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To start, I do have a permit to carry. I am thinking of OCing my PT92 for the winter. I have never OC'd before. How did you all "break your cherry" when you started to carry?

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Welcome to the forum, VinnyT!

Here in Colorado, just like Virginia, open carry is not generally prohibited outside the People's Republik of Denver. Before I started, I got a pocket audio recorder which I concealed on my first open carry trip---a lot of OCers regard this as an absolutely critical piece of equipment. (Here in CO, only 1 party need be aware of audio taping.)

Then for my first OC I went to a restaurant whose owner is known to be pro-OC and met a group of OC pals for a meal. Smooth as silk.
 

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Even though OC is legal here, I have been told that many LEO's frown on it. Anyone in Va experience this?
 

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Well I am not from VA but many new to OC go to Wal Mart. Other good places to test the waters would be a local gas station or such that knows you.

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Here in SWVA it's not much of a problem.

NOVA, Tidewater, and Richmond area, can be a hassle. Do a search on Chet Szymecki and Dan Moore (or Danladi Moore).

You might want to check out:

http://www.courts.state.va.us/opinions/opncavwp/1971061.pdf

Also, you might check out OpenCarry.org - A Right Unexercised is a Right Lost! and/or Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc. (VCDL)

Be sure to look at:

http://www.oag.state.va.us/OPINIONS/2007opns/06-072-Barnett.pdf

http://www.vcdl.org/pdf/OP-05-078.pdf

http://www.vcdl.org/letters/VASP_OPEN.pdf

http://www.vcdl.org/letters/ABC_Letter.pdf
 

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To start, I do have a permit to carry. I am thinking of OCing my PT92 for the winter. I have never OC'd before. How did you all "break your cherry" when you started to carry?

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Mike
I live in Maryland but only a mile from the MD-VA border. Other than when I go to work in VA, where carry is prohibited, whenever I go to VA, I'm carrying. Mostly Alexandria, Arlington, and Fairfax areas. I OC and CC (I have a non resident CHP). Some stares occasionally, but mostly a big non issue. When I OC ,I think most folks think you are LE.

I wish MD would wake up, but the morons in Annapolis are told what to do by the 3 big counties in MD which are run by the uber libs. Too bad.

I try to spend whatever money and time I have in VA.
 

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No problems in SE VA (rural, suburban). On the plus side, if you do get grief from the LEOs, there is usually a paycheck at the end of the road!
 

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+1 DaveH...I've OC'd many times in NOVA..never had a problem.
 

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Not sure what DaveH's experiences in the Richmond area have been, but I have lived here for 10+ years and have never had a word said to me when OC'ing. Easiest way to "break your cherry" is just strap it on and go for it. I personally got started with restaurants that serve alcohol. I didn't want to remove my gun and leave it in my car, so I started doing the VA tuck and carrying on, business as usual. Either no one noticed or didn't care, never had anyone say anything to me about it.
 

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To start, I do have a permit to carry. I am thinking of OCing my PT92 for the winter. I have never OC'd before. How did you all "break your cherry" when you started to carry?

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Mike
I took the shirt that was over my gun and tucked it in behind the gun and went about my normal business.
 

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Not sure what DaveH's experiences in the Richmond area have been, but I have lived here for 10+ years and have never had a word said to me when OC'ing. Easiest way to "break your cherry" is just strap it on and go for it. I personally got started with restaurants that serve alcohol. I didn't want to remove my gun and leave it in my car, so I started doing the VA tuck and carrying on, business as usual. Either no one noticed or didn't care, never had anyone say anything to me about it.
I got stopped on the sidewalk a couple of times in the city. The LEOs weren't too bad about it, either time. But then, I quoted GOODMAN v. COMMONWEALTH after asking if they had any "reasonable suspicion" for a Terry Stop.

Another time I had a restaurant w/ABC out in the 6000's area of West Broad call 911, the LEOs were fine. BTW -- the restaurant let me stay and finish the meal, once the LEOs said it was legal to OC there.
 
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