So, I was accompanying my Dad yesterday to take his computer in for repair at the local Best Buy. Once I entered his vehicle, I was promtply lectured about open carrying.
The conversation was sparked, because as I said in the Nevada OC thread, I tend to unholster/unload my gun whenever I get into a vehicle.
About five minutes into our drive, he began on about carrying open. He lectured how I was "asking for trouble" but carrying a gun in the open, especially unloading it as I'm getting into the car. His reasons were pretty cut and dry, "You wouldn't want an over-zealous pedestrian or driver to see your gun and call the police.
Well, he does have a valid point, but IMO, a 15 minute visit from an LEO would be worth it to exercise my ability to open carry. I also would welcome the opportunity to provide education, if needed, to anyone who needed it.
My father is a former LEO for the state of California, and is active duty in the military - unfortunately, while he is a CCW holder, he seems to prefer his guns locked away and hidden. He rarely ever carried, concealed or otherwise. Which, is his deal - he also dislikes the number of guns I have purchased in the short time I've been 21.
He firmly believes that if you are open-carrying, you will be harassed and bothered by every passing LEO you may encounter, and bothered and harassed by every anti-gun looney that you meet.
Clearly, I feel differently on the subject, and it doesn't matter what degree of legal citation or logic I can give him, he constantly harrangs me about open-carrying.
I'm a firm believer in statement, "A Right Unexercised is a Right Lost."
So far, I've yet to be bothered by anyone while open carrying, although I'm still very new to it, short of an employee at Wal-Mart. It is very rare in my experience to see many open-carrying in Carson City, but I'll be damned if I let the ignorant prevent me from exercising my right.
I am a law abiding, 21 year old male, with no criminal record, not so much as a speeding ticket. Just because I've got tattoos, a shaved head, and a gun, doesn't give anybody the right to assume I'm up to no good.
Anyone else run into this hard-nosed mindset? It's extremely frustrating...
Sorry if this seems silly, but I've been so impressed by the collective knowledge of the members of this site, I was hoping that perhaps someone may provide another perspective.