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    New Open Carrier Bellingham

    I am brand new to open carry. Just picked up a Kel Tec PM9 today and a paddle holster. Unsure of what the reaction was going to be, I proceeded with my day. Costco...no problem. Chase Bank...no problem. Walmart? Nary a word. Haggen Supermarket? Nada. As I suspected, most people never really noticed and those that did glance down said nothing. Parked next to a Police Parking Enforcement officer at the bank and politely informed her I was open carrying and was going to be holstering my weapon so she was aware (haven't received my CPL yet on the mail). She thanked me and went on talking with the person she was talking with. Already forgot I had it on once...advantage to having something smaller I guess. All in all, absolutely no drama, eyes bugging out or finger wagging. Hopefully it will stay that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fungal Warrior View Post
    I am brand new to open carry. Just picked up a Kel Tec PM9 today and a paddle holster. Unsure of what the reaction was going to be, I proceeded with my day.
    Welcome Fungal! I was a 'Hamster until this past fall...although I still make it up there on occasion (down in Lake Stevens now). Glad to see another OCer in the 'Ham.

    I do want to ask ya one thing though, have you shot your firearm yet? You didn't specify and it makes it sound like you're carrying around a weapon that might not even work...just want you to be safe out there (and obviously a gun that shoots most of the time, but not all the time is still better than no gun).
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    Welcome on Board Fungal, I was at Costco and Walmart today too, also OC'ing.
    I am not anti Cop I am just pro Citizen.

    U.S. v. Minker, 350 US 179, at page 187
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    of their respect for what only appears to be a law, are cunningly coerced into waiving their
    rights, due to ignorance." (Paraphrased)

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    Quote Originally Posted by skiingislife725 View Post
    Welcome Fungal! I was a 'Hamster until this past fall...although I still make it up there on occasion (down in Lake Stevens now). Glad to see another OCer in the 'Ham.

    I do want to ask ya one thing though, have you shot your firearm yet? You didn't specify and it makes it sound like you're carrying around a weapon that might not even work...just want you to be safe out there (and obviously a gun that shoots most of the time, but not all the time is still better than no gun).
    Thanks for the welcome. No...I haven't shot the gun yet. Plantation is closed and I simply had no hours in the day to get up to Custer. It is Illegal to shoot around Lake Whatcom (I live in Geneva). We are going to Plantation on Saturday...taking my 9 Y/O daughter to the youth rifle class and I'll shoot it then. It isn't ideal...but better than nothing the way I figure it. Besides...open carrying my home defense Mossberg 500 Shotgun definitely WOULD stir up the hornets nest!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fungal Warrior View Post
    Thanks for the welcome. No...I haven't shot the gun yet. Plantation is closed and I simply had no hours in the day to get up to Custer. It is Illegal to shoot around Lake Whatcom (I live in Geneva). We are going to Plantation on Saturday...taking my 9 Y/O daughter to the youth rifle class and I'll shoot it then. It isn't ideal...but better than nothing the way I figure it. Besides...open carrying my home defense Mossberg 500 Shotgun definitely WOULD stir up the hornets nest!
    Welcome,

    Were you aware you have a shooting pit up your way?

    I believe its called North Fork Pit.

    48.895317,-122.108268

    Take hwy9 to the north end of Mosquito lake rd. Can only turn right. 1mile to North Fork rd. Can only go left. Follow road which becomes gravel. About three miles on gravel there a very large and noticable Y in the road. Continue straight which is the left fork of the Y. 1/2 mile on the left turn in to pit. You'll know your there cause there's shell casings everywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fungal Warrior View Post
    Thanks for the welcome. No...I haven't shot the gun yet. Plantation is closed and I simply had no hours in the day to get up to Custer. It is Illegal to shoot around Lake Whatcom (I live in Geneva). We are going to Plantation on Saturday...taking my 9 Y/O daughter to the youth rifle class and I'll shoot it then. It isn't ideal...but better than nothing the way I figure it. Besides...open carrying my home defense Mossberg 500 Shotgun definitely WOULD stir up the hornets nest!
    They do have no shooting signs all around the lake but if you hike up in the hills outside of city limits and away from residents just a bit you are fine, I double checked this with the Sheriff and have found that to be a "no shooting" zone they have to meet certain criteria otherwise it's preempted.. I live in Sudden Valley and hike above my house.
    I am not anti Cop I am just pro Citizen.

    U.S. v. Minker, 350 US 179, at page 187
    "Because of what appears to be a lawful command on the surface, many citizens, because
    of their respect for what only appears to be a law, are cunningly coerced into waiving their
    rights, due to ignorance." (Paraphrased)

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    Hello Fungal, welcome. Let me invite you to the Whatcom County OC choir practice. We meet Sunday mornings at 1000. Bakerview road Starbucks.

    All the usual places, no worries. Inlaws in town last night so we had dinner at Applebys, no worries. I did have a guy comment about my weapon while I was using the atm at my bank (peoples). He said he wanted to carry but the pawnshop would not sell him a weapon. I told him that was a shame and slowly walked away.
    "Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the people's liberty teeth (and) keystone... the rifle and the pistol are equally indispensable... more than 99% of them by their silence indicate that they are in safe and sane hands. The very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil interference .When firearms go, all goes, we need them every hour." -- George Washington

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    Quote Originally Posted by MSG Laigaie View Post
    Hello Fungal, welcome. Let me invite you to the Whatcom County OC choir practice. We meet Sunday mornings at 1000. Bakerview road Starbucks.

    All the usual places, no worries. Inlaws in town last night so we had dinner at Applebys, no worries. I did have a guy comment about my weapon while I was using the atm at my bank (peoples). He said he wanted to carry but the pawnshop would not sell him a weapon. I told him that was a shame and slowly walked away.
    Thanks for the invite. Today at 10:00, I was at Plantation Rifle Range shooting the PM-9. Shot a box of 50 followed by some of my carry ammo. Damn thing is so small and light it kicks like crazy and after 70 rounds or so, my hand started to hurt, particularly with the more potent carry ammo. My daughter was there with me shooting her Cricket....we were there on Saturday for the youth Rifle Class too.

    As for the Meet Up, maybe next weekend...though when your 9 year old daughter says "Daddy, can we go to the shooting range every Sunday?" kinda hard to turn that down.

    Oh..and Costco, Hilltop Restaurant, The Market at Lakeway, LaFeens and DaVincis, WECU and Hardware Sales...nary a word.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fungal Warrior View Post
    Thanks for the invite. Today at 10:00, I was at Plantation Rifle Range shooting the PM-9. Shot a box of 50 followed by some of my carry ammo. Damn thing is so small and light it kicks like crazy and after 70 rounds or so, my hand started to hurt, particularly with the more potent carry ammo. My daughter was there with me shooting her Cricket....we were there on Saturday for the youth Rifle Class too.

    As for the Meet Up, maybe next weekend...though when your 9 year old daughter says "Daddy, can we go to the shooting range every Sunday?" kinda hard to turn that down.

    Oh..and Costco, Hilltop Restaurant, The Market at Lakeway, LaFeens and DaVincis, WECU and Hardware Sales...nary a word.
    Yah not a big fan of the snap on the PM-9...or the long trigger reset (vs. a Glock, for example), but it sure is small and it does get points for that. And it looks like you've got a new Sunday routine! Sounds good to me! Smart daughter.

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