September 1st, 2009 06:43 PM
Funny thing just happened...
I was out front weed whacking OC as usual. Mind you this is private property (Since I rent)... Our townhouse is in town along a semi-busy side road and a decently busy sidewalk. We have a small patch of grass and a flower bed that I maintain per the lease. Well I'm there working minding my own business when a lady came up on the side walk. I nodded and she had this look of horror on her face when I turned and she saw my 1911. I had just gotten home from work after a long stressful day. I just wanted to get my yard work done and unwind. I was not in the mood to play 20 questions with some misinformed sheep.
Her: *A little bit of attitude* "Do you really need that"?
Me: *Annoyed* "Need what"?
Her: "Your gun"?
Me: "Sure, there are bad people in the world"
Her: "Out in the open though"?
Me: "Mam, I'm sorry to be short but I'd like to be left alone please. I can carry a gun in the open in the state of PA, and even if I couldn't I'm on private property so I can"
Her: "Well I don't think it's a good idea with kids riding around and such"
I go back to weed whacking drowning her out as she walks away and flips up her cell phone, dials something then looks back at me. I'm thinking "great, this is what I need"
I forget about the whole incident as 15 or so minutes pass I'm cleaning up my mess and a LEO cruiser pulls around the corner and up behind my car on the street. He rolls the window down and I'm still clearly OC. He looks directly at my 1911, kind of does a eye roll, looks at me then says:
Him: "We got a call about a man 'brandishing' a gun, have you seen anyone brandishing a gun"? Said in a semi-sarcastic, I can't believe I'm getting bugged for this kind of crap tone.
Me "No sir, can't say I have"
Him: "Ok, well we got a call and we just needed to check"
Me: "Sounds good, am I free to go"?
Him: "Sure thing, have a good night"
Me: "You too sir"
And that was it. He drove off. He didn't even get out of the car...
I just wanted to be left alone.
September 1st, 2009 06:46 PM
Silly lady is all I've got to say.
September 1st, 2009 06:53 PM
If you had to do over would you use the same words wirh the lady?
Don't believe what you hear and only half of what you see!
September 1st, 2009 06:55 PM
No. I could already tell she had made up her mind by the tone of her first question.
Originally Posted by varob
September 1st, 2009 06:56 PM
I've never understood the bit about carrying where kids are around. How many times is this lady around people that conceal carry around kids and she has no clue?
Ignorance is bliss.
September 1st, 2009 07:12 PM
What does "carrying while kids around" have to do with anything? Oh right. The gun would spontaneously discharge killing one of them.
Glad you got an officer with common sense.
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September 1st, 2009 07:13 PM
Me too, or I would have had a nice civil suit being on private property and all
Originally Posted by ExactlyMyPoint
That would have gone over like a fart in church.
September 1st, 2009 07:23 PM
Wait! You were brandishing a weed whacker! I bet the cops really get tired of people such as this lady.
September 1st, 2009 07:32 PM
And she probably blissfully thinks criminals carrying ilegal guns,concealed, never do so around the children.
Originally Posted by chenemf
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September 1st, 2009 07:34 PM
Too bad they don't prosecute people for making bogus 911 calls like hers,I bet if she was convicted and had to pay a fine she wouldn't be calling the cops on law abiding citizens
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September 1st, 2009 07:37 PM
...but a smart cop handed her a "checkmate".
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September 1st, 2009 07:45 PM
I whole heartedly agree with and support everyone’s right to carry a weapon both concealed and open.
There are certain things that we do or wear that are sure to draw attention to us. In my case, when I wear one of my off duty Paramedic or a K9 search & rescue shirts people seem to think it’s a open invitation to talk to me about their ailments or their cute little puppy. Most of the time, I have no issue with talking to people. I will use that as an opportunity to educate people.
However when I want be left alone I try not wear things that open the door to conversation. Openly carrying a firearm seems to draw attention from other people, so I would suggest CC when you don’t want to deal with people.
Don't do things you don't want to explain to the Paramedics!
Stupidity should be painful.
September 1st, 2009 08:36 PM
I can only say Baaaa! Baaaa!
September 1st, 2009 08:49 PM
Not sure where the concern of "being on private property" comes from. You are a legal tenant of the property. I would think the right to bear arms on that property extends to the tenant unless there is something in your lease stating otherwise. I guess one could split hairs over the common areas of the townhouse.
Originally Posted by Pro2A
September 1st, 2009 09:04 PM
No I was referring to if the LEO had decided to detain me and harass me on private property. I rent from a private owner, not a company.
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