Been gone a while, as I have mentioned I work offshore and have had precious few days at home in the past month or so also my oldest Daughter just had her first child so , any way , good to be back and here goes.
My wife and I were at Home Depot shopping Sunday when this female officer in fulluniform approached me and asked for my papers. Papers? I informed her there are no such papers required in La. she said I was wrong. Then I told her La was an open carry stateto which she replied Jefferson Parish is not. I then informed her no parish or county could over rule state law, to which she also informed me i was wrong.Then she asked me how she was to know the firearm was not stolen . My reply was "because just like the shoes on my feet, it is mine" I offered my ID as well as my side arm for inspection, she declined.
Then she asked me what my qualifications for carrying a side arm were and what kind of training I had, I was going to ask her if Advanced Infantry in the United States Marine Corps would suffice but at that point I just blew her off, turned my back on her, and left.
She also informed me as I was leaving that some one could easily take my sidearm and use it against me. It literally took ALL I HAD not to turn and say "Lady YOUR side arm would be much easier to snatch than mine" but I just kept quiet and left. When I got home I phoned Louisiana Carry who assured me I was legal (Thanks again La carry . You realy know your stuff and dont mind sharing your knowladge, a true brother)
I printed all appcicable laws (again thanks to La.Carry) And PROMPTLY returned to home depot(strapped of course) To educate ,politely , New Orleans's finest female officer. She was not there but a fellow officer recieved the papers , promised he would give them to her and believe it or not assured me he would inform his co-worker I was indeed correct, he then shook my hand , said thanks and smiled. YEA BLEW MY MIND TOO!!
Gotta tell ya fellas, I used to Despise All New Orleans PO-PO but I carry LITERALLY ALL OVER NEW ORLEANS and this is the first and only negative encounter I Have ever had.
After probably hundreds of face to faces in wal mart, winn dixie and every other store in N.O. The police just look at my gun first then nod and go about their buisness. Really hard to dislike any one who treats you with respect .