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    first open carry today. Home depot in Aurora on Parker rd. i was pretty nervous. I was walking pretty fast. I did stop on my way in to talk to the greeter and ask him a question. I have no idea if anyone noticed. I was in there for less than 5 minutes.

    now that that's out of the way, I am looking forward to doing this a lot more.

    i am pretty young, and with my style of dress, no one is ever going to confuse me with a cop. so I am sure some kind of negative encounter is only a matter of time. thanks to this forum though, I feel like I have the information I need to be prepared so thanks for that everyone!

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    Sounds like a good encounter. Home depot usually doesn't have a problem with open carry. In fact, I was getting some plywood cut a few months ago and me and the guy were talking guns for about 20 minutes after he complimented me on my holster.

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    Never had any trouble at HD when OC.

    I've heard that's not the case at Lowes but not experienced that firsthand.

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    RockyMtnScotsman wrote:
    Never had any trouble at HD when OC.

    I've heard that's not the case at Lowes but not experienced that firsthand.
    I've carried several times at a local Lowes down here with no problem.
    Quote Originally Posted by NavyLT View Post
    Him: "I carry my gun concealed"
    Me: "You're not very good at it"
    Him: "What do you mean?"
    Me: "I know you have a gun"
    End of conversation.

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    I usually go to HD to take my daughters to the kids' crafts. Last time we went was also the Firestone Public Safety day with car seat checks and fire department rescue demos (Jaws of Life rule!). I prioritized to leave mysidearm at home. I should have at least worn a holster in retrospect.

    With some more OC, I'll be more comfortable carrying to the craft days. A weapon I'm uncomfortable with is a weapon used against me.

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    turbodog wrote:
    RockyMtnScotsman wrote:
    Never had any trouble at HD when OC.

    I've heard that's not the case at Lowes but not experienced that firsthand.
    I've carried several times at a local Lowes down here with no problem.
    Same.

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    Congratulations on this, its funny that you mention the level of concern, excitment or fear that is associated with this. I have been OC'ing in the neighborhood when walking the dogs, or around town. Even have had some nice encounters with my n neighbors. Explained that it is about Education and Safety but have been reluctant to carry into any business'. Read all the pro/cons about Walmart and not really interested in testing local law enforcement. I did have a nice conversation with local CR Corpral who was very pro open carry so I need to overcome my fears as well. Thanks for sharing.

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    If you read the colorado forum though, it really looks like there aren't that many people who are having issues with the general public or businesses. Overall, I think its a pretty routine thing to have no one notice or say anything. Anyway, I plan to continue to get used to it. I was nervous the first time on a lot of other things that now seem totally natural.

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    I was at it again today, and it was much more comfortable. I was at a gas station. No one noticed, I'm fairly sure. Anyway, I'm feeling better already.

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