LEO: '....like in Texas, where it's common...'
Me: '...actually, open carry is currently prohibited in Texas. It's common in Arizona though...'
I love the fact that Texas, which has a reputation for being "gun loving" has more strict laws than "uppity" Connecticut. I recently traveled to Texas with a co-worker. While there, she made comments about how uncomfortable she was because she just knew that "everybody was packing." When we returned, she told me that she felt safer because she no longer had to worry about "gun packing rednecks." I then broke the news to her that CT law provides for concealed carry and even open carry unlike Texas
. She was in complete disbelief that our liberal state would tolerate gun owners and have such loose laws.
I will tell you that I have been busy researching firearms laws all over the country and can honestly tell you that apart from CT's archaic and often violated (by local police) method for permitting carry, we have some of the loosest gun laws in the country. For example, we have few restrictions on where to carry (i.e. no restrictions oncarrying in restaurants, bars, public gatherings and other nonsensical laws I have seen from other states), no restriction on car carry, none of the unloaded or "two manual operations" requirements, even our requirements for permitting are looser than other states (i.e. no testing or proficiency requirements). I can honestly say that I am glad that I live and carry in CT. Our biggest problem at this point is educating local police which is a struggle all over the country.
MGoduto, you did great during the encounter. Your information was spot on and you did not back down. Good job.