I've been following the conversations on this forum for a few months (since I started becoming knowledgeable in applicable AZ laws, and this forum popped up a bit in my searches), and I'm glad to know we have a lot of people interested in protecting their 2nd Amendment RIGHTS. I am 20, an Arizonan by birth, and only a recent pro-2A convert (about two-and-a-half years now). I wanted to introduce myself and let everyone know of a funny, good experience during my first OC day, and hope I can start a thread on funny OC encounters.
I was carrying last Saturday and stopped by the Home Depot in Mesa at S Country Club and the 60 for some brick. My OC was a 1911 in a Galco leather holster between the 2 and 3 o'clock position. I was with my father and uncle, and half the palette of brick was already gone, so being the "most able" (their words), I had to climb up onto the palette to hand the bricks forward. With the holster riding high on my belt, I had to slide it over to the 3 o'clock position to avoid it poking me (I was crouching on the shelf). Well, around the 20th brick, and older white gentleman, about 65-70, comes walking along the shelf and jokingly asks if I was put up there for being naughty. I replied "something like that" (no other answer came to mind) and made a mental note of where he was. I detected his silence and turn my head towards him while placing my open right hand over the holster (it was a subconscious movement on my behalf). The older gentleman then proceeded to ask "Is that real?!" while reaching out towards my gun with his hand. I answered that yes, it was indeed real (maybe I was supposed to be carrying an Airsoft pistol?) and he decided to walk off a bit hurriedly.
A few minutes later, I was waiting with the brick and cart when I met the same man accompanied by a slightly heavyset African-American employee (to cut some styrofoam board/insulation). The older gentleman freezes in place when he sees me and my pistol, so I try to break the ice by letting him know that it is a 1911 (I guess at this point I assumed he was a Kalifornia transplant and expected him to be confrontational). By the way he jumped back (in a very un-manly and wimpy fashion), you'd think I showed a diva a cesspool of insects or something. He adds "Ohhhh, that scares me" and the following conversation takes place:
Older gentleman: Can he do that?
Home Depot man: Yes
Older gentleman: Well, is he a guard?
Home Depot man: (Suppressing an amused smile) No
Older gentleman: And that's legal?
Home Depot man: (With an obvious amused smile) Yes
Now, I didn't get to thank the employee for backing my right to carry (with monosyllabic responses, nonetheless) but I thought it was nice that there was a knowledgeable employee that could let the older gentleman know I wasn't breaking the law.
How would you have reacted? What funny OC encounters have not yet been posted? Or who would like to re-tell a funny encounter? Hope to hear from everyone.
"It's not important how many people I've killed. What's important is how I get along with the people who are still alive" - Jimmy the Tulip
That's great! Home Depot at Country Club and the 60? I've been there a couple times as well. Not a single employee has ever so much as looked at me in an unusual manner. I'll be sure to continue patronizing them.
Last edited by clarkebar; 06-29-2013 at 04:18 AM.
What holster were you using?
Freedom is a bit like sex, when your getting it you take it for granted, when you're not you want it bad, other people get mad at you for having it and others want to take it away from you so only they have it.
Yes clarkebar, that would be the one.
If we law-abiding gun owners could all unite to forego any anti-gun businesses while we continue to patronize establishments that allow us to practice our right to self-defense, I think Arizona could be a little easier to navigate (less crime-friendly areas), and could possibly allow AZ to earn the most negative score with the Brady's .
I'm not sure if this has been posted anywhere else on OCDO, but gunburger.com has a list of 2A-friendly and anti-gun establishments organized by city and general niche.
I was carrying in a black Galco Concealment (http://www.amazon.com/Galco-Conceala.../dp/B001U46OWI). Its forward cant is comfortable, and it holds my 1911 close to my midsection, allowing me to "feel" for it even without using my arms (I use my emergency Calorie reserves for this ).
Last edited by Rusty Young Man; 07-05-2013 at 09:15 PM. Reason: Spelling
I have always heard that Home Depot preferred no firearms but did tolerate them. As such, when I go there (often) I pull my shirt out over my 1911. With a 1911 there is obviously something large under my shirt but no mention from anyone. At Basha's out in Catalina near where I live, the young man behind the meat counter asked me if I was carrying a 1911? I replied yes and then he asked what kind. Told him an old colt. I asked if he carried and he said yes, when not working. Big thumbs up!
I guess I get questioned about 3 X a month about carrying. 99.9% positive. Generally they have been thinking about doing so but just haven't taken the plunge. I heartily encourage them to do so.
Costco did catch me walking up to the door carrying open a few months back. The guy at the door was very nice and just said "sorry, no 1911's at Costco today". Then a month later there was only one guy at the door, at my left, and I carry on my right. I completely forgot about the 1911 and walked in. I wandered around for 5 min or so when I realized what I'd done. Pulled my shirt over it and nothing happened.
The difference between the Supreme Court and the Ku Klux Klan is that the members of the Supreme Court dress in black robes and scare white people.
I am not too sure about Lowe's though; Home Depot is closer than Lowe's, but I don't recall seeing any signs there either.
If a store isn't posted but the manager is anti-gun, let them ask you to leave or conceal, that way they can see how many customers they are losing because of their anti-rights policy. Maybe even leave them a "No Guns = No $" (I vaguely remember someone posting a downloadable file on OCDO some time back, but I can't seem to find it) If management has a problem with my right to self defense, I have no problem patronizing another establishment that doesn't.
*EDIT* I can't find the card download I was referring to, but AZCDLFred did mention one place to get them.
Last edited by Rusty Young Man; 07-21-2013 at 10:33 PM. Reason: Spelling, new info on cards
Down here in SE AZ I have not run into any problems. I OC at Lowes, Home Depot, Safeway, Wally World, Kmart, etc. I avoid businesses like Target since they are known to be anti-gun. No Gun No Money.
I see them at almost every store I've OCed at: Walmart, Sam's Club, Fry's. The list goes on.
Glad to hear you and arizonaopa have been haven't had trouble.