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    New member and first Open Carry (Spokane)

    First off I would just like to say hi to everyone here!
    I'm new to the community and I must say that right off the bat the site has been very helpful. I live in Spokane, though I grew up in CDA ID. As I am getting older I am starting to realize my constitutional rights seem to be getting stripped away slowly but surely, that being said I feel like its my duty to become a more involved, educated citizen.

    Today I enjoyed my first ever Open Carry experience and I must say it was a bit nerve racking but also liberating lol. I started off by meeting a friend for lunch at the Subway on 3rd and Browne. I was under the impression that Subway may or may not be Open Carry friendly so I figured what a way to get my feet wet...either i will eat lunch with my firearm or I will have to find a new spot for lunch. I checked both entrances for any signs stating no firearms, weapons etc and didn't see any, oddly enough however, there was a sign asking me to remove my sunglasses..... No sunglasses alloweed, but my XD 9mm is ok. At any rate I proceeded in and was met with only smiles and a delicious sandwich!
    After lunch I went to the Zip Trip on Division for fuel, much like subway I didn't see any signs and was again met with only smiles. My last stop was Yokes on North Foothills Dr for a redbox. (the kiosk is inside the store.....baby steps) The feeling inside the store was a little strange as I was noticing customers and employee's doing the dbl and triple take. Irregardless I browsed through both kiosks, found a movie, rented it and left peacefully with no issues.

    I would say it was a total success and I actually enjoyed the experience and look forward to future outings....maybe when it gets warmer

    Enough rambling on by me, its dinner time.


    Justin

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    Welcome to the board.

    Nice post too.

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    Welcome to OCDO and I see you are enjoying yourself.
    "Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the people's liberty teeth (and) keystone... the rifle and the pistol are equally indispensable... more than 99% of them by their silence indicate that they are in safe and sane hands. The very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil interference .When firearms go, all goes, we need them every hour." -- George Washington

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    Justin,

    Welcome to OCDO and OC in Spokane. As a fellow resident and OC'r, allow me to give you two words of advice:

    1. Don't worry about whether or not a particular establishment is OC friendly, worry about being a friendly OC'r. Your demeanor will have more to do with how people respond than anything else. Know your rights in Washington and be polite and courteous always and you will generally have no trouble.

    2. Stop looking for signs, they have no legal merit in WA and serve only as a warning. Use common sense as to where and how you choose to carry and you will have no problem.

    Snarly
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    Excellent advice, SnarlyWino. +1

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnarlyWino View Post
    Justin,

    Welcome to OCDO and OC in Spokane. As a fellow resident and OC'r, allow me to give you two words of advice:

    1. Don't worry about whether or not a particular establishment is OC friendly, worry about being a friendly OC'r. Your demeanor will have more to do with how people respond than anything else. Know your rights in Washington and be polite and courteous always and you will generally have no trouble.

    2. Stop looking for signs, they have no legal merit in WA and serve only as a warning. Use common sense as to where and how you choose to carry and you will have no problem.

    Snarly
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    Throw me to the wolves and I will come back leading the pack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnarlyWino View Post
    Justin,

    Welcome to OCDO and OC in Spokane. As a fellow resident and OC'r, allow me to give you two words of advice:

    1. Don't worry about whether or not a particular establishment is OC friendly, worry about being a friendly OC'r. Your demeanor will have more to do with how people respond than anything else. Know your rights in Washington and be polite and courteous always and you will generally have no trouble.

    2. Stop looking for signs, they have no legal merit in WA and serve only as a warning. Use common sense as to where and how you choose to carry and you will have no problem.

    Snarly
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    of their respect for what only appears to be a law, are cunningly coerced into waiving their
    rights, due to ignorance." (Paraphrased)

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