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For you CHL holders I have a few ?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by chetrogers, Apr 23, 2006.

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  1. chetrogers

    chetrogers Member

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    Im curious to whom you tell you have a CHL.Do you tell your family and best friends etc.If you dont do you Walk into your friends house with a firearm on you and not tell them?..I have been contemplating getting my Oregon CHL for the longest time and just thought I would see what you guys do.I know the point is to not let people know but I would feel bad walking into somebodys house if I was carrying and not tell them.
    Most of my friends are not Anti's but a few do have Young children and I would hate to disrespect there house rules if they didnt want a person to carry in there house.I could understand if I was to tell them I had one and they didnt want it in there house i of course would obey there rules.Thanks for any suggestions.

    Once again I dont have a carry permit and am just thinking of situations that mite happen if I did.
     
  2. Sheldon J

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    concieled means concieled

    if you are then unless you tell the how are they to know? I carry everywhere and unless you have some very paradoid anti's (which I don't most of my friends are gun nuts also) in short just don't tell.:cool:
     
  3. Overman

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    Concealed means concealed. I don't tell anyone. If I am in a social situation where I CAN carry concealed, I will. If I will be in close quarters, with lots of hugging and back slapping and such, I'll carry an NAA Mini .22 which fits in a cigarette pack. Or a NAA .380 Guardian, which, with the proper holster, looks like a wallet.

    My gun is not going off unless I want it to. And I'm not going to be getting drunk, and no one will take it from me. And, because I conceal properly, no one will discover I have a gun, so no one needs to know. The key is to conceal so well that no one will ever find out. I go all the way down to a mini revolver, or all the way up to a 5" N frame, and seven stages in between.
     
  4. cambeul41

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    I teach at the college level in Michigan,

    and I make a point of occasionally working a wee bit (?) of my pro Second Amendment, pro self-defense, pro-CCW attitude into class discussions. If I am asked if I have a license to carry or whether I carry, I answer honesty. I also provide gun and self-defense related readings for extra credit. I have even been known to bring CCW application packets to students who express an interest in applying.

    Why? Partly to off set faculty members of the opposite mind set.
     
  5. answerguy

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    It's legal and it's safe.
     
  6. sm

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    What guns?
    What CCWs?

    Now State Regs may require one to show LEO upon being stopped. Other Regs may apply / differ depending on State Regs.

    My State says one is to inform Officer if Stopped, then again in travel this differs, and with Non-Res CCWs it differs again...depending on jurisdictions.

    Some may state you are to inform the occupants of a home you visit.

    Check Regs, not only where you are , where you intend to travel thru, destinations and all aspects.

    What guns?
    What CCWs?

    I just come here to see the pretty pictures and eat the free popcorn.
     
  7. Euclidean

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    Some people need to know. My mother and siblings know, and three good friends who I trust with my life know. The reason they know is they need to understand if they're with me and someone tries to hurt me/us, I will be armed. Other than that I keep my big mouth shut.
     
  8. depicts

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    I was picking up my nephews one day when they were 5 and 7. In the living room at my sisters I was swinging them in the air and lifting them to the ceiling, when my sister noticed the handle of a Colt Mustang in the small of my back.

    Yes, I know it shouldn't have been seen, but I was in my sisters house, and I got casual for a minute.

    She is a Massachusetts College educated Grade School Teacher, and she started to give me a bunch of crap. "Is that a gun?" "Is it loaded?"

    I lied and told her it was unloaded, pulled my sweater down, and tried to minimize it. Her last comment that day was, "well good, at least it isn't loaded, I'd be real worried if you were near the kids with a gun!"

    Fast forward to two days ago, 10 years later. The two nephews and same sister are with me at my gun club. We're firing .357's, 9mm Hi Power, .22 Rifles and pistols and having a great old time. The Schoolteacher Sister of mine looks at me and says very seriously..."I wish I could keep a gun in school. All this crap about students shooting other students, they tell us to shut off the lights and hide under our desks if a signal is given over the loudspeaker"

    I agreed with her, it would be a good idea. She then went on to continue putting rounds into the nine and ten ring of her target like she had been doing all morning with my new to me Mod 34 S&W. She was almost as good with the 9 and the GP100.

    Funny huh....sometimes it takes a bit of time!
     
  9. Standing Wolf

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    I see no need to be the least bit secretive about keeping and bearing arms. I'm not secretive about voting. I'm not secretive about exercising my First Amendment rights.

    It helps that I live in Colorado, where it's legal to carry openly—except in Denver, of course, the overgrown little town that wants to be the San Francisco of the Rocky Mountains.
     
  10. sm

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    Standing Wolf,

    While I agree with your sentiments, in my case being discreet was, and still is best.

    Has to do with the type of work I did, my daily travels, and I fired family and friends long ago. Even them blabbing about my "day job" put me in danger, to this day they do not know about other 'jobs' or activities I did.

    Have a family person yell out, ____ (me) "knows how to shoot a gun" , and then shots fired, as you tackle the idiot family member and get them and yourself behind cover.

    They "thought" if they yelled that out trouble would leave...:scrutiny:

    Same brilliant folks that told strangers that called where I worked, type of vehicle I drove, where I lived, and even told them the hotel in Dallas where I was staying complete with room number.

    So - to survive - I fired them and I lie[d]. I went to hunt doves in TX and in reality I was in Mississippi. (just one example).

    Heck some thought I went to Dallas to attend a Cisco weekend class , the weekend I went to Tulsa gun show.

    Assume nothing - trust noone.
    Keep your enemy close - family and friends closer. The later will get you hurt or worse.

    So for me, I am as dumb as a brick, I know nothing about guns around some folks, I do not do family except for one person I keep tabs on. Old supposed friends fired long ago as well. I have declined going to shoot with some folks...

    My situation is complicated.

    Now with trusted folks like our mutual freinds Larry & Sandy...these two are more than trusted friends, they are family to me.
    Preacherman another, Chris and some others here....

    Locally, well one is not supposed to be "there" according to State Regs, so I do not park "there". I walk to "there".

    What guns? What CCWs?

    I have lived where my name was not on the rental agreement, nor utilities. I do not have gun cases and for sure none with logos. I do have backpacks, baseball bat carriers. Only sticker I have on my vehicle, one from a former college 1) allows me to still park in some areas when I visit, 2) folks may think I still attend regular classes there.
    Hang tag for current college, only displayed when I have to use on that college property.

    I was in Dallas, honest (crosses fingers behind back).

    I dealt not only with the run of the mill local thugs and going on's, I had to deal with the Professional ones that came into town to bypass alarms, B&E, Burn safes, Kidnap, and other fun stuff.

    It is not about guns, or CCWs to me. It about not advertising anything, to anyone that may give them reason to get too close and want what I have.

    Garage door stays down, nobody's business about a ladder, garden hose, or anything else in there.

    I want to be percieved as being a boring, broke, not worth anything older returning student.

    My expereriences - folks reveal too much by blabbing, bragging, or advertising. Family and friends share too much that gets heard by illegal ears, seen by illegal eyes.
     
  11. bpisler

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    The only people that know about mine
    is my wife and my gun buddies that
    have their own ccw's.Other than that
    it's no ones business.
     
  12. pax

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    Chet ~

    I figure anything I wear underneath my outer clothing is my business and no one else's.

    I carry everywhere it is legal, and I keep it concealed.

    pax
     
  13. M2 Carbine

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    Standing Wolf
    "I see no need to be the least bit secretive about keeping and bearing arms. I'm not secretive about voting. I'm not secretive about exercising my First Amendment rights. "
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    +1

    If TX had open carry, I'd carry open once in a while just to irritate any anti-gun people that happened to be around by demonstrating my 2nd Amendment rights.
     
  14. Hemicuda

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    my really close friends all KNOW i carry, none have any problem with it...

    the rest of the world? concealed means it is hidden, and they don't know about it...

    i told the close friends because it's only fair... because i do spend alot of time around them... all were initially and are still very cool about it... and most have young kids in the house...

    there are only like 4 or 5 friends (and their families) to whom i am close enough to have said anything...
     
  15. Kurt_M

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    I don't bring it up, but I don't hide it if it comes up either. I end up discussing CCW permits quite a bit because I sell guns in a sporting goods store. We have a large selection of handguns and we get a lot of people shopping for a CCW piece. They nearly always have questions about the permit application process, so I just tell them how quickly I got mine and what I carry. Obviously this is a little different from discussing the subject in a classroom or in a corporate office. Anti-gun people rarely come back to my department to browse, so I don't have to deal with them much (something I'm quite happy about as a matter of fact :D ) As far as carrying in a friend's home... I'm still wrestling with this one actually. I know most of my friends well enough to know they won't mind. If it's someone I've just met, or who I know wouldn't understand, I'll probably leave it at home or in the car. It is their house.
     
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    Even here in Colorado, I can count the people that know I carry on one hand. And one of those busted me at work. He was cool with it, but I bought several new shirts just to make sure. I just tend to keep my business to myself.

    Standing Wolf is right about Denver. I've been there once, that was enough.
     
  17. JohnKSa

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    If a person specifically requested that I not carry in their house, I wouldn't--go to their house anymore. ;)

    I don't feel the need to tell people about it and I don't feel like I'm insulting them by not "letting them in on the secret"--even if I'm in their house.
     
  18. chetrogers

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    I appreciate all the replys guys.I really do appreciate the detailed answers too.Now all i gotta do is get My permit :)
     
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    I tell pretty much anyone. I only carry concealed occaisionally, I have even opened into Church. (And for the record, not one person cared.)
     
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    Immediate family and some goods friends know either based on them having permits or me evangelizing. I see no reason for your friends to know otherwise. Take them shooting a few times and if they like it talk concealed carry to them, if not, forget about it and keep your shirt down when visiting.
     
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    I dont walk into Wal-Mart and announce "I have a gun" but those that are close to me know I carry a firearm. Alot of the times Im working in the yard or garage with friends and shirts get out of place etc - it happens. They all know I carry. I encourage them to as well.
     
  22. Cuda

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    My wife who also has a ccw, other than her no one else.


    C
     
  23. Scott Daw

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    I have a ccl. when I got it, I had let all of my family know I have one but I never tell them when I have my sidearm with me. if they cant tell then a crook cant either. i am cautious though when I go to my brothers, I'll leave it in the trunk because of my very curious 3 yrd old niece who likes to try to tackle me or use me for a climbing tree. I think she's part monkey.
     
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    I believe a couple of states have laws saying that you cannot carry onto private property without the owner's explicit permission. If faced with such a law, I would ask permission, or leave the gun in the car.

    My state does not have such a law. Therefore, since I am not breaking the law by not saying anything ... why would I say anything?

    I have a friend in another state whose laws I am not fully conversant with. I usually visit him to go shooting but, to be safe, I asked him if he'd be upset if I carried when visiting. He said, "I'd be more upset if you didn't." Which is about what I expected.
     
  25. Byron Quick

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    I seldom visit homes that are not friends. My friends shoot. Most carry. My relatives know I carry. They also know that I will calmly leave if told not to bring my gun. No very young children at present.

    My state doesn't have a law requiring informing homeowners of being armed. I usually avoid that particular issue, though. I feel them out beforehand. If they're not OK with it, I don't visit.
     
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