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    I practice open carry every time I leave my house, with only a couple of exceptions. Onereason is if I am going somewhere that it is illegal to carry. The only other reason is when I go to church. Then I put my concealled carry permit to good use, and carry underneath my suit jacket.

    Today while walking into a local grocery store, I heard a man behind me say "Oh my God, hes got a gun." Knowing this was a statement aboutthe Kimber Pro Raptor II riding on my hip, I turned around to acknowledge the man. The couple behind me were African-American, and were dressed for comfort on a fairly warm and sunny day. I was dressed in nice jeans, lace-up cowboy boots, button-up shirt (ironed of course), with my freshly shaven head in all of its radiant glory. Smiling at the couple about 15 feetaway fromme, I removed my sunglasses and replied "Yes, it is legal here in Colorado to carry a firearm in plain sight like this"

    The woman had her hand pressed to her chest and stamered "Were from Pittsburgh, and were not used to seeing that kind of thing." The man was standing there literally with his mouth hanging open. I laughed a bit and told them that I had been to downtown Pittsburgh, and wished I had my pistol with me at the time. (I was travelling by bus, and didnt carry a firearm yet)

    The man laughed at my statement and seemed to relax a bit so I went on. "Its not terribly COMMON to see someone exercising thier right to carry openly here, but you do see it from time to time. Also, Colorado residents can obtain a permit to carry thier firearm concealled under thier clothing, and that is VERY common." The couple expressed that this was very interesting, and sensing that they were ready to get on about thier shopping, I told them to enjoy their stay with us, to which they smiled and replied "Have a good day" As I walked away, I heard the man say "Well he was very nice"

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    Funny though, open carry in Pittsburgh is leagl too, no permit required.

    Maybe if you see them again tell them they can go armed about town in Pittsburgh too if they want.

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    Doubtful that I see them again, but hopefully they will give enough thought to what happened today to check into it for themselves.

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    Immortal_Ben wrote:
    I practice open carry every time I leave my house, with only a couple of exceptions. Onereason is if I am going somewhere that it is illegal to carry. The only other reason is when I go to church. Then I put my concealled carry permit to good use, and carry underneath my suit jacket.

    Today while walking into a local grocery store, I heard a man behind me say "Oh my God, hes got a gun." Knowing this was a statement aboutthe Kimber Pro Raptor II riding on my hip, I turned around to acknowledge the man. The couple behind me were African-American, and were dressed for comfort on a fairly warm and sunny day. I was dressed in nice jeans, lace-up cowboy boots, button-up shirt (ironed of course), with my freshly shaven head in all of its radiant glory. Smiling at the couple about 15 feetaway fromme, I removed my sunglasses and replied "Yes, it is legal here in Colorado to carry a firearm in plain sight like this"

    The woman had her hand pressed to her chest and stamered "Were from Pittsburgh, and were not used to seeing that kind of thing." The man was standing there literally with his mouth hanging open. I laughed a bit and told them that I had been to downtown Pittsburgh, and wished I had my pistol with me at the time. (I was travelling by bus, and didnt carry a firearm yet)

    The man laughed at my statement and seemed to relax a bit so I went on. "Its not terribly COMMON to see someone exercising thier right to carry openly here, but you do see it from time to time. Also, Colorado residents can obtain a permit to carry thier firearm concealled under thier clothing, and that is VERY common." The couple expressed that this was very interesting, and sensing that they were ready to get on about thier shopping, I told them to enjoy their stay with us, to which they smiled and replied "Have a good day" As I walked away, I heard the man say "Well he was very nice"
    This is what I would call the PERFECT encounter.

    You took the time to ease their tension, educate them, and left them with a different view of "MAN WITH A GGGGUN" All with a smile.

    My hat is of to you Very well done

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    This is exactly how I try to treat every encounter I have, negative or positive comments made to me. I try hard not to be snide. Being human though I slip up on occasion.

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    ""Oh my God, hes got a gun."
    , The couple behind me were African-American,

    He knew who was head of his household?

    I'm glad you made them feel at ease.

    As I walked away, I heard the man say "Well he was very nice"
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    Was he still talking to God?
    When a criminal invades your home and has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun.

    My Definition of Gun Control: The idea that dozens of people found dead in the Broadway Café, Tasmania, and many also seriously wounded, all while waiting for police, who were called to show up and protect them, is somehow morally superior to having several armed and therefore alive civilian's explaining to police how the attacker got that fatal bullet wound.

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    Immortal_Ben wrote:
    Doubtful that I see them again, but hopefully they will give enough thought to what happened today to check into it for themselves.
    Very nicely done, and chances are now much higher that they will indeed do just that.


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