I think we all know the general concensus regarding CCW or HCP badges. I merely want to share a conversation I had with another TN HCP holder while in a local gun shop yesterday.
I have seen this gentleman in the gun shop on several occasions and each time I have noticed him wearing a silver shield next to his OWB holstered 1911. I could tell by the shape of the badge that he was not Memphis PD, Shelby County SD or any other local area LEO as recognized by the shape of his badge.
Yesterday I struck up a conversation with him and told him I have seen mixed reviews on various websites like this one regarding wearing a "Handgun Carry Permit" badge and asked him if he had experienced any negative encounters while wearing his badge. He replied that he had not and was actually encouraged by several LEO's to wear one, and here is his reason why...
His job requires him to carry large amounts of cash, (he re-loads ATM's that are placed in convience stores in the Memphis area). He is not a security guard or armored car courier, just a HCP holder that carries for self defense while doing his job. He claims he was told that by wearing a HCP badge, it would put the "sheeple" at ease he comes in contact with. "They see the gun and badge together and assume I'm legal to be carrying a gun, no questions asked."
Keep in mind that Tennessee is an open carry state with a permit and I too often OC, especially in warmer months. I thought about his response and compared it to an OC experience I had a few months ago at our local Walmart, here's the link http://www.defensivecarry.com/vbulle...n-walmart.html. If you recall...I had 3 different people come up to me and ask if I was a policeman. I replied each time, "No, I just have a permit to carry."
I am not posting this story as an advocate of these badges, but after this conversation, I can see that by having one, his OC encounter with "sheeple" was much different than mine.