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2 Strange CCW Days

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Valkman, Mar 29, 2005.

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  1. Valkman

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    I've been carrying my Kimber Compact CDP about 18 months and never have been made, questioned, nothing. Then we take off for Arizona last Tuesday and all kinds of wierd stuff happens! :)

    First, crossing Hoover Dam they say I have to pull over and show them what's under my tonneau cover. Ok, I pull over to the guy officer and open the cover. Meanwhile the wind is blowing my cover shirt all over, and as I close the cover he says "Sir, are you carrying?". I say "Yes I am", he asks if I have a CCW and I produce it. Then he really gets friendly and asks what I do for work. I say I'm on disability and just started making knives and he says "That's great! Man you can sell those!". We take off and I was still suprised how friendly the guy was once he saw the CCW.

    Then we go to a Giants baseball game in Tempe and I'm carrying, only to go into a Starbucks afterwards and discover I have no gun. I'm freaking thinking it fell out at the park, some kid's going to find it and it'll be all over the news. Race back to our room to find it laying right on top of our suitcase where I left it - hope the romm cleaning lady didn't have a heart attack when she saw it. So I thought I was carrying all day when I wasn't. Brommeland makes his leather way too well - it feels the same whether the gun is there or not! :)

    Then we go to a pet store, and now I know I have the gun. So I'm bending way down petting a puppy and a employee kid says "Sir are you carrying a weapon?". Argh! I tell him I am and he says he'd like me to uncover it so he can see it. I told him I have to keep it concealed but it turns out he saw it print and just wants to confirm what he thought it was. No problem.

    For a couple of days there it seemed like everyone knew I was carrying, except when I forgot the gun! It was strange. :p
     
  2. Control Group

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    Posts like this make me jealous beyond words. Perhaps another round of letters to my legislators will make me feel better.
     
  3. VARifleman

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    I feel for you, CG. I am considered "too young" to be responsible to protect my own safety, yet old enough that I'm considered responsible for my actions...all the crap of being an adult without the perks... :banghead: :banghead: :banghead:
     
  4. El Tejon

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    Left in hotel room? Hmmm, that sounds familiar.

    Someone, I'll use his initials, ET, left a pistol on the bathroom sink thingy one time at gun camp. Has yet to live it down. :D

    That "heart failure" feeling is a continual reminder to run a system check. :)
     
  5. ny32182

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    I've never been made (to my knowledge) or questioned in any way. Never been pulled over while carrying.... I don't know how I would react, but I think you did well.
     
  6. Standing Wolf

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    Yeah, it might, but here's an even better idea: fire a bunch of them!

    Valkman:

    I'll bet it'll be a snowy day in hell's furnace room before you leave your gun in a motel room again.
     
  7. Control Group

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    Yes, thank you. Of course, I already voted against them last election, to no avail, and I've donated money to candidates who support CCW. I've got a sneaking suspicion that a move to recall someone because he didn't vote for CCW wouldn't make a whole lot of headway. So I'm not entirely certain what I should really do to fire them - the ones directly accountable to me already didn't get my vote, many of the legislators who didn't vote for CCW aren't directly accountable to me, and actually forcibly removing them from office mid-term is...well, unfeasible is one word for it.

    So, frankly, writing letters is the tool I've got.
     
  8. Curare

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    My father left a S&W auto in a hotel room in Michigan about 10 years ago--brilliant.
     
  9. admar2

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    wouldn't it be easier to just move?

    ;)
     
  10. Lennyjoe

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    The facility, by chance, wasn't selling alcohol for onsite consumption was it? If it was and you were id'd as carrying you would of gotten into a bit of trouble.
     
  11. OF

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    My advice is to be more careful. Alot of opportunity for things to go badly in those few encounters. You may have been carrying for 18mo so far without incident, but you have a lifetime ahead of you.

    No big deal, but I'd take these encounters as a bit of a warning. Things could have gone badly with the cop and the hotel room especially...

    - Gabe
     
  12. RyanM

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    All is not lost! I notice your forum thingie says you're in NC. NC has reciprocity with NH and doesn't require you to be a resident of NH to use one of their permits to carry; just like PA. You can get a non-resident NH permit for $20, at age 18.

    So you should be able to get one of those. Maine issues non-resident permits at age 18 and up, too, fulfilling NH's existing CCW permit requirement. Only problem is a non-resident ME permit is $60.

    Though if you're in VA, as your forum name suggests, I guess you are out of luck. :(
     
  13. mbs357

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    I'm in NC, and getting a non resident CCW permit from New Hampshire would be a great idea...but I'm not legally allowed to own a handgun at age 18. =(
     
  14. P95Carry

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    Don - seeing as results were (fortunately) so positive - I will indulge in a little ... :D :D

    Funny tho eh - a ''wake up call'' can, as now seems the case, happen any ol' time, any ol' place!!

    One thing I can empathize with 100% - is that sudden awareness that you have a rig - but it is empty! HORRORS!! First pucker factor is - ''where's the gun?'' ... once that is safely taken care of - is, the knowledge that that day - just might, have been the day of reckoning!!

    I have once or twice left my piece in own bathroom, and having sat down in office again at puter - done the ''elbow test'' only to realize thin air is all that is present. I now make the elbow test much more frequent. :)
     
  15. Zundfolge

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    Thats what I did ... I used to live in Kansas (land of the free range RINO) and I witnessed the so-called Republican Governor (Bill Graves) veto CCW twice, then the commie-witch that runs the state now did it too (but I'd already left).
     
  16. mbs357

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    Heh, commie-witch.
    That made me lol.
    :D
     
  17. tailgunner

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    This Missouri boy thinks Arizona rocks! I'm still in shellshock from my good experience. :)
     
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    Zund, you are damn skippy about that commie witch! :cuss:

    I'm thinking maybe Missouri or Texas sound like a really good alternative...
     
  19. MilsurpShooter

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    I know how you feel VARifleman. Have to wait until i'm 21 before I can even think about thinking, of holding a handgun lol
     
  20. RyanM

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    Are you sure you can't own one, or just you can't buy one from an FFL? For instance, you might be able to buy a handgun from a private seller in NC, if there are no state laws regulating private sales.

    Or you might be able to convince a parent to buy a gun for you (not on your behalf, which is illegal; they have to pay for it with their own money, in other words), if purchasing is illegal but ownership isn't (as it is in PA). Or if ownership of a handgun is illegal but "posession" isn't, you could have them buy a handgun and keep it in their name, but give you written permission to carry it.

    I'm not familiar with NC law, and am too sleep-deprived right now to look your laws up myself.
     
  21. mbs357

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    I'm pretty sure that I'm not allowed to posess a handgun, I forget how to get to where I read it...I believe it was an NRA site.
    ooo, looks like I was wrong:
    *...cogs = turning...*
    I'm going to read through this again, I find it a bit tricky to understand some of it, however.
    Link.

    Been reading, and this ticks me off. >_<
     
  22. sturmruger

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    Chris I do the elbow test all the time.

    Sometimes my wife asks why I am smiling and I have to sheepishly tell her that I was just checking to make sure my gun was still on me. She doesn't understand.
     
  23. Valkman

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    What Gabe said is why I posted about these events - leaving the gun in plain sight in the hotel room was legal but irresponsible, and being suprised by the checkpoint and having to get out made me forget to button my shirt with the 2 bottom buttons to keep it from blowing around. Live and learn... :)
     
  24. peacefuljeffrey

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    I put myself in a panic once quite recently.

    My only true screwup regarding my carry gun.

    I was up at my DZ skydiving, an hour and a half north of where I live. I had stayed the night and the next day I went to a seaside restaurant to pick up lunch to bring back to the DZ. I brought my shoulder bag with my carry gun in it, along with my digital camera and wallet, etc. I set it on the stool next to me at the outdoor tiki bar where I placed my order and ate a bowl of soup while I waited.

    When I got my order in a big plastic bag and paid, I guess that bag took the place of my own regular bag and made me mistakenly feel like I had everything I'd come in with. I got back to the DZ and was getting out of my car when I looked beside me to the console where my bag would normally be and it was not there. I felt a tingle of panic. I checked again, checked the floor in front of the seat, under the seat, behind the seat... NO BAG. UH-OHHH. I also did not have the receipt from the restaurant which would have had the phone number on it. I jumped back into the car and blazed a path back to the restaurant, fearing all sorts of things might happen.

    When I got back there, the same bartender/waitress was behind the bar, and the same middle-aged dude was on the stool a few seats away from where I'd been. I immediately began to ask if he/they had seen my bag left behind and he said sure enough and pointed to a shelf above the bar. The bartender handed it down to me and I began pouring profuse thanks and telling them that they saved me from what would have been an expensive loss. I asked the waitress to give the guy another of whatever he was having, and when he said that all he had was soda, I put a five down on the bar and said, "Well then give him something nice" and walked away, much relieved..."

    Let me tell you, having a braindead moment like that can sure give you pause as you consider continuing to skydive for the rest of the day... :uhoh:

    (But it all worked out okay. :))

    -Jeffrey
     
  25. Browns Fan

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    The elbow test! Man! I thought I was the only one who did this! ;)

    There is even a name for it!
     
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