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Had my first open carry encounter. +
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On Saturday I finally got my state tax return check, so Sunday I headed to Walmart after work to cash it. While in line at the customer service center a man was explaining to his wife why some people open carry, directly behind me. I decided to turn around and explain a little bit further why some open carry. The woman asked me (just looking for confirmation) if PA is an open carry state, to which I replied yes it is, and she explained she has her permit to which her husband told her that's to conceal it. I cashed my check and realized I had one of the PA gun rights flyers in my wallet, so I decided to hand it to them so they could get a little more knowledge and went on my way.

Five miles down the road I get to a gas station and the attendant said hello, noticed my firearm holstered on my hip and said "woah, let's see it man!" of course: I said no, it stays in the holster unless I need it. He asked if I was a cop, to which I replied no, I'm a civilian. He asked why I carried a gun, so I explained it was for personal defense and I believe if you don't exercise your constitutional rights, you will eventually lose them. He was happy with that answer and said good man, have a nice night. I pumped my fuel and headed home.

All in all I'm happy that my first OC encounter was positive, as it gave me a calm situation to actually voice some of the literature and knowledge I've been studying up on.
KungFuBarbeque, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since May 2013.
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Your post is an example of the only kind of encounter I've ever had in 4 1/2 years of open carry. It's good to hear of a couple good ones coming from the NEPA area.
“Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.”

William Pitt
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