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    Hello everyone, as you can probably tell I am very new to this forum. I have been viewing for several months but decided to not register to post until I got closer to legal carry age. I live in the Prescott/Prescott Valley area and am about to begin my OC experience (will be 18 in about a month). I was wondering if anyone that lives in the area could share some experiences, tell me places that are very, and not so, OC friendly. Any feedback is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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    Snakemathis wrote:
    Hello everyone, as you can probably tell I am very new to this forum. I have been viewing for several months but decided to not register to post until I got closer to legal carry age. I live in the Prescott/Prescott Valley area and am about to begin my OC experience (will be 18 in about a month). I was wondering if anyone that lives in the area could share some experiences, tell me places that are very, and not so, OC friendly. Any feedback is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
    I don't live in PV but i'm up that way a couple times a month. I for one have had no trouble in PV. If I see a sign no weapons allowed I'd guess if you have to go in you could just pull out a shirt. Even if you OC always carry in such away that you can conceal without it being a big deal. If you have to conceal and you do it right and keep your mouth shut and no one will ever know. Mind you i'm not telling you to do this the choice is yours

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    Snakemathis wrote:
    Hello everyone, as you can probably tell I am very new to this forum. I have been viewing for several months but decided to not register to post until I got closer to legal carry age. I live in the Prescott/Prescott Valley area and am about to begin my OC experience (will be 18 in about a month). I was wondering if anyone that lives in the area could share some experiences, tell me places that are very, and not so, OC friendly. Any feedback is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
    I don't live in PV but i'm up that way a couple times a month. I for one have had no trouble in PV. If I see a sign no weapons allowed I'd guess if you have to go in you could just pull out a shirt. Even if you OC always carry in such away that you can conceal without it being a big deal. If you have to conceal and you do it right and keep your mouth shut and no one will ever know. Mind you i'm not telling you to do this the choice is yours
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    All of Yavapai County is OC friendly, generally speaking. Prescott is very OC friendly (except the mall). I've OC'd in PV on-and-off for years, with no problems, but I have heard that PVPD is not overly OC friendly (not in the way of going out of their way to harrass OCers, but if they have reason to contact you, they're not shy about telling you their "opinion" of it).

    I've OC'd in Wells Fargo in PV, Walgreens in PV, ACE hardware, Fry's, all over downtown Prescott, and no one cares. You see other OCers from time to time as well (not daily, but not infrequently either).

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    Thank you for the responses. I look forward to joining the ranks of all our responsible open carriers. Feel free to leave any other tips or advice you may have for me.
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    Go to Zeke's Eatin' Place for breakfast or dinner, when in town (No OC though, they serve alcohol). It is great 'home style' food, with portions that are overwhelming.

    I also recommend Left-T's Steakhouse, on the PV-Dewey border.

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    I have lived in Prescott for about 3 years now and started OCing recently. As of yet I have had no trouble. My favorite OC site is the cluster of stores and restaurants on Willow Creek Rd in Prescott about a mile from Embry-Riddle. No one has even blinked about it. Downtown is also a good place to OC like the guys above me have said. Also check out Prescott Brewing Company. (Don't know about their carry policy but they have the best miro brews in town).

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    AZkopper wrote:
    Go to Zeke's Eatin' Place for breakfast or dinner, when in town (No OC though, they serve alcohol). It is great 'home style' food, with portions that are overwhelming.

    I also recommend Left-T's Steakhouse, on the PV-Dewey border.
    Just a note: Leff-T's is friendly to CC (no open carry - they serve alcohol). Had dinner there a few nights ago with my wife, and had a nice conversation with the owner about firearms, open carry, concealed carry, gun control (i.e. hitting your target) and whatnot.

    Good food, too. Get the Shrimp Cocktail appetizer -- the cocktail sauce is wonderful (and sinus clearing)!

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    I lived in Prescott for a few years, and Yavapai County by far is the friendliest to OC that I have ever encountered.

    One word of warning, however, be cautious of the Indian Reservations. They are NOT gun friendly and did arrest a friend of mine for straying just a few feet off the sidewalk onto Indian land. (Near Bucky's.)They ended up dropping the charges in exchange for something. (Can't remember what exactly.) The shopping center with Target, Petsmart, Golden Corral, etc..is partially Indian land, but I never had any issues carrying there. (Visited the smoke shop there regularly carrying, they never seemed to mind.)

    Other than that, you should be OK. I started carrying when I was 18 and only had one run in with LEO that was unfamiliar with that portion of the law. A quick call to the Sergeant and I was on my way.

    Make sure that you train train train with your weapon before carrying, and above all, present yourself as if that gun is no more a fixture than your cell phone. Prescottonians won't even bat an eye.



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    If you are ever stopped by Tribal Police, just ask them to call the State Police, as you are not a tribal citizen. If its an issue of being "a foot into Tribal Land" as you say...

    Tribal police a notorious for being corrupt.

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    I've spoken to Prescott-Yavapai tribal PD before, about carrying at Frontier Village. The word I got was that they actively prohibit OC, but that they "can't control CC and don't try to". I took it as that the tribe prohibits firearms on their land, and the tribe PD will enforce it, except at the Village, due to the number of non-tribe shops and customers. They will deter OC, but ignore CC.

    However, IANAL, and this was only one P-Y Tribal PD officers explanation to me.

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    AZkopper wrote:
    I've spoken to Prescott-Yavapai tribal PD before, about carrying at Frontier Village. The word I got was that they actively prohibit OC, but that they "can't control CC and don't try to". I took it as that the tribe prohibits firearms on their land, and the tribe PD will enforce it, except at the Village, due to the number of non-tribe shops and customers. They will deter OC, but ignore CC.

    However, IANAL, and this was only one P-Y Tribal PD officers explanation to me.
    That is why it is good to also have a CCW. If you break the law and carry in a prohibited place that is something between you and your creator. All I will say is I can think of a couple people if they could talk would tell you they wish they broke an unconstitutional law

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    ....See my post regarding the Managers agenda at the Bank of America on Willow Creek Rd.

    http://opencarry.mywowbb.com/forum10/41302.html

    Other that this one incident, its all good up here.

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