Open Carry Update, and a Lesson

We went to Home Depot again (we’re selling a house, so now we live at Home Depot!), both of us open carrying again, and a few people looked at us but didn’t seem to freak out. But one person asked us about it.

We were in the checkout line, and the guy behind us said in a fairly loud voice, “Let me ask you a question.” We turned around, smiling. He asked, “Is this an open carry state?” Still in the loud voice. Well, duh, but we didn’t say that to him. So we answered that yes, Colorado is an open carry state.

He told us he’s an ex-cop from DC and he would never see that at home. (I would think an ex-cop would be able to figure out that if people are open carrying and not being arrested or detained by store security it’s an open carry state. But whatever.) He went on to say that he didn’t have a problem with it, and he carries a gun all the time. He also said he didn’t have to worry about local laws because he has a federal ID and can carry everywhere.

So, we wondered, after we left the store, what an ex-cop from DC with federal credentials is doing in Parker, Colorado. The FBI or the CIA or both recently moved their headquarters to Denver; maybe he is connected to them somehow. We also wondered why he made such a point of calling attention to us. Did he think the personnel at Home Depot somehow missed our full-sized weapons plainly visible on our bodies? Maybe he thinks “civilians” shouldn’t be carrying, or maybe he’s really friendly, and just loud because he’s from the northeast.

We hope he was pleasantly surprised, and we prefer to think he was genuinely trying to be friendly and fit in with the community, making social overtures toward the locals. That’s what we prefer to think.

Anyway, we had the confidence of knowing we were not breaking any [unconstitutional] laws. And no, we are not doing it for the attention. We think it’s time to show the public that law-abiding people can carry guns and nothing happens unless a bad guy starts something. Which we hope to deter by being openly armed.

We also learned something: When standing in line, keep your body between your gun and other people so it’s not exposed. Stand with your gun toward your basket, or if there’s a rack of goods there, have your gun blocked by the rack so no one can grab it. Safety first.

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