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    does anyone know how frequently the police harass open carriers? is it a few isolated incidents or fairly commonplace?

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    I would say it is infrequent, at least in the Freedom State of Virginia. Most people seem to not even notice. I have walked right by police officers in busy downtown areas (Old Town, Alexandria) and no reaction.

    I have been harassed a few times (a mall, a movie theater, a DMV Office, but most of the time, like I said, no reaction.

    If you can open carry legally and you feel comfortable about the situation (not overly crowded, you have good equipment that will retain the weapon if someone was stupid enough to attempt to do a gun grab) I say go for it.

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    Never been bothered.

    Hell, must don't even notice.

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    This has been my experience: I have open carried several hundred times in the Richmond area over the last year (Richmond City, Henrico, Chesterfield, Powhatan) and have been hassled only once. I have only heardone mildlynegative comment (from a grocery store check-out clerk - and I laughed it off), and have heard aboutfive or sixcompliments or friendly, curiousquestions. I would say that meansconsiderably less than 5% of people have ever said anything at all about it.I would say only 10% of people even notice the gun, includingat least half of people you directly speak too! The one time I was hassled was fairly serious as far as these things go (I was made to spread my legs, get frisked, four back-up squad cars arrived, etc - but I was never hand-cuffed). However, that incident ended with my internal affairs complaint being upheld, and the Chief of Police sent me a letter saying some of the officers actions were inappropriate and his behavior wasn't up to the standards of his department, so I consider that to have been a valuable educational experience for that officer and his department (and a tribute to the integrity of Henrico's P.D. and its Colonel Stanley). You will be surprised - very surprised - how few people even notice. It's almost disturbing. Perhaps it is because so many people wear black cell phones at their hip these days (?). I have even carried at a bank three times without issue. Then again, I live in Virginia, which is probably the most open-carry friendly state in the nation (and certainly the state where it is most common). TheDemocrat running against our current Senator gets an "A" from the NRA (!)- and our current Senator gets an "A+"! That tells youa lotabout the general environment here, not that it couldn't still be improved.

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