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    OC in Louisville

    I just picked up my first pistol. I picked up a Beretta 96D. I want to OC untill I can get my CC. As this is also a fairly large pistol I may be just doing OC any way as I am a rather large guy.

    The question is; Have any members had any problems with any business (walmart, Target, banks, fastfood, or the like) calling the police or asking you to leave? Do the Louisville Metro PD in general hassle any one that OC or are they generally good about knowing OC is ok? The reason I ask is I would rather just avoid a major hassle.

    I mainly picked up the pistol because I live in a fairly bad area of town. The local Kroger down the street has a uniform LMPD on staff all day. Would it just be a better idea to take it off my belt when I get where I am going and leave it in my truck till I am planning on going home?

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    Of course someone is going to hassle you. Just know your rights and what Kentucky laws are and you will be fine. There are plenty of LMPD officers that are not aware of Kentucky gun laws. You just might get to educate some. Keep us posted and don't put your weapon in the car and give these liberal pussies the satisfaction of changing your ways.

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    I'm a Louisville resident, in Jeff. Co. And have yet to be hassled by civilians, storekeepers, or even LMPD. Keep in mind I'm 20 and have been OC'ing for about 6+ months and I'm very comfortable with it. I've OC'd from everywhere from Walmart, Gas stations (which I figure a lot of attendants would be jumpy there.) places from Dixie to, Preston Crossings Theater, all the way to Oxmoor Mall and Bardstown road. I have yet to have anyone say anything to me. Even LEO's have seen me carrying and just go about their day. Thank God I live in KY but even though Louisville is a pretty liberal city of KY most people just glance and keep to themselves. Even LEO's for the most part are worried about the firearms they can't see. Of course my results might be scued, I'm a very broad guy, jarhead cut and always clean shaven so most might think I'm am an off-duty cop or a detective in plain clothes. But for the most part I am well dressed, jeans usually and a decent shirt, I try not to have a menacing look on my family and smile when some people make eye contact. Presence and confidence are everything with people's perception. Personally I don't care what they think but I don't want the hassle of the cops being called. I'm a get my things and get done kid of guy. But if I can avoid hassle with a smile and decent clothes I will. If you look like you are allowed to carry(which of course we are) then people don't give too much thought, start looking guilty or suspicious, it raises eyebrows. But to answer, even in the most liberal part of Louisville, the "East End" with citizens or LEO's I've never been stopped or even questioned. My best guess is that you will catch the most grief when pulled over with an less educated officer on the OC laws in the car and I also think that SOP for LMPD is to dispatch multiple units to a traffic stop with a firearms w/o a CCDW. So hope that helps, best advice know the laws, and be confident!

    Carry On!

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    Good advice thus far. Ive carried everywhere in Louisville from the west end to the east end. The most ive ever had happen was being asked if i was a LEO in the west, had a fellow customer tell me i should cover up at a Best Buy store in the east, with a LEO standing 6 feet away who said nothing. Once during last Christmas, i was approached by two LEOs pulling security detail at a Walmart in Fern Creek and that was hands down the stupidest encounter thus far, the younger one didnt know what to think and the older one acted like "Why are we bothering this guy?" (The younger being the one who spotted me and called the older one for backup).

    Its basically like this, your first encounter, you WILL be nervous, no if, ands, or buts. But know the law and stand your ground and youll be fine. Each time after that gets easier until youre finally at the point where its more annoying than nerve wracking to be stopped.

    Confidence is the key.

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    I think that they all are educated, barring maybe a lateral transfer from out of state.

    Its just hard to believe that they could go through the academy here and not be informed of carry law in our state.

    I think they just want to push and see what you know, just for the sake of intimidation.

    1 nelson co sheriff deputy then
    2 nelson co sheriff deputies and 1 nelson co pd (my fav) then
    2 louisville metro pd

    This opposed to more mt washington pd, shepherdsville pd, bullitt co sherriffs and louisville metro pd than i can remember, seeing me and not even giving me a second glance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jbale22 View Post
    My best guess is that you will catch the most grief when pulled over with an less educated officer on the OC laws in the car and I also think that SOP for LMPD is to dispatch multiple units to a traffic stop with a firearms w/o a CCDW. So hope that helps, best advice know the laws, and be confident!
    Carry On!
    There is no need for any Leo to know your armed during a traffic stop. In Ky it is legal to keep your weapon in any enclosed factory installed storage compartment, which is where I placed my firearm before obtaining my cdwl. You do not have to inform the officer your are carrying a firearm, and I would recommend not informing them. It is better to get your ticket and be on your way, than getting hassled. Also, you can reach your weapon faster if it is in your console, than if it's stuck under your seat-belt or between you and your seat. Check out KRS 527.020(8) for more details on vehicle carry. I would suggest reading krs chapters 237 and 527 also.
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    Totally agree, I wish there wasn't any "controversy" over holstered hip carry in a vehicle. Much easier to get too of ever needed. But if I ever totally a LEO it would be a courtesy to let the LEO know that I'm no threat to him. Most situations I've heard like this a co-operative driver who does the courtesy of letting the officer know they have a weapon have walked away with no citation(even for the traffic violation) of course there are obviously the exceptions and the "horror stories" of OC stops with a less informed officer of the OC laws. But I'm sure it's a case to case thing, I know a lot of local LEO's and are my good friends and they ARE educated on the laws, but receive that type of info as a courtesy not to hassle you, but for their own safety because they want to protect themselves just like us, they just choose to do it in uniform. In the end of it all, they don't know you any better than the "dirtbag" that might try to pull an ILLEGAL weapon on them. It's on another thread but it's talked about the less info you give the less trouble you can get into later which I agree because if you tell them that you have a firearm and no CCW most likely they will want to run the serial # to make sure it isn't stolen. At any rate, not defending the power-trip officers out there because obviously, ...they are out there, but I can see from the cops POV to want to keep themselves safe.

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    It is my opinion to never mention the word weapon during a traffic stop if you are not required. The Leo will know you are not a threat by you being kind and pleasantly answering any questions that he lawfully asks. By mentioning weapon, then you become a greater threat to him, than if you just stay silent, get your ticket, or warning or whatever and be on your way. You know you are not a threat to him, you know your weapon is not a threat to him, your not a criminal, so just speak with him like you are unarmed. He has no reason to search your vehicle, so he is not going to find the weapon either way. Just my opinion, I've seen to many horror stories about people informing a cop they are armed. I have a constitutional right to carry that firearm, and a right to keep the fact that I'm armed to myself, and that is what I will do if in that situation.

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    Since it was mentioned it should be noted that, baring criminal activity, an officer taking your weapon and running the serial without your permission is a 4A violation.

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    I've heard mixed things about it, people have caught a lot of hassle over it, apparently since it is "on or about your person" (verbiage from 527.020) I think most officers have considered it concealed. Could be wrong but that is how I have interpreted it.

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    Allow me...

    conĚceal *(kn-sl)
    tr.v. conĚcealed, conĚcealĚing, conĚceals
    To keep from being seen, found, observed, or discovered; hide. See Synonyms at hide1.

    If i were to OC and stood next to a shelf in a store so a passerby could not see the firearm, could I be charged with carrying a concealed deadly weapon? No, of course not because it would be in plain sight to someone coming from the other direction. The point of observation is irrelevant, only that it can be observed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnfetteredMight View Post
    Since it was mentioned it should be noted that, baring criminal activity, an officer taking your weapon and running the serial without your permission is a 4A violation.
    Yep. It is also a violation of law if an Leo disarms you at any time unless he is allowed to do so under authority of KRS 237.104. Which if you are lawfully oc'ing, you are not in violation of any language in this statute, therefore he should not have RAS to disarm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KYGlockster View Post
    Yep. It is also a violation of law if an Leo disarms you at any time unless he is allowed to do so under authority of KRS 237.104. Which if you are lawfully oc'ing, you are not in violation of any language in this statute, therefore he should not have RAS to disarm.
    By my reading thats true, but we have not had a test case.

    It being a 4A violation actually has case law to back it up and that opens the officer to be sued under 42USC1983.

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    The law is pretty straight forward. There wouldn't be much to test.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KYGlockster View Post
    The law is pretty straight forward. There wouldn't be much to test.
    Agreed, but youd have to admit, the threat of being personally liable in a court where you have no friends would be more persuasive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KYGlockster View Post
    There is no need for any Leo to know your armed during a traffic stop. In Ky it is legal to keep your weapon in any enclosed factory installed storage compartment, which is where I placed my firearm before obtaining my cdwl. You do not have to inform the officer your are carrying a firearm, and I would recommend not informing them. It is better to get your ticket and be on your way, than getting hassled. Also, you can reach your weapon faster if it is in your console, than if it's stuck under your seat-belt or between you and your seat. Check out KRS 527.020(8) for more details on vehicle carry. I would suggest reading krs chapters 237 and 527 also.
    When I get in my truck, do I have to take it off my hip and put it in the glove box?

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    You CAN leave it on your side, I just found it easier to access when placed in the console. Again, you still have no obligation to inform a officer your carrying, regardless of where your weapon is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnfetteredMight View Post
    Agreed, but youd have to admit, the threat of being personally liable in a court where you have no friends would be more persuasive.
    I'll agree 100% on that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gutshot View Post
    You need to do more reading here and less posting. That question has been asked and answered in this very thread and dozens of times in the Ky. forum. Read first then ask questions. No, you do not have to hide it in a vehicle, just get in start the car and drive.

    Actually I have been reading every post in this posting. I saw the entire thing go back and forth about the car thing. I read the law that stated "if in a factory installed box" it was considered OC and legal.

    I have also been trying to read through back logged posts to get as much info as I can since I am new to OC and my family and friends all have wrong info / opinions. I even have one friend taking collage courses for criminal justice and he has given me the most wrong answers of them all.

    So I am very sorry if I am asking things that have already been answers. I know how annoying this can be.

    So thank you very much for all your help!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dan_c012 View Post
    Actually I have been reading every post in this posting. I saw the entire thing go back and forth about the car thing. I read the law that stated "if in a factory installed box" it was considered OC and legal.

    I have also been trying to read through back logged posts to get as much info as I can since I am new to OC and my family and friends all have wrong info / opinions. I even have one friend taking collage courses for criminal justice and he has given me the most wrong answers of them all.

    So I am very sorry if I am asking things that have already been answers. I know how annoying this can be.

    So thank you very much for all your help!!
    Dan
    Read krs chapters 237, 527, and read section 1 of our state constitution, check out krs 65.870, (which is aboutto get better), read the supreme court ruling in the "Holland v. Commonwealth" case, and memorize it all. There isn't many laws in Ky, so it is fairly easy to remember it all. When someone gives you information like, "OC is illegal, or you can't carry without a license, or you can't keep a loaded firearm within reach in your car, or my all time favorite 3 moves nonsense," always ask them to cite their information. When you start asking for statutes to back up people's inaccurate advice, they start back-peddeling. I too am studying criminal justice in college, and they do not mention anything about Ky gun laws. They discuss the constitution, different parts of the justice system, procedures, case law pertaining to constitutional issues, etc. Firearms or firearm law is not discussed.

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    I am not from KY, but our (WA) constitution and laws are quite similar....my advice...read and KNOW your specific laws, then read them again and again, and keep up with any changes. I have RCW 9.41 (our law) on my quick links.

    I noticed you asked about car carry...Think about this. That pistol in it's holster on your hip is a danger to no-one...every time you remove it from the holster it becomes a danger to everyone in the area, including yourself. Leave it in the holster and leave the holster on your hip (until you get home).

    If you "need" to go somewhere that it is prohibited...find an alternate...yes, there is even an alternate to the PO...it is called "Click-N-Ship" and it is at www.USPS.com. Your bank doesn't want you to carry? Change banks. etc.. IMHO, the alternate is to leave the weapon at home, which is not going to happen in my case anyway. I just do not remove my carry for any reason (except for SD, and I have never needed to for that reason, yet) when I am out and about. Lots of reasons, but you may get to the same point sometime. I have carried for over 40 years. (mostly OC, mostly unlicensed OC) Never been a problem.

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    I am new to open carrying and this is my first post on this website. I have been reading a lot the past few weeks on laws and made the choice to open carry today for the first time in public when I went to get groceries.
    I have a question for those who open carry in Louisville have you had any problems with with Kroger near cardinal stadium? I have been in there multiple times and checked the doors for "anti gun" signs and I have seen none however I could have missed it. I did not have a issue until checking out when the cashier asked me if I was a leo or if i had my ccdw license. I said no. He then told me that it is a weapon free zone. I asked him where was this sign to inform customers. He replied it should be posted. By this point I had finished paying and left. I checked Krogers website and cannot find anything regarding it and the doors one more time as I left. I assume he was quoting something from the employee hand book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gutshot View Post

    Kroger has a corporate policy of not interfering with customers, legally, carrying guns, either OC or CC, in their stores. Employees are prohibited from carry weapons of any type, Never ask or suggest that a store post a sign or that is what they will do. I don't recall anyone having any problems in a Kroger store. There may be isolated employees who don't know the policy, if you are confronted and asked to leave just ask the name of the employee that asked you to leave and leave. Then call Kroger's corporate office and complain and tell them what happened, where and who was involved. Also, not a bad idea to tell them about the tons o money that you spend there every week. There may be a letter from Kroger stating their policy somewhere on this board. I'll see if I can find it.
    thank you very much and I will support not mentioning signs it was a just off the top of my head why have a policy like that and not state it in plain view. if you find that letter do you think it would be wise to take it with me the next time I go to this kroger?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ken6881 View Post
    I am new to open carrying and this is my first post on this website. I have been reading a lot the past few weeks on laws and made the choice to open carry today for the first time in public when I went to get groceries.
    I have a question for those who open carry in Louisville have you had any problems with with Kroger near cardinal stadium? I have been in there multiple times and checked the doors for "anti gun" signs and I have seen none however I could have missed it. I did not have a issue until checking out when the cashier asked me if I was a leo or if i had my ccdw license. I said no. He then told me that it is a weapon free zone. I asked him where was this sign to inform customers. He replied it should be posted. By this point I had finished paying and left. I checked Krogers website and cannot find anything regarding it and the doors one more time as I left. I assume he was quoting something from the employee hand book.
    I think you and gutshot nailed it; the employee was possibly confusing his employee handbook with the Kentucky Revised Statutes or something. Maybe he'll get over it someday, like the dude in my tale below.

    An employee of a large party store in northern Ky. once told me the same thing "No guns on the property!" was how he put it. A brief chat with the GM of the place (personal acquaintence of mine) and the matter was solved quickly and amicably. The would-be do-gooder employee actually turned out to be a pretty decent guy, hell he eventually figured out on his own that having a certain percentage of customers lawfully armed was a POSITIVE thing.

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    I live right there close to that Kroger and have gone in there many time while OC'ing never had one word said to me.But then again i go everywhere OC'ing.
    "To disarm the people is the most effectual way to enslave them."
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