I strapped on my 1911 Colt Gov in a high gloss Safari-land holster andparked at a parking garage near Main St and 6th or 7th St. My Wife and I walked all the way to the2nd street bridge and the river. It was about 2pm and a large crowd was already gathering. We saved our spot until some friends showed so we could walk around. We walked around all the vendors, the Great Lawn,... everywhere! Nobody said anything!
About 5pm I decided to leave my wife with some of her friends and take a walk. I went down Main St and decided to get something to drink at the Subway on Main St and 6th St. I walked in ordered my drink and walked towards the front exit/entrance door. As I approached the door, three men approached me and asked me to step outside with them. You talk about getting nervous all of a sudden, I didn't know what to think! One man lifted his shirt to show me his Glock concealed inside his paints and pulled a badge out of his wallet that said Narcotics, and he told me that he was an officer. Not having much of a choice, I politely complied with their request.
When we stepped outside I asked what the gentlemen needed, and they asked me if I was an officer. I told them no I was not, and I asked them if they were officers. All three of the men said they were. About this time, a fourth man joined them. I didn't know what to think.... I'm imagining getting robbed of my weapon and beaten about this point. It was getting very hard to stay calm, but somehow I managed to remained calm and polite.
The man with the narcotics badge asked me if I had a CCW. I reply that I am an Indiana resident and I have my Indiana LTC, a Pennsylvania LTC, and a Louisville/JeffersonCounty Armed Guards Permit. The officer then begins to ask me why I am openly carrying my weapon and begins tothreatening to take me to jail. He ask to see my LTC, so I handed the three of themover to him. He calls andruns a warrant check on me, and I came back clear. I told the officer that I thought Kentucky was an open carry state, and he responded by saying "It is as long as I am not bothering anyone." He said that while I was in Subway getting my drink, that he "...saw four people turn their head to see why I had a gun on my side", and that he should arrest me for disorderly conduct, and confiscate my weapon.
The other three people surrounding me were all harassing me by this point saying similar things about how I should be going to jail right now for the disturbance I am creating, andabout how I need to conceal the weapon if I am going to be carrying it, because it is a "concealed carry license, not an open carry license here in Kentucky." They told me to untuck my shirt and cover the gun to conceal it. I did as they requested, but Safari-Land holsters stick out a couple of inches, making me now look like I am obviously hiding a gun. The four men told me I am free to leave as long as I keep my weapon concealed. I left their presence peacefully.
I know I should have gotten there badge numbers and complained, but I didn't feel like watching Thunder Over Louisville in jail. The four "officers" were very rude. I have openly carried my 1911 Colt Gov everywhere in downtown Louisville, but it just goes to show you that there are some LEOs will overstep their boundaries to flex their muscles and show you who is boss. Most LEOs in Louisville are very kind and gun friendly, but be careful!!!