How interesting. I see that this fellow is still posting . . . and that
I started a thread a few weeks ago in which solus was highly irritated with me, and that Gray stood up for my opening post!
Funny story. Way back we planned a meeting at a pizza joint in Oly or Lacy somewhere. I made it a point of trying to attend any meetings that Lonnie went to as he always had interesting stories and news. Most of us were planning to stop in to the Cabela's there in Lacy beforehand. So there are six or seven of us all carrying openly. Within five minutes I was asked to leave because OC was not allowed. Some employee told me I had to check my gun in at the door or leave, and as he was talking I see the top of Lonnie's head coming down the next aisle over (he's very tall). "Hey Lonnie!" He proceeds to explain the store policy to the employee....
Not ten minutes later some loss prevention guy approaches me and tells me I cannot OC in the store.
15 minutes later another employee told me I had to go downstairs and check my gun in and get it zip-tied.
Half a dozen of us in there and I was the only one to get grief.... three times.
Peterson's most recent post is 7/6/2014
forgive my not knowing the distinction between Gray and Batasouie, or however that other fellow is spelt!
I have a question
Lets suppose that you or some of you wish to "normalize" the open carry of firearms and/or to spread the news of the use of carry or open carry.
It seems to me that you have dozens of opportunities and you could live without this one. I walk nearly nude at Greenlake, and now, after 3 years, it is accepted and others who wish sunbathe in a thong or topless.
There are plenty of parades and there are plenty of people catching the bus downtown during the evening commute and there are races and events. A person who wishes can, in many instances, simply circulate among the people.
In the case of the Gay pride parade, you can open carry, it seems to me, as a spectator to the parade, and simply, as a spectator, prior to and during the parade, walk among the people on the sidewalk.
Whether or not you folks did open carry last year at the Seattle center itself is not clear to me. I could be wrong, but unless they are at the gates and checking people for weapons and only allowing you in if you pass, then, I think you can walk in. I don't think you need the permission of the gay pride people to walk onto Seattle Center while open carrying.
there are marches and there are parades. One or the other of them has permission to control the persons or groups who are part of the parade or march and supposedly, I have heard, the other does not.
I also suspect you can walk down the street prior to the official start of the parade while doing open carry--at least until a patrol officer asks you to move to the sidewalk.
Every weekend day in the summer there will be a thousand or so people at Greenlake walking. Every weekday downtown from 3 to 6 there are thousands at bus stops.