I am new here and have been reading the posts for the better part of 3 hours, I have CC for the last 8 years and am 100% for people OC, I did see a few posts that I wanted to comment on especially when involved with LEO. (ex wife is LEO)
in smaller rural areas we still need to be careful of our surroundings, odds are if you go into a Big Boy after church on sunday there is little need for you to carry and you will just be terrifying the poodle heads that are just there for thier .25 senior coffee (rural small town America I am talking about)
Just because you can OC dosen't mean that LEO can't/wont detain you for questioning "without cause" and even then most LEO's are very tight knit and in a small community the last thing you want to be is "on the @#$% list" trust me there is such a thing!! and if any of you have seen themovie Super Troopers.....it really isn't that far off!! because they will pull you over for anything and everything they can, and lets face it they are trying to do thier jobs too, exercisising your rights is always a good thing, some common sence should also play into account. free speach is also a right but how many of you like to sit and listen toa mouthy @#$%?
That said in everyday life going to Wal-mart......well come to think of it especially going to Wal mart I carry, and most everywhere else. I would never give anyone a hard time for carrying. I personally CC because I can. I excercise my right to carry concealed, only because I found myself at the business end of my own M4 while my house was being robbed years ago "and I don't need a permit to buy when I go to gun shows anymore which is really really nice" so OC dosen't do anything for me personally, I have OC'd before a lot because I hip holster and when I take off my coat I am technically OC, I doapplaud each and every one of you though I have seen you OC guys out now and then and I am happy to see you when I do.
I think if some of you wanted to have a gathering in Grand Rapids I would be happy to come and OC. I have a new S&W .500 Magthat I am sure would get more than a few glances. holstered the barrel is just below my knee, "I am 6' tall"
you should have seen the Sheriff's face when I had it inspected
S- so what you need a gun this big for?
ME- Personal protection
S- From what?? Elephants?
ME- no crazy ex wifes "AKA his deputy"
ME- And boys that feel the need to date my daughters
ME- and the occasional watermelon or pumpkin that dares trespass in my yard
S- how you going to conceal this?
ME- I can just Open Carry
S- OOOOH, you are one of those guys now huh?
Just use common sence please, a LEO will glady drive on if he sees a holstered weapon on a well dressed professional looking person. But if I saw someone with aweapon and a t-shirt that said who farted? greasy blue jeansand a sideways cap, I am sure I, and LEO would be doing a double take.
Not being sterotypical, just common sence. like I said ex wife is a deputy, and I am personal friends with sheriff, and many deputies.
God Bless guys, keep up the good work.