*Originally posted on PAFOA forum 9/9/07*
Lincoln Way East, Chambersburg (FranklinCounty)
Ate in, which is a rare occasion. No comments.
Walker's Barber Shop
In basement of Mr. Walker's private residence, Chambersburg (Franklin County)
It was a bit crowded, but didn't notice any looks on the way in, though my pistol was shielded by my body from most of the other customers. As the crowd thinned, and my son hopped up in the chair, my pistol was more visible, and a young guy asked if I was law enforcement. I said that I was not, just a private citizen.
He's in the Seabees, and said he was totally cool with it, and said he wanted to carry to when he turned 21. I told him he could OC at 18. There were four of us (military kid, myself, Mr. Walker, and another father there with his son) that had a good conversation about carrying (OC and CC). We discussed various details of both options. The other father asked me if I had been in a situation where I'd been personally threatened which made me decide to carry. I told him I've never had such a personal encounter, but (sadly) I felt that there was no longer any such thing as a "Safe Place". That anything could happen to anyone at any time and I felt it was my responsibility to be ready for such an occasion, even though I felt it was unlikely.
The only point which I would say was in disagreement (though IMO a minor one), was Mr. Walker's suggestion of mandatory training for folks who carry, comparing it to getting a driver's license. I reminded him that driving was a privilege, and bearing arms was a protected right. I did state that I believe training is advisable, and was pursuing it myself, but do not think it should be a legal requirement in order to exercise my RKBA.
All in all, a good encounter, and I don't expect any problems when I carry there again.
Michaux State Forest
Intersection of Milesburg Rd. & Birch Run Rd. (Adams County)
I wasn't planning on this being worthy of making the list, but a 'non-event' that I though was worth mentioning occurred (confused yet?).
My wife and son wanted to kayak at the reservoir today, and since my assistance was desired to load/unload, etc. I tagged along, figuring I'd pass a little time at the public range just up the road.
As I neared the turn-off, I saw signs stating the road was closed for a motor-cross event. I parked and climbed out of the truck, asking one of the volunteers if I could walk up the road to the range (about .25 miles from where I stopped). He said he wasn't sure, and indicated the signs stating the road was closed. He told me it would be open again in an hour or so, and I told him that by that time I wanted to be gone again. I asked if the entire forest was closed for the event, reminding him if it wasn't, I should be permitted to walk up through the woods to get to the range. He then referred me to the DCNR guy who was talking to one of the bikers.
The DCNR guy quickly gave me the ok to walk the road to the range. Not sure what his official status was, as he was unarmed and without the usual utility belt, but he didn't bat an eye or ask any questions about my sidearm.