Open Carry and the Kentucky State Police


The Real Wyatt
October 8, 2006, 10:59 PM
I had one occasion mid-spring of this year where I stood around and BSed with six state troopers whilst carrying openly.

It was one of those spectacularly beautiful spring days with the birds all atwitter and the bees all abuzz, each doing their birds 'n' bees thing, when I decided to go for a walk in the woods.

I drove to a very remote section of our county in the mid afternoon, parked my car in a "Scenic View" parking area and headed off into the woods. I spent a very enjoyable several hours communing with nature and just generally enjoying life and all Gods little critters. And giving thanks that I have the privilege of living in such a fantastic place where you can still drop to your knees and get a cool drink from a spring or stream. Ah, life is good.

Well it was just edging up on dark when I got back to the parking area. I saw that there were three State Police cruisers parked in the area and they had set up a roadblock and were checking for DUI, license and insurance. Now picture this. I'm a fairly big man, 6'3" and 205 lbs., shoulder length silvery white hair and a chest length pure white beard, plus I'm still fairly muscular after many years in the USMC. I'm wearing my clodhopper boots, levis, t-shirt and a very weathered black felt sweatstained hat. Strapped to my side is a beaten up leather holster with mid-thigh tie straps holding my Taurus 44-Ten, my woods walking gun. It's a big gun, 'bout the same overall as a 7.5" Blackhawk but looks much bigger 'cause of the elongated cylinder. Matter of fact the thing looks, at first glance, like maybe an .88 Super Magnum.

You may be certain that the troopers noticed me. I could see them tense up. So as I approached 'em I greeted them. "Howdy boys, been doing much business?". They immediately relaxed and one of 'em said "business was pretty good up till about a half hour ago." "Soon as it gets dark, traffic just about disappears on this road" "we're about to close up shop".

We stood around at the side of the now deserted two-lane road and told stories for the next half hour or so, each trying to outdo the other with tales of past deeds. They were curious about my big pistol and wanted to see it. It passed from man to man with each opening the cylinder and making comments such as "Dayum boy, this sucker is loaded with double-aught buck. Whew! I wouldn't want some sumbitch to draw down on me with that thang." after 'bout a half hour the Troopers decided to head back to their Post and I turned to go home.

I'm walking along the shoulder of the road toward my car when a 5 liter Mustang comes roaring across the bridge, sees me and starts to slow down as if to ask directions or something. As it gets closer I notice it has out of state plates. I'm thinkin' these boys must be lost or sumpthin' to be way out here this time of day. The driver slows down some more and begins to roll down his window. Now I'm on the other side of the street and turn to walk across the street to see what he wants. I can see two others in the car, but can't make out if they're boys or girls or one of each.

The driver has almost come to a complete stop by now and I make eye contact. I can tell that he isn't aggressive and means no harm, probably just lost as I had originally assumed. He breaks eye contact and looks me over, spotting the big 'ol gun strapped to my side. Well, lemme tell you the look on his face turned from one of hope to abject fear. He hit the gas pedal plumb to the floor, smoked the rear wheels and fishtailed right on outta Dodge.

I couldn't see the State Police guys, it was too dark, but I could hear them slapping each other on the back and laughing with huge guffaws coming from deep down. I walked back over to where they were still standing (they had opted to not give chase to the obviously speeding Mustang for fear that the driver was so scared he'd probably crash the car) and we chatted for a few more minutes. We were all certain that those folks immediately got out of this part of the country and went home and told everyone they knew about how they had just narrowly avoided being made to "Squeal like a pig."

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Gun Wielding Maniac
October 8, 2006, 11:09 PM
Holy crap! Santa... is that you?

Where the hell is my bike?

October 8, 2006, 11:12 PM
Lol... I wouldn't want to be on Santas "Naughty List"

October 8, 2006, 11:12 PM
Great story. You intimidate me as well :neener:

October 8, 2006, 11:14 PM

you can stop holding on to my gun for me.

And giving thanks that I have the privilege of living in such a fantastic place where you can still drop to your knees and get a cool drink from a spring or stream. Ah, life is good.Don'tcha just love Kentucky? No other state quite like it.

October 8, 2006, 11:19 PM
Santa is that you?

You've been so naughty I am going to stuff coal so far up your stocking you're going to be spitting diamonds!

XD Fan
October 8, 2006, 11:32 PM

I want:

a Kimber 1911
two Remington 870 Marine Magnums
a Light weight .357 magnum revolver
a new benchmade

and a partridge in a pear tree:)

Good story Wyatt.

October 8, 2006, 11:48 PM
That's a great story Wyatt. We should all be so lucky to have parks like that close at hand and law enforcement with a sense of humor & friendliness.

Lol... I wouldn't want to be on Santas "Naughty List"

The best part about being Santa is knowing where all the naughty girls live.:evil:

October 8, 2006, 11:54 PM
I have to wonder out loud here. Would they have reacted differently to someone like myself coming out of the woods (thirty something, dark hair, buzz-cut, two days stubble, Red Wing boots, jeans, black t-shirt with a G17 in a *Fobus on my belt). :uhoh:

*Don't nobody start with me.:neener:

Handgun Midas
October 8, 2006, 11:56 PM
Dayum boy... I wouldn't want some sumbitch to draw down on me with that thang.Aw shucks.
Did ya hafta admit that them boys were talkin' like the resta' country thinks we talk?

Some deputies came into the Chipotle I was eating at today, and I wanted to see what they would admit about open carry... but just didn't. Guess I wasn't up for being looked at suspiciously.

I've asked a good number of LEOs in my area about open carry, and only my CCW instructor would admit that it was legal, and he didn't reccommend it.

I gotta get further south.

October 9, 2006, 12:00 AM
Kentucky State Troopers on average are alright. When I was a kid growing up in Fayette county there my grandpa was a trooper based out of Richmond. Got to meet a number of his cohorts. Boy could they tell stories. He told me about the Harlan county shoot em ups in the 30's and 40's. Course he told me this nearly 50 years ago. Last time I got back that way to visit there was a few more folks living in Central Ky. But the folks were still just as friendly as when I was a kid. All in all a nice place to live.

October 9, 2006, 12:06 AM
South Central Kentucky. Are we talking Berea

October 9, 2006, 12:20 AM
The picture completed the story. :uhoh:

October 9, 2006, 12:47 AM
Haha yeah that pic was good......thanks for the story.

October 9, 2006, 01:18 AM
First of all:

GWM: I laughed so hard, I have tears in my eyes and Mrs. Scout is yelling from up-stairs "What's so damn funny ???"

Wyatt, Great story, thanks for sharing and giving these guys a photo/straight line to run amok with. I love this place.

October 9, 2006, 02:29 AM
HOHOHO!!!! Great Story Santa.
October 9, 2006, 03:01 AM
Great story. Don't get down to Kentucky much, nice to know it's pretty laid back.

Gun Wielding came close to owing me a new keyboard. Liquid and keyboards don't mix :) Almost choked on the water trying not to let it fly.

October 9, 2006, 08:04 AM
Uncle Jesse! Where you been hidin' all these years!

October 9, 2006, 08:18 AM
It's nice to live in one of the few places east of the Mississippi where a story can play out like this. Anyone else out there think it could happen in their state?

October 9, 2006, 10:21 AM
Quite possibly in Western ND. Come to think of it, all the interactions I've had with law enforcement that were something of a pain in the behind were local cops in big cities. Staties have always been quite professional and courteous here.

October 9, 2006, 04:21 PM
At least with some of our LEOs. Great story just the same.

October 9, 2006, 07:36 PM
Arizona. Probably happens pretty frequently here.

Bob F.
October 9, 2006, 10:38 PM
Wyatt: great story! Could happen here, easily. Recon them kids took a "wrong turn", or sure thought they had?


October 9, 2006, 10:45 PM
Very nice story...obtw just thought I would ask but santa are you not giving out coal anymore to bad little boys and girls? Cause you packin some heat!

October 9, 2006, 10:59 PM
Where's the rest of ZZ Topp?

October 9, 2006, 11:09 PM
I know you were really up in the woods checking out your Pot Still making sure no Coons have run up in it or if the water still running cold. Send some of that Hillbilly Pop up North here when its done cookin!!!
Nice Gun, I like those Taurus revolvers.

October 10, 2006, 12:17 AM

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