This reminds me of my husband getting hassled by the cops here in GA. (He carried openly, GA IS an open carry state, eh?!)
We had met a bunch of guys (well, 5-6) who were a fundamentalist Catholic group a friend of ours sometimes attended at the sorta-semi-fast food sit-down joint called Picadilly's. (Now, probably all the guys, and I were ALSO carrying, but concealed...) Apparently some idiots had called the cops about "a man with a GUN in Picadilly's!!" So four cars, five cops showed up... (The dispatcher hadn't thought to ask: "what's he doin'?" "He's EATING HIS DINNER!!! Help us!!"
Michael was the smoothest, calmest, completely unruffle-able man on the planet! The cops surrounded our table, and the lead one spoke with Michael, asked to see his license and so on... Of course EVERYONE is staring: five uniforms , several with hands on guns, standing around a table of sorta old folks...
He asked Michael to let him hold the gun while they spoke -- and Michael (did I mention smooth and calm?) said certainly, and handed it over -- now, this was a cocked and locked .45 that this cop had never seen before in his life -- and he took it without really looking at it and stuck it in his belt, pointing at his family jewels! Two of the cops left (because, you know, Michael had just been eating his dinner!) and the lead cop asked him to step outside to finish their conversation...
I stayed inside (fuming) and after about ten minutes (probably only 3-4 but it seemed longer) I finally went outside to see what they were doing... Still talking; I ended up speaking with one of the cops waiting too, and pointed out that it was a privately owned building, and NOT posted -- so what was the problem? "No, it's a public space, and he can't carry here." "Um, no, it's owned by whatever chain owns Picadilly -- it's a privately owned facility." "No, the public is here, so it's a public space..." (GA, at the time disallowed carry in churches, bars, and "public arenas" -- this was a private restaurant, eh? But, trying to be the wiser -- I shut up. The lead cop finally suggested to Micheal that 'yes, he could carry openly, but ... you know.. just conceal it from now on. And put it in your car for now, okay?'
Michael very calmly and gravely said: I no longer have it, and nodded at the guy's belt.
"Oh, right, well, I'll go to your car with you."
Really, I DO understand the cops' caution -- entirely reasonable on their side -- but jiminy crickets!! It was open carry in an open-carry state, in a private, non-signed facility.... And once they saw him sitting and eating his dinner with a bunch of folks, they SHOULD have just checked his license AND LEFT!!! I really expected better of the cops!
(As you can tell, I'm still annoyed!) (Michael was disgusted.)