How should I answer?

dlcra

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Recently I was asked, by a friend, whether or not I carried. (I want to be as discreet as possible and not publicize the fact that I do carry) How should I answer this question in the future? Oh, I quietly confirmed that I did carry to my friend but am wondering if I should have deflected her question with one of my own. Like, "why do you ask" ?
 

I think that realistically, any answer other than "no" will be interpreted as "yes". "Why do you ask?" = Yes; "I'd rather not say" = Yes; I'm sorry, but that's a private matter" = Yes. When asked, which is really very rare, I always answer truthfully.
 
Depends on the friend, and whether you really want to be concealed. I've never been asked by an acquaintance, but would say no to most people, same with one side of the family. There's many people I'd never tell, they'd go tell everyone they know....some are my family.
 
Recently I was asked, by a friend, whether or not I carried. (I want to be as discreet as possible and not publicize the fact that I do carry) How should I answer this question in the future? Oh, I quietly confirmed that I did carry to my friend but am wondering if I should have deflected her question with one of my own. Like, "why do you ask" ?

"Keep it secret, keep it safe." -Gandalf-
 
I don't really care who knows among my friends and family. Some support it, most couldn't care less, some think I'm crazy for carrying one of those evil things around. They're my favorite. I usually make sure to open carry when I'm out in public with them.
 
This is a personal question. If you carry openly, you can just point to it, and say "Ummm... see?"

If you carry concealed, there is probably a personal reason why you are hiding it. Do you want this friend to know? Do you care if this friend knows? Who are you hiding it from?

These questions answered will direct you to what you can/should say to your friend.

If you are really looking for a PC way of answering the question without revealing anything, look at them very seriously and say, "I'm very uncomfortable talking to you about what may or may not be under my clothing." :smile:
 
Personally I don't care who knows I carry. Since I made the decision to carry open and carry open daily, I have become less concerned about who knows I'm carrying be it openly or concealed.
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You and only you can make the decision about declaring to friends and/or family about your carrying a firearm. In fact we are in the position to make it any easier for you to make that decision. You must live daily with what you decide and you must be the one to decide.
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I offer this from my experience; once I made the decision to open carry I didn't concern myself with who knew or didn't know I was carrying, but that is just me. This is not being offered as advise.
 
In TX I can only open carry on my private property, with few exceptions. Anyone who comes around my house can easily see that I am armed, that includes neighbors and friends. All family and close friends know that I carry, and most of them do, also.
I carry concealed when I leave my property. I really don't care who knows that I carry a weapon.
My weapon is always concealed when I'm off my property, and if asked, I'll just say, "Yes," and let it go at that. It's concealed, so they can't tell if I'm being truthful or not, but I won't show it to them, or point to it.
 
Most of my friends know that I carry, especially the ones that lean towards the anti-gun side. Most of my family carries as well, so they all know I do. It is not a family event unless someone is showing the new/used gun they just bought or traded for. I have never been asked by a stranger, so I'm not really sure how I would respond. May just depend on the situation.
 
Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Texas is concealed carry state as such I don't carry, AZ is open carry state and they can see me carrying non issue.
 
I dont have irrational friends. My friends all ccw too. Everyone who doesn't is suspect, and therefore, not a friend. They stay mere acdquaintences until they wise up, and stand up for their responsibilities as a human adult.
 
Don't ask. Don't tell.
I prefer the element of surprise.
I can't remember anyone other than close family ever bringing it up.
I'd probably say something like, "Are you crazy? Guns are evil". :eek: Then I'd laugh in the their face.
 

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