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    I was at a friend's place for a visit when a Louisa County Sheriff's car pulled up with some paperwork for a family member of my friend, Lloyd. When the officer saw my holstered pistol, the conversation went like this:

    LCSD (friendly tone): What's that your are carrying?

    Me: Taurus PT111 Pro, 9mm Stainless.

    LCSD: (Same tone) That thing is no toy!

    Me: No, sir, it is not!

    He asked Lloyd if I was a family member and was told that I was a friend. I introduced myself and shook his hand. That was extent of his interest in me.



    On Saturday, I went to Shenadoah Harley for an event they were hosting. Food, music, demo rides, that sort of thing. More just a way to draw people into the dealership. I like to ride motorcycles, so I go up to try a few hogs and Buells. Last time I went up, they had a 'no guns' sign. This time, no sign, and I was in my SUV. What made me most noticeable is that I had a Blue and Gold Macaw sitting on my shoulder. I happen to like parrots. Anyhow, here I am wandering around with a large parrot on my shoulder and a gun on my hip. One lady who works there came up to me and noticed the Taurus. She asked me why I was carrying a firearm. I just said that I carried because I had a right to carry. She said "Well, I will have to check to see if it is allowed or not". She got on to her radio and I just walked away. After all, how hard would I be to spot? I was talking to a couple of other folks whohappend to be working there as well (the bird really draws people in) and I heard on the radio "there is a man with a parrot on his shoulder who is carrying a firearm". They just looked at the gun and pretty much shrugged. They didn't care at all. I never heard another word.

    That was the most negative encounter I have had open carrying, and I open carry a great deal.

    Hell, I was even on the downtown mall on a Friday evening open carrying and walked right by a C'Ville PD Sergeant and he didn't even react. Of course, I had "Blue" with me and he does distract people.



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    NinjaRider wrote:
    I had a Blue and Gold Macaw sitting on my shoulder.
    Nice touch. One question though.

    Was it a tactical Macaw?



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    Mr. Y wrote:
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    I had a Blue and Gold Macaw sitting on my shoulder.
    Nice touch. One question though.

    Was it a tactical Macaw?

    I think blue and gold would be a "cub scout macaw"
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    reminds me of that commericial.. "not another day.. not another day.. and the parrot repeats himself."

    Maybe teach the parrot to respond to "Hey.. thats really neat! Where did you get him!!!??" with "I found him at a gun show!"

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    NinjaRider wrote:
    She asked me why I was carrying a firearm.
    "In case the bird tries to get away!"

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    NinjaRider wrote:
    .....I had a Blue and Gold Macaw sitting on my shoulder. I happen to like parrots.
    ..and I'm sure you are aware that this Friday, the 19th of September, is International Talk Like A Pirate Day! Aarggh!

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    NinjaRider wrote:
    ... I had a Blue and Gold Macaw sitting on my shoulder ...
    Your not fooling us! We all know the parrot is just a way to divert attention from your sidearm.

    Regards
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    Great story, I lol'd.

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    I'd have been more interested in why the hell you had a parrot on your shoulder than why you are carrying a gun.

    Just goes to show how much work is left to be done when even a parrot is unable to tame the sight of a gun.

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    Can you OC a parrot without a permit? LOL You should be carrying a flintlock.

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    Why do I carry a gun? To protect myself from Macaw on Macaw violence



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    It would be even better if you could teach the macaw to say "Of COURSE it is legal, thanks for asking!". :celebrate

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    Carry On.

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    Please note that the parrot above is sweeping himself with the muzzle and has one finger/claw on the trigger. Perhaps the owner should be charged with parrot endangerment. How old is this animal to be allowed to handle a gun in such a reckless manner.

    :celebrate

    It appears to be a .0045 cal. 1911.

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    Did someone say Parrot gun?


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    ed wrote: Awsome picture Ed!

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    That's some funny stuff! I should teach the bird to say "I found him at a gun show!".

    Why was I carrying a Macaw on my shoulder? Because I can, of course! Seriously, though. Macaws are very smart animals and going out is good for him, it keeps him from getting bored. I also like to educate folks about parrots in general. If you are interested, take a look at the following websites:

    http://www.madmacaws.net

    http://www.projectperry.com



    Arrrr. matey!



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    Mr. Y wrote:
    NinjaRider wrote:
    I had a Blue and Gold Macaw sitting on my shoulder.
    Nice touch. One question though.

    Was it a tactical Macaw?

    Perhaps it was an Assault Macaw.

    As long as it wasn't a Norwegian Blue Parrot. Though they do have beautiful plumage. :celebrate

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    ed wrote: Green parrot with gun in mouth deleted

    Can't say much about his muzzle control but he's got great finger discipline! But as the saying goes and seems to apply here too, "No matter how responsible he may seem, never give a loaded gun to a monkey".

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    I've thought of keeping a falcon and taking him out for walks and whatnot but living in the city the last thing i need is for him to swoop down and take off with someones chihuahua. We have some resident Perigrines here in Pittsburgh that keeps the Pigeon poluation under control...an occasional squirrel fits into there diet aswell...but I wonder if they would go after a pocketbook dog if it was running about. I kind of think it would.

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    Prophet wrote:
    I've thought of keeping a falcon and taking him out for walks and whatnot but living in the city the last thing i need is for him to swoop down and take off with someones chihuahua. We have some resident Perigrines here in Pittsburgh that keeps the Pigeon poluation under control...an occasional squirrel fits into there diet aswell...but I wonder if they would go after a pocketbook dog if it was running about. I kind of think it would.
    Yeah, I would imagine as soon as they found out how tender and juicy they are due to lack of exercise (think veal) it would be game over for all the small lap dogs :^).

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    With TLPD coming on Friday, someone should OC a brace of flintlock pistols tucked in their belts. The parrot would just be icing on the cake. (Or perhaps leaving some "icing" on his shoulder.)

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    Thanks for the links I went to Madmacaws website. Those PICTURES SERIOUSLY PISS ME OFF!!!..



    I've got a Scarlet and what kind of Dip SPIT does THAT!

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    rob99vmi04 wrote:
    Thanks for the links I went to Madmacaws website. Those PICTURES SERIOUSLY PISS ME OFF!!!..



    I've got a Scarlet and what kind of Dip SPIT does THAT!
    I fostered the Scarlet Macaw "Cookie" who was heavily featured. It wasa terrible situation. It was made even worse by the Orange County Commonwealth's Attorney and the Gabriel Foundation.

    I have seen photos of Cookie in her new home. Just a cage, outside. No perches or toys in evidence. Makes me ill to think about it.

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    Well Mine is in the living room and loves to talk. She also likes the dog a lot.



    On a weekend you can litterly have a conversation for the entire day with her.





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