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    Doctor Visits

    Generally, I take my XDs everywhere I go and only rarely CC. But I have been leaving it in the car when I go in to see the doctor as a courtesy. Is this a common practice?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnM15A View Post
    Generally, I take my XDs everywhere I go and only rarely CC. But I have been leaving it in the car when I go in to see the doctor as a courtesy. Is this a common practice?
    My doc does not even ask me the medical question about being a gun owner.. he just looks at my hip.
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    Other than the rare hospital visit where I'm asked to disarm for entrance, I always at least CC, if not OC when I visit a doctor. They're just people providing goods and services like anyone else, so I don't see a need to act much different.

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    Until I started going to the VA I OC'd to all my doctor visits. Nary a word from any of them, and nothing from the folks in the waiting rooms, either.

    My eye doctor - a bullseye shooter I first met at the range - asked me to bring my gun(s) in so he could check the prescription for proper eye relief. He was a bit surprised when I asked where a safe place was to unload. His receptionist and tech came in to join the discussion about the set of sights I was using.

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    I'm visiting far from home, near VA, with a doc-in-the-box friend. He's close to retirement and has taken this job as a half-step while he gets to know his new neighbors. He CCWs.

    The controversial lifestyle questions are sent from above and gun safety and storage are no more interesting than seatbelts and smoke detectors.
    We discussed hoarding and gouging over a bottle of wine last night. He's been buying .22 bricks on every trip to the local Gander Mountain, knowing .22 will do whatever needs doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnM15A View Post
    Generally, I take my XDs everywhere I go and only rarely CC. But I have been leaving it in the car when I go in to see the doctor as a courtesy. Is this a common practice?

    My doctor visits are on a military installation, so no carry.

    When I take my son to his doctor, I usually conceal - or indifferently conceal - as a matter of convenience, but have had no issues.

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    I carry CC to the doc with the exception of trips to hospital where it is not allowed.

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    I don't go to the Doctor....saves decision making!

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    I OC to my optometrist, dentist and private practice M.D. offices.

    In the past I have CCd to the MCV hospital complex - that was before Virginia Commonwealth University exerted their rules. I even have a Cat Scan image in my file somewhere that says, "Notice handgun in right lower quadrant." The head of radiation oncology laughingly pointed in out to me.

    When getting an MRI, I was provided with a lockable locker and hid the key in my shoe where I could observe it. To my knowledge, no one ever complained.

    PS - also OC at all Doc-in-a box locations too
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    generally in the car, in my jacket, or in a bag carried - I don't need to add any extra weight to the scale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grapeshot View Post
    I OC to my optometrist, dentist and private practice M.D. offices.

    In the past I have CCd to the MCV hospital complex - that was before Virginia Commonwealth University exerted their rules. I even have a Cat Scan image in my file somewhere that says, "Notice handgun in right lower quadrant." The head of radiation oncology laughingly pointed in out to me.

    When getting an MRI, I was provided with a lockable locker and hid the key in my shoe where I could observe it. To my knowledge, no one ever complained.

    PS - also OC at all Doc-in-a box locations too
    ok .. lost something in translation there, what's a doc-in-a-box location ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by scouser View Post
    ok .. lost something in translation there, what's a doc-in-a-box location ?
    Think Patent First and similar.

    http://www.patientfirst.com/location...Locations.aspx
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grapeshot View Post
    Think Patent First and similar.
    oh them .. don't get me started on the "similar". Just a couple of minutes ago sent off an email to the feds about Concentra on Burge Ave making up their own rules about DOT physicals and drug screens

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    wife cc'd to her doctors appointment today (one of them fancy purses with the gun compartment). They still talked about her gun and he admired it (it is a purdy pink) ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tess View Post
    My doctor visits are on a military installation, so no carry.
    Mine too, but I open carry at my civilian dentist's office all the time. I've never had an issue, look, or question from him or any of the staff.

    He is a pilot, as I am, so we talk flying and about our respective airplanes a lot.

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    Re: Doctor Visits

    I went three weeks ago to both eye and general doctors here in Suffolk. Lakeview medical was the only one that had a postage on the door. It just stated no cc weapons. Nothing about Oc.

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    Re: Doctor Visits

    Working in the hospital doing clinicals, I have learned that a lot, if not most, of the nurses and doctors carry. Maybe not while working but I've talked with a few who have said they wouldn't come to the hospital without carrying.

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    OC friendly Dentist in NoVA

    Since someone here mentioned OCing at a dental office.....

    If anyone is looking for an OC friendly dentist in NoVA (specifically Manassas Park) PM me and I'll give you the name/address. Big 2A supporter and he gave us a 10% discount on treatment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arma1911 View Post
    Since someone here mentioned OCing at a dental office.....

    If anyone is looking for an OC friendly dentist in NoVA (specifically Manassas Park) PM me and I'll give you the name/address. Big 2A supporter and he gave us a 10% discount on treatment.

    May be the same one I met at the OC dinner at Peri Peri in Alexandria??? Waiting to get insurance ironed out, and will be taking my son there.

    My dentists in Alexandria just north of Ft Belvoir have also told me they're fine with carry, though I've never been in a position to OPEN carry in their offices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arma1911 View Post
    Since someone here mentioned OCing at a dental office.....

    If anyone is looking for an OC friendly dentist in NoVA (specifically Manassas Park) PM me and I'll give you the name/address. Big 2A supporter and he gave us a 10% discount on treatment.
    I am interested PM me please

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    Quote Originally Posted by scouser View Post
    oh them .. don't get me started on the "similar". Just a couple of minutes ago sent off an email to the feds about Concentra on Burge Ave making up their own rules about DOT physicals and drug screens
    had to go by there this morning on my way out with Logan in order to sign and pick up my new DOT card. Had on a gray tshirt so my VA Tucked black pistol was very noticeable. I had wanted to be all insistant on pointing out to them how pig headed and ignorant they were for not following the law (it's a long story and not relevent unless someone asks me to my face, then I'll bore the you-know-what out of you), but the woman on the counter was too nice to me. As we walked in, she greeted me "Hello Mr xxxxx, nice to see you I've got your card here I just need you to sign it, put your address on it and you can be on your way, oh he's cute what's his name?", and I figured she doesn't make their policies so why be mean to her. As for the firearm, she couldn't have not noticed it but she didn't miss a beat and never said anything nor offer any facial clues of terror etc. Doesn't stop me hating the place, poor woman is just like many of us, we've all had to work for an a-hole in our lives.

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    Originally Posted by scouser

    oh them .. don't get me started on the "similar". Just a couple of minutes ago sent off an email to the feds about Concentra on Burge Ave making up their own rules about DOT physicals and drug screens
    Quote Originally Posted by scouser View Post
    had to go by there this morning on my way out with Logan in order to sign and pick up my new DOT card. Had on a gray tshirt so my VA Tucked black pistol was very noticeable. I had wanted to be all insistant on pointing out to them how pig headed and ignorant they were for not following the law (it's a long story and not relevent unless someone asks me to my face, then I'll bore the you-know-what out of you), but the woman on the counter was too nice to me. As we walked in, she greeted me "Hello Mr xxxxx, nice to see you I've got your card here I just need you to sign it, put your address on it and you can be on your way, oh he's cute what's his name?", and I figured she doesn't make their policies so why be mean to her. As for the firearm, she couldn't have not noticed it but she didn't miss a beat and never said anything nor offer any facial clues of terror etc. Doesn't stop me hating the place, poor woman is just like many of us, we've all had to work for an a-hole in our lives.
    Bottom line though - you walked away with a "win" in your wallet.
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