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Old 07-08-2014, 11:30 AM   #1
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Sooo...yeah my kimber was accidentally exposed in CCW

Not a big deal but it seems certain family members freaked out when they saw my kimber on my hip. It was a quick accidental exposure but it turned out to be a big deal and I am currently engaged in deep conversations about it.

I understood their concerns and I am trying to make them feel comfortable about the idea of me carrying a loaded firearm. I am curious what conversations/discussions you may have had with people who do not share the same views as you do about firearms and conceal carrying them?

Also I am curious if anyone, who has been conceal carrying for awhile, accidentally printed or exposed their firearm and someone in public saw it. Was there a serious negative reaction to it and if there was how did you handle it?

Also just a reminder, Illinois passed its CCW license recently so this is pretty much new for everyone here and I would not call Chicago/Chicagoland a gun friendly culture.

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Originally Posted by shin0bi1 View Post
Not a big deal but it seems certain family members freaked out when they saw my kimber on my hip. It was a quick accidental exposure but it turned out to be a big deal and I am currently engaged in deep conversations about it.

I understood their concerns and I am trying to make them feel comfortable about the idea of me carrying a loaded firearm. I am curious what conversations/discussions you may have had with people who do not share the same views as you do about firearms and conceal carrying them?

Also I am curious if anyone, who has been conceal carrying for awhile, accidentally printed or exposed their firearm and someone in public saw it. Was there a serious negative reaction to it and if there was how did you handle it?

Also just a reminder, Illinois passed its CCW license recently so this is pretty much new for everyone here and I would not call Chicago/Chicagoland a gun friendly culture.

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Old 07-08-2014, 11:54 AM   #3
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We all have and/or carry guns, so family isn't an issue. CCW is so common in Georgia I don't perceive any reaction from anyone in public if it prints or shows. Even waitresses that give casual hugs never react or comment on the gun when their arm is around my waist. Only once did anyone make comment. A waiter and I were joking around one time and he was going to nudge me with his elbow and hit my pistol. His eyes got big and he asked if I was "packing heat." I said yes. No further comment was made.m
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Old 07-08-2014, 12:16 PM   #4
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Okay I will give you examples of real life conversations i've had with people (including my immediate family members) on owning/carrying firearm(s).

"Why do you think you need it to have it on your person? Why can't you just leave
it locked away in your car?"

"Why does it have to be loaded?"

"What are you thinking, don't you know there are little children around?"

"What did you think was going to happen at a family/friend BBQ gathering?"

"I don't want you negatively influencing my child about violence..."

"Conceal carry people always shoot themselves, you are more of a danger to yourself and everyone around you than a help."

"You don't need a gun, that is what the police is for..."

etc..etc..

So again, I live in a democratic, anti-gun city/state. Conceal carry is a brand new concept to people living over here. I also live in murder capital of the world where homicides by firearms are rampant in the bad areas of Chicago. Gun violence is always in the news and almost all the public restaurants and areas in the city limits are posting no gun stickers on their establishments. And just recently on 4th July, we had a our first CCW Illinois licensed individual (a veteran) defend his life and his friends from thugs that have no value for human life. This is making news and there are some anti-gun media publications trying to make him look like the bad guy for packing heat.

Basically people who live in the city are now thinking problems are worse because now they have to deal with citizens who think they are gun toting "heroes" AND criminals.

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Old 07-08-2014, 01:26 PM   #5
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Every one of those statements was born of ignorance and fear, planted by the socialist left who don't want citizens standing up for themselves against crime or a tyrannical government. You probably don't have enough years left in your life to reverse that much ignorance.
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I gave up trying to reason with people like that years ago, you can argue until you're blue in the face and you're not going to change their mind unless they want it changed.
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I live in Georgia, and since July 1st (when HB 60 became law), we have had "guns everywhere" according to the media. So far we have failed to become engaged in the running gunfights, in the streets, that those people promised the public would happen.

For the record, it is legal to open carry in Georgia, if you have a weapons license. I choose not to. I carry concealed, because I don't want people to know that I am armed. Although I am not aware of it, I am sure that my pistol has been seen a time or two. No one has every commented on it. My family is used to it. I have owned firearms for well over 40 years. I have a carry license, my son-in-law has a carry license. My son used to live in Alaska, where you don't even need a license to carry. It was totally common place to go armed. Now he lives in Hawaii, where there is such a thing as a concealed carry license on the books, however, one has NEVER been issued!!! He likes Alaska better!! In almost 45 years of marriage, my wife is used to the fact that I own and carry guns. While she may walk through life wearing rose colored glasses and horse blinders, she knows that I would not resort to a gun unless it's use was justified.

Bottom line, I have never been in your situation. If I were, I believe that I would inform my family members that it was my Constitutional Right to own the firearm, a state license had been legally applied for and issued, (after an in depth background check and in some cases training and qualification) and finally, it is MY CHOICE to carry it!! You may also wish to say that you are willing to defend their right NOT to own a firearm. If all that fails, try politely requesting that they not project onto you what they deeply fear that they would do IF they possessed a firearm!! 'Nuff Said!!
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Old 07-08-2014, 04:16 PM   #8
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Only once had this come up. Years ago my Browning printed as I bent over to pickup some parcels. My brother, a very staunch liberal, shouted, "what do you have a gun for? Did you think one of us was going to rob you? I just looked at him and told him he had just answered a long pending question I had had. When he asked what it was, I said you really are as dumb as you look!

That said, printing is one thing, revealing is an entirely different subject. Many states have laws that consider even accidental revealing as brandishing. While a court case may or may not get one out of it, (depending upon the explanation and acceptance by the court), it can still cost you a lot of time and money.
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On this subject, I am extremely glad I live in Georgia.
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It's not a problem in Florida. we now have a law that says accidental exposure is not a violation. Even before, it was never really a problem. Most people don't give a rat's ass.

The answer to why do you need a gun there, or why do you need to take a gun to the store, or why do you need a gun to go shopping is:

"If I thought I needed a gun, I wouldn't go there."

You don't need to justify it to anyone. That's how this whole rights thing works.
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