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    I was working on an event with the local Parks and Rec guys and was in the office with the maintenance folks when one just started staring slack jawed at me because he had noticed my sidearm when I took my overshirt off because I was hot.

    After a quick explanation of why I was carrying my "cocked" gun (1911), the older of the two just simply shook his head and stated "Well, that changes things... If you got out of line, I was going to smack you around a bit. Now, I guess I need to sneak up behind you with a 2x4 and make it count."

    My response, "Good luck!"

    Later that day, another of the maintenance guys freaked out and nearly ran screaming from the room, but seemed to pull himself together and didn't address it any further after he regained composure... "[stepping back about 10 ft] MY GOD, WHY DO YOU HAVE A GUN?" A short, calm discussion later, he really didn't seem to be afraid anymore

    All in all, a very educational weekend. There were 4 people that learned a bit about the laws and I even had a short discussion w/ the dept. director and she didn't have any concerns.

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    Good for you.
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    Wow what it's like to live life being afraid of inanimate objects?

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    As well as thinking being 10 more feet away from a holstered handgun will make you "safe." Or maybe "safer."

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    TexasNative wrote:
    As well as thinking being 10 more feet away from a holstered handgun will make you "safe." Or maybe "safer."

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    LOL...that reminds me, last night I rode my motorcycle over to the nearest 7-11 to make my donation to the VA Lottery. After I backed into my parking spot and was taking off my helmet, goggles, and gloves while sitting on my bike, some guy was walking by and said "That's a nice bike!"Then he noticed my 1911 on my hip, took a half step back side stepped by while saying "...and that's a nice gun."

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    TexasNative wrote:
    As well as thinking being 10 more feet away from a holstered handgun will make you "safe." Or maybe "safer."

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    Given some of the shooting I see at my local range... 10 or so feet would dramatically improve someone's odds of surviving being shot at.

    Take my wife for example. She can hit the target well (8-10 rings on target)... with the rounds that hit the target. But approx 1/3 of the rounds miss entirely.

    But her shell casings... Doesn't matter where I stand. I get pelted with them every time she fires a round. She's deadly accurate with casings. Bullets, not so much. :P

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    darthmord wrote:
    Given some of the shooting I see at my local range... 10 or so feet would dramatically improve someone's odds of surviving being shot at.

    Take my wife for example. She can hit the target well (8-10 rings on target)... with the rounds that hit the target. But approx 1/3 of the rounds miss entirely.

    But her shell casings... Doesn't matter where I stand. I get pelted with them every time she fires a round. She's deadly accurate with casings. Bullets, not so much. :P
    She must be missing the target because she has to adjust to send the casing at you
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    coltcarrier wrote:
    I was working on an event with the local Parks and Rec guys and was in the office with the maintenance folks when one just started staring slack jawed at me because he had noticed my sidearm when I took my overshirt off because I was hot.

    After a quick explanation of why I was carrying my "cocked" gun (1911), the older of the two just simply shook his head and stated "Well, that changes things... If you got out of line, I was going to smack you around a bit. Now, I guess I need to sneak up behind you with a 2x4 and make it count."

    My response, "Good luck!"

    Later that day, another of the maintenance guys freaked out and nearly ran screaming from the room, but seemed to pull himself together and didn't address it any further after he regained composure... "[stepping back about 10 ft] MY GOD, WHY DO YOU HAVE A GUN?" A short, calm discussion later, he really didn't seem to be afraid anymore

    All in all, a very educational weekend. There were 4 people that learned a bit about the laws and I even had a short discussion w/ the dept. director and she didn't have any concerns.
    Hopefully you gave them all some Open Carry cards.. if not.. shoot me an email with your address and I will send you a stack
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    You have to remember that in the social and economic demographic your Parks and Rec people likely belong to, a gun means a thug. The idea of legal open carry would never occur to them. The process advances one person at a time. Always be willing, as you were, to explain it. Good job!
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    that would apply to 2/3 of them... the other 1/3 are just good ole boys...

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    fully_armed_biker wrote:
    LOL...that reminds me, last night I rode my motorcycle over to the nearest 7-11 to make my donation to the VA Lottery. After I backed into my parking spot and was taking off my helmet, goggles, and gloves while sitting on my bike, some guy was walking by and said "That's a nice bike!"Then he noticed my 1911 on my hip, took a half step back side stepped by while saying "...and that's a nice gun."
    Now THIS one made me laugh out loud!!! take it easy riding out there!
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    ed i would love some open carry cards . the people at work ask all the time.about oc ing.e-mail me please

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    eyesopened wrote:
    Wow what it's like to live life being afraid of inanimate objects?
    LMAO dude. Seriously!

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    coltcarrier wrote:
    that would apply to 2/3 of them... the other 1/3 are just good ole boys...
    Some Parks and Rec employees are finely attuned. At a recent event in Henrico, I had a number of them ask me for GSL stickers.

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