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Life as an OCer
#1
... has been pretty boring. I haven't had any crazy encounters so far. I haven't been stopped and restrained by the police, nor have I even had one hassle me.

Actually, my LEO encounters have been pretty damn positive, and a couple have said they're happy when they see me out and about. A few recognize me (in a positive light) as the "guy who open carries", and that I'm "one of the good guys".

The responses I've gotten from other folks has been pretty positive too. I've had my hand shaken, been told thank you, been asked questions, converted someone into pro 2A, and been called sexy.

The one "negative" encounter I've had so far has been at a doctor's office in the waiting room. One of the patients who was waiting eyed me up, then blurts out in an annoyed tone "why do you have a gun?" My response was just a quick "because I can", which got her pretty quiet. My wife smoothed it out a little by breaking the awkward silence to bring up that it's perfectly legal and to not worry. No further rudeness after that.

I've only been asked to disarm once, at a hospital ER. The guard informed me that it was the hospital's policy not to allow firearms in the ER and requested me to stow it in a vehicle. When I told him I didn't have a vehicle I could stow it in he offered the lockbox in the security office. I agreed since it really wasn't the time or place to argue about signage or policies, and my other option would have been to wait elsewhere while my friends needed me there.

So, all in all, it's not all that big of a deal to OC. Two years of OCing and that's the worst of it. Most folks don't notice or care, and most of the bigger reactions I've gotten have been positive.

You don't need to dress up or be a high speed low drag tacticool uberninja. You don't need to be a super secret squirrel operator. You can OC just fine in jeans and a t-shirt as long as you have a good attitude and confident demeanor.

Be calm, confident, and casual and most will react positively. Be civil, knowledgeable, and straightforward and people will respond to you well. Don't be a douche; that's just a general practice that helps life in general.

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#2
It looks like you and I are on pretty much the same OC path. I started OCing about 2 years ago as well. I've had essentially all good or neutral interactions with people. I think it really comes down to how you carry yourself.

I've had several people shake my hand and thank me for open carrying, a few look at me weird, and most never notice. Police always seem to take notice, but none have ever said anything that indicated they had an issue with it. Mostly they ask what type of gun it is, or how I like it. A couple swapped their like or dislike with the firearm I was carrying at the time.

I think the most important thing you mentioned is the demeanor. I am convinced people don't have issues with me because I act like a normal person. I dress in jeans 90% of the time and get the same non-reactions as I do when wearing a shirt and tie.
Shadowline, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
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#3
Pretty much the same xperience here. I was totally suprised the first couple times I did it that almost nobody notices. The peopl who do notice around here usually give a quick glance at my hip and thats it.

I switched to open carry most of the time around a year and a half ago and I have only had one negative encounter with a store clerk that tried to make up her own company policy. Other than that it has been all positives. The couple of times LEO's have seen me nothing was said and most people are more inquisitive than anything else.
RL Suehr, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Aug 2013.
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#4
Being white must be awesome, LOL.

I'm glad you guys haven't been hassled like I've been. I attribute part of my issues to being hispanic, and partly due to being in NEPA; it's no secret that a great deal of the people here are transplants from NY/NJ, and many have brought their views with them.

From what I've read, open carry isn't much of an issue in the southern and western parts of PA. There are plenty of people in this area who've open carried with no problems, but it's still an issue. Again, I attribute some of my issues to my ethnic background.

For example, the Old Country Buffet incident. A friend of mine, who has open carried for years, before it was "cool", was a regular there with his family. He was never hassled once. My first time there with my family, I was asked to conceal. When a group of us decided to meet up there, the first officer on the scene, Anthony Mariano, bypassed at least three tables and chose to approach me first, despite observing several other visibly armed people dining in the place, and asked me to accompany him outside, as his partner then asked a few others to join us. One of our group reportedly heard another customer say, "Some gangbanging spic with a gun..."

Progress has been slow here. I'm happy to say that my police interactions have dropped to nearly zero; the few I had in recent years consisted of the officer being polite and professional, or being a jackass. The latter were simply dismissed offhand, or given a verbal assrape by yours truly, and dismissed anyway.
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#5
jahwarrior72;121157 Wrote:Being white must be awesome, LOL.

I'm glad you guys haven't been hassled like I've been. I attribute part of my issues to being hispanic, and partly due to being in NEPA; it's no secret that a great deal of the people here are transplants from NY/NJ, and many have brought their views with them.

From what I've read, open carry isn't much of an issue in the southern and western parts of PA. There are plenty of people in this area who've open carried with no problems, but it's still an issue. Again, I attribute some of my issues to my ethnic background.

For example, the Old Country Buffet incident. A friend of mine, who has open carried for years, before it was "cool", was a regular there with his family. He was never hassled once. My first time there with my family, I was asked to conceal. When a group of us decided to meet up there, the first officer on the scene, Anthony Mariano, bypassed at least three tables and chose to approach me first, despite observing several other visibly armed people dining in the place, and asked me to accompany him outside, as his partner then asked a few others to join us. One of our group reportedly heard another customer say, "Some gangbanging spic with a gun..."

Progress has been slow here. I'm happy to say that my police interactions have dropped to nearly zero; the few I had in recent years consisted of the officer being polite and professional, or being a jackass. The latter were simply dismissed offhand, or given a verbal assrape by yours truly, and dismissed anyway.

You need to buy yourself a kilt so you look more like us Scotty boys.

Also more fun when you get frisked.
A gun rack in a pick-up is not for holding guns. Its a place for women to hold on to. Smile
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#6
the looks on the leo's face is priceless when they realize your packing 2 1911's. Around Harrisburg most people are immune to open carry.
"Fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity"

goofin, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
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#7
I don't know how much race has to do with it, but I keep hearing folks say I have the 'look' for someone who 'should' have a gun on them. I honestly don't know if that's good or bad, but no one seems surprised when they notice that I have a pistol on my hip.

As one friend explained to me, "You look like you know what you're doing, and you're not a prick doing it."

I'm on the left in the photo.
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Throwing the f-bomb (frisbee) for my girl, Wesson. BTW, my wife named her.
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Throwing the f-bomb (frisbee) for my girl, Wesson. BTW, my wife named her.
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Two is too much fur... three...I feel bad for you..I hope no one wears white socks at home!! Big Grin
steelcityk9cop, proud to be a member of pa2a.org since Sep 2012.
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#9
ShaulWolf;121261 Wrote:I don't know how much race has to do with it, but I keep hearing folks say I have the 'look' for someone who 'should' have a gun on them. I honestly don't know if that's good or bad, but no one seems surprised when they notice that I have a pistol on my hip.

As one friend explained to me, "You look like you know what you're doing, and you're not a prick doing it."

I'm on the left in the photo.
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Throwing the f-bomb (frisbee) for my girl, Wesson. BTW, my wife named her.
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What a bitch..
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#10
We actually have four. The biggest pain in the ass with them is scooping the back yard and sweeping up all the fur in the house. Kinda glad we don't have much carpeting.

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