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    For the uninitiated, the restaurant blog was begun to show the acceptance of open carry in restaurants in Virginia. The purpose is to document how on the vast majority of occasions, the experience will be uneventful for the open carrier. In effect, to show that one is notat all likely to be kicked out, arrested or harrassed by LEOs, or attacked by criminals. As the blog went on and users added their experiences, it grew into quite a list of open carry friendly restaurants. The compiled listhas been made available courtesy of Coltcarrier at http://www.frappr.com/opencarry/map.

    With the new forum I'd like to continue to post my experiences here and I hope others will continue to as well. It's great to be back.

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    05/13/06 Open Carried at the El Paso Restaurant in Arlington, as usual no problems to report.

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    Longwatch.....I was wondering if you had dropped of the face of the earth

    Glad to see you back in the "food business"

    OC'd at Fat Punks in Manassas Park over the weekend....once again the staff noticed the 1911 but no problems or comments

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    Went to Virginia Beach for the weekend. OCed at the following:

    05-11-06 The Raven @ 12th St & Atlantic Ave for lunch.

    05-11-06 The Rockfish BoardwalkBar and SeaGrill @ 16th St & Atlantic Ave for dinner.

    05-12-06 Mary's Restaurant @ 17th St & Mediterranean Ave for breakfast.

    05-12-06 The Black Angus Restaurant @ 7th St and Atlantic Ave for dinner.

    05-13-06 Mary's Restaurant @ 17th St & Mediterranean Ave for breakfast.

    05-13-06 CP Shuckers @ 15th St & Atlantic Ave for dinner.

    05-14-06 The Rockfish BoardwalkBar and SeaGrill @ 16th St & Atlantic Ave for dinner.

    Arrived back in Fredericksburg today (05-15-06) and OCed at Vinny's Grill and Pizza on Leavell's Road.

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    5/13/06 - OC'd at Famous Daves in Chantilly. 7 adults and one baby. Four adults armed (but not the baby.....oh well, maybe later).

    Ribs were great. No problems exceptfor waddling to the car after eating too much.

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    05-16-06 OCed at Pancho Villa Mexican Restaurant for dinner at Lee's Hill Plaza off Rte. 1 in Spotsylvania.

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    5/16/06 OC briefly at Anthony's in Falls Church, just long enough to pick up my carry out food. No Problems.

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    5/17/06 Open Carried at Pan Am Restaurant, a few policemen came in but there are often a few officers there eating dinner and there were no problems as usual. After dinner I went next door to the CVS still open carrying. The guy behind the register asked if I was a policeman. I said no. He then asked if I was a Marine, I said I used to be one. He said cool, then had a funny look on his face trying to figure me out. He then asked if was FBI, no. Then he asked if I was a bounty hunter.:shock: I said no, I am just a guy. We kept on talking for a minute about open carry, he had some funny ideas about use of force but all in all a good chance to educate someone about open carry.

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    Funny thing about the bounty hunter comment. I just read that there are some where around 30,000 registeredbounty hunters in Virginia.:shock:There is your fun fact for today.

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    05-17-06 OCed at Ristorante Renato on William St. in downtown Fredericksburg for dinner.

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    Bounty Hunter, that's classic. What do you make of him going from are you a cop, to are you a Marine, interesting leap I think.
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    5/18/06 OC with about a couple dozen open carriers at the VCDL meeting at the Mason District Government Center and with about half that number at Fuddruckers in Annandale. As usual no problems.

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    05-19-06 OCed at George's Pizza at Five Mile Fork in Spotsylvania County for dinner.

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    5/22/06 OCW at Ledo Pizza in Fairfax, as usual no problems.

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    5/23/06 OCW at the Oriental Gourmet in Arlington, no problems as usual.

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    5/24/06 OCW at the Idylwood Grill in Fairfax, no problems at all.

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    5-23-06. OC in Shoney's on Indian River Road in Va Beach, and Radisson Hotel in Norfolk. No problems. One young lady on the hotel staff approached my friend: "Are you with that self-defense gun organization?" "Yes, I am." "Well good. My grandfather fought in WWII and always said it was important to keep our constitutional gun rights." "Thank you; I agree."

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    5/25/06 OCW at the Pan Am Restaurant, no problems.

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    5/25/06 - OC'd at IHOP in Fairfax (Rt 29 & Blake Lane) - no problems.

    5/26/06 - OC'd at IHOP - AGAIN (waist line is expanding). Again...no problems.

    5/26/06 - OC'd at Five Guys on Rt 7 near Alexandria. The only problem was that the guy behind the counter insisted that I eat peanuts while waiting for my order.



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    5/26/06 OCW at Ledo Pizza in Tysons Corner. No problems.

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    05-26-06 OCed at Renato's on William Street in downtown Fredericksburg.

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    5-29. Had lunch with my daughter at George's Family Restaurant in Yorktown. No comments.

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    I am curious. How many people do you encounter in your day to dayactivities who also OC? Forget uniformed LE and security personnel. I am just talking regular, normal, law abiding citizens.

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    The only time I have seen other person's OC'ing are at a gunshop and VCDL meeting.
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    I have seen other open carriers about 3 times over the years, outside of VCDL and gun shows of course. The first time in about 1991 at a comic book store in Arlington, once at a Townhall.com meetup in 2004 and a few weeks ago at Cosco in Chantilly. The conclusion I draw is that few of the good guys actually carry or a lot of people carry illegally (not open carrying in restaurants or CCW without permits. Overall I would say OC has grown alot, because it wasn't that long ago hardly anyone except Jim Snyder VP of VCDL OC'd at the meetings. At the last meeting almost everyone was open carrying even though I'm sure most have permits.

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