Open Carry in AZ, SUCCESS!


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dasmi
June 5, 2005, 09:15 PM
I returned from my road trip to the Grand Canyon last night around 9 PM PST.
We left Friday the 3rd at 11 PM, took 8 east to Yuma, where we stopped at Denny's for coffee. After leaving Denny's, I strapped on my Service Six, and open carried for the remainder of the trip.
From Yuma, we took the 8 to the 85, to the 10, to the 17, to 40, to 64, to 180. Grand Canyon was beautiful. I'd never been before. It took my mind a few moments to process that it was actually THAT big. Simply magnificent. The weather was amazing on the entire trip. I'd never been to northern AZ, and I have to say, you people who live around the 17 and the 40 in the Flagstaff and Williams area are lucky. It is gorgeous up there.
On the return trip, we started to go back the way we came, until I remembered I have an uncle in Prescott. So I called him, and he sent us down the 169 and 69 into Prescott. He has a great place surrounded by pine trees up on a hill. From Prescott, we took 89 down the hill to 71, to 60, to 10, to 95, and back through Yuma to the 8. Driving through endless miles of desert was an experience. There were times we didn't see another car on the highway for ten minutes, and it was the middle of the day.
I was amazed at the sheer variety of landscape in AZ. It's a beautiful state. I'll post some pictures when I get them off the camera.
Now, to keep it gun related, from the time we stopped in Yuma on the way in, until right before we crossed back into California, my revolver was on my right hip, carried openly. No one gave it, or me a second look. I smiled and made eye contact with a Sheriff's deputy and a Highway Patrol officer while getting gas, at 4 AM, and neither of them seemed to notice or care. Even while at rest stops and scenic view points, the other tourist didn't seem to mind.
So in conclusion, we drove nearly 1400 miles, and I was awake for 38 hours straight, without a nap. It was a great trip :)

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Standing Wolf
June 5, 2005, 10:19 PM
No one gave it, or me a second look.

Life in the United States can be truly surprising sometimes.

Shipwreck
June 5, 2005, 10:27 PM
If you wore a shoulder holster, I wonder if people would pay more attention to it...

Infidel
June 5, 2005, 10:40 PM
Did you carry the pistol openly in Grand Canyon National Park?

jdberger
June 5, 2005, 10:46 PM
Did you carry the pistol openly in Grand Canyon National Park? I was wondering the same thing... :eek:

I've been pulled over by cops in AZ and I usually tell them that I have a gun in the car and the most negative response I ever got was, "well, please don't shoot at me." :D

Love that state. Hate the heat. :fire: :fire:

Hawkmoon
June 5, 2005, 10:48 PM
Did you carry the pistol openly in Grand Canyon National Park?
In fact, did you carry at all in the national park? I KNOW when you inquired before embarking on this trek that people informed you that there is NO legal carry in national parks -- period. The Grand Canyon is a national park. If you were carrying, you were very, VERY lucky.

444
June 5, 2005, 10:58 PM
" It took my mind a few moments to process that it was actually THAT big. "

That was the reason I was disappointed in seeing the Grand Canyon. I was unable to process the information. It is so big that I had no frame of reference.

dasmi
June 5, 2005, 11:16 PM
Oops, forgot to say that no, I did not carry at the Grand Canyon. Locked the weapon in my trunk.

bpisler
June 6, 2005, 02:03 AM
I'am glad you enjoyed your trip,I
opened carried in phoenix for 13
years.I was never bothered by the
police at all.

Lennyjoe
June 6, 2005, 11:05 AM
Its a good thing you obeyed the law and didnt carry in the park. That would of made a good trip bad.

we drove nearly 1400 miles, and I was awake for 38 hours straight, without a nap
I think we need to talk about risk management. ;)

Good to hear you had fun on your trip. Arizona is heaven for gunowners compared to California.

armoredman
June 6, 2005, 11:59 AM
Glad you had fun here - we have plenty of room if you would like to relocate permanently...

W Turner
June 6, 2005, 12:07 PM
ArmoredMan- I visited the Sierra Vista/FT. Huachuca area in late January and I had a HARD time getting on the plane for the return flight. It was made worse by the fact that I was there on work and was heavily recruited to transfer out there permanently. Beautiful country, but I was happy to see green stuff when I got home....lol.

My wife and I have talked about relocating somewhere out west later on and AZ is high on our short list. Only problem is cost of living, it is noticeably more expensive out there for housing. For example, we paid 65K for our house with 2.75 acres in a semi-rural area. A similar spread there looked to be 80K+. Not big money to some people, but we would definitely feel it.




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Father Knows Best
June 6, 2005, 12:10 PM
I remember the first time I visited Arizona. It was 1976 and I was seven years old. We went to visit my grandparents, who had moved there from Michigan. On the drive from the airport to Grandpa's house, I saw a man riding a motorcycle and wearing a 1911 in plain sight. I asked about it, and Grandpa said it wasn't uncommon. He told me that as long as it wasn't concealed, it was legal.

I lived in Arizona in 1998 and 1999. Times had changed a little. Phoenix, of course, had gotten huge. Grandpa's little place on a dirt road way out in the desert (Union Hills Drive, for those who know the area) was now ground zero for urban sprawl, with subdivisions and big box stores everywhere. I almost never saw anyone carrying openly. Gun stores and gun shows were plentiful, though, and it wasn't hard to find a place to shoot -- just drive into the desert. Any place outside the city limits and not posted was fair game. The excellent Ben Avery range, with plenty of competitions, was also within a few miles of Grandpa's place. It was still a gunny's paradise, and there ain't no place on Earth as beautiful.

I now live in Tennessee. It's not quite as gun friendly as Arizona, but it's not bad. Finding a place to shoot is more difficult, though.

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