What is your most asked question?

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  • Are you a police officer?

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  • Is that a real gun?

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  • *Awkward silence*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bunny View Post
    "Are you a police officer?"

    Which is always met with a friendly "Nope, just an ordinary citizen."

    Which opens up the "how can you carry a gun then?" and a great discussion on how NC is an OC state, how to get your CCHP, yes I am an instructor, yes my company does do Concealed Carry classes, here's my card. ;)
    Hey, welcome back Bunny. How was your "vacation?"

    As for me, my most often asked question is more a statement. To wit; "That looks like a gun." I usually tell them that it IS a gun. To which the next question is "Can you take it out of the holster so I can look at it?"

    "Uhh, no."

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    Open Carry is not legal in South Carolina ;
    except on your own property.
    Last edited by Brady; October 19th, 2009 at 09:28 PM. Reason: add 2nd line
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brady View Post
    Open Carry is not legal in South Carolina ;
    except on your own property.
    Which is a silly thing to say since you can hunt in SC and in order to hunt you need to be openly carrying a firearm. Since hunting is not the exclusive province of rifles, openly carrying a handgun in SC IS legal.

    So, what you need to do is give your state legislature a bit of perspective and get rid of the "no open carry" stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brady View Post
    Open Carry is not legal in South Carolina ;
    except on your own property.


    what about Black Powder?? its specifically exempt from being a pistol under the laws of SC
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    I have never been asked. I am a big guy, 6'3", 285, I guess people just dont notice it. I dont wear holsters that stick out either. All of mine are very close and tight against the body. I live by the thought that "if you act like you know what you are doing, most people will think you do, and never question."
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    Quote Originally Posted by rmodel65 View Post
    what about Black Powder?? its specifically exempt from being a pistol under the laws of SC
    But it is classified as a weapon. I don't currently see anything about carrying black powder weapons and since I don't own any I don't really know. I'll keep looking.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rob P. View Post
    Which is a silly thing to say since you can hunt in SC and in order to hunt you need to be openly carrying a firearm. Since hunting is not the exclusive province of rifles, openly carrying a handgun in SC IS legal.

    So, what you need to do is give your state legislature a bit of perspective and get rid of the "no open carry" stuff.
    In the woods, maybe. Try that in town and see how it works out for you.

    Until it is changed through a vote in the legislature I suggest caution and common sense. Pushing the line and thrill seeking may get you more attention than you originally desired. The OP stated a pistol in a social setting and that is what I was referencing. You do as you please.
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    mine is definitely along the lines of, "Why do you think you need to carry a gun?" I get so sick of hearing it from people I tend to just say that is my business, not yours.
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    Of the few times my sidearm was spotted, the first and only question was "Are you a cop or something?" My reply to this question, was..."Yep, or something." Nothing more was said.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brady View Post
    But it is classified as a weapon. I don't currently see anything about carrying black powder weapons and since I don't own any I don't really know. I'll keep looking.




    i do own a BP Colt not a repo and have a GA GFL but am disarmed outside of my vehicle when passing thru SC
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    I got asked if my gun was a lighter once.

    Then it was followed up by, "Are you a police officer?"

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    My most common question when OC'ing is along the lines of "Hey, what are you carrying there?"

    People who see it and don't like tend to avert their gaze and move on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by limatunes View Post
    I got asked if my gun was a lighter once.
    So that's why custom pistols are called barbecue guns! They're used as lighters to fire up the grill.

    I voted for "are you a cop?" but that question is almost tied with Poll Category Other: "why do you think you need it?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by limatunes View Post
    I got asked if my gun was a lighter once.

    Then it was followed up by, "Are you a police officer?"
    Wow that would be one big lighter!
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    OK...I'm standing at the Rx counter at Walmart waiting to get some meds and a lady walks up behind me and said, "Ohh...you're carrying a gun...you're not going to shoot me, are you?"

    I politely turned to her and replied, "No, as long as you are not a threat to me, you're safe."
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