This is a discussion on Got nervous walking by a LEO while OCing tonight within the Open Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; So, I've posted before about my general uneasiness surrounding open carrying around my town. Usually, when I take the pup out for a walk, I'll ...
So, I've posted before about my general uneasiness surrounding open carrying around my town. Usually, when I take the pup out for a walk, I'll strap on my kahr OWB and set out. This afternoon, the wife and I walked down the road past a car which was disabled on the sidewalk. Immediately, I became nervous about walking by a LEO while OCing (it is legal here). As I walked by, I noticed that the LEO wasn't really paying attn to us, he was too busy trying to get the car figured out.
If he noticed the gun, he didn't seem to care too much about it! That was a good step for me feeling more comfortable OCing while I'm still here. Too bad they don't allow OC in Texas...
Why is it that so many people get nervous around law enforcement while obeying the law?
Getting your permit would make things a LOT easier.
Proverbs 27:12 says: “The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.”
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You'll get used to OC'ing. That's not meant to sound casual about carrying a loaded weapon, open, in public. And, I support your open carrying, period, even if you had a CCW permit.
OC'ing gets easier over time. Since a few members have posted a few messages I decided to OC the last 2 days while I was not working.
I walked to a local Del Taco not far from my apartment compex. No problem! The next day I walked to a McDonald's. Again, no problem! I got very few odd looks at all. It makes me wonder if we make too much ado of OC'ing!
I prefer to CC but once in a while it's nice to OC without any of the general public being too concerned. It's a good feeling under the circumstances.
"Gun control is being able to hit your target."
I do a bit of both, just depends on the situation. Example, it took me 7 months before my father knew I had a permit or weapon. I OC'ed around him one day and I am not sure he noticed, but the drunks at the rental property sure did. The next day, I did the same, no reaction. He goes to yard sales alot, and stops at random. I wont OC at one because I am not sure how total strangers will react to someone bringing a firearm on their property. Also wont OC at the mall, otherwise, it just varies with me. I get the most nervous going into my local bank, not sure why, I know one of the bankers is a CHL holder and he knows I am as well, but the rest do not, BUT I have done it.
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I have OC'ed in Mc Donalds and have had no problem.
I also OC while walking the dog, and have talked to some LEOs while doing so.
Usually they just have a "casual" chat with you and your on your way.
The Dalai Lama:"If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun."
LEO will engage in "casual" conversation to gauge your response, if you act suspicious you are likely to be investigated further.
Anyhow if you give open carry a try for awhile, you will eventually get so used to the stares that you won't even notice anymore. Then you can start getting used to the people who walk up to you and ask "Are you a policeman?" Pretty soon, you'll be memorizing lines to tell these people when they wonder "Why do you hafta carry that gun?" How about, "Tried carrying a cop, but they're just too heavy."