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    Glad to see the forum is back up and running...I guess I will go first!!

    This is just a random posting about some of my open-carry experiences (all of which have been positive). I have been open-carrying more and more lately because the weather has been getting warm (I have a VA and PA CCW). I was worried that open-carry would draw undue attention to myself and possibly cause businesses (who don't notice when I carry concealed) to post "no guns" signs. I was wrong about all of this.

    The first time I ever open carried was at Mango Mike's in Alexandria about a month ago (great experience). Since then, I have open carried at the following places in Alexandria and the surrounding area: Giant (on Duke St), Rite Aid, a couple of gas stations, Comcast (Van Dorn), Blockbuster (on Duke), Fairfax police station (VCDL Meeting), and Fudrucker's (Anandale). No problems at all. Last Saturday I open carried at Costco in Pentagon City. I have to admit I was nervous about that one... it is practically in DC. Once again, no problems. I even had a guy come up to me and engage me in conversation about the rugby shirt that I was wearing.

    I am a friendly person...I tend to be even more friendly when I am open carrying so that I project a positive image for my fellow firearms owners and carriers. VCDL and its members have given me a lot of my confidence when it comes to open carry and also the ability to defend my right if challenged. This forum has also been great for my confidence and overall understanding of VA's laws. Just want to say thanks to everybody who posts on here and who I have talked to at VCDL meetings! Let's get this forum cranked up like the old one was! Stay safe, all, and God Bless!



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    Hello, novaccw, just wanted to say HI! I'm glad it's back, too. I'm located somewhere around your "neck-of-the-woods", since I frequent all the same places. I recently joined VCDL and have my VA CCW, too. I've not open carried, because of the same concerns that you have had. I hope to start off at a VCDL meeting soon and progress from there. Keep in touch, here.

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    DoubleR, open carry at the VCDL meeting is a great idea...it is a big reason for my new-found comfort with open carry.

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    I'm still a little self conscience OC'ing in some areas. Like last weekend at a rest stop on 95. I wanted to take off my jacket but didn't, too many out of towners, tourist, non-Virginians didn't want to freak anyone out. I was on my motorcycle, wearing a leather jacket. I could imagine some sheeple freakin out 'biker with gun'.:shock:

    I think I am going to desginate one day a week and Open Carry everywhere I go that day. I pretty much carry 99% of the time where I legally can.

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    Well, that is a good start. Kinda like, I'm going to learn/experience something new today. It's legal, it probably will not be even noticed, and exemplifies the qualities of a law abiding, pro-defense citizen of the Commonwealth. ENJOY and be safe!

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    I'm a big believer in OC, however, since I got my CHP I rarely OC. So I am trying to make an extra effort to OC.

    For the record. I did OC at WAWA in Fredericksburg later that day.
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    I know the feeling. I was out your way, yesterday. I went past the Sully PD station twice, just before all H$%^* broke loose. Picking up my new S&W 3913TSW at Blue Ridge. Lived here all my life, what a tragedy. I've seen all of the changes in this area. What more can I say.

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    Coincidently, I went to Blue Ridge about 1.5 hours after all hell broke loose. I didn't know what was going on until the guys at Blue Ridge told me. I saw a police pick-up with lights and siren going, carrying barricades in the back and what looked like a mobile CP on Westfield above rt 28. Was getting a strange feeling..... Anyway,

    OC'd at the Giant in Centreville on St. Germain(?) Nothing unusual to report.
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    Just thought I would tell everybody...open carried for the first time in a bank yesterday...Chevy Chase in Alexandria (near Old Town). No funny looks, no questions...just friendly tellers. One asked me if I cared to open an account...(I was getting my loose change turned into cash!). Hope everybody is safe and well...God Bless!

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    WOW! novaccw, way to go! A bank! Do you think anyone noticed you were carrying?
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    I am pretty sure they noticed...but like I said, no problems!

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    good deal.

    OC'd a little today- 7-11 at Rt.28 and Residency(Manassas), next to Guns and Ammo Warehouse and G&A but I don't think that counts. no problems.
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    Since I don't get to Manassas too often - Guns and Ammo Warehouse and G&A? Sounds like my kinda place.

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    In the last year, I have taken to open carry in the Yorktown area. Have carried a compact 9mm in a OWB pancake holster at 4 o'clock. So far I have carried at 2-3 different gas stations, the local hardware store, Firestone Auto, Lowe's, Food Lion, Rite-Aid, Eckerd, Advance Auto, 7-11, Uno's, Tuscany, Wendy's, RockOla, and Hooter's. Only one comment so far...from an incredulous lady from Maryland, who I had to educate. No problems, really.

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    Little late on this post...but, on Saturday 3 June 2006, I open carried while grocery shopping at Giant on Duke Street in Alexandria.

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    Open carried at the Kingstowne Wal-Mart tonight. No problems. Had a nice conversation with the Indian guy in the sporting goods department. He mentioned that he used to work for the United Nations doing some kind of engineering... I didn't fill him in on my opinion of that particular organization. He was a nice guy and didn't seem at all uneasy about my sidearm. I did have a few stares on my way in and out of the store...but uneventful overall.

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    somehow I am not surprised that a guy that used to be an engineer for the Un is now working as a retail clerk at a walmart.

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    ilbob wrote:
    somehow I am not surprised that a guy that used to be an engineer for the Un is now working as a retail clerk at a walmart.
    I could list a few people working for the UN who are barely qualified to work for wal-mart.

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    OC'd at the Giant at Edsall Road and Van Dorn St in Alexandria. It was the first time there. No issues. I did hear the speaker systemannounce twice "Security, Section six". I figured I was a goner by that time, but nothing came of it. HadOC'd a couple of times in a small strip center down the street at the cleaners.

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    I have been to Giants a lot, and I can't say that I ever have once seen a security guard at one. Maybe I just don't notice.:?

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    hey everyone. sounds like you all have had some oc experiences that have gone quite well. i have just joined this site and have been mulling around a bit and haven't really noticed much coming out of the woodbridge area. i just moved down there from alexandria and am a little hesitant about oc'ing around there. i've only been in the area for just over a year, got my ccw in virginia beach, so i'm still trying to get comfortable. if anyone has any experiences in the woodbridge/lakeridge area please let me know, i'd like to see what i'm up against. thankseveryone and keep those 2nd rights alive!

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    Open carried today at the D.M.V. on Mill rd. in Alexandria for about 2 hrs. They will only allow altd. number of people inside at one time so I was standing in line outside for half an hour before the armed rent-a-cop escorted me inside. In this liberal, anti-gun area of Virginia, I fully expected to get the once over. Not a word,any bad looks or comments of any kind. A total non event. I was wearing 5.11 khakis and polo shirt so I probably looked like off duty F.B.I. or something. This is fun!I think I want todo it again sometime.

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    Welcome, Vincent. I have to go to the exact same place before the end of the month. That's great to hear. Been there before. I have a meeting with the "Vision Test". I'm older than dirt, in fact John Mosby, the "Grey Ghost" burned the Railroad Bridge, just down the street from there during the WBTS. I've been here too long!

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    High DoubleR, I also went to renew my license which has no restrictions or vision correction requirement on it, yet. I started wearing glasses after renewing my last one. After waiting 2 hours I walked up to the window and was told I would have to take an eye test. I asked to speak with a manager and I questioned why I had to take the eye test in person but not if I renewed by mail or online. She said it was just policy. I tuned around, walked out and went straight to the Post Office. I really don't want the vision correction requirement if I can get away without it, in case I happen to forget my glasses, even though I wear them all the time.

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    Vincent wrote:
    High DoubleR, I also went to renew my license which has no restrictions or vision correction requirement on it, yet. I started wearing glasses after renewing my last one. After waiting 2 hours I walked up to the window and was told I would have to take an eye test. I asked to speak with a manager and I questioned why I had to take the eye test in person but not if I renewed by mail or online. She said it was just policy. I tuned around, walked out and went straight to the Post Office. I really don't want the vision correction requirement if I can get away without it, in case I happen to forget my glasses, even though I wear them all the time.
    That right there is the American way. . . always find a way around idiocies of the system.

    Welcome aboard!

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