tricityguy wrote:It is not a good idea to ask police first before open carrying. They will tell you it is not a good idea and that they have to respond if a 911 call is made, which is completely BS. Also regardless what they tell you the individual officer on the street probably will not get any message about you specifically. If you want to OC then you should be prepared, not that it will happen, to be detained.Folks,
I want to start open carrying for a variety of reasons I'll list below. Need some good basic advice on how to get started. I'm located on the east side, Tri-City area; Has anyone had luck approaching police chiefs about this beforehand? Is it necessary or a good idea? I'm not in the mood to be unlawfully detained and arrested so would like to cover my bases, but will go through it if necessary.
I also need advice on how to respond to people. I understand a Stadium/Convention Center cannot refuse me entry with my firearm? However, I would assume a private business owner/retail store (Wal-Mart, Best Buy, etc) would have the right to ask me to leave. Yes?
A Stadium/Convention Center must allow you to carry ONLY if it is OPERATED by a municipality. If it is run by a management company then they can deny you access inside if you are carrying.
A private business can ask you to leave their property, if you refuse it is criminal trespass. Also Costco is known to have a ban on firearms inside their stores.
As far as holsters go that is something that you would need to go to a store and try them, without the pistol of course, and find one that is comfortable for you.