Thread: My Open Carry Experiences
I have concealed carry for a few years both here in Georgia and Oregon. I've only recently ventured into the open carry arena. My first experience was very positive. I went to get gas and decided to open carry. The gas attendant and others getting gas were very supportive...surprisingly supportive. This experience gave me courage to try again and venture further from the comfort of home. My next experience was at Walmart in Covington. Not as positive but wasn't a bad experience. I walked around the store and stopped in the electronics section. Was there for a bit when I noticed the store security hovering around the area. It seemed like about 5 to 10 minutes before he decided to come and ask me if I was a police officer. I replied 'No, Sir.' and he said have a good day and left. Other than a crazy look from the cashier when I was checking out, it wasn't that bad. Why would he ask me that?
I was in the Walmart in Conyers Sunday morning and saw a gentleman with his family open carrying. I told him thank you for open carrying, cause it makes the rest of us more comfortable in doing it.
I will admit that although I haven't had any bad experiences with open carry. I stopped because it made my wife uncomfortable and me very self-conscious. Are there any open carry get-togethers planned in the Atlanta area that I can take my wife to so she and I can get more comfortable with the idea of open carry?
“If the natural tendencies of mankind are so bad that it is not safe to permit people to be free, how is it that the tendencies of these organizers are always good? Do not the legislators and their appointed agents also belong to the human race? Or do they believe that they themselves are made of a finer clay than the rest of mankind? ” -Bastiat
I don't "need" to openly carry a handgun or own an "assault weapon" any more than Rosa Parks needed a seat on the bus.
Great remarks 77zach. Live in Marietta and would love an open carry meetup. Maybe we can get something brewing for that?
I live in Kentucky myself and haven't been to Georgia in quite a while.
But I would like to say that I open carry whenever I am out of the house, I will admit the first couple times I was kind of nervous about it, but in the state if Kentucky it is legal to open carry anywhere except in k-12 schools, or open carry loaded into a bar. After learning the laws it made things much easier an much more comfortable for me to open carry. I now know that I can go whereever I want. The worst that can be said to me in a store is for them to ask me to leave or place my firearm in my vehicle, but ive never had this issue.
I was told by a cashier at walmart I wasn't allowed to open carry but I explained to him I was and that if their store banned it I would no longer shop there. The cashiers manager came over to me and the cashier telling both of us that they did not ban firearms, educating the employee properly.