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Post by CHLLady » Sat Jul 25, 2015 1:12 pm

Someone open carrying a side arm without a badge?

A friend saw someone carrying openly and did not say anything. My first reaction was why didn't you tell him it's not legal yet?! He said he'd rather mind his own business and carry on with his own...

What would you do?
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Post by glock27 » Sat Jul 25, 2015 1:18 pm

Mind my own business...

Do you flag drivers down to let them know they are speeding?

Your not a cop. Theyre not hurting anyone. Mind your business.
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Post by anygunanywhere » Sat Jul 25, 2015 1:19 pm

CHLLady wrote:Someone open carrying a side arm without a badge?

A friend saw someone carrying openly and did not say anything. My first reaction was why didn't you tell him it's not legal yet?! He said he'd rather mind his own business and carry on with his own...

What would you do?
Nothing.

If the individual is not acting in a threatening manner why care?
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Post by CHLLady » Sat Jul 25, 2015 1:29 pm

I'm not going to freak out over seeing a gun :roll: I just hate to see someone go down for an honest mistake. Maybe they're from Arizona or something... ;-)
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Post by jmra » Sat Jul 25, 2015 1:34 pm

CHLLady wrote:I'm not going to freak out over seeing a gun :roll: I just hate to see someone go down for an honest mistake. Maybe they're from Arizona or something... ;-)
It's the responsibility of the license holder to know the laws of the state in which they are carrying.
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Post by SkipB » Sat Jul 25, 2015 1:37 pm

I would probably laugh out load. And before anyone says anything if I thought I couldn't handle the response I wouldn't laugh.
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Post by Richbirdhunter » Sat Jul 25, 2015 1:54 pm

If I were to say anything at all, I would say I can't wait until January so I can open carry.
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Post by Glockster » Sat Jul 25, 2015 2:45 pm

glock27 wrote:Mind my own business...

Do you flag drivers down to let them know they are speeding?

Your not a cop. Theyre not hurting anyone. Mind your business.

Another way to look at it is to ask whether or not you would flash your headlights to someone to let them know that they might want to slow down up ahead? If so, then maybe it's not playing cop or minding their business just to casually mention that it might be worthwhile being careful about OC, because there are those who might place a MWAG call since OC isn't legal in TX yet.
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Post by TxRVer » Sat Jul 25, 2015 2:49 pm

I would assume I missed the badge.
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Post by mojo84 » Sat Jul 25, 2015 3:18 pm

If he wasn't doing anything suspicious or acting nervous, I'd assume he was a cop and move on.

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Post by tomtexan » Sat Jul 25, 2015 5:52 pm

TxRVer wrote:I would assume I missed the badge.
Yep. Same here.
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Post by puma guy » Sat Jul 25, 2015 6:42 pm

I have encountered this a couple of times. I saw two men in a restaurant and both had holstered revolvers on there belts. I wondered if they were law enforcement so I watched them to see if they had badges displayed and saw none. From their dress and demeanor I was fairly positive there were LEO's . Even so I kept my eye on them. After they sat down and were they for a short time they were joined by a couple of uniformed officers confirming my intuition.
The second time was in an small town café. I looked over at the table next to me and notice an "elderly" ( that sounds strange since I am elderly, just means he looked a older than me) looking guy with a basket weave holster showing. I watched for a while and several times the weapon was exposed ( looked like an "L' framed S&W, maybe Model 19). He was with were several other "locals" and I wasn't overly concerned but kept my antenna slightly raised any way. After they left I inquired of the waitress if she knew the people at the table and told her one was armed. She told me he was the sheriff. :lol: Never saw a badge though.
Strangely in both encounters I never considered them a threat even though it wasn't initially apparent they were LEO's. I think if I had encountered them close to my personal space I might have respectfully inquired if the were law enforcement.
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Post by CHLLady » Sat Jul 25, 2015 7:09 pm

puma guy wrote:I have encountered this a couple of times. I saw two men in a restaurant and both had holstered revolvers on there belts. I wondered if they were law enforcement so I watched them to see if they had badges displayed and saw none. From their dress and demeanor I was fairly positive there were LEO's . Even so I kept my eye on them. After they sat down and were they for a short time they were joined by a couple of uniformed officers confirming my intuition.
The second time was in an small town café. I looked over at the table next to me and notice an "elderly" ( that sounds strange since I am elderly, just means he looked a older than me) looking guy with a basket weave holster showing. I watched for a while and several times the weapon was exposed ( looked like an "L' framed S&W, maybe Model 19). He was with were several other "locals" and I wasn't overly concerned but kept my antenna slightly raised any way. After they left I inquired of the waitress if she knew the people at the table and told her one was armed. She told me he was the sheriff. :lol: Never saw a badge though.
Strangely in both encounters I never considered them a threat even though it wasn't initially apparent they were LEO's. I think if I had encountered them close to my personal space I might have respectfully inquired if the were law enforcement.
Interesting experiences! So a Leo doesn't have to have a badge showing to open carry?
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Post by Keith B » Sat Jul 25, 2015 7:14 pm

CHLLady wrote:
Interesting experiences! So a Leo doesn't have to have a badge showing to open carry?
Not by law, but most departments require it to be displayed.
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Post by CHLLady » Sat Jul 25, 2015 7:17 pm

Thank you Keith! :tiphat:
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