First off, I would like to introduce myself as I am new to the forum. My name is Dana Pruett, I am 19y/o, and am a student at Bluefield State College, majoring in CRMJ. I am employed as campus security.
I would like to first say thanks to all of you, as this has been a great guide to my understanding and actions regarding open carry. I have been doing so for over 7 months now, with no problems what so ever!!! I carry a Springfield XD 40. sub compact in a custom leather detainment holster, and never leave the house without being well dressed, which should come with the higher standard i represent.
All that aside, today at 1512 hr. est. I personally met with Larry, the store manager at the Wal-Mart located at 4001 College Drive Bluefield V.A. 24605, in his office. I had previously called to see his personal opinion concering the open carry of firearms, and how in the past i had read that it may be manipulated by the store manager reguardless of corporate policy. Upon him hearing my questions, he agreed we could meet in person to better check on the situation at this store concerning the matter.
I was dressed to fit exactly what I beleive my weapon represents. I wore "old man shoes" kakis, dress shirt, and tie. Of course accustomed by my holstered XD, and two "safety mags" on my left, both in retainment.
The very laid back meeting went great. as he himself was a gun owner, and held the second ammendment in high reguard. I used the pamplet available on this great site as a reference which went a long way as he requested a copy for himself. He stated that the open carrying of a firearm was absolutely acceptable in the store, so long as no fear or concern was arroused in the customers, he made sure to make me aware that it was private property and on eof the sole purposes was to serve the general public. Hense if several customers complain he must consult me and make me or any other OC'er leave the premis's.
I agreed completely with all the points he had made, considering noe of which were targeted at weapons or even open carrying in his store. From my immpression it was merely to explain why he would HAVE to remove anyone excersizeing their rights.
After our discussion he invited his two plain clothed "loss prevention" officers in so they would be informed, and take a personal note of whom i was and that it was legal. He also offered that if any new people whom i know would be OC'ing to dress appropriately, so uneducated civilians would not have reason to question the wearer of the weapon.
Overall, I found this to be a great encounter, and a victory for those who OC in the immediate area. No matter how small for some, it was a large win for me and my few fellow OC'ers in my town.
*Martial Arts is now my secondary weapon*