I see the gangbangers look when I walk into the gas station. Seems like lately only the thugz notice the gun anyway. Funny- sometimes you can judge a persons character by their reaction to your OC.
Here in Lakewood we have support. It seems to be a non issue and right now that's great. I never spoke to a city LEO, but they are everywhere around here. I did contact the head city attorney of Lakewood. I asked her about carrying and she politely responded and even laid out a reasonale response when aproached by her police department. Very positive response and I try to keep a copy of the letter with me when I carry just for the sake of it.
I do feel concearned about people around me when I carry so I feel you on that. I often don't carry into private businesses if I don't know the owner personally or manager personally. I almost Never carry into a place if it's my first time, unless it's a chain. Sometimes, I just don't feel like carrying at all- Walmart, KingSoopers, Blockbuster, wherever. I knowingly expose myself to risk and expose my weapon to theft- but sometimes I just don't feel like carrying.
I'm not sure if I'm like you or anyone else around town, but yeah, I admit that I don't carry all the time. Sometimes I do sometimes I don't because of the way I feel from time to time about the entire issue. It's personal to me but I do feel like I share the struggle inside with a few of us here.
I haven't ever spent time with anyone else carrying except a few times my girl carries openly with me but that's basically outside in the countryside. I bet I would feel 1000% better if I actually saw someone else carrying openly, in real life. I feel like a lone ranger OCing sometimes but I always have this board to come back to and posts like this. I'm glad you're carrying man because you could be that guy I see that makes me feel better. I could be the guy You see just when you were starting to feel a little funny