MadManFuManChu wrote:You did violate the law and could have faced a five year felony. You might have had a defense since your were "given permission" to cover by the owners agent. But I don't think it would fly.Hey all, I am new to the forum and open carry. I recently bought a Glock 23 and have been spending some time at the range honing my skills. I have been oc'ing my 23 with a blackhawk serpa retention holster. No news to report until Thanksgiving night. My brother and I went to Gander Mountain on Linden Rd. in Flint Twp. and were perusing their shotguns. My 23 was in open sight at 3:00 with may waist length jacket tucked behind the weapon. After being in the store for about 20 minutes and having been asked if I needed help by an associate, this same associate came back and said that I needed to cover up my pistol. Myself being a compliant patron dutifully pulled my jacket over my sidearm. It suddenly occurred to me that whereas before with my gun visible I was fully compliant to the law, now with it concealed I was in violation since I do not have a CPL. I turned to find the man again and saw him entering a back storeroom laughing to himself and shaking his head. We had pretty much finished our browsing and just left the store where I immediately revealed my gun again. Just looking for advice on how it should have been handled. What would you have done? Thanks in advance for the help.
You should have stated that OC is legal, that you don't have a CPL and can't cover it, and that Gander Mountain's corporate policy states that lawful carry is allowed in it's stores. If that doesn't work ask for the manager and tell them the same thing, if they ask you to leave then leave, file a complaint with corporate and ask for them to deal with their local manager. If that fails shop somewhere more gun friendly.
I would suggest a bit more research on this site. Be sure you know the laws better than the police. People that OC without a CPL are at a greater risk then those that have one. Just be careful, do not conceal it, and know how to handle an encounter with the public as well as the police.