man, I bet you're afraid to fight with the wife, eh?" And then the other came over to see why. He said "Oh, are you a detective or something?"

    Ok, here's where it went awesome --

    The guy (was like maybe 20-22 years old) was wearing an Obama shirt. Not to get all political, but I generally think that this means he's maybe a little more pro-gun-control and less pro-2A. Anyhow, I smiled and looked him in the eye and cheerfully said "Nope. Just a private citizen. And you may not have already known this, but NC is what we call an open-carry state. It's perfectly legal to walk around like this. I am still waiting for my concealed permit paperwork."

    At which point, he got really curious and saucer-eyed and said "well why would you though?" I told him "many reasons. But the most important one to me right now is that unarmed, my family could easily be considered "prey" by someone with bad intentions. As far as I know, very few car jackers and rapists are bulletproof." Then the other guy mumbled something about being able to handle it or something, and Mr. Bunny said "actually, she's a crack shot." They grinned, and we left.

    In my town, on a bad day, you will usually pass 5 or 6 local PD cars, just going to get gas or groceries. I noticed that between the gym opening, lunch, and the farm stand, we hadn't seen one yet.

    We stopped in to a boutique (I disarmed, they have a no-firearms sign.) and when we got out, there were 7 PD cars in the parking lot!

    Ok, so I don't know if that was a coincidence, or maybe the guys all came back from lunch, or if it's because we were in a busy shopping area, or there WAS a "Bunny With A Gun" call...but nobody approached us, followed us in the car, pulled us over, etc.

    All in all, a fantastic trip out. Bunny Jr. was about as casual as could be about the whole thing. I think it's still very important for him to see that OC/CC in any capacity is ok, and that it should be done responsibly, seize the opportunity to educate when possible, etc.

    As for the folks who didn't notice, B-a-a-a-a-a-a! It's kinda hard to miss, but whatever. Here's a pic :)

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    Whoohoo, you go Bunny.
    I know not what this "overkill" means.

    Honing the knives, Cleaning the longguns, Stocking up ammo.

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    Were you all wearing "The Slippers"??

    Seriously though, well done!!
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    Nice!

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    Good deal. Someone will call some day when You least expect it.

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    Even people who CC for the first time feel weird when they go out in public the first time with there pistol. By the time you get your CC permit you will be over that, with all your open carry experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redrick View Post
    Even people who CC for the first time feel weird when they go out in public the first time with there pistol. By the time you get your CC permit you will be over that, with all your open carry experience.
    Could not have said it better.

    Plus you'll be comfortable doing either CC or OC. Isn't NC a good state. Now if they'll only pass the Castle Doctrine, Parks Carry and resend the Restraunt carry back to the floor!
    "Without fear there can be no Courage!"

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    Sounds like a nice outing with the family. And the carrying went just the way it should: as a non-event, as if you'd simply decided to wear the comfy old jeans today. Which is exactly all it was, just another day of relaxed preparedness in going about your normal activities. Every day should be that simple.

    I don't hold much hope that people's attitudes to accept carrying are vastly changing, but it is heartening to hear of such normal days. Kudos!
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    Way to go Bunny. If you ever make it up to the Richmond area let me know your coming. We'll go kill some paper targets and OC for lunch.

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    Congrats very positive day for OCing
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    Quote Originally Posted by GunnyBunny View Post
    Were you all wearing "The Slippers"??

    Seriously though, well done!!
    Ah, no...I'm saving that for you and Mrs. Gunny Bunny et al., when we do the NRA Convention here next year. I have pink ones and white ones -- haven't found blue ones for ya yet though.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dal1Celt View Post
    Could not have said it better.

    Plus you'll be comfortable doing either CC or OC. Isn't NC a good state. Now if they'll only pass the Castle Doctrine, Parks Carry and resend the Restraunt carry back to the floor!
    Yep. Preaching to the converted. We get to OC but no Castle doctrine? I have a rant all my own for parks carry. It involves screaming at the Brady Bunch to train me in how to "reason" with a bear or rapist/killer when I'm in the parks. So I just don't go. And restaurant carry would be the crown jewel. We eat out a LOT.

    Quote Originally Posted by archer51 View Post
    Way to go Bunny. If you ever make it up to the Richmond area let me know your coming. We'll go kill some paper targets and OC for lunch.
    You're on! Heading up for a Depeche Mode concert with the rest of the bunnyfam in late summer :)
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    ...okay, that's it. I am now totally convinced that either I am invisible, or else Ziggy must be. Even a local Police Officer didn't notice! (Well, maybe he just didn't say anything when I talked to him yesterday?)

    This CC is going to be a cakewalk, if OC is this breezy! Woohoo!

    *bunnygrin*
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    That is great,. You'll like CC when you get your permit,. Although I love to see people carry,. I prefer to have no-one know,. "never tell" method,.

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    Excellent!

    Great example for Bunny Jr. He'll grow up thinking it's all normal.

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