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    Hello all!

    I've lived in central VA since 2004. Moved here from Kalifornia where I spent 2 years. I'm a native of PA and had a CCW permit there when I lived there.

    I currently have a valid VA CCW that I've had for several months. I've been getting more interested in 2nd Amendment activity and have been daily checking out PDO, VCDL and just today OCDO.

    I'm one of the typical "I've always had a concealed permit, so I have anxiety about open-carrying" -type people. I'm fine with open carry (though I have never seen anybody personally doing it) and feel that it's a great expression of excercising our rights and being a positive representation of law abiding gun owners... now if only I could grow a pair big enough to do it myself

    Keep it up!

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    welcom to ocdo! i know the anxiety you're feeling as i only had my first experience last night (see http://opencarry.mywowbb.com/forum54/1327-3.htmlfor the results of our evening). i'll admit i was nervous for a while, but after the good conversation and waiting in the foyer for 45 minutes while 30 people or so passed by us, i became more comfortable. i too still prefer cc whenever possible, i guess i like the element of surprise. best advice, imo, is come to an oc dinner when possible.

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    Welcome to OCDO!

    Normally a good place to start OC'ing is in restaurants that sell and serve alcohol. Mainly because you have to under the law, and because it's easier than trying to plan your carrying habits around your eating habits.

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    I almost forgot, your anxiety about OC'ing is normal after living in the People's Republic of Kalifornia! Hopefully 2 years in the PRKA was not enough time to do permanent damage!

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    Welcome to VA. Be sure to sign up for VCDL's email VA-Alert. Its about 8 inches or so down from the home page, www.vcdl.org.

    Open carrying can make you nervous the first time(s) you try it. Go to a VCDL meeting in central VA sometime. If is like the VCDL meetings here in NOVA, members will go to a restaurant, open carry style, after the meeting. Eventually, you'll feel no more self-conscious open carrying than you do wearing a new hat or haircut and wondering if people will notice and point .

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    Thanks for all of the "welcomes".

    My wife makes it hard for me to plan carrying around eating. She always decides to go someplace that serves alcohol, so I end up having to leave it in the car... not a comforting thought. I just need to get the nerve up to lift my shirt and tuck it behind so that it's visible.

    2 years wasn't enough to change me in Cali. I had a good time living there but never even bothered trying for a permit. I've just always felt more comfortable with people not knowing. As it was said, I like to have the element of surprise, should I need it.

    I'd definitely be interested in attending an OC dinner or central VA VCDL meeting... so long as my wife loosens the apron strings enough to let me go somewhere without her (she's a housewife/mom right now and any opportunity to go out she'll be all over).

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    72Malibu wrote:
    Thanks for all of the "welcomes".

    My wife makes it hard for me to plan carrying around eating. She always decides to go someplace that serves alcohol, so I end up having to leave it in the car... not a comforting thought. I just need to get the nerve up to lift my shirt and tuck it behind so that it's visible.
    I find that if I'm wearing a dark cover shirt and a dark under shirt, my blued/polymer sidearm doesn't feel so obvious in its IWB holster when I transition to open-carry. I think wearing dark clothing helps to "hide" my sidearm, even in plain sight.

    Welcome to the forum! (I'm a newbie here, and a newbie to carrying open or concealed in general)

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    72Malibu wrote:
    I'd definitely be interested in attending an OC dinner or central VA VCDL meeting... so long as my wife loosens the apron strings enough to let me go somewhere without her (she's a housewife/mom right now and any opportunity to go out she'll be all over).
    Then bring her!!!

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    72Malibu wrote:
    I'd definitely be interested in attending an OC dinner or central VA VCDL meeting... so long as my wife loosens the apron strings enough to let me go somewhere without her (she's a housewife/mom right now and any opportunity to go out she'll be all over).
    I've found that people are a lot less wary of me open carrying when I'm eating out with my wife and two little girls in tow. I guess they rightly figure that criminals don't open-carry, nor do they go out and commit violencewith theirhandgun with their families tagging along.

    /BTW, welcome to OCDO

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    take the wife to a fast food place.

    they don't serve alcohol and i havn't had a problem open carrying yet.

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    Wifey doesn't like fast food. Haha!

    I've thought about wearing dark clothes to somewhat camouflage my Glock 19, but my carry holster (OWB forward cant at about 4:00) is a leather brown and kindof stands out against dark clothes. I suppose I should look at getting another holster, but this one so far has been relatively comfortable. I have a shoulder holster setup for it, but can never get it adjusted right, so I never wear it. Plus, it would be hard to "expose" in an ABC restaurant unless I wear it on top of my shirt.

    Oh, and she's definitely up for going along to a dinner. Meetings, not so much.

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    im near charlottesville as well, and have also just starded to carry. i havent had any problems in fast food places or cheeseburger in paradise. no one has made any issue of it yet... well see how it goes in the future.

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    Welcome 72Malibu and Leprechaun!! Sorry for the late welcome! Its nice to have yall aboard and cant wait to meet you guys when theres a dineout.

    I was so frightened the very first time I OCed. I had to on account of I do not have my CCW yet (pending). It was at the walmart in Burke and i was freaking out because many people were looking and employees were asking me all kinds of questions. Very nerve wrecking. That was about 3 weeks ago. As for now, its very natural for me to OC everywhere I go and pay no heed to onlookers. I do have a freind in the area I OC with but he is not yet a member of this forum due to his internet not working but he will join when it works again. So welcome! and enjoy your stay!

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    Im new here too from Richmond, Va. Great site with lots of useful info.. I am also the General Manager of a casual dining restaurant in Richmond.

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    Welcome SubXD-9! I assume you have a springfield XD. How are they? I was thinking about getting one in .40 or .45. I visit Richmond on occasion, i'll have to pay your establishment a visit! Welcome once again... Strength in numbers

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    I love it so much I put 250 rounds thru it the first time out. Without starting the "better pistol" arguement, I would say I highly recommend the XD. I tried another brand and found the XD to bemore comfortable and as reliable. My restaurant is in the Short Pump mall. I have no problem with OC in my restaurant. I have seen it a couple of times and only had to "school" my staff. The mall.....thats another story.

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    SubXD-9 wrote:
    I love it so much I put 250 rounds thru it the first time out. Without starting the "better pistol" arguement, I would say I highly recommend the XD. I tried another brand and found the XD to bemore comfortable and as reliable. My restaurant is in the Short Pump mall. I have no problem with OC in my restaurant. I have seen it a couple of times and only had to "school" my staff. The mall.....thats another story.
    is your restaurant accessible w/o going thru the mall? according to the VCDL website, short pump mall is a no carry facility.

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    Also, which restaurant is it. Next time I'm out that way I'll be a patron.

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    i was thinking it would be a great place for a richmond oc dinner next month. we did the southside last week. i'd like to make sure, even though he's seen oc in there, that it's legal to get into the restaurant. 1 or 2 people could slip thru cc in the mall, but if 10 of us show up....i've heard ofbad stories about Henrico PD, i'd like to not be one of them.

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    I was starting to think every business in Short Pump was posted. I'm game for the next Richmond meeting.

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    Count me in. I'll be there. As well as my wife

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    sitedzn wrote:
    i was thinking it would be a great place for a richmond oc dinner next month. we did the southside last week. i'd like to make sure, even though he's seen oc in there, that it's legal to get into the restaurant. 1 or 2 people could slip thru cc in the mall, but if 10 of us show up....i've heard ofbad stories about Henrico PD, i'd like to not be one of them.
    Unfortunately my restaurant is located on Short Pump Mall property. The mall property is specifically posted as "Firearms and Knives are prohibited, even if carried legally, except by law enforcement officers". Otherwise, I would gladly hold a dinner there for ya'll in support of the cause.

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