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    The most fun Iíve ever had at gunpoint.

    My son had a friend over on Wednesday evening. When the friendís parents came to pick him up, I heard that the father needed to drive to the next town to pick up a family member whose car had broken down on the side of the highway. When I heard him say that he needed to pay for a tow truck, I offered to use my AAA membership to tow their vehicle. He accepted and I asked my kids if they wanted to go and ďhave an adventureĒ.

    I loaded my kids (and their son) into my truck and I followed them to the broken vehicle. I made the call to AAA and we started to wait the 60 minutes in which they said they would have a tow truck to us.

    My son and his friend are 14 and my daughter is 10. We also brought along our dog. I donít know what I was thinking. Have you ever tried to keep two young male teens, a female 'tween' and an overgrown puppy in a truck cab? I couldnít even keep them in the bed of the truck, so I let them take the dog for a walk on the side of the road. There was almost 100 feet of grass moving away from the road and ending in a hill about 20 feet high, so I was comfortable with their safety.

    Soon boredom set in and the boys started roughhousing in the grass. That eventually turned into full-on wrestling. At some point, my daughter started jumping on top of their heads and shoulders. Much fun was had by all. So thereís the sceneÖ3 vehicles on the side of a desolate stretch of highway, 3 people having fun in the grass and me walking around with a handgun on my side.


    I donít know exactly what time it was when the first cruiser pulled up behind us, but it was dark. It was dark enough for me to see the silhouette of the Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper in his high beams and spotlights as he was walking up behind my truck. I also saw the silhouette of his handgun, in his hand, at his side, as he approached.


    At this point, I assumed the trooper was worried about me and my habit of open carrying. My truck was furthest back and I was standing at the front of it. I held up a hand and gave my best wiggly-fingered wave and said, ďEvening, Officer. Just so you know, Iím open carrying.Ē This is not something I would normally offer up, but I had 3 adults and 3 children whose safety I wanted to ensure.


    As the trooper got closer, he said, ďJust stay there.Ē Then, suddenly, he started yelling, ďHands! Hands!Ē The trooper had moved to a spot where he could not see my son and his friend and was actually talking to them. I put my hands up and made eye contact with both boys and they immediately followed my lead.


    Thatís when I noticed the second cruiser pull up. And the third. And the forth, no, fifth, um, sixthÖI stopped counting at seven. And that was just behind us. We had more state troopers, we had county sheriffs and even a city cop or two.


    And here I am thinking, ďAll this for little old me?Ē


    Wrong.


    The first trooper asked what we were doing, and I told him we were waiting for a tow truck. He asked who was who and I told him. Then he asked if my kids had been playing on the side of the road. ďUm, yeah. They were roughhousing for a while.Ē I was pretty sure there were no laws broken, but I have an open mind and simply listened to his next comment.


    ďWe got a call that two guys were fighting on the side of the road.Ē I replied, simply, ďYep. It would have looked like that.Ē My son chimed in, ďYeah. Me and my friend were wrestling.Ē, then he spun around to show how much dirt he had on his clothes.


    I almost snickered when the trooper asked me, ďSo youíre just waiting here for a tow truck, huh?Ē, as if he didnít believe me. What was funny? The tow truck came past him AS SOON AS he finished his comment! Classic comedy timing! So, of course, I pointed at the truck pulling over in front of the lead vehicle and said, ďYep.Ē


    Thatís when the trooper gets on his radio, calls the city police dispatch and cancels the call. He turned to the sheriff and said, ďWeíre good here.Ē Then he tells me that I should go see the tow truck driver if I need to. I thanked him and shook his hand, then headed for the front of the group. The cruisers had all left by the time the disabled vehicle was hooked up for towing.


    So, did the cops get called on the guy on the side of the road openly carrying a .45 caliber handgun? No.


    The cops got called on the two 14-year-old boys wrestling in the grass! Every cop in a nine-square-mile area and from three departments! And none of them bothered the guy with the gun.


    Iíve said it before and Iím saying it again:

    Law enforcement officers in south-eastern Ohio KNOW that open carrying is legal !!

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    What does a caring, sensitive person feel when they are forced to use a handgun to stop a threat?

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    Good story, I'm still laughing. I'm glad it all worked out for you. Keep up the good work!

    Thou shalt not harass open carriers... I'm sure there's a psalm somewhere, if not there should be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MyWifeSaidYes View Post
    The most fun Iíve ever had at gunpoint...
    I imagine it is - but then again, I heard that your wife prefers handcuffs.

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    I want to party with this guy ..

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    Quote Originally Posted by MyWifeSaidYes View Post
    The cops got called on the two 14-year-old boys wrestling in the grass!
    One of whom regularly carries a gun?

    That would have been an interesting addition to the mix. Just sayin' ...

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    That WOULD have been an interesting twist!

    No worries, though. First, no horseplay while armed. Second, he follows the law. Since he doesn't have a CHL, he has to disarm, unload and empty his mags, and put everthing in a case before we get into a vehicle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MyWifeSaidYes View Post
    That WOULD have been an interesting twist!

    No worries, though. First, no horseplay while armed. Second, he follows the law. Since he doesn't have a CHL, he has to disarm, unload and empty his mags, and put everthing in a case before we get into a vehicle.
    Or he could just give dad his firearm to carry while in the truck.

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    No shortcuts. This is training.

    If you let your kids fingerpaint, you can make them clean up their mess or you can do it for them.



    My son understands the ridiculousness of having to unload while travelling. "So, without a CHL, if a bad guy starts shooting at me while I'm in a car, I can't shoot back? That's dumb!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by MyWifeSaidYes View Post
    No shortcuts. This is training.

    If you let your kids fingerpaint, you can make them clean up their mess or you can do it for them.



    My son understands the ridiculousness of having to unload while travelling. "So, without a CHL, if a bad guy starts shooting at me while I'm in a car, I can't shoot back? That's dumb!"
    First off, great story! Second, Can a 14 year old open carry, legally?

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    OR being trained.

    A minor can possess a handgun IF they are under adult supervision, have a parent's written permission on them, and are engaged in a legal activity such as hunting, target shooting or training.

    I am training my son in handgun safety and open carrying.


    Reference Title 18 USC 922(x) and ORC 2923.21
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    No kidding?
    That kid had a note in his pocket down in Waverly?

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    Yep.

    Both kids have them at all times in their wallet/purse.

    My daughter just didn't have a handgun with her that day. She carries a Chiappa Arms 1873 Single Action .22 revolver.

    I made a permission slip in the form of a business card. They are generic so other people can use them. I gave Sigger a few.

    It has a space for the minor's name at the top, and a parent's name and signature at the bottom.

    It says,
    ...has my permission to possess, carry and use a firearm while under adult supervision and while participating in any activity listed under Title 18 USC 922(x) or Ohio Revised Code 2923.21 including firearm safety and handling training.

    In MY opinion, this is legal, as I am always training my kids on something, especially when they are armed. Come to your own conclusions and make your own decisions.
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    What does a caring, sensitive person feel when they are forced to use a handgun to stop a threat?

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