Who knows that you carry?


SC Tiger

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My wife, parents and some friends know that I do carry (ie that I have my permit). They (except the wife) don't necessarily know WHEN I am carrying unless they spot it. AFAIK this has only happened once, when a friend figure out what was in the fanny pack I was carrying one day when I was on a walk (was in gym shorts and a t-shirt so no where else to conceal the gun). He's a permit holder so I'm guessing he knew what to look for, plus those things only conceal the weapon in the technical sense (you don't see steel) but they kind of advertise it's presence. Reason #1 why I don't like carrying in a fanny pack.
 

G50AE

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I tend to disagree with the sage advise that a fanny-pack = obvious gun carrier. I see people in the university rec center all the time with fanny packs. They can't all be carrying firearms, because in South Carolina, that would be illegal.
 

SC Tiger

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I tend to disagree with the sage advise that a fanny-pack = obvious gun carrier. I see people in the university rec center all the time with fanny packs. They can't all be carrying firearms, because in South Carolina, that would be illegal.

Which University? (doesn't matter, just curious).

As far as the fanny pack thing I guess it depends on the type of pack. Mine is more square with a zipper all around so it screams gun more than some others I suppose. Its made more for fast access to the gun than discretion. They are probably more common at rec centers because of lack of pockets. Bodybuilders used to carry them too, at least the ones that were so big that normal clothes didn't fit them.
 

G50AE

Well-known member
They are probably more common at rec centers because of lack of pockets. Bodybuilders used to carry them too, at least the ones that were so big that normal clothes didn't fit them.

They still do. Most gyms you'll see a lot of members wearing fanny packs. It keeps their locker key, wallet, lifting straps, wrist wraps, MP3 player, and other tools at hand. Even the ladies wear them.
 

Golden Eagle

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Everyone. I open carry here in Michigan.

There seems to be many myths that someone oc'ing will be attacked. With all the story's on opencarry.org this is obviously not the case for anyone including me.

It scares people. I've yet to see anyone with a panicked look.
Our forefathers told us of the importance of the right to keep and bear arms and I let others know I believe it's important too.
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Nightmare45

NRA LIFE MEMBER
Actually just saw a carry means in Gun Show in Houston, called Kangaroo Carry He was wearing T-shirt little larger than normal for his size with Glock 23 and spare magazine, you could carry with this system saw it live and no noticable printing. Outfit is out of Bellaire Texas. KangarooCarry.Com.

I do not work for this firm just saw a means of carry with T-shirt and shorts.
 

MacAttack

New member
Be careful who you let know of your carry status. This is one piece of advice that, I can give you. Don't tell any one that you carry or are thinking of such. My experience in this matter involves a somewhat close friend with, whom I took the "course". Well after taking said course he preceded to tell everyone at work about how we had CCWs etc...Most of the guys were OK with it but, a couple gave me big problems. One was my paranoid boss who wasn't too well enamored with me as it was and, the other a sleaze who had firebombed a tire store while trying to kill an occupant of an upstairs apt. I went through 6 or7 years of hell till the place went under.

I do have close friends and relatives who know about my CCW and who I trust. The wife..duh.. my, brother, best friend, SIL. All those aside from the 150 people from work. :blink:
 

G50AE

Well-known member
CCW Badges

Be careful who you let know of your carry status. This is one piece of advice that, I can give you. Don't tell any one that you carry or are thinking of such. My experience in this matter involves a somewhat close friend with, whom I took the "course". Well after taking said course he preceded to tell everyone at work about how we had CCWs etc...Most of the guys were OK with it but, a couple gave me big problems. One was my paranoid boss who wasn't too well enamored with me as it was and, the other a sleaze who had firebombed a tire store while trying to kill an occupant of an upstairs apt. I went through 6 or7 years of hell till the place went under.

I do have close friends and relatives who know about my CCW and who I trust. The wife..duh.. my, brother, best friend, SIL. All those aside from the 150 people from work. :blink:

All in all, that's a good reason not to show chics your CCW badge.
 

Gordon Shumway

New member
FYI ARKANSAS

Please allow me to explain how assinine this situation has become in the state of Arkansas.

Arkansas is not an open carry state; concealed carry permit only. By state law loaded weapons are allowed in vehicles without a CCW permit, but it is a fine point of the law which might get you a "tell it to the judge". The once common "rifle in the pickup rear window" is a thing of the past. I have not seen one in a decade.

In Arkansas there is an UNofficial sticker, about 2" square with black, blue, black horizontal lines. It is some BIG DEAL there to put this sticker on the rear of your vehicle, often in the center of the license plate, and even on the front where the plate would go. Users insist that this allows police officers to know that you are carrying a weapon when being stopped and when approaching an accident situation or road block, the sticker is suppose to let them know you have a gun. Some local police cars and at least one unmarked county sheriff car has an entire front license plate with a full size BBB plate. They have guns in a police car? What a novel idea!

Often I randomly ask people at gas stations, etc., what that sticker means. Elderly people told me that "My son is a state trooper and he put that on there so police won't give me a ticket." (huh?) College students have told me that they have it on their cars so that "police think that they have a police relative, and giving them a ticket is a waste of time." (huh?) Women have it on their SUV, and sometimes I have asked them in parking lots, "What kind of gun do you have with you?" just to see what their reaction is. Usually they look at me like I am crazy.

I hope they feel safer knowing that the general public knows they have a gun.

I have asked state troopers, county, and local police about the stickers and the "usual" answer is, "Stickers are nothing official. People are just bragging that they have a gun." (OK, so why does the police have a sticker on the police car?)
 

G50AE

Well-known member
I have asked state troopers, county, and local police about the stickers and the "usual" answer is, "Stickers are nothing official. People are just bragging that they have a gun." (OK, so why does the police have a sticker on the police car?)
CCW Badges are nothing official, but you saw another poster advocate for their use as "A Badge of Honor." When I called the poster in question out on the issue, he called me a moron because I believe that we don't need no stinkin' badges.
 

missoak

Member
Pretty much everyone in my circle knows that I carry & have an impressive collection of firearms. Some call me the ''GUN FATHER". I could not care less if someone knows or not. We have OC here in MI, & it's not uncommon to see. I mainly carry concealed. No sense in advertising,
 

Cyr

Member
My wife, and a few of the neighbors know that I carry. What they don't know is that, just like the two government agents I used to pal around with, I actually carry two guns, and a sharp knife on me whenever I am out and about. ;)

Personally, I would NEVER open carry. Why? Because I am NOT a 'candy store'; and, should the need ever arise where I might need to get my hands on a gun, fast, then open carriers would be exactly the kind of stupid people I would be looking for.
 

G50AE

Well-known member
Personally, I would NEVER open carry. Why? Because I am NOT a 'candy store'; and, should the need ever arise where I might need to get my hands on a gun, fast, then open carriers would be exactly the kind of stupid people I would be looking for.
Hey look, this is about to become yet another CC vs. OC thread. Who would have seen that one coming?
 

G50AE

Well-known member
My family, my coworkers and a few close friends know I carry. Oh, and some folks on closed groups on Facebook.
Never been a big fan of Facebook, although for some reason people will report seeing me there even though I do not use Facebook.
 

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