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Thread: Open Carry in Sevier County

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    After chickening-out a few times on carrying openly since getting my CWP, I finally did it for the first time a few weeks ago. We had been out at baseball games and it was cool so I had a jacket on, but the weather warmed up. After the game we had shopping to do and I shed my jacket. I open carried in Wal-Mart, a convenience store, and (a separate) gas station much to my relief with no screaming, confrontations, or arrests.

    I have since open carried on a couple of other occasions and am becoming more confident that people in this area are reasonable and not firearm-phobic (didn't really expect it in rural Utah, but you never know). Recently I was carrying only partially concealed (short t-shirt that didn't really cover very well at all) and came across a Utah Highway Patol Officer while out and about (not a traffic stop). Either he didn't notice (I would think he could easily recognize the print and half a holster hanging below my shirt) or he didn't care.

    Thanks to Opencarry.org and the posts (old forum) for getting me more educated on legal, open carry in Utah!

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    Welcome to the new forum

    I remember when I first started open carrying. It felt like I was walking around naked. I thought that everyone I met must be on the verge of panic. But I quickly came to see that they were often not even noticing. And when they did, they just assumed that since I was so obviously carrying a gun, that I was entitled to do so.

    Good job. And keep it up!




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    I too felt like that at first. I've found that a great way to keep your situational awareness up and have some fun at the same time is to watch for reactions. Now I am in Provo, with 18 year old college coeds from all sorts of liberal states and belive it or not I have yet to have a single person give any visual cues that they have noticed! I am sure someone will at some point. Maybe I'm not giving them enough credit, but I am more inclined to think that there are some very unobservant people out there.
    "The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference - they deserve a place of honor with all that's good" - George Washington
    "Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act of depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest." - Mahatma Gandhi

    As always, insert standard IANAL disclaimer here.

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    I have a sister who lives in Provo. She went to college out there (BYU in fact) and met her husband shortly after she moved there. I have been planning on visiting her sometime soon and hearing your story makes me feel much better about considering open carry when I do visit.

    Thanks for your story!

    In liberty,

    Chuck

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