Thanks for stopping by and keeping us posted. Good luck in your travels, maybe you can help change their OC culture!Hello Washington friends,
Last I posted I had planed on moving to South Dakota, I won't go into all the details but life is full of surprises and I have found myself a resident of Michigan. It's not bad here in fact it looks a lot like Western Washington. The culture here is interesting, guns in general are more excepted and no one really cares because most people own at least a few. The issue of open carry however is much different than in Seattle. There seems to be much more arrogance on both sides of the fence. The pro gun pro open carry people want to tell me exactly what the laws are without even knowing what they are themselves and the antis want to lay into you like its Sunday morning church. What I have found over this last month, in my personal experience a good majority of both pro gun and anti gun folks will tell you open carry is legal and acknowledge it as legal then both sides will start to tell you why its wrong, dangerous and stupid. The local open carry group in my area has not been as open and inviting as what I had back home and it is really making me thankful for the community and support in the general Seattle area. I will not go into details as it is not my intention to bash Michigan open carry folks but some of the thread responses and PMs I got after I introduced myself surprised me. After five years of almost constant carry it feels almost out of body for me to go about my day without my Springfield. I have been reading up on sate laws and am starting to gain a foundation, the MCLs are similar to the RCWs but there are also a lot of differences. You can open carry in Michigan without a CPL but with some restrictions and the next CPL class is not until December so I have a few more weeks to go.
I just wanted to take a moment and say hello to everyone and give thanks to the community and all those who have helped me out over the years. Our cause is a hard road to trail down and the road is not always a smooth and easy one. Regardless of where I end up Washington is still home so you will continue to see me once and awhile. I am thankful for all of you Washington was a great place to grow and mature as a open carry individual. It gave the confidence and experience I will need anywhere I go