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    Lately I have been openly carrying so often I don't even think about it or get nervous while doing so. I think that is partly due to the fact that while I carry I make it a point to try to wear dress casual clothing and do so with a friend--usually female. I have been doing this in retail stores including Best Buy and Wal-Mart in the Mobile area.

    I expected at least a comment from a Wal-Mart associate one of the five times I've carried there over the past three weeks; no one has said a word to me. A police officer even passed me by, although he was much like the vast majority of people in the store: he didn't notice I was carrying. I was once even bold enough to carry openly while wearing jeans and a black Alice in Chains t-shirt; no one in Wal-Mart said a word!

    In fact, the only time anyone has said anything about my sidearm was in my own apartment complex. My complex is rather, shall we say, "urban". As I was walking to get the mail, a gentleman in is early-twenties wearing baggy jeans, a loose white t-shirt, and gold chains yelled to me:

    "Hey, you a cop?"

    "No," I replied.

    "Haha! Check it out, he totin'! That muf----- TOTIN'!"

    Check it out, I totin'. I think that will be my new slogan.


    At any rate, my advice to people planning on probing the OC waters:

    -- Dress nicely (at least a polo shirt and khakis). Sure, we all long for the day when everyone will treat all legal OCers in Alabama like human beings regardless of their manner of dress, but people make judgements based on appearances. People are less likely to think you're a hoodlum if you don't dress like a hoodlum.

    -- Be confident. Walk with your back straight. Walk around like you belong...like you own the place. It will put you more at ease while OCing, and it will put those who see you at ease.

    -- Start small. Before you try OCing in Wal-Mart, walk around your neighborhood. This may help you build confidence as advised above.

    -- If you can, bring a friend, also dressed nicely. If you are male, consider bringing a female friend. I think it's less frightening to the sheeple if they see you looking domesticated, even if the lady in question is not your significant other.

    -- Be polite with everyone with whom you need to talk. No one at Wal-Mart said anything about my sidearm. It may be partly due to the fact that when I needed to talk with them, I was always polite, pleasant, and smiling. Ask the cashier how her day has been! Don't be a grump!

    Of course, all my confidence regarding OC could melt the day a police officer actually notices my sidearm... :what:

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    Interesting. I used to jog with my sidearm when I lived with my parents and nobody seemed to notice (although, if they did they probably wouldn't care... pretty rural).

    I've carried unconcealed around my apartment complex a few times (mostly when going to/from the range) and nobody has said anything. My guess is that most people probably don't realise.

    I don't own any 'casual' clothes. It's T-Shirts and Jeans/Cargo pants for me. They aren't all oversized though. I might have a suit tucked away somewhere....

    I'm thinking that carrying a firearm unconcealed might be more noticable here. There is a sizable yankee population (including me) and many foreign students that probably wouldn't be used to being around firearms.

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    kurtmax_0 wrote:
    There is a sizable yankee population (including me) and many foreign students that probably wouldn't be used to being around firearms.
    Those 'DamnYankees" - haha, just kidding. I am from Illinois and it took some time for me to even get used to the open carry option. I have oc'd a couple times in Prattville (Wal-Mart). The thing that scares me is the 4,000 cops Prattville has. HAHA.




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    kurtmax_0 wrote:
    Interesting. I used to jog with my sidearm when I lived with my parents and nobody seemed to notice (although, if they did they probably wouldn't care... pretty rural).

    I've carried unconcealed around my apartment complex a few times (mostly when going to/from the range) and nobody has said anything. My guess is that most people probably don't realise.

    I don't own any 'casual' clothes. It's T-Shirts and Jeans/Cargo pants for me. They aren't all oversized though. I might have a suit tucked away somewhere....

    I'm thinking that carrying a firearm unconcealed might be more noticable here. There is a sizable yankee population (including me) and many foreign students that probably wouldn't be used to being around firearms.
    That's true, but they are mainly concentrated in Auburn. Opelika and the rest of Lee County have more residents who are native to the area. I will add that I've open carried in rural Lee County.

    ProguninTN

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    OC story from Bham:

    I am new to OC'ing but have been CC'ing for a 3 or 4 years now. So I was going into a gas station near Five Points in Birmingham the other day OC'ing and was a little nervous, and ended up locking my keys in my car... Doh! Even worse, it was running! So I'm considering busting out my back window with a brick (and thinking of what that would look like to a passerby :-) ) when a sherriff's deputy rolls up. Great, I'm about to at least be put to the question, I mused. He walked past me and asked, "Are you a cop?" "No, sir. I'm just open carrying." To which he replied, "Oh." - went into the store, got something, and then left. !!! Customer in the store ended up offering to run to his apt. around the corner and get a coat hanger. He was in a Mercedes, so somehow I didn't expect him to come back, once he noticed my sidearm. But sure enough, he came right back and was totally cordial. Needless to say, I wasted no time in popping the door with the coat hanger. All in all, store clerk was accomadating, police were polite, and samaritans were good. A great ending to a foolish situation. I'll be more careful about where my keys are from now on.

    - Jonathon

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    Jonathon Sometimes wrote:
    OC story from Bham:

    I am new to OC'ing but have been CC'ing for a 3 or 4 years now. So I was going into a gas station near Five Points in Birmingham the other day OC'ing and was a little nervous, and ended up locking my keys in my car... Doh! Even worse, it was running! So I'm considering busting out my back window with a brick (and thinking of what that would look like to a passerby :-) ) when a sherriff's deputy rolls up. Great, I'm about to at least be put to the question, I mused. He walked past me and asked, "Are you a cop?" "No, sir. I'm just open carrying." To which he replied, "Oh." - went into the store, got something, and then left. !!! Customer in the store ended up offering to run to his apt. around the corner and get a coat hanger. He was in a Mercedes, so somehow I didn't expect him to come back, once he noticed my sidearm. But sure enough, he came right back and was totally cordial. Needless to say, I wasted no time in popping the door with the coat hanger. All in all, store clerk was accomadating, police were polite, and samaritans were good. A great ending to a foolish situation. I'll be more careful about where my keys are from now on.

    - Jonathon

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    Glad to hear everything went well, even with LE!!!

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    Good story. Most LEOs around here can open your car for ya (with a jimmy or whatever they call it), although you may have had to give an id and whatnot (i wouldn't really argue with that as I wouldn't want someone to be able to get into my car because they asked a cop to let him in!).

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    I actually asked him if I could borrow his baton to bust the window in, but he said it was a liability issue and that cops could no longer even help jimmy your door open. I just thanked him and was glad to be left alone.. I think being nice and well mannered goes a long way when OC'ing..

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    kurtmax_0 wrote:
    Good story. Most LEOs around here can open your car for ya (with a jimmy or whatever they call it), although you may have had to give an id and whatnot (i wouldn't really argue with that as I wouldn't want someone to be able to get into my car because they asked a cop to let him in!).
    It's called a "slim jim".

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    Ah, now I understand why La La Larry had the assault weapon escort at latest
    news conference now.
    OC in B'ham now that is something. I've had enough
    trouble wih the locals about everything else I hadn't considered it.
    Darn no chicken icon to add here......


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