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    Well, all the players are getting on the stage: got my Sig P226, and my Blackhawk CQC holster is arriving today too. Might do the wally world walk or even stop by a local Sportsman's Warehouse (heck, they've got over 100 guns behind the counter; sure don't think they'd mind my pistol), and I've checked both places' entrances carefully and saw no posted signs prohibiting the possession of firearms. Too bad it's raining so hard today, since I'll probably be wearing a jacket over the pistol till I get inside. Wish me luck!
    Oh and I've also got copies of the WA OC pamphlets ready in my pockets.

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    good luck bud. hope everything goes well for you.

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    thanks I'm on first-name basis with the gentlemen behind the gun counter so I'm STRONGLY hoping they'd understand my support for OC. I did NOT see any pamphlets on their counter the other day; should I try and chat with them to see how they feel about OCing, and if appropriate, give them some flyers?

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    cant hurt and maybe you will educate someone on open carry.

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    It'd be nice if you guys put your location there under your profile pic...



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    Mech wrote:
    I've checked both places' entrances carefully and saw no illegally posted signs.
    What do you consider an "illegally posted sign"?

    Businesses can post whatever sign they want.
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    Location updated, thanks for the reminder.
    And I guess I wasn't paying too much attention when I wrote the first post. I was erroneous in calling the signs "illegal"; what I meant was I've made sure neither stores have any signs suggesting weapons are not welcomed. Thanks for bringing that to my attention. First post has been edited.

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    Whew... thought there was a change around here.... So, how did it go?
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    Congratulations and welcome to OC!

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    Regrettably, didn't get to OC today...UPS guy has yet to show up. UPS tracking shows it left from Hermiston before noon today; Hermiston is just under 3 hours East of Vancouver, so I'm hoping it'll show up later on tonight cuz I've seen UPS trucks out and about by as late as 7PM. So I'm hoping it'll show up tonight so I'd get to OC tomorrow. Thanks for all your support!

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    Sportsman's Warehoue corporate policy is to follow state law.

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    Actually the store I had planned on going today was formerly Sportsman's Warehouse; it has since been bought out by a Canadian company called Wholesale Sports. Must have been a recent purchase since they still had a bunch of SW apparels for sale there...

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    Sportsman's Warehopuse got into financial bind, and borrowed$$$$$$ from the Canadian company. When Stu Utgaard was unable to pay back, the Canadian CompanY (UFA) assumed ownership of all the stores in Oregon ( except Bend), Washington, and some in Idaho and Montana for a total of 15 Stores. This transaction closed in March of 2009. UFA continued the policies of the former company. I was employed by them for several years and severed my employment last October to persue other interests.

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    Ahh ok, didn't know you had worked for Sportsman's Warehouse, Trigger Dr. Thanks for the info! I feel even better about carrying in there now.

    UPS updated and rescheduled the delivery to tomorrow....guess the crappy weather got to the driver

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    Has anyone OC in Cabelos?
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    amzbrady wrote:
    Has anyone OC in Cabelos?
    Do a search, there's a few threads on that. Think their official policy is to follow state law. I have once myself with no issues.
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    amzbrady wrote:
    Has anyone OC in Cabelos?
    [/quote] As long as it stays in the holster. By that I mean your not trying to see what holster it will fit in.

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    I have OC'd many times in both Cabelas and Sportsman's Warehouse. Never aproblem at either location.

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    Now Wholesale Sports formerly Sportsman's Warehouse....usually just ask what caliber I carry when they see it....
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    haha that's awesome! I'm going there tomorrow to check out some pistols and pick up a pistol case. My holster (Blackhawk CQC Serpa) FINALLY showed up today. I'll be OC'ing tomorrow, of course!

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    The Sportsman's Warehouse (or whatever it is now) in Kennewick is OC friendly... well, I haven't been bothered, anyway.

    Grigg's (an Ace Hardware) in Pasco is OC friendly too. I shop there quite a bit for ammo and such.

    And of course, Hole in the Wall in Kennewick. I shop there quite a bit too. Straight forward shop, good people. Let you fondle the used rifles and shotguns as much as you want.
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    Alrighty, gonna OC for the first time today for sure.
    First going to a restaurant near my old high school for lunch; I've known the owner for many years and she gives LEO's steep discounts, its a feat that I admire greatly.
    Then going to Bi-mart to return a few things, then onto Wholesale Sports (formerly Sportsman's Warehouse) to get a few more things.
    Finally, probably going to Starbucks to meet up with a female friend whom I have NOT seen for 5 years; would be interesting to see her reactions, then to Target to get a few other things.
    Sounds pretty busy, I know. I've checked through the forum and most of the places I'm going to sound like they're OC friendly. I also have a jacket, my CPL, and a few OCDO pamphlets handy in case any situation arises. I'll keep you posted. Wish me luck!

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    Just got back from a day of OCing and running errands. Couldn't have gone better. Here's the report:

    Went to a Chinese food restaurant near my old high school; the Vancouver City Police Department East Precinct sits right across the street. I've known the owner for the past 6 years and she was very glad to see me today. Walked in, took my jacket off, and before I got in line to order my food, I offered to help a Hispanic woman with a baby in her hand in moving a child safety seat to the table they were sitting at. She smiled and thanked me, and the sight of my gun obviously did not phase her. Chatted with the owner of the restaurant while getting my food and she asked the classic question "Ooh did you become a cop? I thought you wanted to be a doctor!" I smiled and answered "no ma'am, just exercising my rights". She asked me if it's legal, how do people react to it, where is OC not allowed, etc. The chat was very pleasant and I ended up giving her one of the pamphlets so she can have it as reference. She thanked me and told me that she was not surprised to see someone carrying since she sees police officers in there all the time.

    There were 2 undercover police officers in the restaurant when I first walked in; IDed them by the car parked in front of the restaurant and the fact that one of them had his shirt partially rode up on his back and I could see his pistol :P both of them looked at me and nodded when I first walked in; I smiled and nodded right back. The one facing the door watched me leave when I was done with my food. Nothing said or done. That was the end of that.

    Next went to Bi-mart to return a gun case that I got and to pick up a lock. No problems there either. The gal at the return counter didn't even bat an eye; the workers and customers in the store just smiled at me and chit-chatted; the lady at the checkout counter didn't even miss a beat. Wished me a good day and I was on my way.

    Went to Wholesale Sports to get a new gun case and check out some of their guns. Again, friendly smiles and nods all around. I took 2 gun cases up to the gun counter and asked the guy if he'd mind that I try the cases with my pistol; he said of course, but he recommended that I remove the magazine and unload the pistol for safety reasons. Since he wasn't telling me to conceal it or get out, and I could understand his reasoning, I went ahead and removed the mag and unloaded the pistol. Him and I then chatted a bit about different cases and I ended up handling a Bernelli semi-auto shotgun (man that was a nice one!)

    Finally, went to a Petco that was in the same plaza as Wholesale Sports. Wandered around for a bit in there, made eye contacts with quite a few employees and no one batted an eye, until an employee approached me and asked if I'm a police officer. Here's the conversation:

    Him: excuse me, are you a police officer?
    Me: no sir, just OCing and exercising my rights.
    Him: oh wow, is that legal here?
    Me: yes sir, OCing is perfectly legal in the state of Washington, with the exception of a few places.
    Him: so a police officer can't get you into trouble if they see you OCing?
    Me: most officers around here are well updated on the legality of OCing, and long as you handle yourself in a professional manner, you most likely won't get into any trouble. Do you own a pistol?
    Him: yes I do! Also, can you drive with that?
    Me: well you need a CPL to carry the pistol loaded into your car; otherwise you'd have to unload and secure it when you enter your vehicle.

    The conversation went on for a bit there; he does not have his CPL so I recommended him to get one (just in case some stubborn persons tell him to cover it up and also so he could carry in his car), and ran through the CPL application with him for a bit. I offered him an OC pamphlet which he gladly accepted and thanked me for the info. We then chatted more about birds (we were in the birds isles lol), and I took off afterwards. He thanked me for a pleasant chat, and I said hope to see you on OCDO soon!

    Overall, a VERY successful day of OCing, hopefully educated a few people along the way. Thank you ALL for encouraging me to finally take on this cause; I'll definitely try to OC as much as I can now.

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    Excellent report from the 'Couv! I grew up and went to HS down that way and still travel from time to time to visit family and friends (including a couple of CCSD)
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    thanks gogodawgs Which high school did you attend, if you don't mind me asking?

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