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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Bizarro World

So, I had the most surreal experience earlier today. I stopped to gas up the rental, and when I got out of the car, I realized that my pistol was covered. Since open carry is my only option, I was quick to uncover my firearm and continue about my business. It struck me as completely opposite from, well, the entire rest of my adult life. Rather than rushing to make sure my firearm was covered, I was legally obligated to uncover.

I don't know much, but I do know that I like it better this way...

That is all.


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18 comments:

Tango said...

Welcome to 'Merica, sir.

Dragon said...

Heh...Jay, you'll absolutely love being at the Nashville NRA meeting in 2014...

Rev. Paul said...

It's kind of sad, to us Alaskans, hearing about the various do's & don'ts down there in the States ... we just carry however we want. I agree that open is better, though - it's good to keep that in the public awareness. :)

lee n. field said...

"Since open carry is my only option, I was quick to uncover my firearm and continue about my business."

What paradise are you in, again?

doubletrouble said...

Here in NH, carrying in a vehicle is considered 'concealed', even if openly carried.
Hope it's not the same there...

armedlaughing said...

How sad that either way makes a difference?
Are we still not lethal? Capable of responding appropriately to attack?

IN A JUST WORLD, IT SHOULDN'T MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE.

gfa

Old NFO said...

Ah... welcome to America Sir!

Daniel in Brookline said...

Yeah, I always love dealing with the New Hampshire border that way. In MA, I can carry, but only concealed; in NH, I don't have a license, so open carry is my only option.

doubletrouble: if carrying in a vehicle in NH is considered 'concealed', what exactly are you supposed to do? Mount a cannon on the roof-rack, or something? (Or are non-NH people with guns expected to enter the state on foot?) The mind reels.

Weer'd Beard said...

What really gets me is Gay Cynic walking around the place with a cowboy hat and a western gunbelt with his S&W 25 on board.

Sorry Jay, the big gay cowboy steals all the attention from you!

Bubblehead Les. said...

Just be glad you don't live near the Illinois State Line.

zeeke42 said...

Daniel, while 'vehicle is considered concealed' is common shorthand, it's not literally true.

The law is you can't have a loaded firearm in a vehicle without a NH Pistol/revolver license.

doubletrouble said...

Daniel, what Zeke said.
You can carry the gun UNLOADED in the car, but must have a license to have it in the vehicle loaded.
So, if carrying openly whilst walking around, when you get into a vehicle you have to unload or risk running afoul of the system.
Strange, but true.

Ed said...

In Vermont, none of that loaded/unloaded concealed carry/open carry licensed/unlicensed nonsense matters. Why do the rest get it so wrong?
What other Constitutional rights do you allow to be trampled because you cross a state line? Speak up while they still let you.

AK™ said...

Paul speakth the truth. You can't beat carry in Alaska. Open,concealed..doesn't matter.

If you choose to go get a CCW permit/license,most other states honor Alaskans CCW permit.

Tam said...

lee n. field,

"What paradise are you in, again?"

Colorado, which apparently doesn't honor his MA toter's permit, but doesn't require any permit to OC.

I am in a similar situation, in that while CO honors my IN permit, NM doesn't, and so I had to uncover my gat when we stopped for lunch in Taos if I wished to be legal.

Geodkyt said...

I'm in favor of "discrete" carry, but love the option of wearing a hunter orange thigh rig off an ALICE belt if I have the whim.

Luckily, in VA, I don't have to worry about whether my jacket does or doesn't cover my weapon - open carry is legal, and CCW is Shall Issue. We don't even have the notorious Jim Crow "Carrying to the terror of the public" laws common in the South.

Of course, I'd prefer Constitutional Carry.

Robert said...

Les @ 1:12pm:

Tell me about it. Cross an invisible line where the fire number signs go from red to green and I hafta pull over and unload and case up and stash it in the back so I can't go suddenly beserk and start shooting stop signs. I gotta stop visiting my mom...
P.S.: 1312 rolls off the tongue so much nicer than 1:12pm. Let's start a campaign to popularize the better way of telling time.

rickn8or said...

Robert, or crossing into NJ from anywhere...

And I'm still trying to break that 20 year-old habit of writing dates and times. That and checking to see if I'm wearing a hat (cover) before stepping outside.