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Open Carry Specific => OC Experiences => Topic started by: CrossPistols on April 01, 2010, 10:12:59 PM

Title: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: CrossPistols on April 01, 2010, 10:12:59 PM
OC'd at 5 mile, & Sheldon (Speedway) Also OC'd at 696/10 mile. Met two guys at the job site who were interested in OC, one had a CPL, and the other was looking for a class.
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Post by: JoeCar on September 02, 2010, 09:52:04 AM
Last Monday, my uncle and I rode our motorcycles to Caseville and back. He cc and I oc (open carry). I carried my Beretta 9mm in a brown hip holster. We stopped at Tim Hortons in Imlay City and various other stores and gas stations along the route. Some folks are stare-ers and others pretend you are not carrying. Either way, I had my voice recorder for the possible Leo (law enforcement officer) stop.
 We passed a few during the ride by nothing came of them. I think that they can see my clip on my belt, but I'm not sure. This means that they know that I'm exercising my right and will leave me alone. I previously coached my uncle on a possible police stop and he said that would be ok with him. Anyways, I think I'll carry some trifolds or mcl laws for those who stare but won't start up a conversation. I'm sure the info will make them more knowledgeable. Good experience!



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Post by: FatMan on September 04, 2010, 03:27:42 AM
OC at AB& Eats. No problems, a few people stared few pointed I smiled and kept walking. A news photographer supposedly snapped a shot of my son and I. He said he worked for the Observer.

We plan to go back today so my son can ride some rides. I plan to eat else where, we gave them to much money last night. We ate outside the compound and were told we had to throw away my sons untouched burger as we were not allowed to bring it in. That sucked it was a good looking burger from cafe habana, oh well


 
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Post by: JoeCar on September 04, 2010, 10:09:16 PM
Open carried at Art, beats and eats today. I carried my Beretta 9mm along with my wife and her daughter. I was very ready to have an encounter if it should come to pass. It didn't!! After i left the parking garage ($15) i encountered a leo outside of the garage. He said hi.
 I thought that was easy enough. We or I got more reaction from the various tourists during my 3 hour walk and shop around. My wife over heard people discussing the controversy, but no one said peep to me. Basically, they talked with their looks and amazement on those who were there as foreigners.
        Passed alot of Royal Oak officers and staff of the festival. Those security folks basically ignored me. I'm sure there were undercover "tourists" dogging me, but i can't prove it. It didn't matter, in that i'm a responsible gun owner. I was hoping to see a fellow carry-er, but it was crowded.
        It felt great to feel the Right of FREEDOM  in which some of our Founding Fathers died. It's up to us to ensure it wasn't done in vain and to pass the heritage on to our future generations. Only in America, and not in all States must we regard our firearms as our liberty teeth against tyranny and slavery. It was exhilarating!!


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Post by: lil_freak_66 on September 05, 2010, 12:13:57 PM
A friend of mine OC'd at a diner in Jerome near bundy hill offroad.

Hi Point .45 in an OWB,outside of his jacket,then a ruger(i believe a MK.II) in an unknown type of holster on the inside of his jacket on the opposite side for a cross draw type thing,but the ruger was concealed.

He is an ohio resident(has carry permit) first time open carrying and first time carrying out of state.

The diner changed owners since the last time we had been there,so the menu changed slightly,thats the only issue we had,as todd wanted the veal Parmesan they used to have.We had the same waitress as all of our previous times though,and we love playfully harassing her about school teams,she is a U of M fan,the ohio guys i was with are Ohio state,and im MSU,it was all in good fun though and she knows it.

Passed out a few tri folds to the people eating with us,they had thought that you had to be 21 to even own a handgun,one admitted he knew i could buy one at 18 legally but couldnt own it(how does that work out?)but after he read the tri fold he seemed to know alot more.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: TheQ on September 06, 2010, 05:47:37 PM
OC'd and CC'd while mowing my lawn.

CC'd in the front yard.  Then I got too warm and took my over shirt off and OC'd in the back yard.
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Post by: onnie0047@gmail.com on September 06, 2010, 08:46:15 PM
I did the same thing today, both in the front yard, then in the back yard, that in the front yard again, all without a shirt on, but I wonder, does that really count? :-\
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Post by: ocdetroit on September 06, 2010, 08:58:25 PM
I love to OC in my front yard when i'm washing my car or truck. Or even mowing my grass and my two neighbor's also.
Went again to the Walmart in Livonia Mich. OC'd to pick up some rounds for my Glock 19. OC'd to gun range to shoot the box of 50. People in the Walmart were just looking no one said anything. Made sure i spoke to the customer svc. person on my way out. Soon as i hit outside crossing the walk a  patrol stopped so i could go across he looked right at my sidearm.
I just walked on to my car. Oh Yea also OC'd to my everyday coffee shop. I meet new people in there everyday. When i was at the gas station a older man asks it i was a cop. I said no just a LBC. He looked at my shirt a saw the words U.S.M.C. then said you are a Marine. I knew what he was trying to say. But i just said everything about me is legit  :) and walked out. Carry On.

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Post by: Master Control on September 06, 2010, 10:19:11 PM
OC'd yesterday thru Last night (sunday) at AB&E's enjoyed the concert at Mi Lottery stage, nobody seem to even notice or care, only one stinkeye from a RO LEO while in the VIP area but uneventful, after the concert had a brief run-in with Jonathan (non OC related) we resloved the issue and parted as gentlemen with no ill will over the conflict. after that walked over to acknowledge the Chief & exchanged greetings also a handshake , had a laugh or two, then parted ways, He was as always (in my experience) the consummate professional.

todays (monday) OC on foot was in the area of Kelly /Greyton / Morang / Harper & 7mile on Detroit's east side , was noticed on two different occassions by DPD cobra units, they gave me a friendly nod on both occassions, another uneventful OC day.
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Post by: lil_freak_66 on September 06, 2010, 10:41:00 PM
Me and TheQ walked around holt and lansing tonight,no issues,other than my dog being lazy and forcing me to carry her part of the way back.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: lil_freak_66 on September 09, 2010, 09:32:29 PM
Walked through holt today while getting a little Caesars pizza,some guy in his early 20s driving probably one of the most riced out cars ive ever seen(this thing had a coffee can welded on past the muffler,taped on spoiler,and truck nutz) did a triple take,but that was the only thing worth mentioning.
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Post by: kryptonian on September 11, 2010, 05:10:58 PM
sorry been absent for a while on here. computer issues. needless to say if i'm on a jet that has to make an emergency landing in india - i'm dead. sure i have the death sentence there. my usual conversations with them include my opinions on them taking american jobs, requests to talk to only american citizens, and calling them liars for using an american name as well as how helpful they were in harboring most of the 9/11 suicide terrorists. "you were born in india and they named you frank? you can't even say frank and thats your name?"`
no real notable OC but hugely sucessful in recruiting new members to OC. been throwing out trifolds like a lawn sprinkler. my job puts me in contact with enough like minded people who seem very interested. my friend out of the army for one just bought a Taurus 9mm and a holster to start OC with me. she's going to take CPL class too but we are planning OC trips to help her get used to it.
good to be back on the forums. was feeling isolated. didn't OC at all at AB&E at all because i didn't know what had transpired and laying low with new job. missed you guys.
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Post by: Evil Creamsicle on September 13, 2010, 06:38:43 PM
I OCed on Saturday up in Frankenmuth during the Autofest!

Lots of nice, nice cars, and lots and lots of OC indifference. Which is good.

One guy who was the proud owner of a very beautiful, bright yellow '69 Camaro SS drag car, shouted "Yeah, 2nd Amendment!"

I even OCed at the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. No problems. :P
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Post by: lil_freak_66 on September 13, 2010, 10:30:31 PM
holster carried into Lansing police HQ and city hall.
no issues,other then Lansing still being a *insert word for male genitals here*   about my purchase permit.


then OC while messing around in the shed and then again later going for a walk.
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Post by: kryptonian on September 19, 2010, 06:42:22 PM
took my friend out today for her first OC. she bought a taurus pt709 slim 9mm and holster. took her to 2 stores i already tested so knew there wouldn't be a problem. gander mountain and best buy west oaks novi. no issues or problems. even chanced old navy and no problem. gave her run down on the way. a few best buy employees asked about the law and i gave them the answers they needed. seemed genuinely interested. she was at ease with it all and wasn't self conscious at all. she noticed the no eye contact people and the people that go out of their way to look at you. also the overly polite people too. she loved it. welcome a new OCer guys.
after i dropped her off i went to a regular walmart i frequent and no issues and at my jeep loading groceries a guy came up to me asking about OC and introduced himself. said he wants to try it but nobody around here does it and was glad to see somebody doing it and thanked me. i think for every one person that says it there are a hundred that don't. he said he carries in detroit out of necessity but nowhere in the suburbs. a chance meeting but hope i convinced him. all in all a great OC day.
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Post by: ocdetroit on September 19, 2010, 11:23:49 PM
Thanks for that info. Carry On.
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Post by: Evil Creamsicle on September 20, 2010, 02:21:44 PM
OCed at the Renaissance Festival!

No issues... though that is likely because everyone there had a sword.
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Post by: JoeCar on September 20, 2010, 02:39:00 PM
Open carried today on my Sportster. I got stuck in a stop and go line because of construction on Hill rd. and US. 23. I gave our cause lots of exposure in that 20 min. crawl. The first guy says to me through his open window: "Is that for irate drivers?" (He said that twice.) I replied: "Oh No, No." (2x)
The next comment was: "Is that a nine or a forty?" I replied: "It's a nine." (Beretta)  His passenger yells out: "You need to get one for your other side." I smiled. It was a good day to be out. Freedom in the air! Ps. Advanced Security lets take in a Tim Horton's break. Pick a time.


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Post by: lil_freak_66 on September 21, 2010, 03:00:19 PM
Today at the Village Cafe in Vernon,no issues,Vernon LEO on lunch sat maybe 10 feet away,said hi to one another and that was it.

Then in Durand i went for a little walk,Police chief Tanner took a double take,but that was it.

Will edit to add this to post if i go anywhere else today,which is likely.
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Post by: fozzy71 on September 21, 2010, 10:53:47 PM
Today at the Village Cafe in Vernon

Do they still have the 'Jeannie Burger'?  If so, I need to stop in when I make it up there next time.

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Then in Durand i went for a little walk,Police chief Tanner......

He busted me on my skateboard when I was teenager, more than once, way back in the 80's.   :-\

I am not sure he saw me when I was working on his neighbor's landscaping, but I have to assume he couldn't miss me in that subdivision.   ::)
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Post by: lil_freak_66 on September 21, 2010, 11:55:12 PM


Im not sure,all ive ever had there is tacos(which are very good for the price) and a coney dog once,and water,im not even sure what they have to drink!

Me and the Chief Of Police have talked over the phone a few times,as well as in person,but never while i was carrying a firearm.

Im out here until the weekend if you wanna get together for a bit.


I carried for another walk this evening,ended up chattin with a few guys i know at the Vernon FD(been thinkin of relocating here and signing up with them,many are family and personal friends) when the storm came in and they went out on a down power lines call across town.
No issues or comments,and now im talking with one of them online about helping add in some lights to his POV

Tommorow my plans consist of a walk from Vernon to Durand,then around town for awhile and then a walk back to Vernon,i also expect no problems.
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Post by: BailEnforcer on September 22, 2010, 01:31:09 AM
I just took a stroll up to the local CVS to grab some drinks; (pop not  beer) only thing open in may area this time of the morning.  I was standing out front talking to someone when a DPS Officer pulled into the lot with as they where walking into the store the female, young girl looked to be a cadet or police explorer on a ride along program.

Her eyes went straight to my sidearm and she right away asked if I could do that and his response was yes because hes openly carrying.  When they exited I handed her a tri-fold and said heres some information for you.

That was it; the DPS Officer didn't seem to care either way. 
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Post by: lil_freak_66 on September 22, 2010, 01:22:06 PM
thats great!

put the proper mindset into a LEO right from the start!

Right now im sittin at the Durand library,no issues,had one guy next to me keep staring at me,but i think it was at ME and not what i am wearing... :o boy im glad he left.
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Post by: Evil Creamsicle on September 22, 2010, 01:58:34 PM
awe, was he coming on to you?   ;)
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Post by: lil_freak_66 on September 22, 2010, 11:24:10 PM
I dont want to think about it...

sleeveless shirt,shorts so short his shirt went lower than they did,and flip flops


No issues the entire day though,after i left the library i walked around a bit,and to the farmers market.
then back to Vernon
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Post by: JoeCar on September 26, 2010, 12:41:20 AM
I oc'd at Parshallville cider mill which is just outside of Fenton and before Hartland. My wife and I went for the hot cider and donuts. The usual stares as we walked up to the entrance, are always available. It's like they have radar to my holster or mag. As we stood in line to get to the order counter, two different groups of families entered and took their position behind us. Here's the oddity, they stood there for less than two to four minutes and then they left to go outside. They had preteens and younger with them and I'm guessing that my firearm made them want to remove themselves from the close proximity. I'm speculating as to the cause of their abrupt departure. When we left the building the owner was outside, across the street watching, and as i made eye contact, he looked away. We took a picnic bench and enjoyed the cider as well as the bees. It's exhilarating to exercise your 2nd Amendment right, as well as Art. 1, Sec. 6 of the Mich. Constitution, when everyone around you thinks it's such a dangerous, foreign notion. 
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Post by: autosurgeon on September 26, 2010, 01:03:43 AM
OCed at the Panel Room in Hartford for both breakfast and lunch. OCed between times out on I94 near the Hartford interchange picking up litter for adopt a highway! No issues
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Post by: kryptonian on September 26, 2010, 12:16:01 PM
I oc'd at Parshallville cider mill which is just outside of Fenton and before Hartland. My wife and I went for the hot cider and donuts. The usual stares as we walked up to the entrance, are always available. It's like they have radar to my holster or mag. As we stood in line to get to the order counter, two different groups of families entered and took their position behind us. Here's the oddity, they stood there for less than two to four minutes and then they left to go outside. They had preteens and younger with them and I'm guessing that my firearm made them want to remove themselves from the close proximity. I'm speculating as to the cause of their abrupt departure. When we left the building the owner was outside, across the street watching, and as i made eye contact, he looked away. We took a picnic bench and enjoyed the cider as well as the bees. It's exhilarating to exercise your 2nd Amendment right, as well as Art. 1, Sec. 6 of the Mich. Constitution, when everyone around you thinks it's such a dangerous, foreign notion. 

i've had that occur too. you want to say something reassuring. sometimes the kids blurt out "hey he's got a gun" seeing it before the parents. i've seen the parents make up a flimsy excuse to get out of line. i have a gay friend and she noted the same thing about her and her girlfriend in public. when parents take their kids out into the public eventually they are going to run into something that will make them educate their children about society. i've seen parents tell their kids to lock their car doors when minorities walk by. these early prejudices carry into adulthood. this is where it starts. i was a police officer in texas and would hear parents tell their children to behave or that policeman will put you in jail. this plants a fear of police and when that child is in trouble or a victim and needs help they won't go to the police. OC out in public also serves to mainstream this and makes it more commonplace. i've had tons more families get behind me in line and stay there than the over reactors. i've had parents come up to me and say "my son has a question for you". that i like.






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Post by: emt805 on September 26, 2010, 03:37:35 PM
Finally popped my oc cherry this afternoon. First stop walmart in Madison, MI I did not notice and stares or double takes but I must say I had the best customer service in the electronics dept (I was looking for a wireless clip on mic for my audio recorder) there was a Lenawee deputy sheriff talking to someone 5 feet away on his way out I saw up slow down and glance at my side and he was on his way I checked out and was on my way. Next stop Papa Johns to pick up dinner a quick in & out maybe 5 people all together inside. Final stop was at speedway to fuel up, paid at the pump. Uneventful first day no odd looks no one telling their kids to stay away and not one screaming GUN. Just a normal day the way it should be every day.
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Post by: fozzy71 on September 26, 2010, 10:08:48 PM
Congrats, that's how it is most of the time.  I get very few questions anymore.  

I OC'd the other day around the house, while the ATT Uverse guy spent 4 hours in/around my house, with me watching him install the service/lines, and he didn't even ask a single question about my OC gun.  He asked about my ridiculous computer setup, and my brothers motorcycles, but not a single word about my weapon or the spare clips.

I popped my CC cherry today.   :-\

Only because it was finally cold enough to put a light jacket on and cover my OWB Serpa.  
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Post by: kryptonian on September 28, 2010, 11:49:21 PM
OC on my way to work and stopped at speedway. i got a liter dr. pepper and one of those tornado rolled up things. when the cashier rang it up she said $3.57 - i said no.. it's a 9mm. a few chuckles in customer line. if you want to recreate the joke go to speedway and buy those.

can't carry at all at work. i stopped at taco bell to get food to go when i got back to the building from my deliveries. i go inside to order..hate drive-thru. there is an armed brink's guard inside getting cash and armored truck outside. had i been OC wonder how that would play out. anyway on his way out he stops at cash register and orders food. he pays while setting down his money bags right by me. not sure what their procedure is but seemed full of protocol errors. he could have put it in truck and came back in. don't know but that could put me in harms way UNARMED if somebody made a try for it. nothing happened and i went back to work. just seemed odd. 
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Post by: BailEnforcer on September 29, 2010, 01:55:37 AM
/snip/ ... on his way out he stops at cash register and orders food. he pays while setting down his money bags right by me. not sure what their procedure is but seemed full of protocol errors. /snip/ ...

Your right it is full of errors; if Brinks had caught him doing that he would be standing in the unemployment line with the lunch break guys from Jeep!

The SOP is never put down the hoppers; never stop for any reason when carrying them, never carry them on your string side (that is the same side as your sidearm; that hand must remain empty at all times).  THe last one the majority of them break.   
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Post by: BailEnforcer on September 29, 2010, 02:07:08 PM
Love the tri-folds;

I've printed out a few & keep them with me while out and about.  A little while ago I stopped at a local store; one that I have OC'd at many times with out issue.

Not this time!

An employee; whom I've never seen before came over and demanded to see my CPL; I just laughed at first and then he very coldly told me has had has his for 30 years and raised his shirt to display Glock. 

I explained to him that a CPL was not needed to Open Carry in Michigan at first he was adamant that one did need a CPL to carry a pistol period until I gave him the copy of the tri-fold I kept in my wallet for just such an occasion.

He looked it over and after we spoke for about another 10 minuets I seemed to have taught him something new.  He said this was the first he had heard about Open Carry and he would visit the site for more information and would start to OC himself! 
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Post by: Evil Creamsicle on September 29, 2010, 02:15:33 PM
I'll never understand these people whose default response is 'rude' rather than 'inquisitive'

And I have OCed past armored car guys before... I didn't have a problem but your experience may vary.
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Post by: emt805 on September 29, 2010, 10:59:28 PM
Another Day of oc, Started at walmart in Saline to pick up some rounds to shoot at the range, upon leaving walmart a truck made an illegal left turn out of walmart (them crazy one way annoying things would stop that I assumed but guess not) and ran into a car on 12 sending it across 3 lanes to the grass on the front of the gass station across the street. Having my Emergency Medical Tech license I grabbed my medical kit from my truck and climbed into the back seat of the car to control C-Spine of the driver, When the first leo showed up he opened the passenger door and I disclosed I had a firearm on my him he replied with "ok" seeing that my hands were fixed on C-spine, after ems took over I walked past another two leo's with not words said. Went down to the firing line in Westland shot about 150 rounds while there. Next went to culver's on Belleville rd off of 94 then filled up with gas at the circle K across from sams club on 12 east of saline paid at the pump. Another great day of oc with no issues or even anyone asking about oc.
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Post by: autosurgeon on October 01, 2010, 08:18:08 AM
OCed yesterday afternoon for an hour and a half at Caffe Tosi in St Joseph while working on the gun club website with another member. OCed at Walmart in South Haven for 45 min while dealing with Customer Service and then getting a new watch battery. OCed at the South Haven Wendy's for dinner.

No issues anywhere.
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Post by: Evil Creamsicle on October 02, 2010, 12:17:41 PM
Another Day of oc, Started at walmart in Saline to pick up some rounds to shoot at the range, upon leaving walmart a truck made an illegal left turn out of walmart (them crazy one way annoying things would stop that I assumed but guess not) and ran into a car on 12 sending it across 3 lanes to the grass on the front of the gass station across the street. Having my Emergency Medical Tech license I grabbed my medical kit from my truck and climbed into the back seat of the car to control C-Spine of the driver, When the first leo showed up he opened the passenger door and I disclosed I had a firearm on my him he replied with "ok" seeing that my hands were fixed on C-spine, after ems took over I walked past another two leo's with not words said. Went down to the firing line in Westland shot about 150 rounds while there. Next went to culver's on Belleville rd off of 94 then filled up with gas at the circle K across from sams club on 12 east of saline paid at the pump. Another great day of oc with no issues or even anyone asking about oc.

Well... doesn't sound like a 'great' day,  ???
But good on you for the quick reaction. Might've saved that guy serious injury or his life.
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Post by: Evil Creamsicle on October 02, 2010, 12:24:40 PM
This is a little late but something I remembered about while I was OCing at the RenFest...

This guy walked up next to me with this barbarian outfit on, a big sword and this scary ass leather mask.

I was like "I take it you're not to be [expletive, synonym for *messed*] with?"

He laughed and made a similar joke about my XD... can't remember now what it was but... made me chuckle.
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Post by: Glock9mmOldStyle on October 02, 2010, 08:59:40 PM
OC on my way to work and stopped at speedway. i got a liter dr. pepper and one of those tornado rolled up things. when the cashier rang it up she said $3.57 - i said no.. it's a 9mm. a few chuckles in customer line. if you want to recreate the joke go to speedway and buy those.

can't carry at all at work. i stopped at taco bell to get food to go when i got back to the building from my deliveries. i go inside to order..hate drive-thru. there is an armed brink's guard inside getting cash and armored truck outside. had i been OC wonder how that would play out. anyway on his way out he stops at cash register and orders food. he pays while setting down his money bags right by me. not sure what their procedure is but seemed full of protocol errors. he could have put it in truck and came back in. don't know but that could put me in harms way UNARMED if somebody made a try for it. nothing happened and i went back to work. just seemed odd. 

They have gone to hell in a hand basket as a company overall & like other outfits have resorted to pinching pennies on staff. He doesn't care because he's making $10 an hour & being worked like a dog most likely. What you described was a HUGE protocol breach in the past. But in the past they ran with 3 man crews; driver, guard, & messenger (all CPL holders & armed to the teeth). My contacts tell me that now often, the driver is unarmed due to some "issues" in past or other delays. So basically the guy you saw was probably, under paid, poorly trained, and completely demoralized, which leads to a "F" it attitude from some in the industry.  :'(
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Post by: kryptonian on October 02, 2010, 10:19:23 PM
OC on my way to work and stopped at speedway. i got a liter dr. pepper and one of those tornado rolled up things. when the cashier rang it up she said $3.57 - i said no.. it's a 9mm. a few chuckles in customer line. if you want to recreate the joke go to speedway and buy those.

can't carry at all at work. i stopped at taco bell to get food to go when i got back to the building from my deliveries. i go inside to order..hate drive-thru. there is an armed brink's guard inside getting cash and armored truck outside. had i been OC wonder how that would play out. anyway on his way out he stops at cash register and orders food. he pays while setting down his money bags right by me. not sure what their procedure is but seemed full of protocol errors. he could have put it in truck and came back in. don't know but that could put me in harms way UNARMED if somebody made a try for it. nothing happened and i went back to work. just seemed odd. 

They have gone to hell in a hand basket as a company overall & like other outfits have resorted to pinching pennies on staff. He doesn't care because he's making $10 an hour & being worked like a dog most likely. What you described was a HUGE protocol breach in the past. But in the past they ran with 3 man crews; driver, guard, & messenger (all CPL holders & armed to the teeth). My contacts tell me that now often, the driver is unarmed due to some "issues" in past or other delays. So basically the guy you saw was probably, under paid, poorly trained, and completely demoralized, which leads to a "F" it attitude from some in the industry.  :'(

the old saying is still true - you get what you pay for. when you go cheap on labor you open yourselves up to internal theft. guess which group has stolen more money from armored cars - armed robbers or armed employees.
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Post by: BailEnforcer on October 10, 2010, 06:56:38 PM
Has anyone else had any issues at the Meijer’s at 13000 Middlebelt Rd, Livonia?  I stopped in a little while ago to do some shopping and spent about 45 minuets in the store while OC and didn’t have any issues. 

At first!

The store manager walked past me a few times as well as their loss prevention guard; they looked but neither said a thing.

That was until I made it to the register and started to check out; they both come up behind me and grabbed me by the shoulders; one on each side, and claimed they had a complaint and that I had to cover my weapon or leave the store at once. 

Now keep in mind I just finished transporting a fugitive and stopped there on my way home.  I was still wearing a shirt that has the words ‘BAIL ENFORCEMENT AGENT’ in three inch tall gold letters on the back and a 7 point star Bail Enforcement Agent badge screen printed on the front, and had on my bat belt with all the bells and whistles.

Anyway I explained that is was legal to openly carry a firearm and they proceeded to demand to see me CCW and again told me to cover my pistol or leave.  I again advised that OC was legal and explained that it was obvious I was on my way out to door as I was at the register so they played the Private Property card and again told me I had to go put my weapon in my car if I wanted to finish my visit at the store.

Reluctantly I complied because I didn’t want to go some where else and waste more time re-shopping.  As I walked out the door a Livonia Police Car was sitting there and the LP guard followed me out and went right to the cruiser and pointed at me as he was talking to the officer.

I cleared my weapon and locked it in my trunk and returned to pay for my shopping, as I walked back into the store I double checked for a sign prohibiting weapons in the store and again found none.  When I returned to my cart the manager was standing with it and I asked him where their signage was prohibiting firearms was and received a blank stare in reply.

I was expecting to get pulled over by LPD as I was leaving; the LP guard watched me load my groceries into my car and as I drove off he was pointing rather aggressively at my car as if he was telling the Officer Look there he goes!

I kept an eye on my mirror the whole time and not a single Police vehicle followed me out.  I don’t know if the store called the Police or the Officer just happened to be there when I walked out the first time so I’m debating on filing for the FOIA with Livonia if nothing more the out of curiosity. 

Anyone have any idea what they charge to fulfill the FOIA?

 
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Post by: TheSzerdi on October 11, 2010, 01:30:44 AM
Just got home from grocery shopping at Meijer in Allen Park. On my way back to my van with a cart full of stuff three Allen Park squad cars rolled up. I was crossing through the lot with my strong side toward them and they immediately started following me. As I reached my van they parked behind me and started getting out. Asked if I was OC'ing and said they had gotten a call. Asked for ID and I told them I'd prefer not to give it. Asked how I was going to transport and I told 'em I have a CPL. I thought about it for a second, then said something like, "I guess I'll show you my CPL instead of making you pull me over and cause us both a hassle." Officers were polite and everyone went on their way.

I believe they really did get a call, although I didn't notice anyone acting funny in the store. I was surprised since I go there about twice a week and have never had a call before. Anyway, thank you Allen Park PD for being polite and professional!
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Post by: Evil Creamsicle on October 11, 2010, 04:13:02 PM
...I have noticed a 'second wave' of police interference with OCers beginning to manifest itself.
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Post by: lil_freak_66 on October 12, 2010, 09:47:16 PM
long armed(well,michigan pistol'd) in presque isle county a few miles south of onaway for small game hunting, nobody got scared or called leo's that i know of.a dnr conservation officer checked me for permits and bag limit,and a county officer the next day asked how my luck was hunting,turns out it was the same county leo that helped me out of the woods last year when my compass broke,via his vehicle horn and me firing shots. im glad i finally got to thank him.
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Post by: kryptonian on October 16, 2010, 06:08:35 PM
finally happened - i ran into another OCer. i was leaving new hudson walmart and he was entering with an unarmed friend. said "hey open carry" pointing to my sig. got a "yeah" from him but that was about it as he kept walking. young tall guy. would like to have chatted but he kept going. thought i was holding up this whole end of the county myself.
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Post by: lil_freak_66 on October 27, 2010, 12:39:50 AM
Me and TheQ went for a walk in downtown Lansing tonight after the MOC teamspeak thing was over.

No issues,chatted up with a cabbie friend of ours for a bit. a Lansing LEO came across the scanners saying there were "two open carry SUBJECTS"(i took offense to the subjects thing)in the area,no physical descriptions were made nor did any LEO's stop or follow us.
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Post by: longk on October 27, 2010, 05:55:23 PM
Has anyone had any oc issues in detriot?   longk
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Post by: lil_freak_66 on October 27, 2010, 11:59:09 PM
None that im aware of,theres a guy that rides a bicycle in detroit while OC practically daily,with no issues.
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Post by: autosurgeon on October 28, 2010, 12:02:12 AM
Me and TheQ went for a walk in downtown Lansing tonight after the MOC teamspeak thing was over.

No issues,chatted up with a cabbie friend of ours for a bit. a Lansing LEO came across the scanners saying there were "two open carry SUBJECTS"(i took offense to the subjects thing)in the area,no physical descriptions were made nor did any LEO's stop or follow us.

Subjects in the context of a police report does not mean subject like in subjection or a subject to... just FYI

They meant nothing demeaning by it. IMOP
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Post by: ocdetroit on October 28, 2010, 08:09:33 PM
Welcome I have been a member of Open Carry since Feb of this year. I Open carry everyday. Mainly on the Southwest of detroit area. As you see by my name i try to post everytime i can. I posted around two or four times about my encounter with our Detroit Own. We had short talks, with no problems at all. 'Carry On. 8)
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Post by: drtodd on October 31, 2010, 06:04:18 PM
In no particular order, during the last week oc'd at my children's soccer games in Forest Hills/ Ada; Meijer in Jenison; Gemmen's Hardware in Hudsonville; Red's on The River in Rockford for Dinner (part CC/ Part OC... wore cc under jacket and took coat off once inside and then went OC during dinner and wore coat out of restaurant so back to cc); Menard's on Alpine; Blockbuster in Hudsonville; Family Fare in Hudsonville; Speedway on West River in Grand Rapids; BP in Hudsonville, and around my house inside and out.  No problems at all.
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Post by: JoeCar on November 01, 2010, 07:06:30 PM
I open carried to my local hair cut business. I dropped off the latest MSP update on open carry. She is in favor of it and also thanked me for the update. The three customers sitting there looked at me, but no one made any comments about my wearing apparel. It's like the bumper sticker says: An armed society is a polite society. Ps. Vote for candidates who support all of our Constitution!
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Post by: kc8swy on November 02, 2010, 09:32:28 AM
OC'ed at Coloma Township Hall while voting today! 

I really like the new Mitch Rosen Holster I ordered.
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Post by: autosurgeon on November 02, 2010, 11:10:40 AM
Welcome Ken!
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Post by: kc8swy on November 02, 2010, 11:17:34 AM
Thanks, I've been lurking for 6 months or so...
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Post by: autosurgeon on November 02, 2010, 04:00:07 PM
OCed while voting at the Lawrence Township Fire Station... no looks that I noticed... in fact no reaction at all... I think they are used to me OCing everywhere around Lawrence.
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Post by: FatMan on November 02, 2010, 04:43:52 PM
Open carried while voting Elliot Elemetary in Westland,Mi, no worries.
 ;D
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Post by: JeepinRRT on November 02, 2010, 09:37:00 PM
Looks like voting today got you a few new members here!

I did my first solo OC in a CC PFZ while voting today.  I saw a few peoples eyes go to my waist but no negative feedback, or positive for that matter.  Simply people going what they otherwise would have.  A very good experience.
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Post by: mosnar87 on November 02, 2010, 10:00:21 PM
OC'd while voting at the Lawrence Fire hall. No problems, no issues.
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Post by: JoeCar on November 11, 2010, 09:11:20 AM
http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/201 ... hou?hpt=T2  Here is an interesting video of a bank that promotes oc in Texas. I open carried yesterday on my Harley. I went to the bank (drive through), and then went to gas up at the Mobil station. I was carrying my recorder. Didn't need it...
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Post by: JoeCar on November 11, 2010, 09:33:42 AM
Sorry, but the http: i posted is showing a mall fire, not the oc in a bank.
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Post by: kryptonian on November 21, 2010, 11:33:26 AM
http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/201 ... hou?hpt=T2  Here is an interesting video of a bank that promotes oc in Texas. I open carried yesterday on my Harley. I went to the bank (drive through), and then went to gas up at the Mobil station. I was carrying my recorder. Didn't need it...


i clicked on link and it was about airport security screening. as far as i know OC not legal in texas yet. will ask my texas cop buddies. also DON'T WATCH CNN!!! they lie. it's the Clinton News Network - liberal to the core and very biased reporting.
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Post by: lil_freak_66 on November 22, 2010, 03:16:28 PM
Got kicked out of the Durand McDonalds for OC,contacted the manager and corporate,according to her bosses,it appears the employee did not have authority nor reason to tell me to leave.

Then at a rest area in between clarkston and flint on 75,no issues.

Some resturaunt in clarkston,no issues.
Tim Hortons in clarkston,no issues.

Lions Den in Perry,was told they've seen a few customers in there from time to time "like that"

Speedway by my house(no alcohol sales) as usual,no issues.
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Post by: Big Gay Al on November 23, 2010, 05:03:21 AM

Lions Den in Perry,was told they've seen a few customers in there from time to time "like that"

Find anything "interesting" there?  :)

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Post by: Big Gay Al on November 23, 2010, 05:16:38 AM
Has anyone else had any issues at the Meijer’s at 13000 Middlebelt Rd, Livonia?  I stopped in a little while ago to do some shopping and spent about 45 minuets in the store while OC and didn’t have any issues. 

At first!

The store manager walked past me a few times as well as their loss prevention guard; they looked but neither said a thing.

That was until I made it to the register and started to check out; they both come up behind me and grabbed me by the shoulders; one on each side, and claimed they had a complaint and that I had to cover my weapon or leave the store at once. 

Now keep in mind I just finished transporting a fugitive and stopped there on my way home.  I was still wearing a shirt that has the words ‘BAIL ENFORCEMENT AGENT’ in three inch tall gold letters on the back and a 7 point star Bail Enforcement Agent badge screen printed on the front, and had on my bat belt with all the bells and whistles.

Anyway I explained that is was legal to openly carry a firearm and they proceeded to demand to see me CCW and again told me to cover my pistol or leave.  I again advised that OC was legal and explained that it was obvious I was on my way out to door as I was at the register so they played the Private Property card and again told me I had to go put my weapon in my car if I wanted to finish my visit at the store.

Reluctantly I complied because I didn’t want to go some where else and waste more time re-shopping.  As I walked out the door a Livonia Police Car was sitting there and the LP guard followed me out and went right to the cruiser and pointed at me as he was talking to the officer.

I cleared my weapon and locked it in my trunk and returned to pay for my shopping, as I walked back into the store I double checked for a sign prohibiting weapons in the store and again found none.  When I returned to my cart the manager was standing with it and I asked him where their signage was prohibiting firearms was and received a blank stare in reply.

I was expecting to get pulled over by LPD as I was leaving; the LP guard watched me load my groceries into my car and as I drove off he was pointing rather aggressively at my car as if he was telling the Officer Look there he goes!

I kept an eye on my mirror the whole time and not a single Police vehicle followed me out.  I don’t know if the store called the Police or the Officer just happened to be there when I walked out the first time so I’m debating on filing for the FOIA with Livonia if nothing more the out of curiosity. 

Anyone have any idea what they charge to fulfill the FOIA?
You should contact Venator, I think he knows.

I understand your decision to comply, if I was on my way home from work, and tired, I'd likely have done the same thing.  But I'd be sure to contact Meijer's Corporate and tell them what happened.  But if I'd been in a bad mood, I would have just walked out and not gone back in. 

But, everyone is different. :)
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Post by: lil_freak_66 on November 23, 2010, 12:39:48 PM

Lions Den in Perry,was told they've seen a few customers in there from time to time "like that"

Find anything "interesting" there?  :)



i had heard Michigans local "hero" aka Allie Sin was going to be there all night,so i had to go and pay my respects,but she wasnt there...

so a few pin on buttons were bought with funny things written on them.

On Topic,did a small walk today in Lansing.no issues.but it was COLD.
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Post by: kryptonian on November 26, 2010, 10:20:02 AM
Has anyone else had any issues at the Meijer’s at 13000 Middlebelt Rd, Livonia?  I stopped in a little while ago to do some shopping and spent about 45 minuets in the store while OC and didn’t have any issues. 

At first!

The store manager walked past me a few times as well as their loss prevention guard; they looked but neither said a thing.

That was until I made it to the register and started to check out; they both come up behind me and grabbed me by the shoulders; one on each side, and claimed they had a complaint and that I had to cover my weapon or leave the store at once. 

Now keep in mind I just finished transporting a fugitive and stopped there on my way home.  I was still wearing a shirt that has the words ‘BAIL ENFORCEMENT AGENT’ in three inch tall gold letters on the back and a 7 point star Bail Enforcement Agent badge screen printed on the front, and had on my bat belt with all the bells and whistles.

Anyway I explained that is was legal to openly carry a firearm and they proceeded to demand to see me CCW and again told me to cover my pistol or leave.  I again advised that OC was legal and explained that it was obvious I was on my way out to door as I was at the register so they played the Private Property card and again told me I had to go put my weapon in my car if I wanted to finish my visit at the store.

Reluctantly I complied because I didn’t want to go some where else and waste more time re-shopping.  As I walked out the door a Livonia Police Car was sitting there and the LP guard followed me out and went right to the cruiser and pointed at me as he was talking to the officer.

I cleared my weapon and locked it in my trunk and returned to pay for my shopping, as I walked back into the store I double checked for a sign prohibiting weapons in the store and again found none.  When I returned to my cart the manager was standing with it and I asked him where their signage was prohibiting firearms was and received a blank stare in reply.

I was expecting to get pulled over by LPD as I was leaving; the LP guard watched me load my groceries into my car and as I drove off he was pointing rather aggressively at my car as if he was telling the Officer Look there he goes!

I kept an eye on my mirror the whole time and not a single Police vehicle followed me out.  I don’t know if the store called the Police or the Officer just happened to be there when I walked out the first time so I’m debating on filing for the FOIA with Livonia if nothing more the out of curiosity. 

Anyone have any idea what they charge to fulfill the FOIA?
You should contact Venator, I think he knows.

I understand your decision to comply, if I was on my way home from work, and tired, I'd likely have done the same thing.  But I'd be sure to contact Meijer's Corporate and tell them what happened.  But if I'd been in a bad mood, I would have just walked out and not gone back in. 

But, everyone is different. :)
hey bailenforcer - i've read your posts and gather that you haven't got your CPL yet but pretty sure you need one to OC at meijer due to their selling alcohol.
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Post by: JoeCar on December 01, 2010, 09:59:55 AM
Does anyone know what Meijer's corporate position is on OC?
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Post by: Big Gay Al on December 01, 2010, 10:12:19 AM

hey bailenforcer - i've read your posts and gather that you haven't got your CPL yet but pretty sure you need one to OC at meijer due to their selling alcohol.
Well, considering what his line of work is, I hope to hell he does have his CPL, otherwise, it could be problematic.  As it is, based on other posts I've seen of his, I'm pretty sure he does have his CPL.
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Post by: Big Gay Al on December 01, 2010, 10:13:17 AM
Does anyone know what Meijer's corporate position is on OC?
I recall reading here or at OCDO that it's up to the store manager.  But I could be wrong. :)
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Post by: lil_freak_66 on December 03, 2010, 06:08:58 PM
Does anyone know what Meijer's corporate position is on OC?
I recall reading here or at OCDO that it's up to the store manager.  But I could be wrong. :)
   that is what ive heard as well.
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Post by: autosurgeon on December 04, 2010, 09:56:38 PM
OCed at the Watervliet Taco Bell for lunch then OCed at the Coloma Gun Club for 4 hours while shooting with a student and his father followed by OCing around Lawrence at Pauls Gas and Waffle House for supper.

No issues handed out a few tri-folds.
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Post by: lil_freak_66 on December 06, 2010, 06:45:05 PM
oc'd for the past week in and around Onaway,all over Presque Isle county really...family dollar,woodwinds,the hardware store,art van,the rv place,parrots outpost(the only place around on the oc friendly list) and walking around town.     then long armed between a 20 ga. mossy 500c and a 16 ga. 870,packing solid slugs. while felling some trees on the property,and along the road to and from my uncles house 1/4 mile away,and to my great aunts about 2 miles away.nary even a 2nd look. still got 2 more days up here so ill go a few more places including jays in gaylord.
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Post by: kryptonian on December 16, 2010, 10:56:27 PM
OC last night at kroger. didn't have holster on belt until i got there. was already in store when i noticed that it wasn't on right and rig was bent forward. damn. undid belt and readjusted it back to where it belongs and continued shopping. hated to handle it in the store and waited til nobody around. nothing out of ordinary except when i left i got in my jeep and oakland county sheriff's patrol unit drove in rather fast. turned down my parking aisle and went to another vehicle in the lot. didn't wait to see what that was about or they thought it was me in the other car. guess i'll never know.
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Post by: Master Control on December 18, 2010, 03:47:34 AM
OCed at Target, Staples in Allen Park then to Burlenton Coat Factory in Taylor, then over to Mykonos Greek and American restaurant for Dinner also to check out my own safety concerns based on some post of other people, thought I'd better see how it worked without my 2A Brothers, so I took my adult son who was unarmed & myself with my Full Frame sidearm in the level 2 holster, was there a couple hrs. w/strongside faceing the door, at the table right next to check-out counter. I had conversations with not only the hostess but at least three different employees, none of which were phased, or even gave a second look, by the time I left the customer count went from perhaps eight people to almost a full house. but keep in mind that I had imformed my son of what could possibly happen in Taylor. after leaving Mykonos Greek and American restaurant back over to Meijers on Eureka Rd for groceries. OCed all day No Issues & No Events, I must add that being the Only,,uh, Open Carry person in the resturant with all the customers coming in I was sure someone was going to dial public safety from their cell phone.
All in All I have some great foods & a great time at Mykonos Greek and American restaurant, just the way it should be.
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Post by: ocdetroit on December 18, 2010, 11:00:08 PM
 ;D outstanding Carry On.l
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Post by: emt805 on December 24, 2010, 12:46:33 AM
OC today while christmas shopping in Adrian, Sears in the mall, walmart, big lots, walgreens, shell, kmart, gamestop, dollar tree, staples, wendy's (full of grandparents & kids) only had a look from one guy sitting at a table of "are you serious". Postal Plus- the post office loophole. Spent 15 minutes OCing in my credit union with no issues.

OCed Tuesday at Cabela's while returning items before heading up to Huntington woods council meeting, Walked in the door right at 8 with 3 or 4 people standing on the inside of the door one guy looks at my xd-40 and asks if I was there for the council meeting. Six of us ocing at the meeting made up half of those attending.

OCed Monday in Adrain, KFC, Meijer, meijer gas station, lowe's, subway, walmart, sears, kmart, gamestop, big lots, hobby lobby,
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Post by: ocdetroit on December 24, 2010, 07:34:24 PM
LET ME SAY CARRY ON. 8)
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Post by: Glock9mmOldStyle on December 27, 2010, 11:46:10 PM
All was great! Good food, Great company & no scared customers/men/women/ or children. Just as it should be.  8)
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Post by: emt805 on January 02, 2011, 02:45:51 AM
Thursday 12-30-2010
Speedway dundee, MI Filled up my truck with gas, went inside to purchase soda & oil, walked back to my truck popped the hood and was putting oil in the truck when I heard a kid (maybe 4 years of age) say "that guy has a gun, that guy has a gun in his pocket" the parent did not even look my direction but took the kids hand & walked inside.
Crackel Barrel in Belleville to do some shopping spoke with a manager and salesperson about what I was purchasing both noticed my pistol and said nothing.

Walmart Belleville 15 minutes
Walmart Saline 30 minutes

Friday 12-31-2010
Walmart Monroe twenty minutes

Michelangelo’s Italian Bistro
152 Elm
Wyandotte, Michigan 48192
Spent about two hours here good prices and great food, they did not rush us out when we finished our meal.

Walmart Woodhaven, speedway Dundee, Britton marathon gas & grocery to purchase mega millions tickets where I was carded to purchase them but both clerks noticed my pistol & yes they took my id to enter the year in the register but did not look at or copy any other information.
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Post by: emt805 on January 13, 2011, 03:03:03 PM
Home Depot in Canton this morning around 8 am. Walmart across the street while heading to the checkout after shopping for about 45 min three of the restock staff were talking among themselves and I over hear them say that must be the new security that was coming in to work for them, I paused and informed them that I was not security but a citizen supporting my 2A rights. We spoke maybe 10 minutes and discussed the MSP legal update I gave them.
Tacobell Dundee- no weird looks or comments
McDonalds Dundee- Just like tacobell but more kids running around.

On ford road down by the firing line on the other side of the road I passed a gas station that had post office on 3 sides, is that the actual post office or is it a drop off center? Is the entire place federal property if it is the post office? I was running late and could not stop in and ask. If it is federal property and a gas station do they sell liquor at the same location?
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Post by: kryptonian on January 26, 2011, 10:56:05 PM
familiar experience his morning. grabbing my morning mountain dew from speedway a guy behind me gave out a "sir. excuse me sir". nobody else around so i turned around. "hey. you're showing". "yeah i know. it's supposed to. it's open carry" we were both in line by now. he said he had his permit and didn't want me to get in trouble. i asked him if he knew OC was legal. said he heard of it but doesn't do it. said i wished everybody did. we left and hoped i made a good enough impression.
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Post by: emt805 on February 02, 2011, 01:55:15 PM
Oced at cheeburger cheeburger in Livonia last night before the little bit of snow we got. There was three families with kids and two other couples, I only had a few weird looks from the guy sitting on an angle to me. They have amazing burgers and one pound bugers. Any one in the area should check them out.
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Post by: METL on February 02, 2011, 09:58:53 PM
OC'd and CC'd while mowing my lawn.

CC'd in the front yard.  Then I got too warm and took my over shirt off and OC'd in the back yard.


was he CCing 1 gun in the front yard and 3 guns in the back yard?   (welcome to the gun show)  lol
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Post by: kryptonian on February 07, 2011, 09:54:45 PM
went OC to cabela's on sunday and met the MOC guys at the booth. chatted a bit and signed up as an official member. got my keychain too. good to see the guys and just LOVE shopping at cabela's.
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Post by: kryptonian on February 08, 2011, 04:06:51 AM
forgot to mention that while at the booth i did talk to cortez, scot623 and theQ. all great guys and well represent us all. thanks for manning the booth. now that i'm a member maybe i can help another time spreading the word.
MOC
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Post by: emt805 on February 14, 2011, 11:06:44 AM
OCed this morning at dunhams in Adrian to check out the advetised mosin nagants for $79. What else do you expect they had three in stock all in the case and in poor shape, dinged and banged up. The pair I got at Cabela's last month for $89 came with all the extras and came in a box.

After striking out at dunhams I went over to starbucks, already about ten people filling the place. After I placed my order a Tecumseh leo came in and started speaking with one of the guys behind me, I don't think he noticed but the guy behind the counter told the guy the leo was talking with said not to mess with him because he has a gun joking of course, it was not until my drinks were finished that the employee noticed i was also carrying.
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Post by: mopedman on February 16, 2011, 10:40:26 AM
OC'ed at
Gander Mountain today, the one on hall rd and Shannor. Was in the store for about 30 min. Payed on a gun I have on layaway there. Looked at a few other guns wile I was there. The guy at the gun counter was very helpful. Talked to him for a bit. He asked me about my gun. Not really about open carry more about the gun it self.

Went to the Starbucks on Van dike just south of 16 mile. They were also very friendly no one said any thing to me or even noticed for that matter.

After that I walked into Jimmy Johns right next store. Ordered a sub. Sat down to eat it. One of the employees came up to me and asked me if open carrying a gun was legal. I talked to him for a few min. Then he went back to work. All and all a good day.
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Post by: dlgeorge on February 17, 2011, 10:04:49 AM
OC'd in Kroger in Lamberville, MI.   A couple of double takes, but no confrontations or questions.  I'm not sure anyone on staff saw me or not, but in any case there were no issues. 

I had heard previously that Kroger had a no guns rule, but I checked the entrance and saw no signs.
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Post by: METL on February 17, 2011, 10:18:08 AM
Just to verify, you guys are OCing with a CPL, correct?  Otherwise, open carry in a kroger would be a no-no since they sell booze, right?
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Post by: Bronson on February 17, 2011, 02:08:10 PM
OCed at Sushiya in Kalamazoo for dinner the other night...no issues.

Bronson
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Post by: Super Trucker on February 17, 2011, 05:30:01 PM
OC'd in Kroger in Lamberville, MI.   A couple of double takes, but no confrontations or questions.  I'm not sure anyone on staff saw me or not, but in any case there were no issues. 

I had heard previously that Kroger had a no guns rule, but I checked the entrance and saw no signs.

What what I had read on multiple forums, Kroger's Ohio locations had posted no gun signs and in OH signs mean something. (Keep in mind this is only what I read, no first hand experience)
I have not had a problem in the stores in MY area (Wayne County).

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Just to verify, you guys are OCing with a CPL, correct?  Otherwise, open carry in a kroger would be a no-no since they sell booze, right?
Correct, If the location has a liquor license you must have a CPL to be on their property (even the parking lot).
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Post by: FatMan on February 18, 2011, 12:28:22 PM
Open carrying at Buffalo Wild Wings 6mile east of 275. Fund raiser for the family of Officer Nehasil 20% of sales go to the family. Stop by if you can they are open till 2am!!!  :D
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Post by: Shadow Bear on February 23, 2011, 09:20:12 PM
Steel Magnolia and I OCed Denny's 44th St in Wyoming, and Appleby's Gaines Twp (just south of GR off Kalamazoo Ave). No looks, no comments.
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Post by: Eurotour on February 26, 2011, 10:07:23 PM
I OCed at Home Depot 54th street for about 20 mins Friday night, nobody batted an eye.
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Post by: autosurgeon on February 26, 2011, 11:36:52 PM
Oced in the Copper Grill Paw Paw for lunch today. No issues.

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Post by: emt805 on February 28, 2011, 10:13:54 PM
OC Sec. of State Adrian Tuesday 45 minutes had to walk infront of everyone to get to the counter twice, place was packed no one said anything.

Applebees Adrian Wed, on the way out the host person started to say "have a nice d..." at which point she noticed my pistol and did not have anything else to say.
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Post by: autosurgeon on February 28, 2011, 10:21:22 PM
OCed at the Waffle House in Lawrence for dinner... no issues one comment " got yer clips there... wheres the heater..." My reply other side.... no more was said about my gun..

OCed while chairing the Monthly Village Planning Commission meeting. No issues.
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Post by: Bronson on March 09, 2011, 07:39:56 PM
OCed  at my dentist office earlier today and at Old Country Buffett tonight for dinner.  No problems, issues, or comments at either place.

Bronson
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Post by: autosurgeon on March 12, 2011, 01:13:06 PM
OCed at Gill-roys hardware in St. Johns MI. I am currently OCing while having lunch in the Cancun restaurant also in St. Johns... no issues so far in either place.

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Post by: autosurgeon on March 12, 2011, 05:07:17 PM
Ended up going to Dunhams in St. Johns of course I was OCing. I talked with several employees... no issues or comments.

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Post by: autosurgeon on March 12, 2011, 10:21:59 PM
One final OC exsperience for today in St. Johns. . OCed at Wendys for supper. No Issues.

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Post by: emt805 on March 13, 2011, 11:55:01 PM
Tue 3-08
Started by Ocing into my local credit union due to their atm being out of service, then went to King of Queens 865 W Eisenhower Pky Ann Arbor for lunch, The owner was friendly and asked a few questions about oc and liked the fact that I was there and my pistol was exposed. We spend 30-45 minutes here.

After lunch we headed to Lansing for the cadl event but had to disarm during the case. About 20-25 of us went to dinner at cottage inn pizza, One of the guys behing the counter had a few questions and stated he felt safe with all of us there.

Yesterday OCed at dunham's in Clinton twp, spoke with a salesperson about their prices and his firearm collection. He asked what I was carrying and said he has heard about open carry laws and dunham's would not allow him to carry, I handed him a tri-fold and directed him to the site.

Later oced at taco bell on ellsworth in Ypsi.
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Post by: Master Control on March 16, 2011, 03:01:25 PM
March 15, 2011
OCed at BP Gas Station on Northline rd. in Southgate., The Unified Credit Union & KB Barber Shop in Belleville. Then over to Walmart, Meijer, Sprint, Feed Rite Pet Shop, KFC & the Smoke Shop in Van Buren twp. later that evening White Castle in Taylor. & Speedway gas in Ypsilanti, on rawsonville rd. No problems / No issues.
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Post by: emt805 on March 18, 2011, 03:56:26 AM
Just saw another person OCing for the first time at a none oc organized event at denny's in ypsi on wastenaw while eating breakfast. He was wearing a long sleeve green shirt and black Detroit baseball cap
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Master Control on March 18, 2011, 04:05:20 PM
last couple days
03/16/11
OC'ed on foot while doing a lil' shopping Harper/ Whittier / Cadieux area in Detroit, Family Dollar, B&B barber supply, Del Point grocery store, Mobile station, RiteAid.
Then on the way to OC Dinner stopped at Sunoco Station on gratiot in eastpointe, While OC'ing at National Coney island the gentleman sitting next to the register with the portable oxygen tank asked "are you practicing the new Open Carry law with that Open Carry group over there?".
I replied "Nope, Open Carry is not something that I practice nor is it a new law, my style of self defense is something I've been doing yrs before I ever heard of Michigan Open Carry, but you are correct that I'm a member of that group. He then responded with "so your exercising your right then, huh?" I informed the gentleman that I exercise all my rights daily which one are you referring to?
He replied with "yeah, ok I get it, so before the new law have you ever been stopped by the police for carrying a gun? I told him that I have been blessed (knock on wood) that I have never had a bad interaction or detainment by a LEO & most people unless I'm with a group never seem to notice my sidearm or seem to care. He then shared his thoughts on Open Carry and that he thought it was dangerous.
I explained to him my personal preferences to OC vs. CC (ie: weather, ease of sidearm access, victim selection, etc.) , He then said he had never thought of it that way, well I guess nobody will probably try to rob this place. he seemed very interested in knowing more about Open Carry, we talked for about ten mins. and even after I excused myself, he followed me into the men's room still asking questions where after a couple more question I excused him and went back to the group.

No problems, no issues

03/17/11
OC'ed at the shrimp hut in Ecorse, Blue Jays party store in SW Detroit, Sprint in Lincoln Park, Advance auto parts in Allen Park, Best Buy in Taylor, BP Gas station on Northline in Southgate.

No dirty looks, no questions, no issues, no problem
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Post by: ocdetroit on March 19, 2011, 09:23:57 AM
 :) OC'd at Auto Zone in Southwest Detroit, on Livernois then had to go to their Vernor St. one. They did not have what i wanted so i was told to go to the one on the Northwest side before i got what i wanted. No hard lookers or sayers. Stopped at a Valero Gas Station for gas, an older man wanted to know about OC. We talked for 10 mins. He told me and showed me he was CC'ing. People were standing around listening, but no problems. Great Carry. Carry On.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: CV67PAT on March 19, 2011, 04:29:53 PM
I semi-oc'd today.
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Post by: Master Control on March 22, 2011, 12:43:13 AM
OC'ed at SOS in Taylor, Meijer in Lincoln Park, Real Bar-b-que (on Dix)in Lincoln Park, Mobil gas (Fort & Outer DR.) in South-Southwest Detroit, Pro-Hardware in Belleville (Main St.)Walmart, Sprint store & O'reillys in Van Buren Twp., Home Depot & Sprint (Michigan Ave)in Canton, Wirless Toys in Ypsilanti, Masonic Hall in Detroit (on Wyoming St.) BP Gas Station in Dearborn ($3.37 a gal.) on Wyoming & Warren. AND back to O'reillys to get my battery core deposit ($12.00) they keep the tax. lol

No problems, no issues.

 Carry On

Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: CV67PAT on March 22, 2011, 12:51:38 AM
I semi-oc'd everywhere I went today.
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Post by: Eurotour on March 23, 2011, 11:54:22 AM
How do you semi-OC...?
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Post by: ocdetroit on March 23, 2011, 06:44:02 PM
I would like to know also. I wrote about a stop i had here in Detroit. I had a IBW holster with the shirt tucked in where u can see it plain and clear. I asked the officer if some called 911 and said man with gun walking down street. And you pulled up with guns drawn and said don't touch that gun. Then how in the world can it be half concealed and half open. It's one or the other. But like everyone here say its a gray area.  8) what?. Carry On.
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Post by: northofnowhere on March 24, 2011, 08:08:09 AM
ocdetroit,

     I believe you will find everyone here will completely agree with you, if it is clearly a pistol, it is clearly not concealed.  I also believe everyone here, myself included, will say that the anti's and LEO's who are out to get you will not use common sense and will use the IWB to say it is not open carry.  Yes, common sense says an IWB is open carry, but our laws, legislators, LEO's, and Judges clearly do not enforce common sense, they only enforce that guns are evil and they will do whatever they can to trip you up.  I should point out they are in the minority, there are plenty of good folks in those roles, but there are enough bad apples on the tree of justice that I would strongly recommend staying away from IWB holsters.

-northofnowhere
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Post by: drtodd on March 26, 2011, 01:18:08 PM
When I was "stopped" for OC in GR on New Year's Eve, the officer told me my g23 was "partially concealed". I asked what he meant and he said that the holster I was wearing partially concealed the pistol. I called BS on that, and the issue was immediately dropped. Don't fall for this type of harassment. The officer knew the law and was trying to see if I did.
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Post by: Christian Patriot on March 27, 2011, 10:46:23 PM
I oc'd last week at the Secretary Of State last week. Not a problem. Got tons of stares though :) I also oc'd in Staples. The clerk asked a few questions about whether I get much harassment about carrying. I responded that all my experiences have been positive. 
 Also carried in Walmart, Kroger, Meijer, Shell gas station and all over God's creation...No problemos! Havin lots of fun!
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Post by: Bronson on March 30, 2011, 10:40:27 AM
I need to start posting here more often.  I normally post these over at OCDO but the nice gentleman I talked to, Gary I believe his name was, at the Kalamazoo Meet & Eat said he only reads the MOC board and I realized there may be others that do the same. So...

OCed in the Kalamazoo IHOP as I do every week. Completely different staff than is normally there and still no issues, even though I was sitting strong side out and the parking lot was full of cars with "Obama '08" bumper stickers and the restaurant was full of college kids.

Nobody cares.

Bronson
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Post by: JSteinmetz on March 30, 2011, 09:05:00 PM
First time truly OCing tonight.  Been CCing since I got my permit every day, but first time out in public OCing.  Went to dinner at Texas Roadhouse in Chesterfield, then ran a few errands.  Not even a second glance from anyone other than our server at dinner, and he didn't say a word.
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Post by: Glock9mmOldStyle on March 30, 2011, 10:13:47 PM
How do you semi-OC...?

With Pat.....ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE :P

OT --> 100% OC around the homestead (little under the weather today) :(
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Post by: Bronson on March 30, 2011, 10:58:56 PM
Uneventfully OCed at Apple Core Cafe in Battle Creek.

Bronson
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Post by: CV67PAT on April 01, 2011, 02:06:24 PM
How do you semi-OC...?

Mexican.

It is my preferred mode of carry. I find it both comfortable and convenient.

I do it everywhere that expressed open carry is NOT required.
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Post by: Yosemite Sam on April 01, 2011, 05:18:18 PM
Oced in McDonald's and Edward R Jones in West Branch. NO Problems!! The way it Should Be !! Handed out some Tri-Folds also.
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Post by: TheSzerdi on April 01, 2011, 09:44:30 PM
Lately I've OC'd at CVS in Melvindale, Meijer in Allen Park, Smoky's Tobacco in Allen Park, Bright Power Sports in Lincoln Park, and a Sunoco on the corner of Racho and Sibley. No issues.
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Post by: METL on April 03, 2011, 03:50:03 PM
OC'd all over inside my house today...   forgot it was there a few times...     no strange looks from my cat...  no comments from any of the fish...   :)
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Post by: Christian Patriot on April 03, 2011, 05:19:03 PM
You don't have a dog, do you?... I have been ocing everywhere I go with the exception of work. Tru Value, Walmart, Meijer, Shell gas station, Kroger, VG's, and down the sidewalk... No problemo. The occasional "don't shoot me" but all is well!
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Post by: dlgeorge on April 04, 2011, 12:48:30 PM
Open carried in Kroger in Toledo, Ohio.  (I live in Michigan, but very close to Toledo).  I shopped for about 15 minutes,  went to the self check out and was approached by a man who asked me if I was LE.  I told him no, and he asked me why I was carrying my gun "openly".  I said because there is no law against it.  I know, I should have said first: for personal protection, but anyway,  he said he was just with a sherrif's deputy at another Kroger and was told you had to conceal it.  I set him straight on the Ohio law and said with my CPL I CAN conceal, but I don't have to. 

I don't know if he was just a customer, or the store detective as he was not in any security uniform.  To make a long story short, I told him I wasn't breaking any laws.  He said thank you and I finished checking out and left.  No other issue.
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Post by: emt805 on April 05, 2011, 04:38:34 PM
OCed sat for a few hours at the Lenawee county farigrounds, then over to Aldi in Adrian. At least two employees looked down and noticed me carrying and continued about their work nothing unusual.
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Post by: JSteinmetz on April 08, 2011, 04:02:22 PM
OC'd all day helping a buddy move yesterday.  Multiple trips, stopped for lunch, snacks, and fuel, and hit the hardware store, and no one said anything.  I think a few people noticed in Dairy Queen at lunchtime, but no one said anything.

All in all a good (if tiring) day!
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Post by: METL on April 09, 2011, 06:34:14 PM
OC'd first time...  on the way home from the pizza lunch..  Lowe's...    looking for a couple items...    talked with a couple employees to locate items... one guy MAY have noticed, but said nothing and continued with his work after I walked away... I looked back to see if he was looking, but he was not.  THen I checked out with platnum blonde hottie who was joking about how crazy the other cashier (the self serve one) is and to never check out with her...   said it loudly to rib the other lady...  lots of other employees right up near the customer service desk. 

No stares... no comments...   uneventful...     as it should be.   


I was surprisingly unnervous... though I found myself being VERY aware of my sidearm...  not like at home when I can forget it is there and bump into stuff...
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Post by: CV67PAT on April 09, 2011, 06:46:22 PM
You should always be aware of it being there.

At the same time, it should be as natural as wearing pants. Nobody ever notices that.

Only on the rare occassion does anyone ever pay attention or notice my pistol. The people in banks don't even say jack.

I only get the very infrequent "Your gun is showing". To that I generally say "thank you" and go about my business.

Oc'd (Mexican) all over yesterday and today. Too many places to list.
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Post by: METL on April 09, 2011, 07:22:15 PM
Yeah, I meant that as a GOOD thing...   I was commenting that at home I can be a little 'too relaxed' about it... but it's a different world out in the... uhhh...    world... 
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Post by: kryptonian on April 10, 2011, 10:51:22 PM
went to cleveland this weekend but did NOT OC just CC. wasn't well versed enough in ohio law in case i was challenged by LEO. should have researched it a little. talked with my 2 nephews who both have CC permits in ohio and they both said even tho OC legal it is just not done according to them. their CC laws are screwy enough. they said if CC in a car it must be in a holster on your hip plainly visible (which sounds like OC/CC in vehicle here) or in a compartment or bag that requires an additional step to access (zip bag or locked console). i stood there in both of their driveways with my jaw hanging open listening to this. i threw in a couple of "you gotta be &*%##@ kiddin' me". i pointed out that michigan OCers OC in ohio and haven't heard any negative encounters. they both said OC is so screwy there they wouldn't even think of trying it. couldn't change their minds. they said they would try it up here tho with me. ohio newspapers also publish CPL holders names regularly too. saw several 'no weapons" signs on businesses too. as soon as i crossed the state line back in michigan i switched back from CC to OC. i should have kissed the ground. was like returning from communist russia before the wall fell.
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Post by: CV67PAT on April 10, 2011, 11:06:31 PM
Unlike Michigan, Ohio "No Gun" signs have criminal penalties for violating them.

Ohio laws have no "extra step" provisions specificially delineated.

The "in plain view" carry in vehicles was repealed at the same time that rest stops were exempted from the "No Gun" signs.

OC in Ohio is as common as in Michigan. There are some very specific statutes that restrict where firearm possession is permited.
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Post by: kryptonian on April 11, 2011, 08:17:07 PM
just going off of what i was told by my nephews and hadn't researched ohio laws prior to going so i couldn't effectively defend a law enforcement challenge. next time i will be prepared.
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Post by: Bronson on April 13, 2011, 10:18:03 PM
Out and about in Battle Creek today.

OCed in:
Citgo station on Michigan Ave
Wood Bros. Automotive
Turner Veterinary Clinic
West Columbia 7 movie theater
Meijer on Columbia

No problems, second looks, or issues.

Bronson
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Post by: kryptonian on April 13, 2011, 10:53:27 PM
speedway this morning OC. young guy behind me in line "what's with the gun?" i said "state of michigan allows citizens to openly arm themselves". he said "yeah i know that. why do you have it?" my response of course was "for self defense and protection" -  he again "yeah i know that. defense and protection from who?"..my answer.."anybody"..he just said "oh". this launched a customer OC seminar in line. old guy at register asked the permit question which i handled. i explained quickly about in vehicle and alcohol permit locations. big woman in line said she heard about OC but didn't know all that. did what i could to educate before i paid and left.
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Post by: kc8swy on April 13, 2011, 10:56:34 PM
I had lunch at Crane's Pie Pantry downtown Holland with the GF.  Afterward, we went to Lakeshore Cycle (bicycle shop) to look at Trikes, and to Meijer's on Riley for groceries.  Uneventful.  There were 2 Ottawa County Sheriff's parked in different parts of the parking lot when we came out.
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Post by: kryptonian on April 15, 2011, 08:56:56 PM
ok...same speedway i posted on earlier..different stort today..was waiting in line with my usual stuff. big guy not an employee but a vendor not a customer passes by and says "would be a shame if someone took that gun from you" - my response "yeah it would but it wouldn't happen". he then asks,  "do you have a CPL?". i said "yes i do". his response was "if you have one then you need to conceal it". i said, "actually no you don't. i know the law WELL and what you just said is legally inaccurate. believe me i know". he then said, "i just took a class and our instructor said that is the law". I said "he lied to you then". he shook his head and walked away. this was a very public exchange in front of a dozen people. drove away just shaking my head. how do you fight that? i said what you are supposed to in that situation and still didn't sway ignorance. no i didn't have any trifolds or printouts of MSP update to give him. any input??
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Post by: Christian Patriot on April 15, 2011, 11:53:38 PM
In this case since the guy said that he had taken the class, if he got his CPL you could refer him to the reverse side of his license where it states the "This license allows the licensee to carry a pistol on or about his person..." never says you have to cc. Without literature, that is at least something.

God bless America and the ignorant, patiently educate those who are stupid on purpose, and expose the liars.

Daniel
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Post by: Bronson on April 17, 2011, 03:01:18 AM
any input??

Give him your email address and tell him that when he finds the laws that require you to conceal to send you the link and you'll send him $20.00.

Also, ask for the name and contact info of his CPL instructor.

Bronson
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Post by: kryptonian on April 17, 2011, 11:22:33 AM
any input??

Give him your email address and tell him that when he finds the laws that require you to conceal to send you the link and you'll send him $20.00.

Also, ask for the name and contact info of his CPL instructor.

Bronson

i've been going to that same speedway almost every day for a year OC and will probably run into him again. he was a vendor. he appeared to be one of those people who HAS to be right and felt the need to "inform" me of his newfound knowledge although wrong. my guess is he wouldn't take being proven wrong well and it would take a public scene with me on the offensive to confront him and challenge his glaring legal misinformation. he walked away when told he was lied to. it bothers me that this guy and probably others will be carrying with misinformation leading me to believe that if they are that easily lead than a shooting incident by them that might turn out to be legally unjustified will make us all look bad.
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Post by: kryptonian on April 17, 2011, 11:27:35 AM
OC yesterday running errands. was at Lowe's in plumbing and while looking for what i needed a young male employee (about 18 spiky hair) walking by the aisle stopped and looked at me and said "oh.cool"..i said "huh?" he pointed to his hip. i said "oh yeah. ahhhh thanks". he said "you don't ever see that but it's cool dude". i of course said "you should see it everywhere but you don't". he said "you're right. i think it's cool". there is hope for the future.
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Post by: ocdetroit on April 17, 2011, 08:06:32 PM
Great O.C today went to a coney in the hood on Livernois and Michigan, sat an had breakfast, just looks. Then to the Walmart in Livonia made sure i received some help getting some ammo. Did a little more shopping in another dept. and left. No Q's. I Carried On.
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Post by: CV67PAT on April 17, 2011, 10:32:10 PM
Then to the Walmart in Livonia made sure i received some help getting some ammo.

Why did you have to "make sure" that you received help?
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Post by: JSteinmetz on April 18, 2011, 06:07:47 PM
OC'd all the way from Casco (near Chesterfield) up to Munising Friday, Sat/Sun at the cabin with friends, and on the way home today.  No one said anything or even noticed (not that I expected them to in the UP,but even with gas stops/etc, no one said anything.

Perfect OC experience!
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Post by: ocdetroit on April 18, 2011, 09:34:55 PM
CV67Pat I said that only because i've been posting about this certain Walmart. They never have anyone to help you. So i went over to the Paint dept. for someone to call for assist. Just looks and said have a nice day. Carry On.
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Post by: emt805 on April 23, 2011, 07:54:35 PM
OCed last Sat 4/16 at the Lenawee county fairgrounds during their home/builders show. After paying  while walking up to the first building I heard a male yelling "HEY.... HEY.... HEY" after I realize he is yelling in my directioin I turn to see security sitting in his tuck, he then says to pull my shirt down because I was showing. I approached him and we spoke while I informed him OC is legal and handed him legal update 86 to look over on his own time. After we get inside we go past 4 or 5 vendors with no issues then it happens we get hooked into two people talking about their product both female. After talking about five minutes one looks over in mid conversation and says "you're not going to shoot me are you?" I break conversation with the other salesperson give her a firm "no" and continue talking with the other.

A few more booths go by and then a guy asks about it, he was full of questions and stated that he would soon be taking a cpl class and did not know about OC. We spoke a good 15-25 minutes on OC & CC I handed him a tri-fold and legal update so he had information he could use before taking cpl class. At this time the security guard walks by and does not give a second look or skip a beat.

Towards the last vendors another gentle man slowly approaches me and says something as such "I'm going to ask you quietly what you're carrying" then says I must be doing the NEW open carry thing, I informed him that it's not so much new as it is becoming more popular. Turns out he CCs. We spoke about 20 minutes about gun shows and carrying on the way out I informed him of MOC and gave out a tri-fold.

I would say a great day of OC at an event that vendors try to sucker you into buying their items I got trapped in one sales speech and informed three others of open carry.
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Post by: rugersingleshot on April 24, 2011, 10:30:16 PM
First time tonight at The Birch Run McDonalds.  Cashier told me "
That's the first time I have ever seen that".  I said, I have a secret for you, this is the first time for me as well.  She went on to say that she is considering taking a CPL course.  Feels great to break the ice.  Thanks MOC.
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Post by: CV67PAT on April 24, 2011, 10:38:36 PM
CV67Pat I said that only because i've been posting about this certain Walmart. They never have anyone to help you. So i went over to the Paint dept. for someone to call for assist. Just looks and said have a nice day. Carry On.

But you couldn't just get assistance. You had to "make sure" to get assistance? Is there some underlying agenda in "making sure" you get assistance that simply obtaining assistance couldn't achieve?

As you were.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: ocdetroit on April 25, 2011, 12:31:11 AM
Your thinking to much into this. As you were. Carry On.
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Post by: Big Gay Al on April 25, 2011, 08:27:48 AM
Your thinking to much into this. As you were. Carry On.
I'm gonna keep my mouth shut on this one.  :)
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Post by: kc8swy on April 26, 2011, 09:44:42 PM
OC around downtown Holland today, with the GF no issues.

BP on Chicago Drive.
Herrick Library downtown (couple hours) -- no one said anything.  Even in the children's section.  One dude who looked like he was from the hood nodded, I nodded back and went about my business.
Various shops on 8th street including an new home theater shop, a deli across from JP's (very good), Model Drugstore, The Outpost.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: kc8swy on April 26, 2011, 09:51:01 PM
I forgot to mention, last week I OC'ed with the GF for lunch at CityView Bistro for lunch while in Holland.  We had great service.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Yosemite Sam on April 27, 2011, 01:29:33 PM
Had some personal business to take care with the Chief of police in Saint Helen today. My wife and I both Open Carried while there. We were there for at least an Hour. (He knows that open carry is legal.) Nothing was said by him or his secretary. As it should be! A great day to OC!
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Post by: JoeCar on April 30, 2011, 03:52:00 PM
I open carried (Beretta) on my motorcycle last night. I went to Friday night prayer (6pm) at my church in Flint. It's Abundant Life Ministry on Pierson and Clio intersection. I told one of the ladies that I did not want to wear it into church. I did not want to be a spectacle. She said that it was ok, if i had a license. I told her that i would feel better if i could lock it in her car until after service. That's what happened.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: METL on April 30, 2011, 11:52:43 PM
OC'd at Lowe's...    got helped by a couple of staff members...  one to point me in the direction of what I was looking to buy...  the other to help me select what I needed..   I don't believe either noticed my sidearm...       2 employees came by with one of the fork trucks and a younger guy pointed and said "alright, I see you support OC"...   I didn't exactly like him "exposing" me..  but everything was still all good.  The guy helping me went and got a cart for me to put the large item into, I went to the front, paid, all good.  No looks, no stares, nuttin except the one guy who thought it was cool I was OCing.  Walked by a lots of people and no one noticed... though when walking by a couple of families with younger kids, I tried to keep strong side away from them just to be respectful of the children.

Also, earlier in the day I had went into a local gun shop and my dad had been in there a couple of days before.  Apparently they were discussing me OCing..   gun shop owner said he knows a guy who got 2 cops to draw guns at him in Menard's...  they apparently didn't arrest him, but detained him for a period, and as I said had drawn on him.   Apparently this was 1-1.5 years ago.  I showed him MSP update 86 and the LPD memo.  He said he still didn't think it was a good idea, but he sees how people would want to do combos of OC and CC...


carry on!
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: BailEnforcer on May 01, 2011, 05:12:08 AM
Just to verify, you guys are OCing with a CPL, correct?  Otherwise, open carry in a kroger would be a no-no since they sell booze, right?

My understanding of the statute is that liquor only plays a part if it is their main sales item and in a gas station or a grocery store that is not the issues.  A grocery stores main sales in oddly enough groceries and at a gas station it is; yep you guessed it, gasoline.  The statute applies mainly to bars; who’s main sales is by the glass and party stores.

I could be wrong; but, I have discussed this with some local POs here in the D and they agree.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: METL on May 01, 2011, 08:32:23 AM
Everything I have heard is that if  you have no CPL you shouldn't be OCing in places like meijer..    actually you shouldn't even have a gun on their premises... as in, leaving your piece in the car in the lot...   My understanding is that even TRANSPORTING (or possession) on the premises of a place that sells booze is illegal. 

I thought the 50% alcohol sales was more about CC vs. OC...
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: autosurgeon on May 01, 2011, 08:57:08 AM
First all of you discussing LL need to go read some more as none of you have it right.

Second there is only one legal way for a person without a cpl to carry in or on the premises permission from the owner or other authorized person (and get it in writing)(including the parking lot and or other property) of a LL holding business whether they are currently selling or not.

Third there is no 50% rule or law... the MCL says "the majority of their income from the sale of booz" and only applies to places where it is sold by the glass. NOTE this only applies to people with a cpl and who are carrying concealed.

Read and learn fellows as to not understand this section is to likely visit the grey bar hotel!

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Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: METL on May 01, 2011, 11:39:36 AM
Yeah, that's right, they could sell 45% beer, 25%food and 30% merch....   they don't sell more thamn 50% beer, but i'ts still the majorituy of their sales..   by the glass..

I don't know that part of the law because it doesn't apply to me and I would not carry there regardless..   the other part I was right about though.  No CPL means no guns (yes written permission exceptiON).
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: autosurgeon on May 01, 2011, 12:50:56 PM
Just trying to keep people out of jail..

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Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: CV67PAT on May 01, 2011, 01:26:32 PM
First all of you discussing LL need to go read some more as none of you have it right.

Second there is only one legal way for a person without a cpl to carry in or on the premises permission from the owner or other authorized person (and get it in writing)(including the parking lot and or other property) of a LL holding business whether they are currently selling or not.

Third there is no 50% rule or law... the MCL says "the majority of their income from the sale of booz" and only applies to places where it is sold by the glass. NOTE this only applies to people with a cpl and who are carrying concealed.

Read and learn fellows as to not understand this section is to likely visit the grey bar hotel!

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Revenue... not income. Big difference here. Revenue = cash flow.  Income = profit margins.

Food revenue: $10,000
Alcohol revenue: $11,000
T-shirt sales: $5,000

Food income: $10,000 w/15% profit margin = $1,500 income
Alcohol income: $11,000 w/ 8% profit margin = $880 income
T-shirt income: $5000 w/ 80% profit margin = $4000 income

Majority of revenue generated by alcohol sales. Majority of income generated by t-shirt sales.

Law is very specific. No ambiguity in this one. When in doubt... ask the agent (the same one that would ask you to leave) if the majority of revenue is generated by alcohol sales. Some places it is obvious. Others may be less obvious. Like a Mr B's. Sometimes when I am in there it appears that it is a restaurant that serves alcohol. Other times it appears to be a bar that serves food.

Just trying to keep people out of jail also.  ;)
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Big Gay Al on May 01, 2011, 03:17:50 PM
First all of you discussing LL need to go read some more as none of you have it right.

Second there is only one legal way for a person without a cpl to carry in or on the premises permission from the owner or other authorized person (and get it in writing)(including the parking lot and or other property) of a LL holding business whether they are currently selling or not.

Third there is no 50% rule or law... the MCL says "the majority of their income from the sale of booz" and only applies to places where it is sold by the glass. NOTE this only applies to people with a cpl and who are carrying concealed.

Read and learn fellows as to not understand this section is to likely visit the grey bar hotel!

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Revenue... not income. Big difference here. Revenue = cash flow.  Income = profit margins.

Food revenue: $10,000
Alcohol revenue: $11,000
T-shirt sales: $5,000

Food income: $10,000 w/15% profit margin = $1,500 income
Alcohol income: $11,000 w/ 8% profit margin = $880 income
T-shirt income: $5000 w/ 80% profit margin = $4000 income

Majority of revenue generated by alcohol sales. Majority of income generated by t-shirt sales.

Law is very specific. No ambiguity in this one. When in doubt... ask the agent (the same one that would ask you to leave) if the majority of revenue is generated by alcohol sales. Some places it is obvious. Others may be less obvious. Like a Mr B's. Sometimes when I am in there it appears that it is a restaurant that serves alcohol. Other times it appears to be a bar that serves food.

Just trying to keep people out of jail also.  ;)
Maybe I'm wrong, but the way I see it, if they take in $10k for food, $5k for T-shirts and $11k for alcohol, that looks to me like the primary source of their income is from sales OTHER than alcohol. 

And "Income" is what the law says.

Quote from: Michigan Fiream Laws Page29
28.425o.amended Premises on which carrying concealed weapon prohibited; “premises” defined; exceptions
to subsection (1); violation; penalties......

(d) A bar or tavern licensed under the Michigan liquor control code of 1998, 1998 PA 58, MCL 436.1101 to 436.2303, where
the primary source of income of the business is the sale of alcoholic liquor by the glass and consumed on the premises.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: CV67PAT on May 01, 2011, 03:35:06 PM
Thanks BGA. My bad.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Big Gay Al on May 01, 2011, 05:02:09 PM
Thanks BGA. My bad.
Even I couldn't remember if it was income or revenue until I looked it up. ;)

Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: rugersingleshot on May 02, 2011, 09:37:24 PM
OC'd at Churchill's on Orchard Lake tonight after the seminar at Target Sports.  Uneventful.  Nice Padron 1924 was the highlight.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: ocdetroit on May 03, 2011, 08:11:57 PM
Oc'd with my Glock 19, in a shoulder holster. I took a two mile walk around the hood, then to the local Coney. Sat down had dinner then headed home. No Problems. Stay alert, Carry On Strong.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: METL on May 03, 2011, 09:09:50 PM
ever have probs. with the muzzle direction of a shoulder holster?
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: CV67PAT on May 04, 2011, 03:30:45 AM
Nope. I have one for my Glock. And everyone knows how unsafe they are. Never had it discharge while in my holster yet. But I know I should never say never.

Semi-OC'd everywhere i went today. Banks, stores, gas station, restaurant. Even encountered DPD at Chene and 94. Not a peep. No body ever says jack to me.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Big Gay Al on May 04, 2011, 07:15:59 AM
Well, I have a Galco Jackass holster for my Taurus PT92AFS.  I think they now call it the Miami Classic, as it was sort of made famous by that 1980's cop show, Miami Vice.  Considering the trigger and trigger guard are covered, and the hammer is down and covered by the thumb snap, I've never considered muzzle sweep to be to be a problem, unless it's in my hand, in which case the muzzle only sweeps that which I intend to shoot.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: METL on May 04, 2011, 09:27:08 AM
Right...  I understand all that... but other people, or anti's might not feel that way... just wondered if anyone said stuff about it.. because I like my shoulder holster for my USPc, but don't use it for that reason.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: JoeCar on May 04, 2011, 02:06:59 PM
I did have a comment/confrontation while having lunch in a Tim Horton's with my uncle, while wearing my Bianchi shoulder holster for my Beretta. An older gentleman w/wife were sitting behind me having lunch. He came over and said that he didn't appreciate looking at the barrel of my pistol while he is eating. He said that the barrel should be pointing down if I want to wear a shoulder holster. I apologized for his experience and that seemed to satisfy him. Later, I looked in the mirror and it did look intimidating to see a shiny barrel pointing back at you. Now, if wearing this, ( I have a belt holster now) I like to position the barrel against a wall.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: CV67PAT on May 04, 2011, 02:29:28 PM
If you had tin to go with the holster, the guy would not have had a single problem.

And I have seen plenty of jackets removed in restaurants by LEOs wearing shoulder rigs. No one ever approaches them.

Someone was just being a ****.

I have the predecessor to the jack ass rig which I find very comfortable and very concealable for carry of my BUG. This is if I did carry a BUG. And if I did carry a BUG, I would not admit to it. (Except as required by law.) So now everyone knows I don't ever carry a BUG. Especially not a left handed one in case some one tries to snatch my semi-OC gun.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: METL on May 04, 2011, 03:20:56 PM
If you had tin to go with the holster, the guy would not have had a single problem.

And I have seen plenty of jackets removed in restaurants by LEOs wearing shoulder rigs. No one ever approaches them.

Someone was just being a ****.

I have the predecessor to the jack ass rig which I find very comfortable and very concealable for carry of my BUG. This is if I did carry a BUG. And if I did carry a BUG, I would not admit to it. (Except as required by law.) So now everyone knows I don't ever carry a BUG. Especially not a left handed one in case some one tries to snatch my semi-OC gun.


I don't believe that is a good idea at all...  so therefore I completely believe you when you say that you don't carry a BUG....  especially a lefthanded one...  ;)

Good point about the LEO... but it is obvious that no one would A.) question LEO and B.) people just assume cops are experts (and are) and that joe public is an idiot.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Big Gay Al on May 04, 2011, 05:44:37 PM
Right...  I understand all that... but other people, or anti's might not feel that way... just wondered if anyone said stuff about it.. because I like my shoulder holster for my USPc, but don't use it for that reason.
I've never had anyone question me about muzzle sweep.  I've only had questions (and stares) because I was carrying a gun to begin with.

Way back in 2003, after I first got my CPL, and was trying to get used to packing again, I had my PT92AFS in the Jackass rig.  It was Summer time, and so it was over a T-Shirt, covered by an outer shirt that was unbuttoned.  I took my family to a local ice cream place and while there, the wind blew the outer shirt all over the place.  Only one guy seemed to notice, and he was a skanky looking guy, the sort I'd be keeping my eye on, regardless where I was.  He never said a word.  He just left shortly afterward.

The only people I know who might complain about muzzle sweep, are not anti-2A types.  And even the ones who complain, should really know better anyway.  In my humble opinion that is. :)
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: ocdetroit on May 04, 2011, 05:55:36 PM
I have not had any problems carrying mine, maybe it because the gun and holster is all black. Or it's the way i carry myself, where they think i'm a LEO. Carry On.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Master Control on May 05, 2011, 12:13:46 AM
If you had tin to go with the holster, the guy would not have had a single problem.

And I have seen plenty of jackets removed in restaurants by LEOs wearing shoulder rigs. No one ever approaches them.

Someone was just being a ****.

I have the predecessor to the jack ass rig which I find very comfortable and very concealable for carry of my BUG. This is if I did carry a BUG. And if I did carry a BUG, I would not admit to it. (Except as required by law.) So now everyone knows I don't ever carry a BUG. Especially not a left handed one in case some one tries to snatch my semi-OC gun.


I don't believe that is a good idea at all...  so therefore I completely believe you when you say that you don't carry a BUG....  especially a lefthanded one...  ;)

Good point about the LEO... but it is obvious that no one would A.) question LEO and B.) people just assume cops are experts (and are) and that joe public is an idiot.

I wouldnt consider the guy a azz****, I would not ever knowingly sit behind a guy/gal and be looking down the barrel of someone else's firearm, especially in the company of someone else.  IMO: if the firearm is NOT pointed in a safe direction, it's just NOT pointed in a safe direction! I have nothing against shoulder rigs when IMO are worn in what I feel is a responsible fashion, ( I own a couple myself) but I personally would never subject anyone to have to look down the barrel of my firearm, for me it kinda goes against everything I have taught my loved ones about firearm safety. I travel quite a bit with my three yr. old who already knows the Big Four Rules & attends OC family events. I can imagine if I were sitting behind a gentleman with a holder rig that had a firearm and was pointed straight at us, and my 3 yr old ask " Why is that gun pointed at us? thats not a safe direction". But prior to that ever happening I too would address the person (rather LEO or not) with the shoulder rig and ask them politely if they would mine securing the direction of destruction of their firearm, if they chose not, I would just move out of the line of fire/sweeping, if no more seat were available I would leave. This is NOT a attack on the above posters or ANYONE that choses to use that sort of equipment, my rigs all point down. In Closing.... for me personally I would never intentionally point or have my firearm pointed at anything that I havn't chose to destroy,,, No, I wouldnt consider the guy a AZZ****, I wasnt there, but I dont think he was trying to be one, but I can be wrong.

I am responsible for my own safety & my Love Ones;
Carry On
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: JSteinmetz on May 05, 2011, 08:25:31 AM
Forgot to post the other day - went to a buddy's house for dinner, ran to the small market to pick up drinks.  OC'd everywhere, only got one look when I held the door for someone (he was on my strong side, and holding the door made my holster more visible), but he didn't say anything.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: CV67PAT on May 05, 2011, 12:56:12 PM
A gun in a holster is not being pointed. Duh!

As you were.
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Post by: ocdetroit on May 05, 2011, 04:47:15 PM
 :) True dat.
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Post by: AnnieO on May 05, 2011, 11:01:55 PM
How often have any of you ever seen two women open carrying by themselves...probably not very often.  But if you would have been in Michaels or JoAnn Fabrics in Shelby Township on Wednesday Afternoon you would have seen me and my mom open carrying.  Lots of bug eyed looks, but no one said anything to either of us.

We also had no incidents on our trip south when we stopped at the Flying Jay gas station off of I-75 @ the Reese exit.  And no incidents on the way back when we stopped at the McDonald's at University and Opdyke Rd.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: AnnieO on May 05, 2011, 11:20:07 PM
How often have any of you ever seen two women open carrying by themselves...probably not very often.  But if you would have been in Michaels or JoAnn Fabrics in Shelby Township on Wednesday Afternoon you would have seen me and my mom open carrying.  Lots of bug eyed looks, but no one said anything to either of us.

We also had no incidents on our trip south when we stopped at the Flying Jay gas station off of I-75 @ the Reese exit.  And no incidents on the way back when we stopped at the McDonald's at University and Opdyke Rd.

Oh yeah forgot to mention that we had my 3 year old daughter with us.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: mosnar87 on May 06, 2011, 12:57:00 PM
How often have any of you ever seen two women open carrying by themselves...probably not very often.  But if you would have been in Michaels or JoAnn Fabrics in Shelby Township on Wednesday Afternoon you would have seen me and my mom open carrying.  Lots of bug eyed looks, but no one said anything to either of us.

We also had no incidents on our trip south when we stopped at the Flying Jay gas station off of I-75 @ the Reese exit.  And no incidents on the way back when we stopped at the McDonald's at University and Opdyke Rd.

Oh yeah forgot to mention that we had my 3 year old daughter with us.

(http://www.migunowners.org/forum/images/smilies/cheers2.gif)

But... but... Only overweight, middle aged, white guys OC.  ::)
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Post by: BailEnforcer on May 06, 2011, 01:24:59 PM
But... but... Only overweight, middle aged, white guys OC.

Ah so you do know me  ;D
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Post by: rugersingleshot on May 07, 2011, 04:57:54 PM
2nd day of OC.  Two trips to Don's Done Rite car wash in Berkley to vacuum and clean the family trucks.  Stop to fill up at the station on 12 mile and a trip to Royal Oak Ford for parts.  A few people noticed, nobody said anything.
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Post by: emt805 on May 07, 2011, 06:09:56 PM
Oced last sat Jackson fairgrounds for about two hours then wendy's
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Post by: autosurgeon on May 07, 2011, 09:00:21 PM
OCed at Culver's in Stevensville for lunch and Panel Room in Hartford for dinner. No issues and one comment. My waitress at the Panel Room said "got yer trusty pistol I see!" I answered in the affirmative and she just smiled and asked if I needed more to drink.
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Post by: ocdetroit on May 10, 2011, 10:30:31 PM
After the Shooting Range today I went to a little Hamburger joint oc'd in Deaborn on Michigan and Schafer St. Walked to Wonderland Music looked around at some bass and a bass amp. Then went accross the street to a Radio Shack for a while great weather felt good. Carry On Safely. :D.
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Post by: Big Gay Al on May 11, 2011, 03:07:55 AM
OCed at Mason Meijer, Speedway, Rite Aid, and Leslie Marathon.  Very few looks, no comments, no problems.
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Post by: redskin on May 11, 2011, 09:08:19 PM
OCed down to the Benton Harbor Police Department today to drop off some paperwork. Officer outside stopped me and asked how I liked my XDm 9mm. I told him it was a pretty good carry gun, especially since its the gun of choice for the Berrien County Sheriff, but in a .45.
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Post by: Bronson on May 12, 2011, 03:40:44 PM
A bit of OC in Kalamazoo today.

Meijer on W. Main
On Target Guns & Gunsmithing
Dinicio's Koney Island
D & R Sports
MC Sports (put a Ruger Charger on lay away--it was the last one and they had a great clearance price)

Then home to Battle Creek where I OCed in Dunham's to get a shotgun out of layaway.

No issues but I did find it funny that when I walked up the pistol counter at D & R the woman working there just got done giving her spiel to a customer about how you never want, under any circumstances, to let anybody see your gun. I walked up and her eyes went straight to the OCed 1911 and she just looked at me. I smiled and kept looking around. Nothing was said.

Bronson
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Post by: JoeCar on May 12, 2011, 06:50:34 PM
Open carried my Beretta while riding my Harley. I stopped at a Speedway, on Bristol Rd. and I475. After getting some gas, I spotted a lady at the next pump over, checking me out. She looked away, after I noticed her. After that, I had a coffee at Tim Horton's. A couple from Fenton were talking in line about what I was carrying. I told them, and the fella said that he was jealous. They were firefighters from Detroit. They said that it's a policy that they cannot arm themselves while on duty. Too bad..
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Post by: ocdetroit on May 12, 2011, 08:22:18 PM
Did any join Rick at the Hoe Down in detroit? He was on the news today. I'm sure it will be on at 11. Carry On. I will be down there riding my bike tomrrow. Carry On.
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Post by: kryptonian on May 14, 2011, 10:00:19 PM
i was down there today ocdetroit. wasn't sure of the OC access and was walking across jefferson when i ran into onnie. he said he and wife were there an hour and a half with no problems. he walked back to my jeep while i geared up and we chatted a while. he also gave me a printout to give DPD if any issues arose.
went thru security checkpoint - not a word. waved thru. waled all over there a few times looking for my C+W or OC friends. ran into Master Control and a friend OC. we walked the whole place. got plenty of very positive comments. lots of "YEAH. OPEN CARRY" "LOVE TO SEE IT" etc. DPD never said a word. MC and friend knew several officers and even got a thumbs up and a peace sign from some. ran into a few other OCers there but said they weren't on the websites. i just assumed we all were. no issues. no problems.
a young girl tripped and fell in front of me and her hand landed right on the butt of my Sig228. she didn't realize until she pulled herself up with it that it was a handgun. she apologized and i just said it was ok. other than that wasn't bad and reminded me why i am so glad i don't have teenage daughters to worry about.
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Post by: ocdetroit on May 15, 2011, 06:09:55 PM
 8) Now that's what i'm talking about, just another day minding my own Carry On Safely.
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Post by: rugersingleshot on May 22, 2011, 07:43:00 PM
The Avenue on Woodward in Royal Oak today.  Great experience, great place.
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Post by: METL on May 25, 2011, 10:20:00 PM
OCed at Cottage Inn Pizza in downtown Lansing on Washington after the court hearing with TheQ, Venator, DanM, and one guy who's name I didn't catch. (from kzoo)  Had a decent talk with the manager (who is OC friendly) about how they mgmt won't let him carry even though he has a CPL.  He also told us that their security system is on teh fritz and hopefully will be fixed soon.  I wished I had told him to just CC anyways...  chances are no one would know, and if he had to use it, he could be fired, but alive.

Anyways, just ate and took off, nothing eventful to report.  NO looks, no screaming women or children....   

Only thing that was kinda funny is I don't have a CPL, so as I was transitioning from transport to OC, I was standing near the door of my truck, grabbed my firearm out of the case after removing the lock...   then as I was slamming in the mag and racking the slide and holstering, LPD pulled up just behind my parked vehicle...  not sure if they saw or not, but the timing couldn't have been worse.  :)   Nothing happened so it was all good.
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Post by: emt805 on May 28, 2011, 06:15:53 PM
Oced this week 6 hours lenawee county fairgrounds- had one guy ask if I get alot of questions about carrying in the open. Meijers, starbucks, walmart and sears all in Adrian no issues or other comments.
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Post by: ocdetroit on May 28, 2011, 09:41:56 PM
OC'ed while shopping with my son, at Home Depot. Got a lot of looks, and just one guy asked if i was a cop. Told him no, and before i could say anything else he told me the guy down the street from him does it everyday. I really forgot to asked for his name. No time had to go, great shopping. Carry On.
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Post by: emt805 on May 30, 2011, 06:55:19 PM
Oced last night speedway in Dundee, Metro airport at the mac and parking deck about 20 minutes, Denny's in monroe on dixie hwy about 90 minutes. Today while at tractor supply co, Adrian mall and radio shack.

Everyone at metro was too caught up on their ipads and phones to notice more than 3 feet around them.
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Post by: mosnar87 on May 30, 2011, 08:18:03 PM
IWB Oc'd while taking a stroll down the south side harbor-walk in South Haven, all the way from the top of Water st. to the end of the pier and back, only overheard one comment about  me and that was a teenager on a skateboard being told by his buddy to stop riding it on the sidewalk "there's a cop right in front of us".

Stood in line for the water fountain at the south side pavilion for ten minutes while a bunch of little girls took turns "drinking" (hosing each other down) and none of them or their parents took any untoward notice of my sidearm. Hmm... No running, no screaming. I must be doing something wrong.
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Post by: JoeCar on May 30, 2011, 09:25:48 PM
I open carried on my Harley into Fenton's Tim Horton (coffee) and also into 7 Lakes State park in Holly. I took the first road to the left because it is hilly and winding. On the way back to the main park road, I saw the State police (with bubble gum light turning) race on past me, heading to the main part of the park. It nags in your mind that someone might of called on you, but you can't prove it. Anyways, I didn't follow him, I went the opposite way.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: JoeCar on June 07, 2011, 11:59:55 PM
Today, I stopped at a McDonald's for a drink. I was following a mom and her two boys (about 8 and 11) into the building. The youngest was holding the door and got a glimpse of my Beretta. They got to the counter first, and the 8 yr. old stood with his back to the counter, while his mom ordered. The point being that he was so fascinated with the view, that it made me chuckle on the inside.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: kryptonian on June 12, 2011, 11:33:17 AM
OC yesterday at the walled lake jet boat races. had to park pretty far away so had to hike it around the lake past a novi police car (no comments or issues) past walled lake barricades and patrol units (same but reserve officers) and around the boats in restaurant parking lot. police everywhere. ran into officer i knew and chatted with him for a minute. no problems or issues. actually felt invisible. there was just an Amp power drink floating thru the air.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: ocdetroit on June 12, 2011, 05:29:58 PM
Way to Carry, Carry On. :)
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: steve jaye on June 12, 2011, 09:51:28 PM
OC yesterday at the walled lake jet boat races. had to park pretty far away so had to hike it around the lake past a novi police car (no comments or issues) past walled lake barricades and patrol units (same but reserve officers) and around the boats in restaurant parking lot. police everywhere. ran into officer i knew and chatted with him for a minute. no problems or issues. actually felt invisible. there was just an Amp power drink floating thru the air.

I wanted to go this year again but I was in a wedding!!
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: emt805 on June 13, 2011, 08:44:24 PM
Over the last week OCed in Adrian at Lowe's, Speedway, Meijer and Starbucks. While at Meijer a guy asked me if I was attempting to carry concealed, we talked about about a minute and he stated 30 years ago when he got his cpl they were told it was required to be concealed. On the way out he told me it was nice to see someone still exercising their freedom these days.

Last night spent about an hour OCing at Cabela's as I was walking to the exit from checking out I hear a childs voice say "Mommy why is there a policeman working here" her response was there is not at which time I assume he pointed to my XD as it was on their strong side and I hear the mother go "oh, I don't know" 
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: kryptonian on June 13, 2011, 10:10:54 PM
OC yesterday at the walled lake jet boat races. had to park pretty far away so had to hike it around the lake past a novi police car (no comments or issues) past walled lake barricades and patrol units (same but reserve officers) and around the boats in restaurant parking lot. police everywhere. ran into officer i knew and chatted with him for a minute. no problems or issues. actually felt invisible. there was just an Amp power drink floating thru the air.

I wanted to go this year again but I was in a wedding!!
not yours i hope steve!!!!
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: steve jaye on June 14, 2011, 12:20:48 PM
OC yesterday at the walled lake jet boat races. had to park pretty far away so had to hike it around the lake past a novi police car (no comments or issues) past walled lake barricades and patrol units (same but reserve officers) and around the boats in restaurant parking lot. police everywhere. ran into officer i knew and chatted with him for a minute. no problems or issues. actually felt invisible. there was just an Amp power drink floating thru the air.

I wanted to go this year again but I was in a wedding!!
not yours i hope steve!!!!

Nope my best friend!
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Bronson on June 15, 2011, 01:37:13 AM
I really need to remember to post my experiences here as well as on OCDO.

Here's mine from today.

Did a little bit of OCing today since it wasn't too godawful hot to tuck in my shirt.

The girlfriend and I walked up the street to the little BBQ place that just opened up to get some take-out. No issues while the guy as putting our order together. He says business is going well so I hope he can make a go of it because it would be nice to have a place within walking distance.

Anyway...

Just as we get back to our driveway one of the neighborhood young-un's rides up on his bike. My girlfriend greets him by name (I work an odd shift so I'm not usually out and about when the kids are) and he asks her "why does he have a gun?"

I turned to greet him and told him: "Well, there are some bad people in the world and I just want to make sure I can protect myself if one of them attacks me. I also want to make sure I can protect the people I care about. That's my girlfriend there (pointing) and I love her very much and I want to be able protect her if somebody tries to hurt her. I also want to be able to protect you and your friends if a bad person tries to hurt you. Does that make sense?"

Him: "Uh-huh"

Me: "That's it. That's the reason I carry a gun."

Him: "Oh, ok. Bye." Then he rode off down the road on his merry way.

OHDEARGODTHINKOFTHECHILDREN!!!!!

Later in the evening I OCed at Steak & Shake on Westnedge in Kalamazoo. An elderly gentleman saw my pistol as I sat down and he watched my for a bit but I think my friendly demeanor with the waitress and the fact that I was just sitting and reading my book and not bothering anybody quickly set him at ease and he went back to his ice cream.

No issues at all.

Bronson
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: kryptonian on June 15, 2011, 09:58:22 PM
last night stopped at 7-11 by my house for some monsters for the morning. 2 walled lake police units in the parking lot. walked in saw 2 officers standing back by coffee and still in sight of cash register. got my drinks, paid and left. not a word. not followed. not CPL checked. could not have missed my sig 228.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: keyman on June 15, 2011, 11:04:12 PM
I had a nice experience in my comerica bank 10 mile kelly ,I walked in filled out my bank statement
and a very nice bank manager came up to me when I was next in line and said thanks for leaving it open when I came in the bank ,she said the girls were a little scared at first but the manager told them not to hit the alarm because I was  open carrying .and with the recent robbery / shootout ,at 10 mile and gratiot the girls were nervous .I told here im in hear twice a week but they never noticed before .she was very pleasant to talk to and glad to see me open carrying .
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: fozzy71 on June 16, 2011, 10:40:07 PM
Had a postal employee ask me, while shopping in Kroger the other day, where I got my hip holster.   ;D

Tonight I walked to the party store for a 1/2 pint of absolut and was almost there, trying to cross the street, when I noticed a RPD unit behind me pull off the road into the end of one of my neighbors driveways.  I continued on my, waited until the road was clear so I could jaywalk, and went to the party store.  I left the party store and he was still parked there so I made sure to cross the road in front of him, so I could pass by his driver's side window (weak side) and wave to him.  He was looking down at some paperwork (lol) and looked up briefly to wave.  2 minutes after I turned in my driveway he was gone.   :o
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: mosnar87 on June 19, 2011, 12:15:34 AM
IWB OC'd at Harbor Fest in South Haven from around 22:00 to 23:00, only heard one comment "Dang! He got's a gun" from a rude young lady whom I had to dodge, as her group of friends took up the entire sidewalk.

Quite a few cops around, none of whom took notice of my firearm. All in all, another good day to OC!
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: JoeCar on June 25, 2011, 11:21:17 PM
Open carried into Meijer's on Hill Rd. and US23. A few looks from the astonished, but otherwise the employees acted like I was just another customer. Also oc into William's Gunsight. I can still hit the target..
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: fozzy71 on June 26, 2011, 01:04:10 AM
OC'd into Kroger at Gratiot/Frazho like I do 4 - 8 times per month, and encountered my first other random OC'er ever,...  It was Scott Webb.   :o
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: kryptonian on June 26, 2011, 08:22:20 PM
good OC weekend. great weather. couple notable items. waiting to get my hair cut an older couple approached me and asked if i could answer some questions about my carrying a gun. i said sure. the man asked why. i said CC or OC. he said both. i launched into my usual self protection speech and the visual deterant of OC when the girl called me back to get cut. wish i had more time. he seemed unsure when i started and was visibly intrigued with my statements.
OC today at the livonia spree. stopped to read the lengthy spree rule board and nothing about weapons. mostly gang stuff, attire and no outside alcohol. i'm not in a gang (except for MOC), my pants are pulled up and i don't drink.
livonia police regulars, reserves, explorers, event police(?) and lost track of different uniforms everywhere. not a word. did a couple casual glances back when walking past some reserves. they quickly ran up and asked full time officers pointing to me. when i looked again at them they pretended they weren't looking at me. glanced back again and they resumed their posts. my guess is reserves need legal updates too. once again not only did they not approach me it was as if i were invisible.
one humorous side note while walking past a dunk tank carnival barker insulting passers by to get them to pay to dunk him both times i walked by he got strangely quiet resuming insults after i was out if sight.
bunch of other countless unremarkable OC places - taco bell, several convienience stores, gas stations, walmart, kroger, best buy, dick's etc. nothing to report. *sigh*
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: ocdetroit on June 26, 2011, 10:49:14 PM
 :D Great report Carry On.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Greyh Seer on June 27, 2011, 03:39:26 PM
I OC'd my first time just to the laundry room outside my apartment.  There was a lady in there who seemed nice.  Asked her if I could turn the lights on (it was starting to get dark) and I think she noticed my firearm, as she seemed to quickly pack up and leave...
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Bronson on June 29, 2011, 10:04:06 PM
Out and about in Battle Creek today.

Discount Tire on Columbia. Everybody in there was very polite. There was one guy (who may have been the manager since he was in a different shirt) that walked by and said to the guy helping me "don't mess with him, he's got a gun." My guy said "yup, I know" then asked if I was with a dept. or just had my permit. We had a bried convo as he got my info squared away. No problems.

While I was waiting I walked over to Tony's Hong Kong and had a very nice lunch, no problems.

Then on to Rx Optical on Columbia to pick out some new prescription safety glasses. Not a word and no issues. I was dealing directly with the manager and she was great. Very helpful and friendly.

Left Rx and swung into the Shell station on Capital to pick up a soda...no issues.

Stopped into Southside Sportsman Club to fondle a couple of guns and BS with the guys.

Later we took the dogs out for a walk & swim at Fort Custer. Lots of folks around but surprise, surprise no body ran away screaming.

For dinner we went to Golden Dragon and a little after dinner grocery shopping at Family Fare in Pennfield. No issues at either place.

All in all a good day.

Bronson
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: METL on June 30, 2011, 10:54:50 AM
Had my OWB holster on as I went in to apply for my CPL (yeah I had to break down and do it) and the lady noticed...  (who was pretty cuuute btw) and asked if I was LEO because of all the lay offs recently she had been doing a lot for laid off cops.  Anyways, I said nope, it's just teh only way I can carry...and we proceeded to have a decent conversation about OC and guns and how stupid the CPL law was since people could jsut carry anyways and how preposterous it was that I could carry while walking around, but the second I got in a vehicle I was some how "dangerous".

So not really an OC experience... but close enough.  :)
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Greyh Seer on July 01, 2011, 09:58:35 AM
First real public outing OCing: Gander Mountain, Novi.

Was only in the store for a few minutes to pick up a safe.  No issues.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: fozzy71 on July 03, 2011, 09:11:20 PM
Handed out 2 MOC tri-folds tonight at Krogers, to 2 different CPL holders that had questions about the 'open carry law'.  Maybe I should renew my MOC membership....
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: emt805 on July 04, 2011, 09:08:44 PM
While carrying on Sat i was approached and asked if what I was carrying was co2 powered.  Springfield XD40 owb in Serpa. When I informed him it was not he asked what it was, when I stated .40 at that time he asked me if it was a new cal.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: JoeCar on July 06, 2011, 07:23:06 AM
open carried into the 'hood (Pierson Rd./I-75) for a rear brake job. Some of the customers noticed but said nothing. I was asked into the bay area to look at the needed repair. People don't verbalize what they are thinking.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Greyh Seer on July 06, 2011, 06:02:08 PM
I had a few conversations over the last week about open carry and each time I really wished that I had some of those fancy looking tri-folds.  How do I get some of the nice looking ones?  I'm sure I could donate some money to cover costs.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Bronson on July 06, 2011, 08:18:16 PM
I had a few conversations over the last week about open carry and each time I really wished that I had some of those fancy looking tri-folds.  How do I get some of the nice looking ones?  I'm sure I could donate some money to cover costs.

You'll get some in the mail with your membership package.

Bronson
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Greyh Seer on July 06, 2011, 08:20:20 PM
I had a few conversations over the last week about open carry and each time I really wished that I had some of those fancy looking tri-folds.  How do I get some of the nice looking ones?  I'm sure I could donate some money to cover costs.

You'll get some in the mail with your membership package.

Bronson

I'm also concerned about that as I don't know if I put my current address or my new address on the membership app.  I would hate for me to not be able to get it for a while.  Who do I contact about my current address being up to date?
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: METL on July 06, 2011, 09:48:35 PM
You can download the .pdf file... then print page 1..   put the just printed papers back in the printer and print page 2 on the back...    they are easy to make for yourself...


They used to be here:   http://forums.michiganopencarry.org/index.php/topic,642.0.html    at the bottom of the first post, but appears the link is busted....
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: JoeCar on July 07, 2011, 03:57:15 PM
Open carried into Tim Horton's with my wife. Good coffee and peanut butter cookies! Next, I'm getting my Sportster and Beretta ready for the Westland picnic, hosted by Fatman, tonight.  As the saying goes, be there or be square...
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Pond Scum on July 07, 2011, 11:37:59 PM
Finally did it.  Tuesday morning we took a walk through downtown Grand Haven.  Had the 1911 OWB with my shirt tucked in and a nice pair of shorts like Bronson wears.  : )

No funny looks, no stares, no comments, no problems.  I guess an fat old grandpa with his wife and 2 white princess dogs don't look very scary even if the 1911 is cocked & locked.

-Pondy
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Bronson on July 08, 2011, 02:10:58 AM
Finally did it.  Tuesday morning we took a walk through downtown Grand Haven.  Had the 1911 OWB with my shirt tucked in and a nice pair of shorts like Bronson wears.  : )

No funny looks, no stares, no comments, no problems.  I guess an fat old grandpa with his wife and 2 white princess dogs don't look very scary even if the 1911 is cocked & locked.

-Pondy

I do have nice shorts  :P  Glad it went well.  Even though all went as it should I would still recommend getting a voice recorder and have it running if you plan on more OC non-adventures.

Now wait until you go to the store and buy ammo with a fully visible pistol...it feels just like freedom  ;D

Bronson
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: northofnowhere on July 08, 2011, 07:25:47 AM
Trifolds and a few other tidbits are availible for downlaod at:

http://miopencarry.org/?q=node/12

enjoy.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: JoeCar on July 08, 2011, 09:40:28 AM
Had a good ride on the Harley, open carrying through heavy traffic. Passed a MSP cruiser watching traffic in Novi...nothing happened. Arrived at the park in Westland, and met our host Frank (Fatman) cooking some tasty hot dogs! Also, had a good chat with Onnie, and Glock9mmOldstyle. A good time was had by all!
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: PaulC on July 08, 2011, 06:11:37 PM
Oc'd at McDonalds in Macomb Township and at the Secretary of State as I LOST my license while going to get printed for my CPL.  >:( I am sooo glad I had another form of ID. They balked for a few minutes then allowed me to use it.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: fozzy71 on July 08, 2011, 07:34:26 PM
Bagger at Kroger tonight asked if I was a LEO, I said no, just a 'guy with a gun'.  In hindsight, 'legally armed citizen' may have been smarter to say, but the worker got the joke.

I had a few conversations over the last week about open carry and each time I really wished that I had some of those fancy looking tri-folds.  How do I get some of the nice looking ones?  I'm sure I could donate some money to cover costs.

http://michiganopencarry.org/?q=node/12
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Pond Scum on July 08, 2011, 11:45:16 PM
Even though all went as it should I would still recommend getting a voice recorder and have it running if you plan on more OC non-adventures.

Bronson

I do have voice recorder capability on my "smart" phone ... It is so smart that I have a hard time using it.  : (  But I will practice turning it on.  I just got an iPhone and ear buds with a mic ... that should cover it when I figure it out.

My wife for some strange reason prefers for me to OC.  I'm not sure why but since she is my wife I'm sure there is some nefarious reason behind it!   :o

Did the OC thing at lunch today at Fat Boys on Plainfield Ave in Grand Rapids.  I partly wanted to OC today because of the shootings and Fat Boys is just north of one of the shooting houses from last night.  The owner noticed my gun and asked if I was LEO.  I said no .... he didn't have a problem with my OC .... he just wanted to offer me the LE discount!   :D

-Pondy
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: METL on July 09, 2011, 10:21:36 AM
Here's the link to the ohio concealed carry site where the shooter was posting his part of the story...


http://ohioccwforums.org/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=53502
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: WwRGSwW on July 18, 2011, 12:37:26 AM
OC'ed all weekend while in MI (From FL)

OC'ed at Lowes  /  Home depot in Commerce Township... no problems there...

OC'ed on Mackinac Island... had one or two looks, but nothing much...

OC'ed at Leo's Coney Island, Meijers  Commerce Township, no issues.  Then I went into Walmart to buy some 12ga and 308ammo for a quick visit to a range.    Got the ammo no problem, but while  I was at the checkout in the sports area the guy (Joe) made a comment about my sidearm asking if I was in there a week ago and they gave me a problem.  I stated that I was not, however it was perfectly legal.  Conversation went back and forth, with him telling me he was a retired cop, and that city law was higher then state law.    Thankfully when I OC, I print out a copy of the MSP Update and the preemption law.      I nicely corrected him, and explained some of our gun laws briefly.       Went on my way to the Pontiac state park gun range, and they did not have a problem with OC, just informed me I was not allowed to shoot my pistol  as it was not cased (which was fine with me because it had JHP rounds that are to expensive to shoot everyday)
(http://img807.imageshack.us/img807/936/28271853188828522277100.jpg)

Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: JoeCar on July 18, 2011, 08:24:00 AM
I'm figuring that you were open carrying on the boat ride over to the island?
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: WwRGSwW on July 18, 2011, 10:06:26 AM
I'm figuring that you were open carrying on the boat ride over to the island?

I did...    Took Arnold Transit.    they did not say anything... talked with the captain of the boat for 20 minutes about the tigers,  he must of seen it at least once.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: WwRGSwW on July 18, 2011, 10:17:53 AM
I'm figuring that you were open carrying on the boat ride over to the island?

The only sign I saw was a sign stating that they have the right to search anything (and any body)... I did not find that to be an issue as I wasnt hiding anything.   did not see one no gun sign or firearm sign.   

Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Greyh Seer on July 18, 2011, 12:41:22 PM
I'm figuring that you were open carrying on the boat ride over to the island?

The only sign I saw was a sign stating that they have the right to search anything (and any body)... I did not find that to be an issue as I wasnt hiding anything.   did not see one no gun sign or firearm sign.

I doubt the ferry can take away your 4th ammendment right with an illegal search...

but hey, it's 2011...
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: northofnowhere on July 18, 2011, 03:17:22 PM
I'm figuring that you were open carrying on the boat ride over to the island?

The only sign I saw was a sign stating that they have the right to search anything (and any body)... I did not find that to be an issue as I wasnt hiding anything.   did not see one no gun sign or firearm sign.

I doubt the ferry can take away your 4th amendment right with an illegal search...

but hey, it's 2011...

The 4th Amendment protects us from government agency's, well, it is supposed to, but it is not applicable to private property or business.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: fozzy71 on July 20, 2011, 11:57:18 PM
I saw a MI State Trooper this weekend in Clarkston (likely from the Holly post on Dixie).  He was filling his gas tank as I drove past him and parked on the opposite side of the same island, under the canopy so my dog could have some shade (and left the car/ac running), as I ran in to grab a cold drink. 

I got out of the car and turned strong side (OWB Serpa) with my full-size stainless para gi expert and went in to purchase my drinks.  I walked past him again on my way out (weak side with fobus kydex double spare mags OWB) as he was spinning the cap shut on his gas tank.  He looked up and simply nodded.  I nodded back.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Greyh Seer on July 21, 2011, 08:57:40 AM
I saw a MI State Trooper this weekend in Clarkston (likely from the Holly post on Dixie).  He was filling his gas tank as I drove past him and parked on the opposite side of the same island, under the canopy so my dog could have some shade (and left the car/ac running), as I ran in to grab a cold drink. 

I got out of the car and turned strong side (OWB Serpa) with my full-size stainless para gi expert and went in to purchase my drinks.  I walked past him again on my way out (weak side with fobus kydex double spare mags OWB) as he was spinning the cap shut on his gas tank.  He looked up and simply nodded.  I nodded back.

These are the stories that give me hope for Michigan.  :)
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: fozzy71 on July 21, 2011, 07:35:22 PM
OC'd in Durand last week at a few businesses.  Only one comment, 'do you have one of those OC permits?'

OC'd this morning at my chiropractor's office. No comments from her staff and no comments about my 1911 from the Dr. as I put my gun belt, mags, and serpa paddle back on.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Greyh Seer on July 22, 2011, 04:53:10 PM
First time OCing in a larger public place!  OC'd at Mejier in Wixom/Novi.  Only stopped in to get some ink for my printer.  At least a few people noticed.  No issues.  :)

Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: METL on July 22, 2011, 06:45:56 PM
First time OCing in a larger public place!  OC'd at Mejier in Wixom/Novi.  Only stopped in to get some ink for my printer.  At least a few people noticed.  No issues.  :)


I thought you said you didn't have your CPL.

OCing in meijer without a CPL is a felony if I"m not mistaken...  maybe not a felony, but a BIG no-no.   You can't OC or even possess (meaning boxed and locked in yoru vehicle) on the premises (meaning parking lot or anywhere on the property) of a place that has a liquor license...     and no BRONSON, I don't have a cite..  lol... I'm depending on you for that good buddy!   :D
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: northofnowhere on July 22, 2011, 07:22:33 PM
Without a CPL:
http://miopencarry.org/moc_files/downloads/offlimits_front.pdf
With a CPL:
http://miopencarry.org/moc_files/downloads/offlimits_back.pdf

CITE (Can't rely on Bronson for everything, plus he's getting old and slow, ya eh?):
Sec. 234d
(1) Except as otherwise provided in
subsection (2), a person shall not possess a
firearm on the premises of any of the following:
a) A bank.
b) A church
c) A court
d) A theatre
e) A sports arena
f) A day care center
g) A hospital.
h) An establishment licensed under the Michigan
liquor control act.
(2) This section does not apply to any of the
following:
a) A person who owns, or is employed by or
contracted by, an entity described in
subsection (1) if the possession of that firearm
is to provide security services for that entity.
b) A peace officer.
c) A person licensed by this state or another
state to carry a concealed weapon.
d) A person who possesses a firearm on the
premises of an entity described in subsection
(1) if that possession is with the permission of
the owner or an agent of the owner of that
entity.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Greyh Seer on July 22, 2011, 08:12:20 PM
I have my CPL.  :)

Recieved it last month.  8)

I did A LOT of research before considering open carry.  While I think the cited law is unconstitutional, I don't have the money or the time to be a test case, so I am VERY careful where I carry period.  OC or otherwise.  My wife and I decided not to OC at all until we recieved our CPLs.  In fact, it took a bit of convincing for her to be OK with me OCing by myself even at Mejier.

And yes, we picked up recorders (a very sad neccessity if you ask me, but I run it anytime I'm out the door packing).

Thanks for the concern and info though!
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: METL on July 22, 2011, 08:31:00 PM
Phew... Ok cool... I misunderstood what you had said about choosing not to OC until you had CPL..    I was thinking that you didn't have CPLs yet...    Yeah, just trying to keep ya off the hook!!!    CARRY ON!!
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: fozzy71 on July 24, 2011, 02:44:03 PM
Last night, I had a customer do a couple double-takes at my gun when getting his clothes from the dryer at a local laundromat.  He said, 'Cocked, locked, and ready to rock, eh?'.  I said, 'Always, and everywhere'.  "You are one of the smart ones', he said, and told me that he was CC'ing. 

OC'd at Kroger this morning, like I do every week, and had an older gentlemen ask 'Do you work for Roseville or EastPointe?'.  To which I replied, 'Neither, just a citizen'.  He chuckled a bit and said, 'You don't trust anyone?  Do you?'.  I LOL'd and just told him I like to be prepared, as it is a pretty crazy world.

Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: JoeCar on July 25, 2011, 11:31:02 AM
Another member commented on why he carries by saying: "I carry this (pistol) because I can't carry a cop.)
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: METL on July 25, 2011, 02:13:39 PM
OC'd at the Lansing picnic, then to Jimmy Johns downtown the walked around downtown up by the capital and then on michigan and washington.

I suspicion some people crossed to the other side of the street after seeing my sidearm, but I walked across the street and one LPD cruiser went by as I stood on the corner, and another drove thru the intersection as I crossed the street, no problems.  No comments.  No learing.  Was a nice day for a picnic and a walk.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Greyh Seer on July 27, 2011, 06:19:11 PM
Had a very good experience today.  OC'd and went to my apartment complex office to pick up some rent envelopes and on my way out, one of the maintainance crew approached me and asked: "Are you a part of Michigan Open Carry?".  I replied that I was and we had a 20 minute conversation about MOC and OC in general.  He apparently reads the forums here often but has never created an account.  We discussed everything from guns, safety, crime to OC events and picnics.  Overall, a very good experience and I hope to see this gentleman stop in and maybe create an account!


Oh, and there were a group of small children playing on the sidewalk just a few feet away and not a one ran off screaming in terror...

:)
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Post by: Bronson on July 28, 2011, 10:20:57 AM
It was finally cool enough yesterday to have my shirt tucked in so I was OCing while out-n-about in Battle Creek.

Went to Barnes & Noble to pick up an e-reader for my girlfriend. The young girl with a face full of piercings at the info counter looked directly at my firearm as did the older lady at the register. No issues, nothing said.

The gf and I later went to Super China Buffet for dinner and they were packed. Again, no issues or problems.

After dinner we did some shopping at Meijer's on Beckley for about an hour...same thing, no problems nothing said.

Bronson
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: METL on July 29, 2011, 07:32:39 PM
Over the last few days OC'd in Lansing:   


Menard's south lansing...  shopped for a bit, dealt with several sales people to find various items... took them out to my truck... had a nice OC conversation with a friend of mine I saw in the parking lot.. (he came out and instantly noticed my sidearm and said "cover that thing up"...   but I don't think he was serious) then went back in for some items I forgot.  I don't believe anyone even noticed...  dealt with someone in paint.. someone in plumbing... someone helped me find a fan...  then the cashier...  none of the shoppers saw except I think one older gentleman did and maybe was giving me the stink eye, but he could have just been a grump.

Panera in Frandor... walked in, but line was taking too long...  had to leave...     then went to Big John's....    I think one of the workers saw it, but didn't say anything.  None of the diners (10-15 people) saw or said anything even though I was standing at the pop machine strong side to the 3 people waiting to fill their cups.

McDonald's on M-99...  doesn't really count though just hung out in the back of the parking lot waiting to sell something.


I swear I went somewhere else but I can't remember...      Anyways, no problems, no comments, no screaming children.   Good OC.  Whole lotta nuthin...  like it should be.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: kryptonian on July 30, 2011, 11:12:07 AM
tons of OC no issues no problem...one notable - was at a 7-11 and the foreign girl behind the counter did a joking fake hands in the air robbery thing. i asked her not to do that because somebody outside might see that and call the police thinking you are getting robbed. she said 'oh yeah. they might'
assisting manager and his wife at work on choosing a handgun for home defense and CC. going to teach them to shoot and dispel all the lies they will get told at the CPL class. his wife hates being alone and shuts all the lights off in her house and locks herself in her bedroom she said to keep people from thinking anybody is home. i told her to do the opposite. leave lights on and put sports on the living room tv so people think a guy is home. maccauley culkin knew to do it in 'home alone'.
i've become the self defense guru at my work. most of that job entails dispelling misinformation they get told by others and telling them the REAL law.
have fun and stay safe out there guys.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Christian Patriot on July 30, 2011, 07:06:37 PM
Ocing at Walmart (as I frequently do) the other day while buying a fishing license and a manager waited on me. A most excellent adventure dudes... He had many questions and some false information (as most do). I helped enlighten him to some truths and sent him here. I mentioned the web site and he scrambled for something to write on. Unfortunately I failed to bring trifolds... :-\ James was a pleasure to talk to!
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: METL on July 30, 2011, 10:45:32 PM
OC'd at the laundromat for about 4 hours while I did load after load of stufff that got wet in my basement flooding...    The people who work there were sitting outside smoking when I first came up and asked about my sidearm and if it was legal.  I responded that it was and they asked what it was...   They asked me if I was a cop and I said no, just open carrying for self defense.  They asked a few more questions then that was it.

A couple people asked me questions during my time inside the laundromat and I also had other conversations with the workers and other people.  All around a friendly time.  Talked to people about OC... talked to people about the recent flooding in the area..     

No children were seen screaming and crying to their mamas..  no old people ran from the building (in fact the old folks seemed approving ifyou can believe that) and all around was a good day for OC in my neck of the woods.  I should have brought some trifolds... whoops.

Told the people about the website and mentioned MSP update 86.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Pond Scum on July 31, 2011, 08:24:22 PM
OC'd around Grand Rapids today .... ate lunch at Cherry Inn ... oldest restaurant in town.  Went to Lowe's and then Best Buy ... no comments anywhere.  We went in to ABC Warehouse and one of the salesmen commented that I was armed and he would give me a discount .... but I think they give discounts for walking in the door and breathing in the store.

-Pondy
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Greyh Seer on August 03, 2011, 08:16:49 AM
OCed at Meijer in Dewitt this morning.  No issues.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: KindOfBlue on August 04, 2011, 08:48:14 AM
OCed during a purchase of a rifle in the parking lot of Gander Mountain Novi, and in the store afterwards. No comments but I felt as though this one guy was following me around.

Also carried into Dunham's Sports on Woodward & 13 Mile. A few looks but no incidents. They even let me into the back room to use their restroom. The guy at the gun counter was very helpful and smiled when I turned and he saw what was on my hip.
On the way out a customer coming in asked me "why I had that thing", and I informed her about open carry and why I do it (under 21). She smiled and said, "that's awesome, stay safe!"

All in all a very pleasant first experience of being in stores with it.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Christian Patriot on August 04, 2011, 07:00:45 PM
Good for you youngster! Smile a lot and friendlyness coming out of your butt! Thats how we win them over! ;D
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: ocdetroit on August 04, 2011, 11:50:32 PM
 8) +1 Carry On
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: onnie0047@gmail.com on August 05, 2011, 07:30:38 AM
 8/3/11

Oced at Jack's Bike shop in Downtown Monroe, twice yesterday, no issues although the guy helping me was no help at all!
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: onnie0047@gmail.com on August 06, 2011, 07:41:11 PM
OCed at the Monroe County Fair from about 4 pm to about 6 30ish, no issues
as I was leaving one County Sheriff seen me and started to walk towards me but never approached.

it started to rain so we left otherwise we would have stayed a bit longer

lots of looks, couple of points, two young kids working in one of the food wagons walked around me in a circle for about 5 minutes while we were eating (i did notice a person I suspect to be the food wagon owner watching me ever couple of seconds as we ate) but the only screaming I heard was from the kids on the rides!
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: onnie0047@gmail.com on August 06, 2011, 07:55:15 PM
Oced at Applebees in Monroe, other than a unruly, bratty and snotty nose screaming baby, no issues!
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: KindOfBlue on August 07, 2011, 08:15:13 AM
Oced at Applebees in Monroe, other than a unruly, bratty and snotty nose screaming baby, no issues!

Good to hear- I've heard some less than ideal things about OC in Applebees.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Christian Patriot on August 07, 2011, 03:55:39 PM
I work at Applebee's in Owosso. When I hired in I asked my manager about ocing when I was not working and she is good with it!
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Greyh Seer on August 07, 2011, 10:25:34 PM
OC'd this week at Maggie Moo's at the Lansing Eastwood Towncenter.  I only stopped in for a moment to pick up some ice cream for home, but I'm sure the Maggie Moo's employees noticed as well as many people dining outside the restaraunts.  No comments, no issues.

Also OC'd in Dewitt, at the local Chinese takeout place.  No issues.

Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: onnie0047@gmail.com on August 09, 2011, 02:24:22 AM
Oced sunday at Applebees in Dundee with 5 of my siblings, no issues, lots of looks.

My oldest sister seen my bike for the first time and ask if she could drive it with me sitting behind her..................ah............not a chance I don't ride B**ch for anyone!
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: JoeCar on August 09, 2011, 08:28:02 AM
Hey Onnie, thanks for the visual..
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Greyh Seer on August 10, 2011, 07:20:12 PM
OC'd at Kroger in Wixom.  Had an interesting encounter with another customer:

Him: "Why you looking to scare people by wearing a gun." (he says this as soon as I walk in the door)
Me: "I'm not looking to scare people." (as I walk by him smiling).
Him: "Doesn't scare me." (I ignored him and continued my shopping)

Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: onnie0047@gmail.com on August 11, 2011, 04:42:11 PM
Last night, Wed august 10, @ about 11:30

Unfortunately, I was someplace I was unable to open carry my weapon, so I left it in the car.

When I got done I headed next door to the Walmart to raid the candy Isle, as the wife told me not to come home without masses of chocolate.

I parked my car, but I was so tired, i decided not to put on my holster but just to put the gun in my back pocket.  It really does not fit in the pocket, but having it with me is better than leaving it in the car, it does me no good sitting in the glove box. with it tucked in my back pocket, i walked towards the door of Walmart.

I noticed a couple,  a very short skinny Male and a very tall large Female, standing by the entrance that is marked "Pharmacy".  Trying to mind my own business I made a mental note and continued on my way to the door, thinking to myself, gee they look like Mutt and Jeff. 

As I was in earshot the female, who was on a cell phone said very loudly "do you think the buses run this late to Walmart"  For a second I though she may have been talking to me so I glanced over at them and noticed she was on the cell phone looking at the male.  Since they seemed not to be talking to me, I just proceed inside the store.

I walked through the produce section looking for some Juice and then headed over towards the back of the store, where I engaged a store employee for directions to the candy isle.

I found the location given me and began the search for the perfect pack of chocolate for my bride when I heard "I don't know what I want"  I turned my head and see Mutt and Jeff standing behind me.  I should have kept my mouth shut and minded my own business but I blurted out something like "keep looking you find something that tickles your fancy"  I no sooner got that out of my mouth when the female, said in very demanding tone to me "what did you say?", I repeated it and she make a huff sound. Since I already had my pogey bait, and the fact she kinda was rude, I headed for the checkout.

As I got to the checkout and put my stuff on the counter, guess who was standing in back of me, yep you got it:  Mutt and Jeff.

Now I was getting a bit concerned. 

As the cashier was ringing up my stuff, i positioned myself so that when i lifted my shirt my gun would be in their view. With the cart between them and me, I  lifted up my shirt to pull out my wallet and made damn sure they they had a clear view of my 40 Cal  sticking out of my back pocket.  as I put my wallet back in, i again made sure they were able to see it.  Since its silver in color, its hard to miss.

I paid for my stuff and left the store, less then 2 second behind me strolled Mutt and Jeff.

As I turned towards them, now watching their every move,  they headed towards a car and got in, pulled out and drove off.

Now my after though is this:  Why would she be so concerned if buses run by Walmart that late at nite if they had a car with them:

I think I was a robbery target and the site of my gun may have just save me from a bump on the head and even a dirt nap.

This is one time I now wish that I was OCing rather the CC my gun, but I am glad I decided at the last minute to at least bring it in with me, I just wish I was not so lazy that I chose CC instead of OC.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: steve jaye on August 11, 2011, 04:46:07 PM
I didn't think buses ran in White Lake.
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Post by: onnie0047@gmail.com on August 11, 2011, 07:07:41 PM
me either, struck me funny as well as I was walking by when she said that!  Im from downriver!
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: FatMan on August 11, 2011, 09:39:02 PM
Open carried in and around Westland today. Had dinner at Buffalo Wild wings in town then went to the Westland Library band shell for Toppermost concert (Beatles Tribute band) After the show and it was pretty good. Tom who plays John Lennon said to my son "is this your dad? he"s cool 'cause he knows the law" he later said "open carry is fine by me" I told him "What ever gets you thru the night you know its all right its all right" he smiled
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: G36shooter on August 12, 2011, 08:52:19 PM
I spent the first week of Aug. on Drummond Is., camping and off-roading,  I OC 90% of the time there, no negative encounters or questions about my sidearm (Glock 20). On our way home we stopped at Mackinaw City, walked the Main street (tourist trap pathway) no encounters there. Maybe people are accepting us not sitting at the back of the bus.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: PaulC on August 12, 2011, 11:49:46 PM
OC'ed all day today... went to Wal-Mart at M-59 and Romeo Plank, no issues at all. Then went to Kroger's in Macomb Township and the Kroger gas stations... went great...

Launched the boat at Selfridge DNR Launch and took the boat out to North Channel. Stopped at Deckers Landing to get sun block and was greeted when I entered the store with, "Are you a cop or OC'ing?"  I replied OC'ing and he said something like "Hell yeah!" and shook my hand. Deckers is OC friendly :)

OC'ed all day... stayed in U.S. waters :) no issues... no fish either :(
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Post by: kryptonian on August 14, 2011, 01:18:00 AM
oc today for hours at milford memories. thousands of people, families, kids, tents, crafts, food, art etc. walked it front to back, thru the park and in some stores. no problems no issues no negative comments. positive comments from civil war re-enacters. they were holding muskets. guess we are like minded. also got the eye contact, head nod "yeah we see you" from a couple of police officers but that was it. saw a couple people take pics of it.
other festivals i've been to the police haven't said anything either but made it a point to walk by, bike by, golf cart by me regularly to let me know they know they saw me. don't know if that is a tactic to chase me off or reassure the public that they are aware and watching me or what but i don't do anything different than if i were cc or unarmed. don't even get that anymore. i think we are at a point of acceptance that we want. it only takes another idiot like the one that shot the arizona representative to set us back a few years. igenerally go to these things by myself so the lone gunman appearance may be there but anybody that has met me will tell you my appearance and demeanor is pretty nice, approachable and congenial. this has fooled some officers who try to trick me into believing i am committing some offense or start lying to me. then they get to meet my lawyer mode. turns on like a light switch.
anyway good day representing OC.
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Post by: kryptonian on August 14, 2011, 01:20:19 AM
Last night, Wed august 10, @ about 11:30

Unfortunately, I was someplace I was unable to open carry my weapon, so I left it in the car.

When I got done I headed next door to the Walmart to raid the candy Isle, as the wife told me not to come home without masses of chocolate.

I parked my car, but I was so tired, i decided not to put on my holster but just to put the gun in my back pocket.  It really does not fit in the pocket, but having it with me is better than leaving it in the car, it does me no good sitting in the glove box. with it tucked in my back pocket, i walked towards the door of Walmart.

I noticed a couple,  a very short skinny Male and a very tall large Female, standing by the entrance that is marked "Pharmacy".  Trying to mind my own business I made a mental note and continued on my way to the door, thinking to myself, gee they look like Mutt and Jeff. 

As I was in earshot the female, who was on a cell phone said very loudly "do you think the buses run this late to Walmart"  For a second I though she may have been talking to me so I glanced over at them and noticed she was on the cell phone looking at the male.  Since they seemed not to be talking to me, I just proceed inside the store.

I walked through the produce section looking for some Juice and then headed over towards the back of the store, where I engaged a store employee for directions to the candy isle.

I found the location given me and began the search for the perfect pack of chocolate for my bride when I heard "I don't know what I want"  I turned my head and see Mutt and Jeff standing behind me.  I should have kept my mouth shut and minded my own business but I blurted out something like "keep looking you find something that tickles your fancy"  I no sooner got that out of my mouth when the female, said in very demanding tone to me "what did you say?", I repeated it and she make a huff sound. Since I already had my pogey bait, and the fact she kinda was rude, I headed for the checkout.

As I got to the checkout and put my stuff on the counter, guess who was standing in back of me, yep you got it:  Mutt and Jeff.

Now I was getting a bit concerned. 

As the cashier was ringing up my stuff, i positioned myself so that when i lifted my shirt my gun would be in their view. With the cart between them and me, I  lifted up my shirt to pull out my wallet and made damn sure they they had a clear view of my 40 Cal  sticking out of my back pocket.  as I put my wallet back in, i again made sure they were able to see it.  Since its silver in color, its hard to miss.

I paid for my stuff and left the store, less then 2 second behind me strolled Mutt and Jeff.

As I turned towards them, now watching their every move,  they headed towards a car and got in, pulled out and drove off.

Now my after though is this:  Why would she be so concerned if buses run by Walmart that late at nite if they had a car with them:

I think I was a robbery target and the site of my gun may have just save me from a bump on the head and even a dirt nap.

This is one time I now wish that I was OCing rather the CC my gun, but I am glad I decided at the last minute to at least bring it in with me, I just wish I was not so lazy that I chose CC instead of OC.
why couldn't you OC in walmart??? you have CPL. haven't seen you since the hoedown onnie. hope to catch you at a picnic or two.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: onnie0047@gmail.com on August 14, 2011, 06:28:36 AM
You are right I could have

I was too LAZY

I was tired, just left next door where I had been on the floor most of the night crawling about fixing stuff and I can not wear my gun while i work, one, they wont allow it, and two its too hard on my hip trying to work on my side with the gun so as I always do in these cases i leave it in the car

I was dirty, tired and exhausted and was just PLAIN LAZY

thought it would be, as it was a quick run in and run out,

I had actually walked half way to the door when i turned back and went to get my gun

and instead of putting on my serpa which was sitting in the glove box with my gun, i just stuck my gun in my pocket

had nothing to do with anything except i was just too tired and lazy t hat night

next time it will be oh my hip
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Post by: onnie0047@gmail.com on August 14, 2011, 06:30:49 AM
Boy sometimes dreams are so vivid and weird!!!
last night I dreamed I moved my family back to Kalifornia where I had a little know clause in my contract with the Marines re-enacted and I was back stationed at Camp Pendleton.

as the wife and I were standing in line for dinner, I looked down and noticed I was OCing, nothing to get alarmed about EXCEPT I knew my gun was loaded and one in the chamber

quickly I scanned the area for a "safe" place and to ensure no cops were around, then I ran across the street behind the goat pens (don't ask) and in the woods and unloaded my weapon

I walked calmly back to the line where the wife was still standing, grabbed her and we quickly moved out of Kalifornia to some place I am sure is more Gun Friendly

before last night I have had 2 sets of nightmares in my life that reoccurred that have physically shaken me and now this is the third one

they are

1. I am back in the jungle after my chopper crashed being chased by VC

2. I remarried my first wife again

and now:

3. I moved to Kalifornia!

Ill take 1 and 2 anytime! Please don't let me dream about moving to Kalifornia again, my heart wont take it!
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Post by: CV67PAT on August 14, 2011, 01:33:55 PM
Boy sometimes dreams are so vivid and weird!!!
last night I dreamed I moved my family back to Kalifornia where I had a little know clause in my contract with the Marines re-enacted and I was back stationed at Camp Pendleton.

as the wife and I were standing in line for dinner, I looked down and noticed I was OCing, nothing to get alarmed about EXCEPT I knew my gun was loaded and one in the chamber

quickly I scanned the area for a "safe" place and to ensure no cops were around, then I ran across the street behind the goat pens (don't ask) and in the woods and unloaded my weapon

I walked calmly back to the line where the wife was still standing, grabbed her and we quickly moved out of Kalifornia to some place I am sure is more Gun Friendly

Joe you beau coup dinky dau
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Post by: rvd4now on August 14, 2011, 09:08:50 PM
   Hello oc world, today I decided to get myself an audio recorder and boy I’m glad I did. First the day started with me ocing to radio shack for a recorder that cost $41 and a mic that cost 25. When I went to pay I noticed that the prices were missed tagged for 19 and 18. “Winning” they gave me the items for that price. 
   Now on to Emagine theater in canton.  As I entered the theater I scanned for a sign that said it is Pfz/ no weapons allowed.  I did not see any of them. I was able to by my ticket and make my way to the concession stand before a manager approached me. As he approached me he told me I was breaking the law, being that the theater seats more than 2500 people. I explained to him that it was not against the law to Oc w/Cpl. He stated that he was unsure of the law so I handed him a tri fold. He looked it over before saying he would have to call the police to verify the information I gave him was correct. I then asked him if he wanted me to leave because he was concerned that I was breaking the law or because it was private property. He said because he thinks I’m breaking the law. I ensured him I was not breaking the law but if he wanted me to leave because of his private property rules I could not stop him.  He then said well it’s because of private property rules. He refunded my money and told me to call his dm to get this handled the correct way: this is because I informed him  that there must  be a weapons free sign post at the front entrance of the movie’s. As I left I was stopped by another manager who said that I was wrong and to look at the law, he looked up mcl28.425o I explained to him that Mcl 28.425o and Mcl 750.234d sec 2-c works together. He said ok and returned back inside.

All and all it went ok. I’m glad I was able to leave without the police being called.

I need help loading the audio it’s too staticy is there a program that can extract just the talking.
 
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Post by: autosurgeon on August 15, 2011, 12:29:59 AM
Please never request weapons free signs.

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Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: rvd4now on August 15, 2011, 06:04:56 AM
Please never request weapons free signs.

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i think it should be clearly marked on the door, i would of not even wasted my time driveing there...
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Post by: Greyh Seer on August 15, 2011, 07:51:54 AM
Crazy busy few days.  Been getting ready for the big move this weekend and trying to find a job in Lansing.  Whew!

Anyways.  OC'd at Lowe's, Wixom Library and Kroger quite a few times.  No issues.
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Post by: rvd4now on August 15, 2011, 07:22:35 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wz9b3k27Yy4

oc audio for canton, its very hard to hear but u can
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Post by: drtodd on August 15, 2011, 08:53:31 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wz9b3k27Yy4

oc audio for canton, its very hard to hear but u can


Thanks for posting!
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Post by: Christian Patriot on August 15, 2011, 10:10:43 PM
OCed in Dollar Daze in Owosso today. The clerk asked what caliber I was carrying. We talked for a few and I informed him that he does not need a CPL to oc... I gave him a tri-fold. Went into Speedway north of Owosso and the clerk there asked if I was a cop... No... We talked for a couple of minutes. I informed him about oc and gave him a tri-fold as well... Today was a good day to oc in Owosso!!
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Post by: rvd4now on August 15, 2011, 10:18:57 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wz9b3k27Yy4

oc audio for canton, its very hard to hear but u can


Thanks for posting!

I HOPE U CAN HEAR SOME OF IT
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: CV67PAT on August 15, 2011, 11:44:53 PM
Please never request weapons free signs.

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i think it should be clearly marked on the door, i would of not even wasted my time driveing there...

Don't do it. It may impede me and others from going in there while OC'ing. Just because you got tossed doesn't mean everyone will and the precedent can be set in our favor.

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Post by: Greyh Seer on August 16, 2011, 09:41:18 PM
Finally got my tri-folds a few days ago and I was able to put one to good use today at my local 7-11.  Had one of the tellers ask me if I was a cop or just carrying.  I responded that I was just carrying.  She stated that as soon as she was 21, she was going to carry (I'm guessing she ment concealed) as she attends LCC etc.  I didn't have time today to get into an in-depth discussion with her (yes I realize I could have told her that she doesn't need to be 21 to carry open and that I could have warned her to check out the school rules as she was a student...but I was in a hurry).

Anyways, I gave her a tri-fold and she gratefully took it.  As I was pulling out of the parking lot, I saw her and another employee very intently checking out the tri-fold.  At the very least there will be a couple of more informed citizens out there!

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Post by: PaulC on August 16, 2011, 09:45:38 PM
Been OC'ing basically everywhere I go (except work) the past few days. Wal Mart, Meijer, Kroger, Kroger Gas station, Hollywood Market, Home Depot, Office Max... No Issues, no problems.. One person asked me about it at Hollywood and I forgot I had a tri-fold on me... did a quick pass in the store to give him one and he was gone.. missed my opportunity.

Anyways... it has been going great
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: JoeCar on August 18, 2011, 10:17:21 PM
Open carried my stainless Beretta 9mm on my Harley while cruising Saginaw street during the Back to the Bricks event. Folks were lined up and down the street from Grand Blanc to downtown Flint. I'm telling you, you don't have to have a classic car to get people to stare at you. The part I want to mention is that while gassing up at a station on Atherton and Saginaw, there were 3 Leo's parked in a driveway watching the going's on. I knew I'd be going by them on their side of the street. (getting nervous) I was watching them and the cop in the middle noticed my rosco and bumped the cop next to him and pointed me out. I saw this gesture and purposely nodded to him as I passed on by. Get this, nothing happened! Will I ever get to use my voice recorder?
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Glock9mmOldStyle on August 18, 2011, 11:44:28 PM
Open carried my stainless Beretta 9mm on my Harley while cruising Saginaw street during the Back to the Bricks event. Folks were lined up and down the street from Grand Blanc to downtown Flint. I'm telling you, you don't have to have a classic car to get people to stare at you. The part I want to mention is that while gassing up at a station on Atherton and Saginaw, there were 3 Leo's parked in a driveway watching the going's on. I knew I'd be going by them on their side of the street. (getting nervous) I was watching them and the cop in the middle noticed my rosco and bumped the cop next to him and pointed me out. I saw this gesture and purposely nodded to him as I passed on by. Get this, nothing happened! Will I ever get to use my voice recorder?

Be careful what you ask for Joe. :o

OT - OCed in the usual fashion all around various locations all quiet on the TaylorTuckey (area joke - town is known as a hillbilly refuge) front as it should be.
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Post by: Bronson on August 19, 2011, 03:06:59 AM
So far today I've OCed at Wood Bros. Automotive for an oil change, Southside Sportsman club to shoot the Gun of the Month, and my Credit Union to withdraw some money. No problems anywhere. I did have a nice conversation about OC with a guy at the gun store. I gave him a tri-fold and my email address in case he had any questions. MI gun laws are so confusing and F'd up, it's difficult to get people to understand that OC has separate laws regulating it and that the concealed carry laws they learned about in their class only apply to concealed carry.

Later the same day....

I was in Kalamazoo and OCed at Burlington Coat Factory, Sears, and JCPenny in the mall. I entered each store through their own entrance. Then later I OCed at Walmart on Shaver Rd. and back in Battle Creek, Meijer on Columbia.

No problems but I did have a short conversation with an older gentleman in Penny's.

Him: Is it open carry day? I didn't get the memo.
Me: Well, it is for me at least.
Him: How's that work out for you?
Me: Fine. I've never had a problem. The only people that ever bring it up are people who are curious about how it's legal.
Him: Oh I know it's legal. I have license and carry concealed.
Me: I do too. I normally just carry however is the most convenient and comfortable for me. In the winter it's normally concealed and if it's really hot and I don't want to wear a tucked in shirt it's concealed, but otherwise I carry open. I just find it a lot more comfortable.
Him: I've been thinking about it but don't want to get hassled.
Me: I can't say it doesn't happen but in my experience and the experiences of others on the web it's pretty rare. You should check out our websites....

Then we got off on the subject of work and I found out that I work with a friend of his and we actually have some mutual friends...small world.

Two OC convos in one day.  I think that's a record for me.

Bronson
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Bronson on August 19, 2011, 03:08:10 AM
Sent from my Commadore 64 using hunt&peck.

Ha!  Well played sir, well played.

Bronson
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Post by: fozzy71 on August 19, 2011, 08:44:58 AM
.... MI gun laws are so confusing and F'd up, it's difficult to get people to understand that OC has separate laws regulating it and that the concealed carry laws they learned about in their class only apply to concealed carry.
.....

Last week:

OC'd in my 5/3 bank, no issues

OC'd in Roseville Urgent Care, which is nothing more than a private practice in a strip mall that is open 7 days.  I saw no mention of Hospital affiliation and did not see any no weapons signs.  The intake nurse told me, 'this is a hospital facility, so you are supposed to conceal'.  I chuckled and explained that I didnt think they were related to a hospital, but if they were, the only way to carry legally would be the way I was carrying.  I left them a tri-fold, and wish I had been carrying a MSP LU#86 (need to find a way to shrink that down to 1 sheet).
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: autosurgeon on August 20, 2011, 01:10:39 AM
OCed at the St. Johns Kroger no issues. Had a nice conversation with a fellow stocking shelves. Gave him a MOC trifold.

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Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: autosurgeon on August 20, 2011, 01:42:03 PM
OCed at the dewitt autozone. No issues or comments.

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Post by: Greyh Seer on August 20, 2011, 04:44:42 PM
OC'd at 7-11 and at Delhi township offices.  No issues...though I did see the sign posted at the Holt library which told me a judge can suspend my 2nd ammendment rights within the library...obviously I choose not to enter...still, it irked me...

When is the next court date for CADL?
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: venator on August 20, 2011, 07:20:53 PM
OC'd at 7-11 and at Delhi township offices.  No issues...though I did see the sign posted at the Holt library which told me a judge can suspend my 2nd ammendment rights within the library...obviously I choose not to enter...still, it irked me...

When is the next court date for CADL?

Court is over.  The decision is being appealed.  Waiting to see if the CoA's will hear the appeal.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Greyh Seer on August 20, 2011, 07:40:53 PM
OC'd at 7-11 and at Delhi township offices.  No issues...though I did see the sign posted at the Holt library which told me a judge can suspend my 2nd ammendment rights within the library...obviously I choose not to enter...still, it irked me...

When is the next court date for CADL?

Court is over.  The decision is being appealed.  Waiting to see if the CoA's will hear the appeal.

What kind of deadline does the CoA have to decide?  Has CADL offered a dissenting opinion (or whatever)?
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: METL on August 24, 2011, 01:18:53 PM
OC'd in Panchero's in Eastwood Towne Center in Lansing...    apparently I need to work on my SA skills as I walked inside and there was not 1 but 2 lansing township police in there.  (I probably still would have went in but I was caught a touch off guard)  Their cruisers were on the other side of the bldg from where I parked.  One was in line just in front of me and the other (I didn't see until later) was sitting in the booth waiting for the other.

I sat my food down at a table, walked near them to go wash my hands...   and no comments, no looks, no nothing.   I'm not even sure if they saw my sidearm.

It was a big non-event..    as it should be.

Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: JoeCar on August 24, 2011, 02:44:02 PM
Cruised around Fenton. Open carried at Aco, Sunoco, and the drive through of my bank. A few looks is about all.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: KO8Z on August 27, 2011, 12:55:19 PM
OC'ed today at the "Roosevelt Park Day" Parade (muskegon) to watch my daughter in the marching band. Great weather, had a nice time too! A couple of LEO's noticed me and just smiled and waved. No problems here!
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Post by: rvd4now on August 29, 2011, 06:02:24 PM
Demetrius, my apologies for the late response.  I did receive your voicemail as well and I wasn’t ignoring you – I’ve just been tied up with other business.  I had a chance to discuss this topic with our owner and while we understand your position and have a better understanding about Michigan’s laws regarding the open carry of guns, we are going to hold fast on our decision of not allowing guns to be openly carried at any of our facilities.  We’ll bow to your expertise in the areas of Michigan’s gun laws but we’d ask that you respect our wishes (no guns allowed).  We’ll no longer debate with you or other open carry advocates about this topic and we will simply have to agree to disagree on this topic.  Thank you.

 

Chris Brandt

Sr. V.P. of Operations

Emagine Entertainment/Cinema Hollywood

44425 West 12 Mile Rd.

Novi, MI 48377

Ph 248.468.2990, Ext 104

Fax 248.468.2995

Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Shadow Bear on August 30, 2011, 12:41:52 PM
Hey Onnie, thanks for the visual..

His thong rides up & gives him a 'whale tail'!

Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Bronson on August 31, 2011, 10:53:41 PM
My first real police interaction today.....and it was with the Feds.

I took the woman over to Detroit Metro for a flight out. On the way we stopped in Ann Arbor for a sandwich at Zingerman's Deli. The place was crazy busy but the food is great, expensive, but great. No issues there which surprised me since it's like hippy Mecca. Once we got to the airport we parked and walked in with no problems. She got her boarding passes and I saw her into the long line for security, said my goodbyes and departed.

On the way out two plainclothes (shorts, short sleeve button up shirts, and backpacks) TSA agents came up behind me. I have a recording but I can't edit the thing down and since it's only about 1:30 of a 27:00 .wav file I'll just type it out.

TSA: (I didn't know he was a TSA officer at this point) Are you a police officer?
Me: Nope.
TSA: Why do you have a firearm?
Me: I carry one every place I am legally allowed.
TSA: (pulling out badge) Can we talk for a minute?
Me: Sure, lets get over to the side out of these people's way.

As we are walking off to the side the urge to speak overwhelmed me and I volunteered "I just finished dropping off my girlfriend and now I'm heading out." The urge to speak is strong, which is why I try not to criticize those that do it during a stop.

Now we are off the moving sidewalk and over to the side of the hallway.

TSA: First, here are our IDs so you know we are really the police.
Me: (taking the time to read their credentials and comparing the pics to their faces) Thank you.
TSA: Can I see your ID?
Me: Am I legally required to show you my ID?
TSA: (looking at his partner, then back to me) I just want to see your ID.
Me: You've been nice, so I'll be nice. Here you go.
TSA: I'm a CPL holder myself. Is that a 1911?
Me: Yup.
TSA: Cocked and locked, the only way to carry it.
TSA: (while looking at my ID) Has this happened to you before.
Me: Just a couple of times when an officer has informed me my gun was showing and I said "thanks officer, that's how I keep it." and that was the end of it.
TSA: Ok, here you go. Thanks.

Then they turned and walked away and I was left to figure out where the hell I parked. All in all it was very short and they were professional and courteous the entire time.

That's not an exact transcript but it's pretty darn close and it has all the main points, warts and all.

I know I wasn't required to show my ID or to even speak with them. I was there and it was my call and that's what seemed appropriate at the time. Under different circumstances I may have done differently. Although I will in the future refrain from volunteering information. As soon as I did that my brain was yelling "what the hell are you doing? This won't help you. Shut up!"

After the airport I stopped into Dick's Sporting Goods in Taylor since I've never been to one of their stores (from a firearms standpoint this store is pathetic, don't waste your time). Then I went to Little Daddy's Family Restaurant for some greek food. No issues at either of those places.

And then their was the creepy van in the rest area.

I pulled into a rest area off of 94. It's right in the middle of some construction and you have to get off on an exit and detour around to the rest area. Consequently the place was deserted. Two big-rigs idling on the truck side and nobody on the car side.

I parked in the first non-handicapped spot and went in to take care of my business. When I came out there was a panel van parked in the spot next to my driver's door, which of course puts the van's side door right next to my car. It was just before dark and there was nobody else around. I could see somebody in the driver's seat but couldn't really make any features out. I walked by somewhat slowly with my strong side to the van and walked over to the passenger side of my car, grabbed some trash and took it back up the building to toss it. While I was walking back they pulled out and left.

I have no idea if there was something nefarious going on but I didn't like that they parked right next to me when there were other closer handicapped spots available.

Bronson
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Pond Scum on August 31, 2011, 11:36:10 PM
Wow Bronson.   Whether or not to show ID is a personal call and it can depend on how you feel at the moment and what your plans are for the rest of the night.  Authoritarians seem have a need to see ID ... like it proves anything (some people even forged hall passes in high school)  ... but it seems to make them feel better.  When you refuse to show ID it seems to make them angry.

I'd say you did extremely well with your TSA encounter.     :)
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Post by: Bronson on September 01, 2011, 12:01:52 AM
Wow Bronson.   Whether or not to show ID is a personal call and it can depend on how you feel at the moment and what your plans are for the rest of the night.  Authoritarians seem have a need to see ID ... like it proves anything (some people even forged hall passes in high school)  ... but it seems to make them feel better.  When you refuse to show ID it seems to make them angry.

I'd say you did extremely well with your TSA encounter.     :)

Thanks Pondy.  The heart was racing but I believe I was outwardly calm.  No shaking in my voice or hands and it was over so quickly I didn't really have time to get all panicky.

Bronson
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Post by: CV67PAT on September 01, 2011, 12:13:00 AM
Bravo Zulu Bronson.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: northofnowhere on September 01, 2011, 07:59:42 AM
I have a hard time calling the TSA Feds.  They seem so low on the totem pole, yet they protect soemthing so vital.  I know two local TSA people and well, the country may be better off with rent a cops half asleep at thier post if the two I know represent any portion of the TSA.  Many disagree with me, but I live in my own little happy go lucky world where the police are your allies and if they are respectful and truthful, I have no problem showing one form of ID or another, you did fine Bronson.

With regards the the IDing thing, the police do indeed always seem to us the "May we see your ID" thing to decide how to proceed, it seems to set the tone to see if they feel you are a threat or not.  Makes no sense to me, perhaps they simply need a new line to use to guage your mental state, such as "hey, whats your sign?"
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: JoeCar on September 02, 2011, 01:08:37 PM
Is that video available in which a lawyer tells a class why you do not ever engage in conversations with LEO's? The reason being that the conversation is their way into an investigation of your purpose.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: METL on September 02, 2011, 05:45:37 PM
Standing in the pharmacy line at Meijer today.. woman was in line behind me... there was about 6 people ahead of us, so we were in line for maybe 10 min.. as it was about to be my turn at the counter, she noticed my sidearm and said "please tell me you're like some kind of cop or something and that you're not just carrying that thing like that and you're making me nervous". I responded "nervous? of what? How many times have I pulled it out since you've been here? how out of the oridinary have I been acting?" She said "I guess you're right" so I told her "the only thing that has changed from the last 10 min when you felt completely comfortable is you saw that I have a personal protection firearm which, I might add is properly holstered and licensed and perfectly legal."

I gave her a couple lines... cop doesn't fit on my belt... personal responsibilty to protect myself... fire extinguisher, etc... not sure what she thought of it all.. but her, nor the 6-8 people behind us in line went screaming from the store.


My prescription wasn't ready, so I shopped around for 15 min and came back.. I was probably less threatening with a bag of cat food and 2 3T sized T-shirts in my hand when I came back... no one else in the store said anything.
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Post by: JoeCar on September 03, 2011, 11:38:06 AM
Open carried into Don Pablo's for dinner last night (Flint). Management didn't say peep except "booth or a table?" Some of the patron's looked odd in their gaze, but I figured it was the initial shock value. No one made any phone calls, so that made it a good night.
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Post by: Greyh Seer on September 06, 2011, 09:44:29 AM
OC'd a lot over the last week or two:

Meijer, Kroger, Lowes, Home Depot, Pizza Hut, at home.  Only had a few people notice.  One Home Depot worker asked if I was a cop and then proceded to talk to me about how he was looking into getting a gun.  He asked a couple of questions and I gave him a trifold.

Had the cable installer and the plumber out to the house.  Both asked if I was law enforcement and both were gun owners and both were happy that I took serious my second amendment.

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Post by: FatMan on September 07, 2011, 11:19:54 PM
 I had a pleasant experience open carrying today. I was going to get my tuxedo for my brothers wedding due to the tux shops mistake it was at the Fairlane mall location not the Westland store. I wasn't happy about their mistake and they were trying to be accommodating they offered to have it UPS'd over. I declined tho I would not have minded their incurring the cost I didn't want to hear tomorrow that there was another mix up and it wasn't their. So I elected to go to the mall.

 I don't know what Fairlane malls policies are I remember someone on here having a negative experience I think in the parking lot. But I didn't feel like entering a place I have heard only more and more bad things about as far as security unarmed. So in I went me, mr. glock and my 5 year old ( another reason to remained armed). I checked online to find where the store was so I could park close and expedite the trip thru the mall to the store. The tux shop is not an anchor store and is not right near one it is basically off of the food court. I found it quickly and was about my business in the store. One of the store employees asked if I was LEO I gave him my standard line  " I am my sons bodyguard" to which he replied "good we will be safe while your're here"

I was refitted  they needed to shorten the sleeves and press the tux so I had to wait. They had given my son a beach ball to play with and we stepped outside the store to play. After a while a customer who had come in after us came out and began talking to a security guard. I had seen the security guard approach and was expecting him to come up to me. However he passed me by to speak to the other customer. I stepped a little further away to give them their privacy. They were speaking in hushed tones but I expected to be approached by the guard soon after. They were finishing their conversation and I turned to face the guard. the customer said just before he left " yeah, oh I didn't know that, Actually I'm all for it" I asked the guard if I was the topic of the discussion and he said "ah no, well yes but your well with in your rights there's no problem here" to which I responded not even really realizing what he had just said "I didn't know what your policies were I'm just running in here to get a tux and should be done in a few" then I realized he had said there was "no problem" and he repeated himself to which I said "oh, ok great thanks"

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Post by: ocdetroit on September 08, 2011, 08:48:27 PM
 Took a walk O'Cing to my Coney Island today. and to the dollar store, also to the Auto Zone then home.
Great weather. Carry On.
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Post by: scot623 on September 08, 2011, 11:02:06 PM
Fairlane Mall is a war zone. They have a curfew for kids in that place, it turned into gang on gang violence after dark. Most Taubman centers I've carried at have no issues with OC, good to hear Fairlane is good to go.
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Post by: Glock9mmOldStyle on September 09, 2011, 01:27:55 AM
Fairlane Mall is a war zone. They have a curfew for kids in that place, it turned into gang on gang violence after dark. Most Taubman centers I've carried at have no issues with OC, good to hear Fairlane is good to go.

It's sad that a small group of thugs have run Fairlane into the ground. When we were kids (10-12yrs) we could ride the bus there and spend most of the day eating pretzels from the pretzel peddler & watching movies. Now I could not imagine anyone letting their kids go there alone. When I worked for an ATM Service Co. I got a call to check on a "sleeping" ATM [no transactions for hours] it was later in the evening on a Friday night about an hour before closing. As I walked towards the ATM there was a large group of young men hanging around, about a dozen in their late teens 18, 19 yr. olds maybe? The leader yells "hey Security Man - what you gonna do if we jump yo azz and take the keys?"  I just smiled and said  in a voice they could clearly hear "you wouldn't like the outcome." At about this time mall security comes down the hall from the other direction and says "you guys better move - he's not one of us, he works for the bank, and he is armed to the teeth." Mall security had to be notified in advance before anyone from our company entered the building and they would usually hang around while service calls were carried out, so they knew me already. There was about 25 feet between me and the hoodlums so I took off my jacket since security had already let the cat out of the bag - revealing my body armor, G17 in a shoulder rig (w/33rd mag) and my 357mag in a OWB holster. on my gunbelt. In unison a cry of "Daaaamn" went out from the group and they scurried away outside towards the bus stop area.

That was quite sometime ago. I can only imagine how "wonderful" things are there now. In my honest opinion to have unarmed security at this mall in particular, is a recipe for disaster.

OT - OCed around town with the family no issues, as it should be. Carry On!
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: JoeCar on September 09, 2011, 08:04:10 AM
Open carried to Home Depot (Fenton). I had 3 employees help me figure out how much pebble gravel would be needed to fill a trench (for a french drain) that was 7 foot by 20 inches deep. They figured about 25 bags. No one commented on my carrying, like it was never there.
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Post by: scot623 on September 09, 2011, 09:51:04 AM

DEARBORN — An armed robbery Monday at Fairlane Town Center ended with one suspect dead, one in custody, and one more still on the run from police.


http://www.pressandguide.com/articles/2011/03/14/news/doc4d7e2de622109345461512.txt


MICHIGAN Mall imposes curfew to limit youth presence

Wednesday, April 28, 2004



Some mall workers say the throngs of teens scare off customers.

KNIGHT RIDDER NEWSPAPERS

DETROIT -- Tired of teenagers who intimidate other shoppers, a major mall in metro Detroit is clamping down with a curfew that aims to keep unruly kids out and eager consumers in.

Fairlane Town Center in Dearborn, Mich., the second-largest mall in Michigan, plans to prohibit all patrons ages 17 and younger from entering its center after 5 p.m. daily unless they're accompanied by an adult 21 or older. The ban goes into effect June 1 and is part of a nationwide trend of curfews for kids at shopping malls.

Every weekend, young people come in droves to the Dearborn mall to hang out, a teenage ritual that bothers some business owners.

"It scares our customers away," said Kimberly Polo, manager of Coreys Jewel Box. "People tell me, 'I don't come here because of the kids.'"

On Friday and Saturday nights at Fairlane, there are about 2,600 teenagers roaming through the mall at any given time, said the center's security director, Arnold Wicker. Most of them don't shop, and 25 to 300 of them are ejected each night for disturbing the peace.

Racial concerns

Many of the teens are black, which adds a racial element to the situation. The mall, in mainly white Dearborn, is less than a mile from mostly black Detroit. Race has been an issue in previous situations at Fairlane, most recently in 2000, when the death of a black shoplifter -- albeit at the hands of a black security guard -- sparked controversy and protests from black Detroiters.

But "it doesn't matter if they're white, black or polka-dot; 2,600 kids is an intimidating image," Wicker said. It makes life "uncomfortable for a middle-age shopper."

Mall officials said their move has nothing to do with race and that the policy will be applied equally to all people.

They announced the plan Tuesday with signs in English, Arabic and Spanish. Under the Adult Supervision Policy, if security guards think patrons look underage, they can ask them to either leave or show an ID that proves they're 17 or older.

In recent years, the mall has turned into a "baby-sitting service," where parents drop off their kids and leave them unsupervised, Fairlane General Manager Catherine O'Malley said.

"It's a safety issue," O'Malley said.

Common nationwide

Across the United States, malls are adopting curfews to keep the peace, said Patrice Duker of the International Council of Shopping Centers.

The trend started at the gigantic Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn., which established a policy in 1996 that requires youths younger than 16 to be accompanied by a parent or guardian age 21 or older after 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. The Fairlane policy is for every night.

In February 2003, the Oak Hollow Mall in Hyde Point, N.C., began requiring all kids 13 and younger to be accompanied by a parent. In April 2003, the Carousel Center in Syracuse, N.Y., began requiring shoppers younger than 18 to be accompanied by a parent on Friday and Saturday nights.

In Dearborn, Fairlane's move brought a mixed reaction.

The Michigan branch of the American Civil Liberties Union said the new policy infringes on the rights of both children and parents.

"We're generally opposed to curfews that treat all minors as if they're criminals," said Kary Moss, executive director of the Michigan ACLU.

Mall workers' response

But Polo and others who work in the mall said they welcome the move.

"They're so loud, it's unbelievable," she said while tending to a display of sterling silver rings on sale. "It's a lot of swearing."

Even some stores that sell mostly to teens approve of the new policy.

"I'm glad they're doing it, even though our store sells a lot of things for kids," said Cassandra Murphy, a saleswoman at Claire's, an accessories store. "There's a lot of shoplifting that goes on. There's so many little things in the store, they can grab things without us seeing."

Still, some are miffed about the new policy.

"Everyone likes coming to the mall," said Jeeniva Howze, 16, of Detroit. "That's where everyone hangs out."
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: JoeCar on September 12, 2011, 10:36:01 AM
Open carried on my Harley heading to Milford (folks). Stopped at an intersection to M59 and saw a guy in the next lane look over slightly and then tell his wife something to the effect "that guy's carring a gun". She looks past him and stares at me. Makes you smile. Then, I'm at a red light in Fenton, next to the French Laundry. One guy sitting out side notices me and then says something to the other guy. He looks back and I nod at the first guy. It's funny to think that our Second Amend. right is such a foreign concept to the general public.
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Post by: JoeCar on September 13, 2011, 12:32:27 PM
While open carrying in Home Depot yesterday w/wife, I saw another open carrier at the pay booth. It was the first sighting since last year (other than our own events) of another citizen doing the same. I came up from behind him and said, "Excuse me, do you have a license to carry that thing?" He turned around and smiled after he saw my own. He lives in Linden and was familiar with the MSP update no. 86. He said that the past week he was open carrying into his daughter's elementary school. No one said anything. Next we went into VG's for a coffee and doughnut and a guy shopper asked me if I was open carrying. I said, Yes. We chatted a little and i passed him my update no.86. While having my coffee, we watched him read the update while going to his truck. He made 3 different stops along the way (reading) and then one at the truck. It was funny to watch.
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Post by: emt805 on September 15, 2011, 07:42:01 PM
a guy shopper asked me if I was open carrying

This still continues to amaze me the number of people that come up to you and make it a point to ask if you are open carrying.... It's like you want to say you can see it out in the open can't you? But more people approach you being curious than those who run away.

OT was in taylor while ocing the other day about 530pm stopped at dunhams on telegraph for the first time after checking out their selection of firearms and ammo, they did have a M1 carbine in stock that had dings but no ammo. On the way out the door two taylor leo's made an enterance like they had it out to find somene one took a loop around the long side of the store the other made his way in and out of the registers. I was on my way out and assume it was a mwag call? No contact, not even sure if they saw me ocing.

Next stop harry's surplus, I don't remember this place always being this expensive?
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Post by: METL on September 17, 2011, 03:01:31 PM
OCed at Classic Arms in lansing, and pretty much every where else I went (except work where I CC) for the last few weeks...    meijer, lowe's, menard's, panera bread, speedways, flapjack, tim hortons, applebees, and more...
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Post by: Waterborne on September 17, 2011, 08:53:50 PM
The wife and I started off the day OC at Starbucks. We walked in right behind an OCSD deputy. He noticed but said nothing and smiled. Next we went to Williams up in Davison to pick up her new M&P. Then we stopped by GLX to hit a few stores with the obligatory stop at Bass Pro. We just got back from CQT, getting some range time in. We also signed up for some training that we have been anxiously awaiting to take together. All in all a very good day and not a problem to be had.
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Post by: JoeCar on September 22, 2011, 10:22:18 AM
I was open carrying in Tim Horton's (Fenton) and this gentleman w/son approached me while I was reading the paper. He wanted to know if I was undercover? I knew he didn't mean that since anyone could see that I was armed. We talked about the MSP 86 update. I gave him my copy that I carry. He had a cpl but was surprised that I was open carrying in the restaurant. It's not seen much. Next, I gassed up at the Marathon station. As I walked in, a guy commented: "Isn't one magazine enough?" I said: "The other is just for looks." Thinking back, I should of said: One is for local, and the other magazine is when I go to Flint.
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Post by: ocdetroit on September 22, 2011, 03:10:42 PM
 8) Joecar that was funny, Carry On ;D.
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Post by: PaulC on September 22, 2011, 06:23:42 PM
Some OC firsts this week...

OC'ed for the first time at my son's preschool, no issues.

and just about 15 minutes ago I seen my first ever fellow OC'er at the Kroger on 26 mile and Romeo Plank.. I stopped and said hi :)
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Post by: JoeCar on September 23, 2011, 08:27:33 PM
Open carried w/wife today in VG's market and several garage sales. Some obvious looks, but no one made any comments. Tomorrow I'm going to hit Flint for the Bikes on the Bricks event. I'll let you all know how it goes.
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Post by: scot623 on September 23, 2011, 10:28:00 PM
Some OC firsts this week...

OC'ed for the first time at my son's preschool, no issues.

and just about 15 minutes ago I seen my first ever fellow OC'er at the Kroger on 26 mile and Romeo Plank.. I stopped and said hi :)

Did you talk to the principal/teacher first and explain to them the legalities of OC w/CPL or just roll? If you OC'd with no explanation, did they notice and say nothing/ask questions? Just curious as to what they might say if other parents freaked out and complained.
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Post by: PaulC on September 24, 2011, 02:01:25 PM
I thought about talking to them, but I decided against it. I just rolled with it. I think that if it is presented in a proper manner and with the proper confidence a future discussion would be more of a "this is what allows me" verses a "I wanna do this, can I ?" conversation.

I read ALL of the school districts policies
I printed out the State Statute on Preemption
I printed out the Federal PFZ - School Statute
I printed out MSP update #86

I highlighted applicable areas and made a "booklet" and took the booklet in with me. No one has said word one to me yet. Several parents have wide eyed my hip, the teacher seen and no one has said word one.

I am very much prepared to inform them should someone ask.

When I drop him off and pick him up I am usually dressed in a collared shirt and dress pants. (very professional looking and clean cut)

I am open to your thoughts
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Post by: kryptonian on September 25, 2011, 09:32:59 AM
went to birmingham art fair thing yesterday OC of course. i worked in bham for years and know my way around and kniow lots of people and the police so was interested to see how OC would go there. i've heard OC may not be accepted well there. not by design i looked very cop like. i had just come from a funeral in royal oakso had on black shoes, black kahkis and a white polo shirt on. only encountered 2 officers and not real sure if they saw me or not. other than that no problems no issues.
i went shooting later saturday with my good friend jill. we went to place in livonia. i shot my sig 9mm at 15 ft and as usual did well except for one stray shot above the right shoulder of target. A MISS AT 15 FEET????
i was stunned. putting myself on OC probation. i was rushing my shots a little but a full miss????
i did buy a blackhawk magazine belt holder to match my serpa holster. will try out today.
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Post by: JoeCar on September 26, 2011, 08:36:37 AM
I went to the Back to the Bricks event in Flint, on Saturday. I went alone determined to open carry at the Vehicle City dealership and in the city. I picked up a riding mate while waiting in the long lines to get into the parking lot. Nice guy biker named Jerry. He had long hair, and sported an 8 inch pony tail goatee. I got registered as I entered the driveway and no said peep about my stainless Beretta. I parked, along with the others and went inside for a drink of water. Of the 700 bikes and probably 900 assorted people including a Flint police officer, they would look, but no one said anything to me. I carried 10 copies of the MSP 86 update for those who inquired. I gave away only one and it was to Jerry who inquired two hours later when we were walking around the blocked off streets of Flint. I was very disappointed in only one person inquired. I'm sure that there were undercover police present and others conceal carrying. I ordered a pizza (medium, 5 items for 12.70) at WizeGuys restaurant. It was great! I stayed to about 8 pm walking around oc while some of the folks walked about drinking beer out of cans. They did their thing, I did mine. I passed a MSP car on my ride out. I'm sure he saw, but nothing became of it.
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Post by: ocdetroit on September 26, 2011, 06:30:44 PM
OC'ed Today walking to Dollor Store about 1 1/2 Miles from my house. Then to the Gas Station next door. Jumped in the ride and went to a burger joint on Michigan Ave. in Dearborn. Left there and walked up and down the Ave. window shopping. Also stopped at wonderland music. Ask to feel this and then that. no problems. Carry On.
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Post by: FatMan on September 27, 2011, 08:46:02 AM
As usual I oc every day just about everywhere I go that it is legal. Had a good experience at dinner time. Panda buffett on warren rd in Westland. Had one gentleman ask about oc gave him a msp update 86 as well as a SMVM oc handout. While I was answering his question regarding places with liquor licenses another gentleman misquoted the law. The other guy stated there was no way to carry legally in an all out bar. I decided rather than argue infront of the newbie I repeated to him that getting his cpl is really the best way to oc because you get valuable training and can oc more places.

Later another gentleman in a usmc ball cap walked up with a young girl maybe 10 years old, he said "do you know your scareing people with that gun" I responded "I'm sorry, that's to bad" I got ready to debate this guy however his whole demeanor changed he was actually very oc friendly he was just bieng funny. Turns out he is partially retired LEO and he works occasionally with Local dept which he didn't name. We spoke about S.A. and weapon retention he was not preachey he was helpful and complimented me when I expoused some of the things I do as far S.A. "yeah you get it" and "yes that's the right mindset" I told him I  just  retook my cpl class and that a retention class and advanced cpl classes were on my list for the future.

We also spoke about the "us vs them" mentality of some LEO. I told him briefly about my Southgate incident and was shocked that he knew the lead officer. Knew him by name and reputation he also had an opinion he said officer Micheal Murphy is an idiot he eluded that perhaps he knows someone because officers such as him are an unnecessary liabilty for the dept. Given the ex-marine, LEO demeanor and interest in my level of S.A. I now think that maybe he is involved in training. Overall it was a very refreshing experience especially to hear a LEO speak positively regarding OC.
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Post by: JoeCar on September 27, 2011, 01:39:28 PM
Yesterday, I was getting gas and another fellow walked by and said something to the effect: "That we need more people open carrying." As he came out of the building, I remarked if he had considered helping out the cause? He said that he was carrying concealed and that he was a county Leo. I'm guessing that he can't open carry. We talked a minute about the activity and he said that the dept. got a memo about us open carriers. He took one of my MSP 86 updates. I'm thinking that oc is mostly accepted now.
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Post by: Christian Patriot on September 27, 2011, 03:15:41 PM
FatMan... Sorry for my stupidity, but what is S.A.?

Thanx

Daniel
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Post by: Warchild on September 27, 2011, 04:20:07 PM
Just a guess nephew  :P
Situational  Awareness  :)
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Post by: Christian Patriot on September 27, 2011, 04:22:28 PM
hehe.. Thanx ::)
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Post by: onnie0047@gmail.com on September 27, 2011, 07:28:32 PM
Quote
Warchild:  Just a guess nephew  :P
Situational  Awareness  :)

Hmmmm i thought 2nd Amendment
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Post by: Gort on September 27, 2011, 10:17:03 PM
Today a while having driveway and parking lot seal coated, the boss of the crew said to me watch out for that gun, it scares me, i said why, and he said that some bad guy had pulled a gun on him years ago. I said should only bad guys carry guns.
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Post by: Warchild on September 28, 2011, 09:55:45 AM
Quote
Warchild:  Just a guess nephew  :P
Situational  Awareness  :)

Hmmmm i thought 2nd Amendment

Sucks getting old...I didn't even think of that. :-[
Oh well, shows you where my mindset usually is. :)
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Post by: onnie0047@gmail.com on September 28, 2011, 03:59:39 PM
dont go covering yourself with dirt yet, we have not heard from the guy who posted it, maybe we are both wrong.

While we  have  never met, i am right behind you in getting old...........my oldest is turning 40 in a couple months

God help me!!!!!
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Post by: Warchild on September 28, 2011, 06:51:42 PM
I hear ya. My oldest (of 6) is 38, youngest is 23. Of course if you ask them, "the old man" invented dirt!

We could both be right. They are both very good things to practice.
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Post by: onnie0047@gmail.com on September 28, 2011, 07:30:13 PM
My youngest just turned 30   me 29 in the head 57 in the body~
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Post by: PaulC on September 28, 2011, 08:29:42 PM
OC'd at the youngest son's pre-school and the older boys' elementary school today as well as the eye doctor (who wide eyed my hip). Yesterday I OC'ed at Bass Pro, Harbor Freight and the Boy Scouts Store in Waterford/Pontiac... where ever... I did not OC at the Cub Scouts meeting... their rules :(

Also OC'ed t the usual places (Kroger, Gas station)
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Post by: onnie0047@gmail.com on September 30, 2011, 09:46:47 AM
After standing in honor of Spc Chazray C. Clark in Ecorse last night

Several Patriot guard members and myself went to Fergies Fish & Chips for some dinner

as I always do I CC during  my standing in Honor.  Because it was raining I chose to CC while riding the bike to the restruant.

once in side, I removed my jacket and vest and had my ATI 45 in my shoulder hostler

No issues from anyone including the waitress who stood at my strong side taking the tables orders.

During dinner, we got into a discussion on the use of a recorder for recording conversations.  Of course one person  states Michigan is a 2 party state and you need both parties.

I said no its a one party state, I was told I was WRONG!  That they were positive it was a 2 party state.  "I know" said a 3rd party, lets ask XXXXX he is a cop.  Guess who was clueless?
but at least he said he would look it up for sure, and this morning he did, agreeing with me in the area we were discussing

after that I CC on my way back home, only because it was raining heavy.
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Post by: onnie0047@gmail.com on September 30, 2011, 12:04:03 PM
Oced at Best Buy Southland Mall in Taylor and them at Verizon Wireless across the street

No issues at either place

but a couple of older gents were catching their false teeth before they hit the floor
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Post by: emt805 on October 05, 2011, 04:55:16 PM
OCed a few new places over the last couple weeks. Detroit zoo & rivers edge pizza in dundee. Also OCed at cabela's while purchasing a new handgun, I find it amusing that they have to walk you to the door with your new purchase even though you are carrying. Anyone else purchase a firearm at cabela's recently? Their new set up took over 90 min to be out the door. Used to be about 40 min
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Post by: onnie0047@gmail.com on October 06, 2011, 09:28:13 AM
Its been a while since I tried to buy a shotgun there, the process was so messed I told them to forget it 7 days into the process!

I look to see what they have but thats all, I buy my reload stuff there, but to buy a gun, i use Davison's Gun Geni and have it sent to Magnum force in Monroe, last hand gun purchase that way I saved over 80 bucks

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Post by: JoeCar on October 07, 2011, 08:43:54 AM
Open carried at the DamnSite Inn in Hell. They have half pound burgers for 7.50. I was ready to lunch elsewhere, but they didn't object. Stopped off at a Speedway in Highland, and then cruised through 7 Lakes State park to look around. People look, but they mind their own. Getting ready for the Plymouth Chili Cookout on Sunday. A new place to open carry!
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Post by: kryptonian on October 08, 2011, 10:57:44 AM
once again too many OC to even mention. no issues or problems. i do notice that OC is also a useful tool to getting speedier service at busy retail places. have to go back to verizon today for new phone (experia oh yeah oh yeah). i notice i get rushed past other people that were there before me. oh well. maybe another good selling feature for OC.
another thing popping up which i LOVE is people approaching me VERY interested in OC that heard about it but clueless in it. i am more than happy to talk all about it. i never have trifolds or MSP #86 on me. bought a new printer. need to crank some out. i steer people here too (hi kristen at best buy). i get so into the speech i lose track of time. if they are on company time i'm sure i get them in trouble. i also try not to sound like a born again christian trying to convert someone. just try to be a good example and just go about doing my everyday stuff.
women are approaching me as well. a demographic i think we should recruit more. it's very empowering for someone to see a woman secure enough to OC. my sister is going to once she gets her CPL. she is a chronic procrastinator so i have to push her a little.
anyway got lots to do today and OC in tshirts is drawing to a close soon. have to get out while i can. have fun guys. "let's be careful out there" - phil esterhause Hill Street Blues
MOC
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Post by: kryptonian on October 08, 2011, 10:59:54 AM
i love the scrolling thing  :)
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Post by: JoeCar on October 10, 2011, 08:42:35 AM
I hit the mother lode as per inquiries on the ins and outs of open carry at the Plymouth Chili Cookoff, and at the Harley dealership that we rode from. I passed out 7 MSP 86 updates to those that questioned me. The folks had part of their info correct, on open carry, but were in error on other parts. The update covers the topics of open and concealed thoroughly. The guys were happy to realize that they had more latitude to carry their weapons, as some of them showed that they were carrying concealed. I guess it made their day, the info. It was a crowed festival with good chili. I called it a pick pocket's paradise. Plenty of cops, looks and a good opportunity to advance open carry. Having a booth like the Abate of Mi. would really inform the public. It was a good day to be on a bike!
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Post by: JoeCar on October 16, 2011, 08:41:51 AM
Open carried into VG's of Fenton. Picked up a few items to make Texas Chili. Perfect for this past few days weather. No comments from the public or long stares.
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Post by: CV67PAT on October 16, 2011, 12:50:24 PM
Got tossed out of a business for my very first time.

Thursday at American Jewelry and Loan in Detroit on Greenfield and 8 Mile.

Mexican carry, as usual, of my 1911A1.

Les Gold: How can I help u you today?
CV67PAT: I"d like to see about making a piece of custom jewelry from this gold.
Security: He's got a gun. We have a sign that says "No Firearms" at the door. You'll have to take it out to your car.
CV67PAT: I'm sorry I didn't see it. I don't want to just take it out.
Les Gold: You're not gonna rob me. Are you?
CV67PAT: No. I wouldn't do that.
Les Gold: It's alright then. You can stay.
Security: But it's out in the open.
Les Gold: It's right out in the open?
Security: Yes. Right there.
Les Gold:You can stay if you cover it up.
CV67PAT: I don't do that.
Les Gold: They you're going to have to leave, if you won't cover it up. Unless you're a cop. Are you a cop?
CV67PAT: No I'm not. And, I'm not going to cover it up.
Les Gold: Then I'm sorry. You're going to have to leave.
CV67PAT: OK.
Les Gold: Thank you.
CV67PAT: You're welcome.

I really wanted to start screaming: "I'm not leaving mother******!!! I comesed herez to gets me mys jewels and I ain'ts leavinz till I gets it. Hey what you looking at you big motherf******?!?!?!?" Get uz f******g hands off me motherf*****. Don'ts you be touchin meez!!! I aint's leavin till I gets my chit motherf*****!!! Put me down motherf****!!! I ain'ts leavin. You's mothref****** trys toi rob me!!! This place is a rob ree  motherf******!!!

But since there was a full production filming for a TV show, I decided not to.
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Post by: onnie0047@gmail.com on October 18, 2011, 01:44:09 PM
I went in that place last year during the winter, not one person would wait on me
guess I was not URBAN enough!!!, Im just an old fat white boy!
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Post by: kryptonian on October 20, 2011, 11:40:03 PM
last night 10:30pm driving home in the pouring rain at night i went to make a left turn at a traffic light and when a gap appeared i turned only to see a car with NO LIGHTS on almost t-bone me. we both swerved and amazingly wasnt hit and was observed by an oakland county deputy patrol car. he immediately pulled her over. i turned around to see who it was and saw him discussing it with an older woman driver. while walking back to his car she drove away clearly released by the deputy. i was stunned. i got out OC of course and asked the deputy what was up..she almost hit me and you saw it. he clearly saw my weapon and appeared uneasy. he said, "it's ok she's going home now". i said, "she almost hit me - i thought you might need a witness for something". he said, "no thanks. she's gone".
he was pointed westward and i turned around and continued on home east bound and made the left turn going north again to go home. about a mile later i looked in my rear view to see the same patrol unit behind me. every business driveway or residential street i passed i was sure was the oppurtunity he was looking for to stop me. i could hear the keys typing in his car knowing i was getting ran. got to my street and pulled in and no stop.
my theory - shift change. i could have been holding a human head in my hand and he probably wouldn't care. the sheriff's substation is about a mile past my house so i assume he was heading there after fueling up.
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Post by: ascalia on October 21, 2011, 07:58:35 AM
I've been open-carrying for awhile now--I'm 36, and people in Bloomfield Twp. where I frequent know that I openly carry and have no problem with it. At first I just got "looks," but nobody said anything. Only TWICE did I have a BK manager call the police, who are obligated to respond, and when the officer arrived, she asked "why do you have a weapon, sir? May I see your I.D.?" So, I showed her my I.D., informed her I had a CCW on my person (as is also an obligation by law) and presented it, and then she told me to "sit tight "  as she ran me through LEIN in her patrol car. When I came back clean, the officer left me with "have a good day" and went to the manager and explained that open carry is legal in Michigan. The manager said "I have the right to refuse service," and the officer responded with "yes, but he's perfectly within the law--though I'd prefer he carry concealed myself." 
So, I finished my meal and have since returned to the BK without incident.

The second time was when I ate at a local Deli and an older woman asked "are you the police?"  I responded with "no" and simply kept eating. She persisted with "then why carry a gun? Isn't that illegal?" Instead of reading her the "litany," I simply explained that OC is legal in Michigan, and in lieu of the fact that a wealthy person less than a mile away was held at gunpoint in his driveway for his watch last week (to which she was SHOCKED), I decided to be proactive. She responded with "wow" (I think about her naivety about the violent incident) and we both took our time finishing our meals.

People here are increasingly the target of violent crime because we're "sandwiched" between Pontiac and Southfield (much poorer communities, lots of drugs and "gang-bangers"), I OC just about everywhere now.

Tony
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Post by: Christian Patriot on October 21, 2011, 09:54:53 AM
  Good morning ascalia...I'm glad that both your situations turned out well. Just a quick note to a couple of facts friend. First, the police are not obligated to resond. Federal courts have ruled that the police are under no obligation to protect the public. Second, unless your wepon is concealed, you had no obligation to present ID or CPL or even have it on you for that matter. You voluntarily gave up your rights! Hey... We all handle our situations the way we see fit at the moment at hand, and you handled it just fine. I'm simply pointing out a few facts... You definatly handled it correctly if you did not want to make a bigger scene. Good job Sir and carry on.

Daniel 
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Post by: JoeCar on October 21, 2011, 01:09:02 PM
+1, The initials CCW (to the police) represents a felony activity to them (concealed carry weapon). So, you don't want to admit to that moniker. Use of CPL (concealed pistol license) is the proper term for referring to open/concealed carry activity.
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Post by: JoeCar on October 23, 2011, 10:02:11 PM
Open carried on my motorcycle through Linden and Fenton. Nice day to be cruising. Earlier I stopped in on the Occupy Wallstreet Flint group campsite. One young man was open carrying a black Beretta 9mm. I didn't chat with him as he was setting up his tent with an apple stuck in his mouth.
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Post by: Super Trucker on October 23, 2011, 10:44:04 PM
+1, The initials CCW (to the police) represents a felony activity to them (concealed carry weapon). So, you don't want to admit to that moniker. Use of CPL (concealed pistol license) is the proper term for referring to open/concealed carry activity.

You forgot to also correct him on the part about it not being a law to inform if you are not carrying  CONCEALED, and also since he wasn't concealed he didn't have to provide ID or CPL either.
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Post by: PaulC on October 26, 2011, 08:00:09 PM
Called in sick today..  OC'ed dropping son off at his school, then Kroger, then Romeo Flooring, Home Depot, Son's school again, Texas Roadhouse and then Halloween Bazaar. My gun is pretty much always on my hip OC style unless I am at work, sleeping, or watching my son play hockey at Suburban.

I have not had any encounters to speak of in the past two months. A few wide eyes thats it.
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Post by: JoeCar on October 31, 2011, 11:10:17 PM
Open carried to my local Charter Communications. They have a sign in their window. "No weapons allowed." So, I opened the door and stuck my head in and asked the girl if I could get a receipt for my modem that I was returning. She says "Yes, if you'll bring it to me." I said "What about your sign?" She says "Are you carrying a weapon?" I said, "Yes I am." She says "I won't tell if you don't." I said "OK." I'm guessing the sign wasn't her idea. If she was going to be adamant, I was going to ask her to step out on the sidewalk to do our transaction. But, everything went well.
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Post by: northofnowhere on November 01, 2011, 04:13:07 AM
     I was doing a similar transaction at my local Charter office and made a very open scene about how to properly unload and secure your firearm in a crowded parking lot.  After conducting my business I asked for the best place to send complaints in letter format.  The woman was very friendly ans asked about what.  i explained my problem.  She, a very nice elderly lady, explained her problems with the policy as well.  She isn't even allowed to carry her pistol or rifle in her car and has to drive well out of her way to get it before going to the range weekly after work.

     Horrible policy, horrible concept, great experience.
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Post by: JoeCar on November 03, 2011, 03:12:07 PM
Open carried into VG's for my .69 cent extra large doughnut (all varieties) and free coffee. Move over Tim Horton's...
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Post by: Christian Patriot on November 04, 2011, 10:11:19 PM
Went to Meijer in Owosso/Corunna tonight with my wife, Daughter and foster son. We walked by the greeter (looked to be about 70) and she said nothing to me. We were shopping for vitamins and I seen her peak around the end of the isle... we went down another isle and I seen her looking down our isle again and here she comes... She stroled on up and made small talk about the baby, then she asks "whats that for (pointing at my shiny .45 1911 Dan Wesson)? I told her it was for self protection. She said "you can carry it right out in the open like that"? I said yes, it is perfectly leagal to open carry in Michigan, in fact you dont even need a license to carry a handgun in Michigan, you only need a license to conceal it. She was quite suprised but looked to be greatly releaved. She said "sorry to bother you". I told her that I was glad that she came to talk to me and I was happy to answer any questions she may have. We talked for a few more minutes and she went back to her post. We finished our shopping (about 3/4 of an hour) with no problems... Lots of fun!
Daniel
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Post by: Christian Patriot on November 05, 2011, 09:49:04 PM
I was at my Grandmothers house today burning leaves and a couple (in their 50's) walked by and said "We were at the Knights of Columbus for a party and thought this looked like a nice neiborhood and decided to go for a walk. We get one block down the street and come across you with a gun on your hip." I laughed and said it is a relatively safe city but there have been several breakins lately. They said " Should we pay you to walk with us?" I said that that was up to them... It was kina comical...

I'll tell ya all what... I love OCing...The conversations, the occasional reactions, and the pride I feel for exercising our rights... It feels great!
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Post by: PaulC on November 06, 2011, 05:59:04 PM
OC'd at both Kroger's in Macomb Twp, Hollywood Market in Shelby TWP, ACE Hardware, the car wash.... Locked her up when I went to Suburban Ice Arena.. (one of the few places I won't OC).
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Post by: JoeCar on November 08, 2011, 03:51:31 PM
Open carried at Tom's Coney in Flint with Daniel/family, Jerry Brewer/son, and George Ettinger. We had a good time talking about everything. Daniel inspired me to take the next  challenge in my oc adventure. I walked into Lake Fenton high school to vote. The high schoolers were already gone and there were just people and administrators/teachers floating around. My wife and I watched especially for shocked looks, or anything else...but NOTHING! This is getting too easy. I hope that I was able to inform others that what I was doing (exercising a Right) was also theirs to have.
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Post by: Warchild on November 08, 2011, 04:47:54 PM
Good for you Joe. It gets easier as you get more comfortable and confident with carrying.
Nice to meet you and look forward to doing it again.
Jerry
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Biggrrizzley on November 08, 2011, 07:02:23 PM
On April 24, 2011, Easter Sunday morning, I noticed that a Detroit Police car was behind me following me turn by turn.  I pulled into the Citco Gas Station at Six Mile and Schaefer, (as I always do coming from work), I got out and walked to the rear of my vehicle to get my money from my jacket; closed down the back hatch and then when I was walking towards the front of the vehicle, the officers pulled behind my vehicle; got out and walked towards me.  They stopped and asked me to come towards them; they asked me did I have a CCW; they repeatedly asked did I have a CCW; I kept replying no I have a CPL license.  I asked them do I need one, what is this about.  Their response was “Put your hands on the vehicle”. (The police vehicle)  As I was placing my hands on the vehicle, one officer then grabbed me by the back of my shirt and placed me onto the vehicle.  They then disarmed me (two pistols). 
Next they asked for my CPL and driver’s license.  They ran my information and while they were running the information they were telling me how I was wrong to open carry, I don’t know the law, and continued with this verbal badgering.
After about thirty minutes of this treatment, they received an answer back from running my information.  One office walked back with a big smile on his face and asked his partner, “Do you want to tell him or me?  That’s when I was told my CPL was suspended and they were confiscating my firearms.  I requested that they give me their cards, but both officers said they did not have any. The officers left without giving me their names.  I wrote down their license plates number from the police car.  I did not receive any tickets or paper work stating they took weapons from me.
I then got in my vehicle and drove home; then I went to the police station and the officers were there.  Officer Clark came out and spoke with me.  He said he had taken my cell number at the scene and after he wrote up his report and spoke with the investigator he would contact me. 
 

I left the police station and went home.  I called a friend who advised me to go back and request my weapons because I was correct that they did not follow the procedure for a suspended CPL who had not been notified that the license was suspended.  I went back to the police station; waited to speak with Officer Clark again.  When Officer Clark and his partner approached me in the station, they placed me under arrest; charged me with carrying a concealed weapon in a motor vehicle and locked me up in jail. During this time of supposed suspension my license has been ran during a traffic stop while carrying a concealed weapon on my person by a city other than Detroit. I have also purchased firearms during this time and not one time have I been denied or told of any suspension until this incident. Also as I was released an officer working the front desk area made snide remarks one of which was “we’ll see you next week”!!  These are in my opinion one reason police officers have such a poor reputation in the community.

Arrested 04/24/11 @ approximately 11:45 am
Released 04/25/11 @ approximately 11:00 am
Firearms released 04/27/11
Ammo released 05/02/11
Attained property release from 12th precinct for my CPL 05/02/11
CPL  returned by property officer @ 1300 Beaubien 05/03/11
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: TheQ on November 08, 2011, 07:39:00 PM
Arrested 04/24/11 @ approximately 11:45 am
Released 04/25/11 @ approximately 11:00 am
Firearms released 04/27/11
Ammo released 05/02/11
Attained property release from 12th precinct for my CPL 05/02/11
CPL  returned by property officer @ 1300 Beaubien 05/03/11

Did you ever validate with the gun board that your CPL indeed had been suspended? If so, did you ask them why you weren't notified?

If so and the cops lied to you or were incorrect you may have a strong civil case, especially since you were locked up over night!
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Christian Patriot on November 08, 2011, 07:51:40 PM
Yea Joe! Felt good afterward I know! I enjoyed our conversation. It was great to meet ya today. Now I can call ya friend! I liked your buddy George too... Great stories...lol... Even got some time with my Uncle Warchild and Cuz too... We will do it again some time soon.

I also oced today...Started the day by going to the elementary school to vote. I was a bit nervous... I got out of the car and turned on my recorder, walked inside, went to the check in table, filled out my papers, went and placed my vote... Done... No problems, just a bunch of looks... All nervous for nothing. I even got my "I voted" sticker. Later went to Meijer with my Daughter, no problems. Then on to Toms Coney Cafe in Flint to meet with new friends and family.... Great day to be a free American!
Daniel
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: JoeCar on November 09, 2011, 08:08:52 AM
+1 Great day to be a free American! I recommend Wize Guys pizza (downtown Flint) if you ever want to change the menu.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: METL on November 09, 2011, 11:00:50 AM

Arrested 04/24/11 @ approximately 11:45 am
Released 04/25/11 @ approximately 11:00 am
Firearms released 04/27/11
Ammo released 05/02/11
Attained property release from 12th precinct for my CPL 05/02/11
CPL  returned by property officer @ 1300 Beaubien 05/03/11




Wow... freaky....   this probably deserves it's own thread.. I"m sure people have questions, etc...   
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: ocdetroit on November 09, 2011, 09:00:26 PM
Yea Big Grizz we would like to hear more. Carry On.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: JoeCar on November 12, 2011, 10:53:36 PM
Open carried into the Douglas Water Condition store for some salt. The lady clerk made a comment about not seeing a handgun too often. I mentioned to her that I was carrying in the high school, last Tues. for voting. I told her that no one said a thing. She said that they were probably too scared to speak up. Carried next at the Mobil station. Going north tomorrow. The orange invasion.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Glock9mmOldStyle on November 13, 2011, 07:04:35 PM
On April 24, 2011, Easter Sunday morning.......


Two things here #1 If  you are planning a 1983 Federal action, and you should in my opinion. Then please don't post anymore info about this and delete your posts about this if you can still (time limit).

#2 Crap like this only highlights exactly why a member defense fund is needed.

Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: PaulC on November 13, 2011, 09:24:32 PM
OC'ed at Kohls, Yates Cider Mill and Krogers. No issues No comments.. other than my neighbor saying "I feel really safe now" in a sarcastic tone.  :o

Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: CV67PAT on November 14, 2011, 05:22:24 PM
On April 24, 2011, Easter Sunday morning.......


Two things here #1 If  you are planning a 1983 Federal action, and you should in my opinion. Then please don't post anymore info about this and delete your posts about this if you can still (time limit).

#2 Crap like this only highlights exactly why a member defense fund is needed.


I'm afraid I'm going to have to call BS on this one. There's a little missing from the story. And a little embellishment also.

On the surface, this would seem to be a prime example for the need of a legal fund. But I believe support would drop off rapidly once ALL of the facts were revealed.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: TheQ on November 14, 2011, 07:15:56 PM
I'm afraid I'm going to have to call BS on this one. There's a little missing from the story. And a little embellishment also.

On the surface, this would seem to be a prime example for the need of a legal fund. But I believe support would drop off rapidly once ALL of the facts were revealed.

I can't believe it, I can see what Pat is saying and can agree.  I think he also left a post on MOC's Facebook Page (http://www.facebook.com/MichiganOpenCarry/posts/10150382149566234).
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: CV67PAT on November 14, 2011, 07:40:42 PM
I can't believe it either. LMAO  ;)
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: gryphon on November 15, 2011, 12:15:56 AM
On April 24, 2011, Easter Sunday morning.......


Two things here #1 If  you are planning a 1983 Federal action, and you should in my opinion. Then please don't post anymore info about this and delete your posts about this if you can still (time limit).

#2 Crap like this only highlights exactly why a member defense fund is needed.


I'm afraid I'm going to have to call BS on this one. There's a little missing from the story. And a little embellishment also.

On the surface, this would seem to be a prime example for the need of a legal fund. But I believe support would drop off rapidly once ALL of the facts were revealed.
I'm confused.  If his CPL was suspended, and he was carrying inside his car (which is why he was arrested, correct?), what's the problem?  He wasn't notified?  The suspension was in error and he is due damages?

RELATED RANT: some people complain about spelling and grammar, stating they are not important.  Down with grammar Nazis!  Who cares if you write "it's" when you should have written "its," right?  I propose this is precisely why.  People who are careless, or clueless, about writing have no idea that what they are writing is less than clear to the reader.

The OP certainly wrote a lot of words, but a lot of people are still confused.  Spelling, grammar, and writing a clear narrative are things covered in elementary and middle school.  This isn't even high school material.  Yet here we are confused and debating it.  Sad.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: northofnowhere on November 15, 2011, 04:47:16 PM
Need to start a new thread and title it "we all agreed with Pat today" or something, getting out of hand, as I also agree with him on the issue at hand.  On an unrelated issue, if you wish to correct my spelling and grammer, understand its my fat and slow fingers trying to keep up with my expediently quick mind, honest.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: CV67PAT on November 15, 2011, 04:51:51 PM
Don't feed the troll candy. LOL
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: PaulC on November 15, 2011, 09:26:37 PM
OC'ed at Parent Teacher Conferences.. No one ran screaming, no police showed up... but there were ALOT of double takes...
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: ocdetroit on November 16, 2011, 02:57:22 PM
That's good. I might Open Carry to my grandson's school Thursday will let yall know how it went. Carry On
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: PaulC on November 16, 2011, 08:41:16 PM
OC'd at Texas Roadhouse in Chesterfield Twp... no issues.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: FatMan on November 17, 2011, 12:40:06 PM
Stopped in to my local Speedway the other night. fueled up and went inside to buy my fiance a chocolate pie for her lunch, The kid (yeah I'm an old fart now, these teens and early 20's people all look 12 years old to me" says to his friend who is hanging out near the counter "I always feel safer when some one comes in carrying like that, but its still kinda weird cause you don't see it all the time" I said " I do, every where I go that its legal" it took him a second but then I saw the light go on and he chuckled  ;D
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: kryptonian on November 21, 2011, 08:49:01 PM
oc at tanger outlet mall in howell. no problems or issues. walking thru the Under Armor store a family rounded the corner and was facing my strong side. a teenage girl said, "is that a GUN"? the tone was 'you gotta be f*%#in' kidding me' her mothers response was "yeah. so what?. shut up and keep moving". tone was 'don't start your crap here. i don't want to hear it" thanks mom.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: JoeCar on November 21, 2011, 11:05:34 PM
Open carried in Caseville this past week. A local restaurant for breakfast, the local IGA store, and the Riverside Roadhouse bar for a great hamburger and steak fries. The bartender spotted me as soon as I entered the bar. He stared at my rosco with a serious, no expression look. A lady patron also gave me a serious look. Nothing came of any of this, which was fine with me. I'm betting I'm the first to enter as such.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: PaulC on November 22, 2011, 07:20:39 PM
OC'd all around today Christmas Shopping.. Did NOT OC at Toys R Us.. but them OC'd at Taco Bell, Target, Hobby Lobby. Wal-Mart son's school Party Store and Kroger gas station. No issues.... Joked with my wife that she was lucky to have an armed security guard accompany her shopping. :)
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: onnie0047@gmail.com on November 25, 2011, 05:20:31 PM
Oced at Taco Bell in Dundee today, gun at the next table wanted to know if my holster was "special" since I had my gun Cocked with the hammer back.  Told him the holster was a retaining holster and it required a button to be pressed before it released the gun and as far as the hammer being back, thats just how I carried it

before he asked me anything I could hear a bit of the discussion, the young girl at the table was wondering if I knew that the hammer was cocked and her boyfriend said, I guess I will just ask him..............no she said, I dont want to upset him.............I think its alright the BF said, and thus the question came.

i did have a bit of a chuckle forming as I heard the banter between them

no issues and nope they did not leave till their meal was done

Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: PaulC on November 26, 2011, 09:01:40 PM
OC'd yesterday at Home Depot and McDonald's. Had a woman approach me and ask me if I was a cop or if I had a permit... gave her a quick run down on OC.. She was very receptive, but she crowded into my personal space and made me ansy a bit when she practically sat on my lap when asking me questions (squeezed in the booth when I was sitting on the end)..

OC'd at the usual today... Speedway for a morning coffee, Home Depot and Kroger.



Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: rugersingleshot on November 30, 2011, 09:18:32 PM
OC'd at Birch Run stores and A&W, uneventful.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Shooter01 on December 05, 2011, 07:40:47 AM
This past summer i was o.c. in Mt. Pleasant as i always do and was in Menards. A store manager told me i could not carry my gun in there. I explained to him that it was legal and he said he didn't care because it made him very nervous. I said ok and when i got home i contacted the main store manager and told him what happened and he said he feels the same.I said ok and told him i would not be back ever. I had an incident at Home Depot also where an employee told me it was not legal to carry a gun in the open.I explained to him the law and he said i could not carry in there anymore.I again called the store manager and he said he had no problem with it because it made him feel safer.I asked him what the company policy was and he said he would find out and get back to me.A couple of days later he called me and said corporate headquarters had no  problem with it as long as it was legal.  He said he would have a meeting with all of the employees and inform them of  the policy.I thanked him and told him Home Depot will be the only place i shop.No more Menards.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: TheQ on December 05, 2011, 10:28:50 AM
Last night I was at Little Caesars (I call this particular location the Ghetto Caesars because where it is located -- on MLK and Holmes in Lansing). Another customer said -- "hey bro, your gun is hanging out".

I replied, "I know".
He said, " oh, open carry? Cool."

An employee or two eyed my strong side at the revelation by the other customer that there was in fact a gun in the store.

That was that.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: kryptonian on December 06, 2011, 09:41:05 PM
tonight stopped by same kroger been to many times OC. waiting in u-scan line i backed up when a woman backed into me. a woman behind me said "oh my no". i didnt look back then she said "those scare me". i said "mine isnt going to hurt you" she said "other people with guns scare me" i said " if anybody comes in here armed and doing something stupid my gun would save you best i can". she said " that makes me feel better about your gun then" glad i could change a viewpoint a little in a 10 second conversation.
  when i was leaving i threw my bag of groceries in the passenger side of my jeep facing the street. in the back of the parking lot was an oakland county deputy patrol car  aimed right at me with lights on. there was NO WAY they did not see my Sig rig. i shut my door and looked directly at them. the headlights went off. my thought was -ok they are waiting for me to drive out so they can stop me. i took a few seconds to get my digital camera (video) ready on the passenger seat just in case. pulled out but no stop.
wonder if there was a call and they waited but seeing an obvious lawful carry situation decided not to encounter me possibly terry vs ohio holding them back. dont know. too cooincidental they were there by chance. all good tho. OCSD has always been a professional department and have had several oc encounters with them all non issues. i wasnt overly concerned about a negative encounter so maybe i was just being paranoid. oh well.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: PaulC on December 11, 2011, 09:33:47 AM
Getting harder to OC with my current wardrobe. Had a birthday dinner to go to ( Thinking it was Ruby Tuesdays) found out it was Victim Zone Fridays (TGI Friday's in Canton) with a big victim sticker on the window. Grrrrrr...

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Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Shadow Bear on December 13, 2011, 07:04:34 PM
I'm so proud! ;D

She writes:
On Tuesday evening 12-13-11 a friend and I went to the East Garden Chinese Buffet Restaurant on Kalamazoo Avenue, just south of 60th Street for dinner.

I was open carrying my .380 auto on my right hip and 2 additional magazines on my left hip.  Upon entering and being seated, I removed my jacket at which time my pistol was revealed and in plain sight.

A large man and his overweight son were sitting at the table right behind where we were seated and as I left the table to go to the buffet, my friend heard this man say, I’m not going to sit here with these kind of people.  As soon as I returned to my table, the man and his son got up and stormed to the other end of the restaurant. My friend didn’t say anything to me about what the man had said and I just assumed he and his son were leaving since they headed in the direction of the door and I didn’t see them again.

Dinner progressed well and we were almost finished with dessert when 2 Kent County Deputy Sheriff’s Officers came in the door.  The restaurant owner asked if he could help them and I heard them say they had a report of a woman in there with a gun on her hip.

I turned around and said yes there is, at which point I stood up walked over to the female deputy and handed her my CPL and Driver’s License.  She said a patron had called and reported a woman with a gun on her hip and he didn’t think his children should have to be subjected to that when they go out to eat.  She wrote down my name, verified my address was correct and asked for my phone number.  She apologized for interrupting our dinner and I apologized to her for their being taken off the road patrol for a ridiculous call like this.

I also apologized to the owner of the restaurant for the confusion and any inconvenience it may have caused.  He reached over the counter took my hand and said, “It OK, you protect me.”  “We welcome you”

The large man and his obese young son were still there when we left so I waved goodbye to him as I went out the door.  I then got in my truck and left.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: MichRRConductor on December 13, 2011, 11:31:00 PM
Open carried in Caseville this past week..... I'm betting I'm the first to enter as such.

I would say most definitely for Huron County.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: autosurgeon on December 14, 2011, 12:08:02 AM
I'm so proud! ;D

She writes:
On Tuesday evening 12-13-11 a friend and I went to the East Garden Chinese Buffet Restaurant on Kalamazoo Avenue, just south of 60th Street for dinner.

I was open carrying my .380 auto on my right hip and 2 additional magazines on my left hip.  Upon entering and being seated, I removed my jacket at which time my pistol was revealed and in plain sight.

A large man and his overweight son were sitting at the table right behind where we were seated and as I left the table to go to the buffet, my friend heard this man say, I’m not going to sit here with these kind of people.  As soon as I returned to my table, the man and his son got up and stormed to the other end of the restaurant. My friend didn’t say anything to me about what the man had said and I just assumed he and his son were leaving since they headed in the direction of the door and I didn’t see them again.

Dinner progressed well and we were almost finished with dessert when 2 Kent County Deputy Sheriff’s Officers came in the door.  The restaurant owner asked if he could help them and I heard them say they had a report of a woman in there with a gun on her hip.

I turned around and said yes there is, at which point I stood up walked over to the female deputy and handed her my CPL and Driver’s License.  She said a patron had called and reported a woman with a gun on her hip and he didn’t think his children should have to be subjected to that when they go out to eat.  She wrote down my name, verified my address was correct and asked for my phone number.  She apologized for interrupting our dinner and I apologized to her for their being taken off the road patrol for a ridiculous call like this.

I also apologized to the owner of the restaurant for the confusion and any inconvenience it may have caused.  He reached over the counter took my hand and said, “It OK, you protect me.”  “We welcome you”

The large man and his obese young son were still there when we left so I waved goodbye to him as I went out the door.  I then got in my truck and left.

Of course they were still there. They were not scared just angry. And also they had not yet eaten all they could hold.....

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Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: TheQ on December 14, 2011, 12:41:05 AM
No one has left screaming for their lives yet, good to know....
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Post by: JoeCar on December 14, 2011, 09:46:22 AM
Open carried yesterday around Fenton, on my Sportster. Felt good to ride in December. Kept at it until it started to sprinkle.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: kpearce on December 15, 2011, 07:20:06 PM
I'm so proud! ;D

She writes:
On Tuesday evening 12-13-11 a friend and I went to the East Garden Chinese Buffet Restaurant on Kalamazoo Avenue, just south of 60th Street for dinner.

I was open carrying my .380 auto on my right hip and 2 additional magazines on my left hip.  Upon entering and being seated, I removed my jacket at which time my pistol was revealed and in plain sight.

A large man and his overweight son were sitting at the table right behind where we were seated and as I left the table to go to the buffet, my friend heard this man say, I’m not going to sit here with these kind of people.  As soon as I returned to my table, the man and his son got up and stormed to the other end of the restaurant. My friend didn’t say anything to me about what the man had said and I just assumed he and his son were leaving since they headed in the direction of the door and I didn’t see them again.

Dinner progressed well and we were almost finished with dessert when 2 Kent County Deputy Sheriff’s Officers came in the door.  The restaurant owner asked if he could help them and I heard them say they had a report of a woman in there with a gun on her hip.

I turned around and said yes there is, at which point I stood up walked over to the female deputy and handed her my CPL and Driver’s License.  She said a patron had called and reported a woman with a gun on her hip and he didn’t think his children should have to be subjected to that when they go out to eat.  She wrote down my name, verified my address was correct and asked for my phone number.  She apologized for interrupting our dinner and I apologized to her for their being taken off the road patrol for a ridiculous call like this.

I also apologized to the owner of the restaurant for the confusion and any inconvenience it may have caused.  He reached over the counter took my hand and said, “It OK, you protect me.”  “We welcome you”

The large man and his obese young son were still there when we left so I waved goodbye to him as I went out the door.  I then got in my truck and left.


This is a perfect example of how open carry and an open carry issue should be handled! Way to go, good work!!
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Christian Patriot on December 16, 2011, 10:24:59 AM
I was asked to leave the Toys R Us store in Flint the other day. The man pointed out the fact that they have a no weapons policy and that it was posted on the door. Guess what I said...??? Ok... What a freaking idiot I was... I had nothing... I was so disappointed in myself. I was out of my comfort zone (my home town) and was ill prepared. I was like duuuuh. This is why we need to stay connected and keep each other sharp! I will not let this happen again. I sould have had something to say... (Yes sir, I'll leave, but all your no weapons policy does is keep law abiding citizens unarmed in your store. A criminal don't care about your sign or your policy!) Stay prepared boys and girls!

Also I was at Hardees in Owosso the other day and ordered some tacos for my Granny. It was simply 5 soft shells and 4 hard. The cook had a hard time with that. The lady taking my order says to me "If he gets this wrong you can shoot him". I said that I wouln't shoot anyone but I may come back... It was funny.
Daniel
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Post by: JoeCar on December 19, 2011, 05:16:14 PM
I open carried on Sat. into William's Gunsight for some target practice. Then over to Tim Horton's for a coffee. I walked past one of their associates, going over to the counter and she said "Whoa". I looked back and she had a sheepish grin on her face. I guess my packing surprised her. Next, over to Meijer's for a few things. It was packed and people just looked without comment.
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Post by: TheQ on December 20, 2011, 03:44:29 PM
I moved the recent post about Dunham's requiring a CPL holder to get a PTP in order to buy a pellet handgun (http://forums.michiganopencarry.org/index.php/topic,1487.0.html) as it seems to be out of the scope of an Open Carry Experience and deserves more discussion
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Post by: PaulC on December 24, 2011, 11:50:46 AM
Open Carried at Wal-Mart and as I was walking to my vehicle I noticed a car "slow rolling" by me. My SA was already ratched up pretty high as the store was packed. He rolled down his window and asked me if I ever get any crap for OC'ing. We had a very brief, but positive exchange. OC'd at Kroger and Hollywood Market. No issues. 

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Post by: onnie0047@gmail.com on December 24, 2011, 12:20:27 PM
I was asked to leave the Toys R Us store in Flint the other day. The man pointed out the fact that they have a no weapons policy and that it was posted on the door. Guess what I said...??? Ok... What a freaking idiot I was... I had nothing... I was so disappointed in myself. I was out of my comfort zone (my home town) and was ill prepared. I was like duuuuh. This is why we need to stay connected and keep each other sharp! I will not let this happen again. I sould have had something to say... (Yes sir, I'll leave, but all your no weapons policy does is keep law abiding citizens unarmed in your store. A criminal don't care about your sign or your policy!) Stay prepared boys and girls!

Also I was at Hardees in Owosso the other day and ordered some tacos for my Granny. It was simply 5 soft shells and 4 hard. The cook had a hard time with that. The lady taking my order says to me "If he gets this wrong you can shoot him". I said that I wouln't shoot anyone but I may come back... It was funny.
Daniel

Toys arent us are well known to be anti guns!
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: JoeCar on December 27, 2011, 08:18:19 AM
Open carried yesterday at Home Depot (Fenton). Then open carried at Trader Joe's and then over at Whole Foods in Rochester. It's nice to open carry in yuppyville. I had looks, but nothing came of it.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Shadow Bear on December 29, 2011, 04:11:05 PM
Recent OCs-

Russ' Restaurant Cutlerville
Crackerbarrel Grandville (Is that real?!?)
Appleby's Hastings (server suddenly felt the need to pick up something right next to my strong side!)
Arnie's Wyoming

(Seems like we eat out a lot....) ;D
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: CV67PAT on December 29, 2011, 04:49:45 PM
Recent OCs-

Russ' Restaurant Cutlerville
Crackerbarrel Grandville (Is that real?!?)
Appleby's Hastings (server suddenly felt the need to pick up something right next to my strong side!)
Arnie's Wyoming

(Seems like we eat out a lot....) ;D

Carry to eat... Eat to carry.

MOC has strict weight requirements. Have you seen some of the party pictures?

To keep on topic:
I have been carrying quite a lot in medical environments and bars lately. Nobody says a word.
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Post by: yance on December 29, 2011, 04:53:53 PM
Hows that working out in bars?  Are you going during peak bar hours, or during the day?  I was at a bar last week and was wondering how that would go over/
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Post by: CV67PAT on December 29, 2011, 05:14:45 PM
Both.

A couple months ago I was at a biker bar. It was packed. Someone whined to the manager. He said he didn't think I was legal. I explained the rules. Asked if he wanted me to leave several times during the conversation. Each time he said no. I thought it was funny because there were numerous 1% members there that I knew were carrying concealed. Probably even unlawful also. I guessed it was no doubt a case of calibre envy.

Several of the bars have had bouncers too that have seen it and didn't mention it.

Had an MRI at Beaumont Hospital last week. No comments at all.

Dentist today.

Only place I have ever been tossed from was American Jewelry and Pawn. And that was because I wouldn't cover up. Les would've let me stay if I would have.
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Post by: Shadow Bear on December 29, 2011, 08:12:50 PM
Just had an interesting event- our park is posted 'No Soliciting' at both access points. Only way to miss it would be to climb a fence.

Had a couple of scam artists from something called Direct Energy soliciting within the park. Stopped them, and they claimed that they had a permit from the park. Marched them down to the office, but no one was there, so called the sheriff to make a report, so we have a record that they were notified that they were trespassing. We have been instructed by park management to report any solicitors, so we qualify as 'agents', IMHO. Next time, arrests!

Now the interesting part. We were outside as the deputy rolled up. As it was dark, and he would not likely see my OC weapon, as I held my hands out to the side & slightly up, I advised him I was carrying (as did Steel Magnolia). He said, OK, no problem. Was completely relaxed about it, and even said 'I wish there were more like you'.

Good to meet one of Kent County's finest!
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Post by: scot623 on December 30, 2011, 02:55:46 PM
I thought it was funny because there were numerous 1% members there that I knew were carrying concealed. Probably even unlawful also.

There isn't a probably about it. Unless the 1%ers who were concealing owned the bar or were hired by the bar for security, I am not aware of any other exception for CC in a 28.425o PFZ.
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Post by: scot623 on December 30, 2011, 02:57:50 PM
I thought it was funny because there were numerous 1% members there that I knew were carrying concealed. Probably even unlawful also.

There isn't a probably about it. Unless the 1%ers who were concealing owned the bar or were hired by the bar for security, I am not aware of any other exception for CC in a 28.425o PFZ that would fit this scenario.
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Post by: CV67PAT on December 30, 2011, 03:01:57 PM
I thought it was funny because there were numerous 1% members there that I knew were carrying concealed. Probably even unlawful also.

There isn't a probably about it. Unless the 1%ers who were concealing owned the bar or were hired by the bar for security, I am not aware of any other exception for CC in a 28.425o PFZ.

What I meant was that they probably couldn't lawfully even posses a firearm. Let alone have it in the bar.
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Post by: rvd4now on December 30, 2011, 08:23:03 PM
iv oc in bar, id thought the same thing. i wonder how it would be if this placed was packed ..i wondered if they would ask me to leave.

this bar has a radio stataion that comes in and broadcast every friday. I wonder what are my chances of haveing dinner there on a friday.
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Post by: CV67PAT on December 31, 2011, 01:03:46 AM
iv oc in bar, id thought the same thing. i wonder how it would be if this placed was packed ..i wondered if they would ask me to leave.

this bar has a radio stataion that comes in and broadcast every friday. I wonder what are my chances of haveing dinner there on a friday.

Just do it. That's all there is to it. But know what you're doing first. I carry Mexican almost exclusively. Except when I am in a restricted environment where strict open carry is necessary. I have a belt slide holster for those instances.

I wasn't asked to leave. I offered several times. The manager declined my offer and said to stay. The patrons at a nearby table came to verify that I was lawful and to ask questions.
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Post by: DetroitBiker on December 31, 2011, 02:17:59 AM

Had an MRI at Beaumont Hospital last week. No comments at all.

They didn't tell you it was two sizes too small?

(http://i42.tinypic.com/35b87l4.jpg)    ;)


Just kidding, Hope everythings alright... Call me sometime   8)
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Post by: BAILEY on January 03, 2012, 11:54:09 PM
Had two OC situations today. While at work took a customers food order and had a sweat shirt on that said ARMY on it, the female tried to call me a liar and tell me I wasnt in the ARMY(I am National Guard). Stopped once I showed her my Military ID. I had gotten off work and changed into my everyday clothes, no more work uniform, and so throwing trash from my truck into the trash bins at the gas pump. Her and her teen posse  were leaving the store and getting into there vehicle. I had my weapon on my hip and two mags on the other side all in holsters they were backing out of the parking space and stopped when I walked right by them and she rolled down the window and yelled "HEY, HE HAS A GUN! WHY DOES HE HAVE A F***** GUN?" I just looked and waved as they drove off with a smile on my face.

The second OC situation today was at a Gas Station in Fowlerville. I pulled into the lot and parked in from of the store right behind a FPD squad car. I thought in the back of my mind, Oh sh** this is gonna be fun and the first LEO encounter.  Walked in and right by the front counter were the officer was sitting sipping some coffee talking it up with the Clerk. The officer didn't notice at all just said hi, the clerk on the other hand.
Clerk "Got enough fire power there?"
ME " NOPE, left the other ones at home tonight." As I walked into the Beer Cave. Came out with the beverages for the night. With the weapons all locked up safe and unloaded.
Clerk "That all?"
ME "Sure?"
FPD "Are you a Cop, or something?"
Me "Nope, just a law going citizen, following the law."
The clerk gives me my total and I pay for it and stick around to talk with him like I usually do cuz he is a good gun friendly guy, just making a little fuss for the hell of it. The officer asked me about the gun, make and model, and cal. Which led to a conversation about guns and cal. And what the department cares and what not over all very good first LEO encounter if only all of them were like that. The officer didnt give a hint at all that he thought I was doing anything illegal, which I wasnt. And yes I have a CPL so I can care at a place the sells beer and what not.
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Post by: ocdetroit on January 04, 2012, 04:36:27 PM
Great 1st encounter. It will get easier.  Carry on.
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Post by: yance on January 04, 2012, 07:10:26 PM
That is a great encounter with LE.  Seemed like a nice guy to talk to..glad to see he trusted you and your law abiding-ness to stick around and chat about guns with you.  Lets hope he has a better outlook when it comes to people that carry and people that OC now because of this encounter, I would say you represented us quite well.
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Post by: alokrip on January 12, 2012, 12:40:16 PM
Uneventful GR OC at Biggby Coffee near 28th street and the beltline.
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Post by: alokrip on January 12, 2012, 01:47:59 PM
Then again at grander mountain, uneventful again.
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Post by: PaulC on January 12, 2012, 06:13:06 PM
Had a meeting with my son's teacher, principal and several other faculty from the school district and his school. No issues at all. We met for over an hour and between introductions and such, I dunno how they missed me OC'ing. Not a word was said.

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Post by: Steel Magnolia on January 12, 2012, 08:35:00 PM
OC'd at Meijer 54th & Clyde Park Ave tonight, (have CPL) a gentleman who had his wife and son with him, stopped me and said "Please let me say thank you and shake your hand."  "We need more citizens like you who are brave enough to step up and open carry."  I invited him to the OC Luncheon planned for January 28th at 12:30 at Cafe Connection 76th Street and Clyde Park Avenue, South of Grand Rapids near Byron Center.  He said he would be there because he wanted to learn more about open carry and about getting a CPL.


On this same trip to Meijer, a couple stopped me and asked how to get a CPL and is it legal to OC like that?  I referred them to the MOC website and talked with them a little about the requirements for obtaining a CPL and they thanked me and went on their way.
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Post by: autosurgeon on January 13, 2012, 03:35:58 PM
OCed in Mill Creek Charlie's in Watervliet MI educated a gentleman from IL on the carry laws in MI.

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Post by: gryphon on January 13, 2012, 06:04:32 PM
Bluegill Grill in Haslett.  They were out of bluegill.   :(
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Post by: ocdetroit on January 13, 2012, 07:21:30 PM
Open Carried at a Coney Island on Michigan Ave. In Detroit. Had a older guy me about OC'ing. Talked to him for awhile and gave him the MOC Web Site. He also would like me to help him become a member. After talking about diff. guns he liked my P.T. 145 by taurus in 45. Cal. Told him it was for sale, he said he would meet me up here at the Coney Sat. to Buy it for $425.00 done deal, Blackhawk holster and all. Carry On.
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Post by: gryphon on January 15, 2012, 12:04:17 AM
Total Firearms in Mason and Meijer in South Lansing.

Couldn't shoot because the range at Total Firearms was booked with a CPL class.  :(
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Post by: JoeCar on January 16, 2012, 08:53:55 AM
Open carried at Tim Horton's (Fenton) and at Vg's and then Home Depot. Later went to Arby's and spotted some of the help looking my way as I sat for lunch. Word got around.
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Post by: Steel Magnolia on January 18, 2012, 05:54:33 PM
OC’d last night with Shadow Bear for dinner at Cracker Barrel in Grandville, MI.  While we were having our dinner, the man across the aisle from us asked, “Are you exercising your 2nd Amendment right and your right to open carry in Michigan?”   We answered “yes” and had a real nice conversation with him and his wife.  They have a son who is an ex-marine and after serving in both Iraq and Afghanistan is now in college majoring in Criminal Justice.   We talked about MOC and they both seemed real interested.  I gave them information on miopencarry.org and invited them to the luncheon on the 28th at Café Connection.  They said they would try their best to attend. 
We left Cracker Barrel and went to Hobby Lobby where Shadow Bear waited in the car while I ran in for a couple of items.  When I approached the checkout, the cashier said, “Girlfriend, you look absolutely fabulous!”  My surprised reply was “Thank you very much.”  The cashier then asked “What kind of gun do you have?”  I told her it was a 1911.  She then asked, “1911?  Isn’t that the gun they carried in the wars?”  I said “yes it is.”  She then said “Very cool.”   There were two other ladies waiting in the check out line and one of them asked, “Why do you carry a gun?”  I explained to her that 1st, I carry because it is my right as a citizen of the United States given by the 2nd Amendment to the constitution and that it is perfectly legal to open carry in the State of Michigan; and 2nd that I have a stalker who has vowed to “take me out” at his first opportunity, so I carry it for my own personal protection as well as the protection of others.  Then both ladies in line asked where is a place close by that offers CPL Classes because they both would like to get their permits.  I directed them to Silver Bullet on Division Ave and to our website, miopencarry.org.  I invited all three ladies to the luncheon on the 28th and they said they would try to attend.  As I was leaving they all three thanked me for being a brave, strong woman and being out there to protect them as well as myself.   
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Post by: TheQ on January 18, 2012, 06:12:12 PM
It must be because you're a woman.  It is very rare anyone says squat to me about carrying -- positive or negative.
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Post by: Shadow Bear on January 18, 2012, 08:27:40 PM
It must be because you're a woman.  It is very rare anyone says squat to me about carrying -- positive or negative.

Its your looks that probably do it! ;)
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Post by: Pond Scum on January 18, 2012, 11:11:41 PM
OC’d last night with Shadow Bear for dinner at Cracker Barrel in Grandville, MI.  ...... invited them to the luncheon on the 28th at Café Connection. 

Two of my favorite restaurants .... we are probably at Cracker Barrel once a week and I get to The Cafe Connection a couple of times a month.  I am bummed that we will be out of town on the 28th.  I hope you have a great turn out!   :)
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Post by: Steel Magnolia on January 20, 2012, 02:03:19 AM
OC'd again this evening, first at Sam's Club in Kentwood, then to Horrocks, then Target and Meijer in Gaines Twp.  The only comment I got was as I was exiting Sam's Club, a gentleman asked me if I was carrying a .22 because it was a small gun, my reply was "no it's a .380, my .45 is at home."  He said "Oh, I just noticed it was a small gun."  His wife turned, gave me a great big smile and a thumbs up.   The other places were completely uneventful...
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Post by: Glock9mmOldStyle on January 20, 2012, 08:26:35 AM
It must be because you're a woman. *** It is very rare anyone says squat to me about carrying -- positive or negative.***

I've seen you open carry and I wouldn't say anything to you either  :P It may have something to do with the space modulator you carry
 

On topic OC'd no issues ;)
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Post by: JoeCar on January 20, 2012, 09:45:18 AM
Open carried with my wife and two buddies in attendance at Bob Evans on Center rd. and the I69 expressway. Stayed there for about four hrs. Breakfast was good! My buds asked questions about my carrying and I passed over the MSP 86 bulletin. That straightened out their knowledge. They were amazed at what they could do! The whole time the booth next to us was not occupied. My strong side was facing it. During that time, I saw a Flint policeman walk out of the building as I was facing the window. I can't say if I created those two coincidences, but I was wondering. Good, otherwise.
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Post by: Glock9mmOldStyle on January 20, 2012, 10:22:28 AM
Doubletap...sorry
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Post by: yance on January 20, 2012, 10:32:43 PM
someone needs to work on their trigger control  :P
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Post by: Glock9mmOldStyle on January 21, 2012, 08:05:58 AM
someone needs to work on their trigger control  :P

Not my fault -> damn GLOCK levitated out of my holster & kept hitting the POST button.

On topic OCing right now with my GLOCK on a short tether so it cannot reach the keyboard on it's own again :o

Man these things are so sinister!
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Post by: Shadow Bear on January 21, 2012, 10:02:42 PM
OCed On Target in Kzoo- no great shakes there. Adopted a homeless Ruger Blackhawk 45LC, and his homeless 45ACP cylinder, too. Little cowboy action!
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Post by: PaulC on January 25, 2012, 07:28:19 PM
OC'd at PEI WEI (Outside of Lakeside Mall) to pick up dinner. As i was walking up, so was an Off Duty WACO Sheriff Deputy in uniform with a kid (son?). His eyes drew a straight line to my gun, but no words. When we both went in he went to the restroom leaving his son in the lobby. So he must be comfortable with OC if he leaves his kid in the lobby area with an OC'r :)  kid looked to be 8-10 yrs old. I thought it was odd. Other than that no OC issues.

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Post by: gryphon on January 25, 2012, 08:06:58 PM
OCed at American Flooring in Okemos and Meijer in Okemos.  I think I saw the owner of American Flooring do a double take once, but not sure, and she never said anything during the half hour we talked about flooring and remained very friendly, smiling, and helpful.  I'll be back in the next day or two to return samples.  No problems at Meijer, either. Never have.
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Post by: insanebuddy720 on January 29, 2012, 12:22:33 AM
so i was at this great little cafe and then all the sudden all these people with guns started showing up... lol anyways had fun great food and great people my friend ryan had a good time
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Post by: autosurgeon on January 29, 2012, 12:43:08 AM
so i was at this great little cafe and then all the sudden all these people with guns started showing up... lol anyways had fun great food and great people my friend ryan had a good time

The nerve of those people  :P
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Post by: TheQ on January 29, 2012, 04:40:42 AM
I just got home from Meijers.  While in the self-checkout lane I was talking with the attendant.  One of his co-workers sitting nearby noticed my sidearm.

Her: Is that a gun?
Me: No, it's a water pistol.
Her: Really?!
Me: Of course it's a gun *smile*

She then explained she felt safer with me around because I looked like someone who could protect them and she'd rather me have it than some thug.

As I left I gave them each an MOC Trifold.

On a side note as I moved North on Cedar Street in Lansing, there was half a dozen Lansing Squad cars parked out front (I mean -- in the middle of the road) of the "Fleetwood Diner" with their lights on taking up half the road.  As I moved passed them all in the turn lane, another cop car was turning it.  A dozen officers could be seen in the street/on the sidewalk investigating something.  It should be a good read in tomorrow's Lansing State Urinal (Journal) what happened there...
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Post by: Shadow Bear on January 29, 2012, 10:07:03 AM
After the luncheon at Cafe Connection (btw, GREAT food), we went to Silver Bullet to see if there was anything we couldn't live without. Got out for under $20; whew....

On the way home, we witnessed a traffic accident (Autosurgeon, you missed seeing it  by 30 seconds).

Checked on the victims, all OK, and stuck around for Kentwood PD to arrive.

Had a nice chat with the driver of the not-at-fault vehicle about OC, CC, CPLs, sidearms and MOC. Nice kid, coming home from work

When KPD arrived, Steel Magnolia (who had put her long coat on due to the cold) announced that the was carrying with a CPL. I simply announced that I was armed with my hands well away from my .45. He replies 'I can see that!'

He took our statements, no drama, and then we had a nice chat about OC, CC and a well armed citizenry. Great guy; one of Kentwood's finest! First interaction with Kentwood PD, OC or CC.

Gave him a trifold, as well as the driver of the not-at-fault vehicle. I don't think the elderly woman who was at fault would have been interested in one....
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Post by: TheQ on January 29, 2012, 04:02:27 PM
I just got home from Meijers.  While in the self-checkout lane I was talking with the attendant.  One of his co-workers sitting nearby noticed my sidearm.

Her: Is that a gun?
Me: No, it's a water pistol.
Her: Really?!
Me: Of course it's a gun *smile*

She then explained she felt safer with me around because I looked like someone who could protect them and she'd rather me have it than some thug.

As I left I gave them each an MOC Trifold.

On a side note as I moved North on Cedar Street in Lansing, there was half a dozen Lansing Squad cars parked out front (I mean -- in the middle of the road) of the "Fleetwood Diner" with their lights on taking up half the road.  As I moved passed them all in the turn lane, another cop car was turning it.  A dozen officers could be seen in the street/on the sidewalk investigating something.  It should be a good read in tomorrow's Lansing State Urinal (Journal) what happened there...

http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/article/20120129/NEWS01/120129002/Police-investigate-shooting-Fleetwood-Diner?odyssey=tab (http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/article/20120129/NEWS01/120129002/Police-investigate-shooting-Fleetwood-Diner?odyssey=tab)|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Shooting last night in the parking lot.

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Lansing police are investigating a report of shots fired near the Fleetwood Diner early Sunday morning.

Shots were fired in the parking lot outside the Fleetwood Diner at about 4 a.m. Sunday at the intersection of Riley and South Cedar Streets in Lansing.

Police say no injuries were reported and no subjects are in custody as a result of the incident. An investigation is ongoing.
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Post by: Shadow Bear on January 30, 2012, 08:46:15 PM
Sunday evening, OCed Bed, Bath & Beyond in Grandville for coffee for the Keurig, and tonight, Mister Burger Kentwood for a Mr. Bacon Delux. mmmmmmmmmmmm
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Post by: TheQ on January 30, 2012, 09:16:30 PM

Shooting last night in the parking lot.

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Lansing police are investigating a report of shots fired near the Fleetwood Diner early Sunday morning.

Shots were fired in the parking lot outside the Fleetwood Diner at about 4 a.m. Sunday at the intersection of Riley and South Cedar Streets in Lansing.

Police say no injuries were reported and no subjects are in custody as a result of the incident. An investigation is ongoing.

After some shopping tonight I stopped at the Fleetwood for a meal (OCing).  I talked with the Employees who were there the other night.  Apparently, the story (not in the papers) is as follows:

PersonA got his a$$ beat at a local bar by personB.  PersonB, after leaving the bar, went to the Fleetwood for a meal.  PersonA followed PersonB and an altercation ensued in the parking lot.  They made their way around the building to where the front door is (by the street/sidewalk) where one of them pulled a gun and a two person fire fight happened.  Amazingly, no one was seriously injured, including the two that were fighting.

The staff at the Fleetwood noticed my sidearm and were very friendly.  Some of the patrons nearby didn't like Open Carry.  One old and particularly cranky patron kept insisting I didn't know what I was talking about as some of his other fellows were asking me questions about OC.
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Post by: Super Trucker on January 30, 2012, 10:26:57 PM
You did ask the cranky patron to share his wisdom since you didn't know what you were talking about, right?
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Post by: TheQ on January 30, 2012, 10:36:29 PM
You did ask the cranky patron to share his wisdom since you didn't know what you were talking about, right?

He just kept talking.  Listening wasn't a part of his agenda. *shrugs*
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Post by: CV67PAT on January 30, 2012, 10:41:09 PM
You did ask the cranky patron to share his wisdom since you didn't know what you were talking about, right?

I certainly would have.

I love showing cranky old people what an old curmudgeon is really like.

Oh and to keep this on topic...

I OC'd in Ohio today. Service centers on turnpike. Motorcycle dealership. And a gas station.

I was careful to look foe "No gun" signs, since they have weight of law. Carrying past one is a crime in itself in Ohio. Owner doesn't need to ask you to leave. If they call the cops you're going to jail. Period.
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Post by: insanebuddy720 on January 31, 2012, 01:22:36 AM
Lots of OC today. First started out at my dentist office, then i went to Gamestop and picked up shadowrun and a fellow there asked me how long it took to get my CPL, thought that was a weird question but i gave em some info and a trifold (thx autosurgeon), from there i went to Mcdonalds for a small snack and a guy there asked me what kind of gun i had and i answered "1911" and he goes "I dunno what that is.." so i said ".45 ACP" and he goes "oh da big fawty fye.", from there i stopped at Meijers gas station with narry a look or question. From the gas station i stopped at Cracker Barrel for a wallet my sister was eyeballing last night but didnt have the money for, nice people there with no issues. After that I stopped at On Target to drool over my potential investments and talk to pat about 1911 mags (Factory Para mags suck and give me nose dip on the Speer Gold Dots), he showed me some Metalform mags i fell in love with, (will buy 3 here soon) along with crimson trace grip (good price). Anyways back OT, from On Target I stopped at MC Sports to see what prices they had on ammo, had a nice chat with the fellow there about defensive carry rounds. After MC Sports I went to a friends house and hung out there for awhile then when I left her house I needed more gas (13 MPG :/) so i stopped again at the Meijers gas station for gas and a chicken salad sandwich. No issues any place I went and i still have the same number of rounds as when i started so a good day for OC.
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Post by: gryphon on February 01, 2012, 08:54:09 PM
Texas Roadhouse, Lansing
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Post by: Steel Magnolia on February 02, 2012, 10:40:52 PM
OC'd all over the place today.  Horrocks, no issues at all, Sam's club, same thing or so I thought, Shadow Bear just told me there was a guy in the meat dept. who did a classic double take and then stared wide eyed at my gun, didn't say anything and walked away.  I then went to Walmart (Grandville) talked with a couple of ladies about OC, educated them a little and offered a trifold, they declined and said they didn't own guns but were real happy to know others out there besides cops and criminals are carrying and looking out for their safety.  They thought it was cool that a gal was carrying a gun.   Talked with the manager in charge, he was checking stock in the vitamin aisle and he asked if I was in there a week or so ago carrying my gun and I told him "yes".  He said "That's great!"  "I don't have a problem with anyone open carrying as long as the gun stays in a holster on your hip and out of your hands."  I told him "No problem there," and thanked him for his good attitude toward OCing.  On to Meijer with absolutely no problems.  Some people just look and then look away like they don't want to acknowledge that there is a gun on my hip. 
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Post by: gryphon on February 02, 2012, 11:31:46 PM
Okemos Meijer, and Not Just Guns in Mason to pick up some Tannerite.
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Post by: Steel Magnolia on February 03, 2012, 10:02:47 PM
OC'd today at Carelink, Aunt Millie's bread store and Big Lots.  No issues at all, positive or negative.  Just as it should be.
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Post by: gryphon on February 04, 2012, 12:20:26 AM
DeLuca's Restaurant in Lansing and Meijer in Okemos.
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Post by: Shadow Bear on February 04, 2012, 09:21:51 PM
OCed On Target in K-zoo to pick up some supplies, and Steel Magnolia's b-day present- Browning BAR in .30-06.

On the way home, took a long detour to Bullets & Barrels in Richland. Nice shop, good people. Adopted a homeless AO 1911 in 38 Super for an excellent price. Off to the range tomorrow!
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Post by: METL on February 06, 2012, 04:24:55 PM
OCd for the first time in a long time recently...  once at taco bell...  no problems, no issues...   decent food for once.

Hit meijers with no issues, not even any looks that I was aware of.   I usually wear a black coat so it seems to blend well.

OCd at gander mountain...  no issues, no problems.    Had a couple of guys come up near me while looking at ammo...  "Is that a .40?"   To which I replied yes sir...       "you a cop"?   My response was nope, just a regular guy...     I just OC....   he said, I've heard about that...    and proceeded to bestow his knowledge upon me of how I would become the first target, etc...      I had to styfle my groan, but the gentlemen were nice enough so I allowed them to finish.   

After their 'education' for me, I offered one for them.  I explained that someone running in and shooting the place up would not instantly see my piece....  furthermore, watch, as I turn sideways, voila... it disappears!!     I also said that if someone was standing outside waiting to mug me, they, on the other hand would likely case me more, and WOULD see it and most likely decide on a softer target.  They cocurred that OC did have some merits.  I explained that it's not for everyone, and its really just a choice that one needs to make for themselves and what they think is best.  I told them it gives them more options if nothing else.

I also informed them that just because I"m OCing doesn't mean I"m not CCing as well.

I told them about MOC and MGO so maybe they'll check it out...who knows.   We shot the s**t a bit more about firearms and ammo and I bid them farewell.   I hope I had some influence on their thinking.


Good day for OC.  Carry on!!
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Post by: Jetmech67 on February 11, 2012, 03:52:23 PM
Went out to lunch with my wife and son to ritzee burger in BC no one looked stared or acted like I had three heads because I had my pistol with me. Cant wait to get my hip holster though.
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Post by: Shadow Bear on February 12, 2012, 12:24:43 PM
On Target in Kalamazoo to adopt a homeless Brolin Pro Comp 45, then to Papa Vino's in Kentwood (w/CPL) for Steel Magnolia's B-day dinner, then Gander mt. to drop off fliers for the upcoming luncheon & seminar.
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Post by: gryphon on February 14, 2012, 09:08:00 PM
B/A Florist in East Lansing
Starbucks in East Lansing
Meijer in Okemos
Starbucks in Okemos
Bluegill Grill in Haslett

Printed up some Gun Owners Support Starbucks fliers. Had a nice conversation with the barista at the Starbucks in East Lansing. I was at the Okemos Starbucks for 30 minutes, from 4:35 pm until 5:05 pm, but had to leave to meet my wife. Didn't see any other OCers there.  :(  Big smiles on the $2 bills all around.
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Post by: PaulC on February 14, 2012, 09:10:37 PM
Hit up the Shelby Twp starbucks..

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Post by: Shadow Bear on February 14, 2012, 09:36:18 PM
Starbucks in Wyoming (Byron Center Ave. & ran into Pondscum- nice to meet you.

Then off to Cracker Barrel and Gander West.

No excitement at all...
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Post by: Pond Scum on February 14, 2012, 11:59:52 PM
Starbucks in Wyoming (Byron Center Ave. & ran into Pondscum- nice to meet you.

Then off to Cracker Barrel and Gander West.

No excitement at all...

Nice to meet the three of you!   That was my third Starbucks today.   No problem at any.   I talked to the servers and there was no sign of any boycott.   
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Post by: Jetmech67 on February 18, 2012, 08:45:23 PM
Spent the day out and about in Battle Creek. Took my son to Culvers for lunch. Then off to Fred Meyer Jewelers ( BTW I read the code of conduct at the Mall and it no longer mentions anything about weapons) to get the wifes watch repaired. Then it was off to Menards, Meijers and Family Video. No questions were asked. No one freaked out. and a good time was had by all. Gotta love that Culvers Custard 8)
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Post by: Jetmech67 on February 19, 2012, 08:32:32 PM
Spent the day with my wife and kids. We went to lunch and Finley's. OC strong side out at the table. No one made a big deal. Went to Menards OD'd through the store for almost 2 hours no one even batted and eyelash. Then spent the rest of the  CC with my wife going to various places around the area. All in all it was a good day.
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Post by: Bronson on February 20, 2012, 03:16:03 AM
Jetmech67, sounds like you're making the rounds.  I've OCed in all the recent places you've mentioned several times and have yet to have a negative experience.

Carry on brother!

Bronson
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Post by: Steel Magnolia on February 20, 2012, 04:36:59 PM
OC'd to Kent County Sheriff's Office (South Substation) to drop off pistol registration papers.  No problems or even questions!  Stopped at the Verizon store to check out new phones, was asked a few questions, no one freaked out, gave a trifold to my salesperson and gave him a flyer to post about the OC Seminar at Gander on March 10.  Everyone was interested in the seminar so we should have a good turnout!  Pretty uneventful OC experience, just as it should be.
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Post by: ocdetroit on February 20, 2012, 05:22:57 PM
 8) + 1 Carry On.
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Post by: Shadow Bear on February 25, 2012, 06:12:23 PM
Well, got the opportunity to visit the new gun & knife show in the Deltaplex, and was quite pleased. Parking was orderly, paid our $5 to get in, AND, most importantly, lawful carry was allowed.

Many well stocked booths, with something for everyone (unless you were looking for Pakistani incense or funnel cakes). Only a few booths selling toys I could have done without. Airsoft doesn't belong at a gun & knife show, in my opinion. You opinion may differ.

Everything was well laid out with generous aisles between rows, great lighting.

Only down point was a comment at the gate (which I did not hear about until after I went through the show) that lawfully carried sidearms must be concealed. Not only is that absurd, but potentially incorrect, as one may argue that the Deltaplex is an entertainment facility. If so, lawful carry would only be OC with a CPL, and no carry without. Nevertheless, no one said anything about my exposed weapon after I took my jacket off- it was getting a little tropical.

All in all, a fabulous first showing for J&J.

After we left there, Steel Magnolia suggested we trot down to Wyoming to check out the former tenants of the Deltaplex show.

Took a while to find it; got some bad info that it was in the old Studio 28 theater facility. Wrong. It was in the back of a little strip mall in an old fabric store. Parking was a zoo; people were literally parking in the driveways, choking the access down to one lane. I'm surprised that the Wyoming Fire Department didn't shut them down; no way they could get a fire truck or rescue unit anywhere near the front door. Parking in the aisles was also 3 deep; cars were literally trapped between other vehicles, and had no other recourse other then to wait for whoever blocked them to finish their shopping.

Outside the front door was a large sign claiming that the buying & selling of firearms in the parking lot was 'illegal'. I'd love to see a cite on that; I believe it to be an empty, bogus and childish attempt to interfere with free trade. I call BS, unless they can show a state law prohibiting it. A city ordinance does not cut it; preemption takes care of that.

Since there was no legitimate place to park, and I wasn't willing to take the risk of my vehicle getting trapped between two bozos, or worse, we decided to get out of the area as quickly as possible. It may have been gun nirvana in the old fabric store, but I wasn't taking any chances.

I recommend that next time they find a legitimate venue that can accommodate the inevitable crowds, instead of some old strip mall fabric store. I was embarrassed for them.
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Post by: Shadow Bear on February 25, 2012, 11:29:04 PM
OCed Sandy's Country Kitchen by Gun Lake for breakfast, then off to Bob's in Hastings to see if there were any homeless guns that needed adopting. Later, OCed the gun shown at the Deltaplex (see review in a different thread). Gander Mountain in Kentwood, then off to Applebee's off Kalamazoo Ave in Gaines Twp.

A few interested folks asked questions, handed out lots of trifolds. A great day overall.
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Post by: ajelias on February 28, 2012, 10:37:26 AM
At our local American Legion Hall
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Post by: Christian Patriot on February 28, 2012, 08:50:33 PM
OC'ed at a local elementary school today to cast my vote for Ron Paul! Lots of stares... Got it on video just in case there was an issue... But all was well in Owosso!
Daniel
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Post by: PaulC on February 28, 2012, 09:39:40 PM
OC'd at two separate elementary schools today and speedway. Did not make it to vote or I would have OC'd there too (which would have made it a third school). With all the OC in a school madness lately I have had no issues.
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Post by: JoeCar on February 28, 2012, 10:15:10 PM
open carried at Lk. Fenton high, to vote. All went well..
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Post by: gryphon on February 28, 2012, 11:24:25 PM
Okemos: Meijer, American Flooring
Haslett: Bluegill Grill

Did not OC while voting because it is in a school and there was really no good way to do so without wearing a coat, so it would have also been CC for at least part of it.   :)
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Post by: JoeCar on March 02, 2012, 02:40:43 PM
open carried into Tim Horton's with my wife. She won a free coffee from the contest that they are running. No issues.
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Post by: Greyh Seer on March 03, 2012, 05:55:36 AM
OC'd at Buddys Grill in Holt when I went to pick up my carry out order.  I opened the door for a guy coming out and he thought it would be "funny" to hold up his hands and say don't shoot me...or something to that effect.  Some people are just idiots...
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Post by: FatMan on March 03, 2012, 01:01:33 PM
I will be both open carrying and concealed carrying today at my Wedding & reception concealed with permission at the church and open at the reception hall  8)
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Post by: TheQ on March 03, 2012, 01:28:18 PM
I will be both open carrying and concealed carrying today at my Wedding & reception concealed with permission at the church and open at the reception hall  8)

Cool!  I OC'd at my wedding reception at my gun club.
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Post by: Shadow Bear on March 03, 2012, 05:19:57 PM
I will be both open carrying and concealed carrying today at my Wedding & reception concealed with permission at the church and open at the reception hall  8)

Congratulations! Will the lady be carrying, also?
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Post by: JoeCar on March 06, 2012, 10:18:58 PM
open carried into Tim Horton's and Allen Wright's (A&W). Some looks from the staff.
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Post by: FatMan on March 07, 2012, 01:45:14 AM

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Congratulations! Will the lady be carrying, also?
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No she was in a Dress. She has taken her Cpl class but has not yet gotten her permit. She and I took the class offered last September on the west side of the state as a fundraiser for the MOC fight against CADL. It was a refresher(10 yr anniversary of my CPL) course for me, it was her 1st time. Skip, Chuck and the other guy did an excellent job. I am not sure regarding the hall (AND DON'T WISH TO ENGAGE IN DISCUSSION/ARGUMENT OR DEBATE) if a CPL was required to open carry their the way I looked at it once I cleared it with her (it is the brides day after all, so I asked her "open carry or not?" She gave the best response possible "it is who you are. I would not ask you to not be yourself") I figured its my hall from 5pm till midnight I paid over $4k ill wear what I want.

The staff had absolutely no issues with it. In fact the manager was cleaning up around 11:15pm and he and I were near the front door and 3 young guys burst in the door and made a b-line to the men's room. I asked him if he knew the guys? They looked like trouble. I moved myself closer to the entrance to the hall. He didn't respond at first and like I said they looked like trouble I was fearful they would exit the bathroom with ski masks and shotguns or something (to much tv I guess) the manager finally responded " Oh yeah that's one of our bouncers and his buddies. He is off and they are probably here to pick up someone after work"  He , was now paying more attention and noticed my concern and my stance he said "oh yeah..wow, yeah thanks... no they are ok no problems... Thanks for that." I said "oh your welcome all I know is my new wife was going to make it out safely" He chuckled
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Post by: springfield40xdm on March 07, 2012, 03:22:11 PM
OC'ed at Lowe's and Home Depot today with out a single look.  Went there with my mom to help her get a cabinet for her house.  I went in after her, walked around Lowe's and she never even noticed, it wasn't till we got to Home Depot that she even noticed.   It was a good day of OC'ing!

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Post by: yance on March 09, 2012, 11:20:56 PM
Open Carried at Taco Bell for the new Dorito taco!! The guy taking my order asked me about my sidearm and him, another gentleman, and myself started talking about open carry, they both seemed pretty interested.  I had my cell phone recording and I was finally able to catch something on audio...so here it is. 

OC Audio Taco Bell 3/9/12 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eSO56lkUQQ#)
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Post by: ocdetroit on March 10, 2012, 10:43:47 AM
 Very good  movie :D carry on.
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Post by: JoeCar on March 17, 2012, 11:23:48 PM
My church (Victorious Word Church) had a men's breakfast at Walli's restaurant in Burton. Open carried into the breakfast. A few surprised looks, but all commented well. Then, over to Tim Horton's, good there too.
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Post by: Hammurabi on March 18, 2012, 01:04:09 AM
My empty holster went with me to JCC for class, as school policy prohibits carry. This may become a regular occurrence, even though I only have a few weeks left.
My brother-in-law and I went up to Gander Mountain in Lansing, both carrying openly. We uneventfully hit a gas station and a Biggby on the return trip.

A fellow at GM asked whether I was often hassled for open carry and we had a brief discussion, during which he expressed interest and concern. I'd have offered a tri-fold, but they were with my jacket in the car.  :-\
While running the paperwork for the shotgun I bought, the man behind the counter made a comment to the effect of "I guess you don't have a CPL." I do, so I presented that and we had a little chat.
On the way back in, I bumped a dog. He was still standing and walked back toward a house, so I went up to let the people know what had happened and verify that the dog was okay. (He seemed fine, if a bit spooked.)
They had a young boy who asked as I was turning to go if I was a police officer, to which I replied with a smile, "Nope, just some guy" before heading back to the car.

In all a good night, although it could have gone better for the dog.
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Post by: TheQ on March 18, 2012, 03:43:41 AM
Be careful about the empty holster. We have heard stories of a young man over at Henry Ford community college who was hassled and kicked out (expelled) of school for openly carrying an empty holster.
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Post by: Shadow Bear on March 18, 2012, 09:43:46 AM
Last couple of days-

Friday, Silver Bullet so Steel Magnolia can try a Springfield XDM, then Denny's 44th St.

Saturday, Speedway 68th St., Mr. Burger 44th St. Wyoming. As we were in line, a gentleman came up & thanked us for exercising our 2A rights. Then to Best Buy to look at Kindles & Nooks, ended up leaving with an Acer tablet and a portable WiFi set-up. Then looked at some videos.
Hit the road to Kalamazoo to On Target to pick up SM's new toy (Ruger New Blackhawk 45LC) and some reloading stuff. Fortunately, they didn't have anything interesting in the display cases (at least for me). SM looked at a Springfield XDM compact in 40SW.

Then off to Hastings to Bob's to see if there was any temptation there.

No problems, no issues.
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Post by: Shadow Bear on March 19, 2012, 08:34:26 PM
Monday- Burlington Coat Factory (both Kentwood & Alpine), and Al & Bob's on Division. Al & Bob's are stocking up on their reloading stuff!

No problems, no issues
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Post by: ocdetroit on March 21, 2012, 11:57:25 AM
Opened Carried a Dearborn Fairlane Mall. Walked around for awhile stopped at a few shops. Lots of looks, no problem. I just love it. Carry On. Oh also stopped by a radio shack, then ate at Ogla's. Again nothing. Carry On.
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Post by: Shadow Bear on March 21, 2012, 09:40:46 PM
Tuesday night, Walmart on Kenowa
Wednesday night, Cracker Barrel on Kenowa, Gander Mountain west

No issues
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Post by: CV67PAT on March 21, 2012, 11:56:40 PM
Once again, since my last post, I have open carried here, there, and everywhere I lawfully can. Not a peep.
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Post by: yance on March 22, 2012, 01:02:12 AM
Another audio provided by yours truly, I was at the same taco bell as the last encounter I had recently except this was with another gentleman.  As you will hear this person is a little misinformed about open carry and was under the impression that you HAVE to conceal a gun when you carry.  I gave him an MOC tri fold and spoke with him for a few minutes about open carry as well as some other things regarding it.  Take a listen.

OC Audio Taco Bell 3/21/12 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9igb3m-cTjU#)
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Post by: JoeCar on March 22, 2012, 08:53:05 AM
Great audio and explaination! I carry MSP update 86 for passing out. It says it all, and it's by the MSP especially for law enforcement.
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Post by: Christian Patriot on March 22, 2012, 08:13:09 PM
Awesome work Yance.
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Post by: TheQ on March 23, 2012, 05:30:31 AM
OC'd with my lovely wife at the A&W's on West Saginaw in Lansing.  While we were taking food back to our table and getting condiments, I heard the kids at the near by table talk about us to their mother.  Their mother stopped and said her kids were curious if we were cops...I said nope and explained what we were doing and who I am -- and I gave her a business card (which has the MOC website on it).

She was more curious than anything...
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Post by: Glock9mmOldStyle on March 24, 2012, 03:28:07 AM
Another audio provided by yours truly, I was at the same taco bell as the last encounter I had recently except this was with another gentleman.  As you will hear this person is a little misinformed about open carry and was under the impression that you HAVE to conceal a gun when you carry.  I gave him an MOC tri fold and spoke with him for a few minutes about open carry as well as some other things regarding it.  Take a listen.

OC Audio Taco Bell 3/21/12 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9igb3m-cTjU#)

Wow listening to that guy made my brain hurt! There is nothing more annoying than someone telling you something incorrect with an all knowing tone in their voice. This dude thought "I'm gonna school this kid" & got a schooling himself 8) Well done whipper snapper.
PS - Imagine that - he was told the wrong info by POLICE,  :o go figure?

OT - OC'd
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Post by: detroit_fan on March 27, 2012, 04:32:06 PM
OC'd at Monroe Feeds yesterday to get the dog a huge bag of food. The owner is a great guy and a Veteran. He is interested in a good CCW class for Ohio (lives just over state line), so if anyone knows a good instructor that does classes in or around Toledo please let me know.
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Post by: yance on March 28, 2012, 07:29:02 PM
Haha thanks G9OS, I know what you mean though and they never have any facts to back it up while I'm spitting out MCLs.  He was pretty open to the possibility I might be right, but it shocked me he said he just took his CPL class about a month ago becuse where he took his class is where we hold our OC seminars here in Battle Creek.  I went and spoke to the owner of the gun shop about it and he said the LEO that does the law part isnt fond of OC and when he does the class makes it sound like you cant legally OC.  But I told him that he should give the facts and let the people decide what they want to do so hopefully I wont run into this incident again.
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Post by: Super Trucker on March 28, 2012, 08:32:38 PM
yance,
You should ask the owner of the gun shop why he pays a cop to give bogus info to his students, who "trust" he is giving them accurate info. Maybe suggest to the owner that he hire another cop that will give accurate info rather then their opinion.
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Post by: ocdetroit on March 29, 2012, 01:08:19 AM
Opened carried today in Dearborn's Fairlane Town Ctrl. Walked around. Stopped at the Sprint looking to change my plan. Then over to the food court, for a snack. Really I walked all around there for about two hours.  Spoke to or said hello  to one  of Fairlane's LEO . He said hello and walked down to Sear's and picked a took and left. Carry On.
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Post by: xj bmx on April 01, 2012, 02:08:44 AM
First cpl open carry today(3rd as a whole)  in a 7-11 the man at the couner asked If I was a cop I laughed seing how I have a septum ring and stretched ears haha politely said no just exercising my rights and continued with a conversation about my pistol. So over all good first time.
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Post by: JoeCar on April 01, 2012, 06:34:14 PM
Open carried into Meijers. A customer (male) or undercover? said nice gun. I told him that it is a Beretta FS 9. He asked me if I had a license. I said yes, I have a cpl. That started a small conversation about he didn't. Then I passed him my copy of MSP 86 for his general education. Then Tim Horton's for coffee, next.
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Post by: hamaneggs on April 03, 2012, 11:44:39 AM
OCed at Wessels gunshop this morn.Purchased a Springfield XD-45.Let them know I checked they're link as advertisers on the MOC forum.Gave em some MOC cards to hand out for info.Great Guys!
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Post by: JoeCar on April 04, 2012, 10:20:46 PM
I had my very first law enforcement stop by two of Fenton's finest. I passed both squad cars while they were chatting with each other in a parking lot. I was open carrying while riding my motorcycle. About a mile down the road, they caught up to me and pulled me over in the Burger King parking lot. They stepped over to me and the one asked if I knew why I was being pulled over? I had a good notion, but I said that I didn't. He replied, that it was about the open carrying of my gun, on the bike. That led into a 15 min. discussion of my MSP 86 update which they glanced at. They said to me that they had never seen such a display before. I told them that I had been doing this for a year and that I was the one that open carried into the high school to vote, about a month ago. The one officer said that he was glad to see me carrying and that he'd like to see more folks doing it. He was for open carry, and that they would seek a clarification about the motorcycle being a motor vehicle and thus that makes me conceal carrying, even though it's so visible. They apologized twice for taking up my time. I said that it was ok, as I got to meet them and was able to pass info that they needed to know for their job. It was a good night! Ps. They ran my plate before I was stopped, as one of the officers new my last name. They asked to see my drivers lic. and nothing more.
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Post by: gryphon on April 05, 2012, 12:08:40 PM
Do you also have a CPL?
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Post by: TheQ on April 05, 2012, 12:27:42 PM
OC on Motorcycle without a CPL = good test case. Hope you have the $ for the trial.

Since they took you ID info, I'd not be surprised if they check with the prosecutor (if you don't have a CPL) and you get a notice of felony CCW charges.

If you have a CPL -- no worries!
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Post by: CV67PAT on April 05, 2012, 01:01:08 PM
Joe OCs at Meijers. So it is a good guess that he has a CPL.
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Post by: yance on April 05, 2012, 05:51:42 PM
Glad to see they were for OC and were going to look in to OC on a motorcycle, the same could for a bicycle too as far as 750.227 goes.  Hopefully that law will be changed at some point to allow the lawful possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle. 

Good encounter though!
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Post by: JoeCar on April 05, 2012, 09:54:09 PM
Yes, It was a great encounter! It was a good time! All three of us were packing heat. Quite the view and the feeling of equality~ I do have a cpl.
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Post by: PaulC on April 06, 2012, 03:30:49 PM
OC'd at Christmas Tree Store, Home Depot and Sterling Hgts. Dodge. No issues.

OC'd at ACO and Frontier Town in Romeo as well... no issues.

Was a nice day out and tomorrow is supposed to be even better :)
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Post by: ocdetroit on April 07, 2012, 12:23:41 PM
+1 carry on.
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Post by: Shadow Bear on April 08, 2012, 11:13:40 AM
Recently-
Denny's 44th St. Wyoming
Home Depot 54th St. Wyoming
Attitudes Hair Studio Wilson & Chicago Dr. Grandville
Walmart Kenowa Ave Grandville
Speedway 68th St Cutlerville
Shell 68th St Cutlerville

all no problem
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Post by: TERMINATOR on April 08, 2012, 09:21:40 PM
Saturday OCed at Thirsty's Party Store/Gas on M55 west of Cadillac by Lake Mitchell.  http://www.yelp.com/biz/thirstys-elmrest-party-store-cadillac (http://www.yelp.com/biz/thirstys-elmrest-party-store-cadillac)  They sell beer/wine/liquor so don't OC there without a CPL

Also OCed at Helsel Tree Farm on M-115 and in their little store/cafe with no issue  http://brucehelsel.com/ (http://brucehelsel.com/)

No issue either place.
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Post by: TERMINATOR on April 08, 2012, 09:40:03 PM
You did ask the cranky patron to share his wisdom since you didn't know what you were talking about, right?

I certainly would have.

I love showing cranky old people what an old curmudgeon is really like.

Oh and to keep this on topic...

I OC'd in Ohio today. Service centers on turnpike. Motorcycle dealership. And a gas station.

I was careful to look foe "No gun" signs, since they have weight of law. Carrying past one is a crime in itself in Ohio. Owner doesn't need to ask you to leave. If they call the cops you're going to jail. Period.

Nice to know about Ohio

Thanks
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Post by: JoeCar on April 13, 2012, 05:30:21 PM
open carried into VG's and then into Burger King. No problems. On the way to these businesses, I passed one of Fenton's finest in the other lane. I'm guessing he noticed when I followed the car in front of me to a stop. Then the light changed and he passed me, only to stop first in place when the light turned red. Being in the turn lane, I passed him and was a little ahead of him in my first place position. Nothing... a nice encounter, sort of!
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Post by: JB on April 13, 2012, 10:22:11 PM
OC'ed around the Novi area today.

Went to Gander Mountain and picked up some worms before fishing.  No incident, but I did hear the girl who was greeting people at the door saying something along the lines of "That guy has a gun in a holster" to another employee right before I got up to the cash register.

Headed over to Maybury State Park to do some fishing, no word as I was there for 3 hours or so.  Not sure how many people even noticed I was carrying or not, but I sure did pass a lot of people jogging or walking their dogs.  Did catch some gills too while I was there :)

Only my second time OC'in other than around the house/my yard.  Felt weird but liberating at the same time  ;D
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Post by: TERMINATOR on April 13, 2012, 10:43:41 PM
On my way to Detroit Thursday I stopped at the Wixom Road KFC/A&W just south of I96 to have lunch.

OCed my Glock in the store

No employees or customers gave me a 2nd glance that I noticed.
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Post by: emt805 on April 20, 2012, 11:51:05 AM
OCed last night in Grand Rapids first to staples where I was greeted and had questions answered, next to best buy where I was ignored and went back to staples to make a purchase. In the time I went back they sold the item I was looking at so I had to order it. While completing the order information the employee at the register behind me asks if I was a cop which gets a "no" reply then he asks "open carry?" I nod he then tried to fist pump behind his back while checking someone out.
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Post by: ocdetroit on April 21, 2012, 12:01:34 PM
Open carried in Dearborn at the Mall ( Fairlane ). No problems.
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Post by: JB on April 22, 2012, 06:37:44 PM
Semi OC'ed (Virgina Tuck) today cutting the grass and disc golfing out in Auburn Hills with my buddy.

No issues.
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Post by: JB on May 02, 2012, 08:49:55 PM
Went for a nice long walk today, went to gas station and cut my grass.  No weird looks I noticed.
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Post by: emt805 on May 06, 2012, 12:20:45 AM
Was stopped and harassed by two employees of walmart in Lenawee tonight. They came up (one kid not looking a day over 18 and a a woman maybe in her 40s) and insisted on seeing my open carry permit. I ask excuse me? They repeat I need to see your open carry permit. They did not introduce themselves or give titles. I had a cart full of items I was pushing and with a disabled family member that relies on walking with a cane. I inform them that there is no such open carry permit and asked if they are aware of walmart policy? Their reply was that they had no idea but they think the policy in place does not allow their employees to carry but had no idea on the rest of it. They use the people feel threatened by the presence of my sidearm (1911 in leather thumb snap holster at 230).

  At this point I saw that everyone I have seen seems to be carrying out their day as normal and did not see anyone running away scared he replied with it is more of the employees feel threatened. I inform im that due to the  having a liquor license that in order to oc I must do so with a cpl and that I would show hm and he insists on seeing an id as well which I show him and thumb over my name and address be he tries to take it and tries to focus on memorizing my name to fill out on a report which I ask further questions and inform him he can call leos and dispatch if he thinks it is not legal. During the rest of my shopping they had extra staff following me so I left without getting things on my list but spent about $150. An email to their corporate office is on the way. In the two years I have been carrying I have carried at this store many times no looks or comments.

A few other places, quaker steak & lube and Jude's barber shop in Grand Rapids, Hudson's Grill and Toy House in Jackson. Kmart in Adrian
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Post by: TheQ on May 13, 2012, 12:41:15 PM
Sterile OCing (forgot my wallet at home) at Kensington Metropolitan Park for a visit with my MIL and wife's family.
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Post by: PaulC on May 20, 2012, 10:44:16 AM
Oc'd at Selfridge DNR launch, then on the boat all day, Deckers Landing (Algonac/Fairhaven?) for lunch, The Country Inn for Dinner (23/Romeo Plank). No issues no comments.

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Post by: Shadow Bear on May 20, 2012, 10:53:34 AM
OCed the rally at the capitol, then off to sample a few local gun shops. Went on a wild goose to Bath, then to Gander Mt. (yeah, I know) but I did find a sweet old Winchester Super X Model 1 in trap grade, great condition, for a song.

Then, it got interesting-

Leaving Gander, noticed two pups locked in a closed up car; poor critters looked pretty bad. Called the local sheriff, who responded quickly. No comment at all about Steel magnolia's 45, or mine.

The real shocker- apparently animal abuse isn't illegal in Lansing area? WTF? :o
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Post by: Grizz on May 26, 2012, 12:28:04 AM
Out running errands with the girlfriend today.  OCd at Horrocks and Michael's in Grand Ledge, Target and Hobby Lobby in Lansing, PNC bank in Haslett, and the new Meijer in Bath Twp.  No issues.
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Post by: PaulC on May 26, 2012, 10:32:20 AM
This past week:
Shields for dinner, Texas Roadhouse, Kroger, and Speedway. No issues.

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Post by: kryptonian on May 27, 2012, 11:49:58 AM
was in downtown royal oak yesterday for a class. parked in public lot right next to police station. went from class and geared up OC to go get my hair cut. needed money so the sign in front of the police station said  NO FEE ATM..cool. went in. desk officer saw it right away but you have to walk up a flight of stairs to approach desk. the ATM was just by the front door. while getting cash an officer came out to what i thought was to ask me but he just told some people in the lobby what a fine was going to be. looked right at me and waved and that was it. walked out.

by the way the NO FEE ATM charged me $1.50
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Post by: TheQ on May 27, 2012, 12:20:02 PM
by the way the NO FEE ATM charged me $1.50

Maybe YOUR bank charged you the fee for using a foreign ATM...?
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Post by: PaulC on May 29, 2012, 06:05:05 PM
Oc'd at Deckers landing, Selfridge DNR launch, all around the lake.. kroger, speedway, my sons school (treaty has ended) and meijer. No issues. Decent weather. It is going to be a summer chocked full of OC :)

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Post by: springfield40xdm on May 30, 2012, 05:25:45 PM
OCed at Meijer, Speedway and Wal-mart today.  No issue's, in fact not even a second look that I noticed.
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Post by: yance on May 30, 2012, 06:52:20 PM
OC'd a few places lately, Last week I OC'd at subway on my lunch break from work where a gentleman stated his appreciation for OC.  We talked for a minute and then we realized we saw each other a few months ago at Old Country Buffet here in the Battle Creek.  I told him about the event upcoming in June in the area and he said he would try to make it.

Yesterday I OC'd at a different subway in town, one I dont usually visit due to it being further away, but I decided to cause it was convenient at the time.  Anyways, the young girl that was helping us was qutie friendly and she didnt notice my OC G19 until I was paying and she stopped while I was trying to hand her my debit card and after a second or two she looked at me and said "sorry, I just noticed your gun and it kinda scared me a bit" I told her not to worry and that she was safe and that only the good guys will let you see their guns.  She didnt know what to make of that but didnt seem alarmed...more surprised.

I havent been getting out much so thats about it for the experiences.  Otherwise I've just been OCing around my home, my cat doesnt seem to mind.
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Post by: PaulC on June 01, 2012, 09:52:34 PM
OC'd at Speedway a few days ago. The manager asked "what are you carrying?" I told her it was a 40. She said he b/f had an sr9 and which time we started yapping. She said she shoots regularly at CQT and just bought a colt 1911. So... I am pretty sure the Manager is OK with my OC activity.

OC'd at Taco bell today with the kiddies for dinner. No issues. no stares..
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Post by: yance on June 05, 2012, 07:02:50 PM
OC'd at Petes Coney II in Clarkston with the infamous Stainless1911 to meet with his local representative.  We have been discussing possible changes to MCL 750.227 to allow vehicle carry and presented our argument to the local representative he has worked with a few times before, Eileen Kowall.  Nice lady, she seemed interested in our position and in the points that we made regarding being able to carry a firearm in a vehicle without a CPL. 

Stainless was sitting strong side out and a woman came up and said "I see youre carrying in the open" which he replied "yes I am" then it got weird, she said "do you think youre being funny?" he asked what she meant and explained OC is legal.  She responded with "oh yes I know, I'm all for carry, my husband carries concealed and is a member of the NRA, I was just saying that its in the open" I tried to give her an MOC tri-fold but she wasnt interested.  She sounded supportive but boy did she start the conversation off weird.

We also spoke with another woman that was there to speak with Rep. Kowall while she was away from the table, she didnt understand why someone would need to carry a gun into a store or a restaurant and she stated she had a fear of guns which was only increased after receiving some firearm training. She said its because she realized the ability someone has to take a life. I explained it is a huge responsibility, she stated she was weary about other people carrying because she doesnt know what the state requires for someone to qualify to buy a gun and she is afraid that some nut will end up with one. Stainless mentioned that for the same reason she is afraid of some nut getting a gun is the same reason we carry. Which seemed to make her stop and think.

I also explained several situations where in these locations (stores and restaurants) people have been killed, beaten, stabbed, robbed, mugged, all these places where someone thought "this could never happen here" and I told her thats exactly where I want a gun. In the end I think between Stainless and I talking to her she kind of opened her mind a little more, I'm sure we left her with a lot to think about from the gun carriers side of the table. Its a lot different for someone who is talking to individuals who are armed and carry regularly say they carry for the same reasons she is afraid of people with guns. She however was very polite and pleasant to talk to and she didnt seem scared or get up and run from the table.

The restaurant we were in was very busy but we had absolutely no problems. Stainless and I were standing outside chatting for a while after speaking to Rep. Kowall, while doing so a kid that works at the restaurant was walking the trash out and asked if we were LEO to which I replied "nope just exercising our rights" the kid just replied with "cool" and a very approving look.

It was a good day.

To be honest Stainless seems like a pretty stand up guy and I had good time chatting with him.
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Post by: CV67PAT on June 05, 2012, 07:51:20 PM
Maybe brainless1911 will take you along for a stroll down the double yellow of Dixie Highway. Or for a little walk through the playgrounds filled with children. I'll bet if you ask him nice he might even let you slide off the hood of his car. Or even go shooting with him in his indoor range he has set up in his single wide.

<Redacted by TheQ -- Original message was delivered *grin*>
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Post by: TheQ on June 14, 2012, 06:58:54 PM
I don't typically post about every time I Open Carry in this thread -- I value my privacy and don't feel like posting a diary of every place I go...plus, my life is pretty boring.

That being said, I just got home from the Quality Dairy (Local Lansing business that runs a local chain of convenience stores that has pushed 7-eleven out of town -- sell frozen soda treats too).  Anyhow, as I was approaching, I saw someone else walking out who was strapped (like me).  We talked for a minute...good convo.  He had a CPL too.  I then walked into the store and did my business.  Not every day you see 2 completely unrelated people Open Carrying in a small convenience store within 5 minutes.

About a week ago I was shopping at the Meijers on South Cedar/Pennsylvania in Lansing.  While checking out I ran into "METL" who was, of course, open carrying!
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Post by: springfield40xdm on June 14, 2012, 07:12:31 PM
OC'ed tonight at Outback Steak house in Brighton, also went over to the Verizon store, Best Buy and Radio shack.  Not even a second look, great night of OCing!
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Post by: yance on June 14, 2012, 07:22:54 PM
Audio from OCing in BK today forthcoming as soon as I get out of work and can upload it.
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Post by: autosurgeon on June 14, 2012, 07:55:03 PM
OCed today while renewing my drivers licence and MC tag. No issues. Oced later in the day for a late lunch at Copper Grill also no issues. Both location are in Paw Paw.
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Post by: TheQ on June 14, 2012, 11:16:07 PM
Today was my first time OCing. I decided to start off slow so I went fishing along the river in Niles. Quite a few people walk this area and fish. I caught 2 pike in 30 minutes! Anyways, after the fish quit bitting I decided to go and have a casual conversation with one of the fisherman down the river. We talked about the fish we caught and so on. He didnt seem to be bothered by the M&P 40 on my hip. I guess its possible he may not have even noticed it. After our chat I wished him good luck and went on my way. I find myself going out of my way to be courteous and friendly to people and non intimidating because it is important for us OCers to set an example and show the public that we are NORMAL people. Today was a good day.

Hi Steve and welcome.  I hope you don't mind, since your post was your first post and it made a good intro post, I moved it over here:

http://forums.michiganopencarry.org/index.php/topic,1842.0.html (http://forums.michiganopencarry.org/index.php/topic,1842.0.html)
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Post by: METL on June 15, 2012, 12:31:23 AM

About a week ago I was shopping at the Meijers on South Cedar/Pennsylvania in Lansing.  While checking out I ran into "METL" who was, of course, open carrying!


Not sure what you're talking about.. *coughI never OC...         ;)
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Post by: yance on June 15, 2012, 01:04:06 AM
I posted a few hours ago about the audio I was going to be up loading...here is it for you, the audio is kind of quite so you will have to turn your speakers up once it gets to it, theres a small video of me speaking before hand which is louder so dont turn your speakers up yet.

OC Audio Burger King, Asked To Cover My Side Arm (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8WAtPsFyYs#)
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: gryphon on June 15, 2012, 04:58:27 PM
Well, I've been OCing for nearly a year now and today was my first verbal acknowledgement/encounter.  I stopped by Meijer in Okemos on the way home from work to pick up a few things. At the self check line the clerk came up to me to key in his code, then as he walked away I asked him if he had a wine tote bag. He came back with one, handed it to me, and turned away. He then turned back again and approached me a third time and said, "Excuse me, what does your shirt say?"  I turned to face him and showed him.  I was wearing this white polo shirt with grey dress slacks. 

(http://i1.cpcache.com/product/60181274/opencarryorg_tshirt.jpg)

"Opencarry dot org.  Oh." he said, smiling.  "My niece and her husband just got their concealed licenses, and they let me shoot their snub-nosed 38. That was the first time I shot a handgun."  Yeah, those small revolvers are not the easiest guns to shoot, I say.  Real short sight radius.  He keeps talking about shooting, and I was kinda wishing we were somewhere else so I could unholster mine as a talking point, but I didn't figure coonfingering a loaded Five-seveN in Meijer was a good idea.  But someone came up to him with a question and he left.

I've talked to people in stores and restaurants all over MI and IN before while OCing many times, but either they've not noticed or ignored it.  Walked past LEOs without a word.  This was the first acknowledgement I've ever had.  Which is good. :)

I'll repeat what I wrote here when I was new to this. Thanks to all of you who have gone before and have OCed for years.  You've all made it easier for the rest of us noobs.
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Post by: Shadow Bear on June 15, 2012, 08:46:38 PM
Not exactly an OC experience, but more of a 'small world' experience.

Steel Magnolia and I were shooting (figuratively) a wedding, and the groom looked really familiar.

Finally, I had a chance to ask him if he had ever heard of Michigan Open Carry. 'Yes', he says.

Ever been to an event? Turns out he had! Small world.

Travis, if you read this; working on your pics right now. Back-ups to multiple drives is step one. Fireproof and off site!
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Post by: kryptonian on June 18, 2012, 10:01:59 AM
went out running errands last weekend in brighton. stopped in best buy. as i was walking in a brighton police unit was pulling up to the front of the store. couldn't miss my sig rig (the law giver). i walked in and started shopping. i glanced back at the door to see the officer had stopped and came in and was talking to the staff about something. after about 10 minutes i headed for the door not buying anything. the officer was clearly the door goalee waiting on somebody. i just assumed it was me. walked towards the door and the officer just looked at my holster said "hi" and i continued out the door. wasn't me he was looking for. i was ready, calm, and waiting for whatever he had to say about it but nothing.
was in cleveland last week. while downtown my sister and i checked out a new casino (used to be a dept store where they filmed A CHRISTMAS STORY). while waiting for her i saw a deputy sheriff babysitting the front door looking bored. i asked him about ohio open carry since i had been told many different tales of ohio laws. he said it's the same as michigan. not illegal etc. my nephews both concealed permit holders proclaim it to still be a legal gray area blah blah don't do it blah blah. guess the ohio LEO propaganda machine must be working. i got it from the horses mouth. next time i go i will be armed with not only The Law Giver but ohio law as well. i did not carry at all when we went down as i knew we would be in a casino and their mass transit system has it's usual ohio NO WEAPONS signs posted.
hope everyone had a fun fathers day and hope to see everyone at a picnic or two this summer.
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Post by: PaulC on June 19, 2012, 06:46:02 PM
OC'ing this week in the U.P.

OC'ed at the following places:

The drive up.. including The Cracker Barrel (north of saiginaw?)

Taquenemon (sp?) State park... upper and lower sides. Pizza Hut in Newberry. The Berry Patch in Paradise as well
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Post by: PaulC on June 21, 2012, 07:47:01 PM
Open Carried at the following places..

All around Paradise, Mi

Newberry, Mi

Boyne Grand Lodge ( Briefly)

Seen a crazy sign at Avalanche Bay. (http://img.tapatalk.com/32244cb3-b22a-fa29.jpg)
(http://img.tapatalk.com/32244cb3-b242-d993.jpg)

Silver Lake Sand Dunes

Places I did not...


Not the Soo Locks :( Uncle Sam owns it...

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Post by: yance on June 21, 2012, 08:10:40 PM
They must not know that city ordances that govern the possession and carry of firearms are unenforceable due to MCL 123.1102, otherwise known as pre-emption, which makes that little star on the sign useless.
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Post by: autosurgeon on June 21, 2012, 11:44:25 PM
Says weapons... of which firearms are but one type.
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Post by: Greyh Seer on June 24, 2012, 07:04:45 AM
I OC all the time...Meijer, Wal-mart, Petco, Kroger, Pet Supplies Plus, Bookstores, garage sales, restaurants, Secretary of State, the Mall... almost never any issues or anyone noticing.

Anyways, a few of the other than normal experiences:

Was at a garage sale looking at some stuff for about 10 minutes - no issues, a bunch of neighborhood kids playing in the yard.  As I was getting into my car and leaving one of the kids was saw it and was asking (very loudly for all his friends I'm sure) "Is that a gun?" To which I answered positively, at which point he kept saying over and over "He's got a gun!" - he didn't seem to be scared, but it was obvious he had never seen a civilian carrying before.  I was already getting into my car, so I really didn't bother much with it.

Yesterday at Kroger had one of the baggers ask about my firearm and inquire as to the model etc.  No issues.

Also yesterday was picking up food at the Chinese restaurant and had a fellow approach me and ask about my firearm.  He was from Tennessee, but was living in MI for a while while he worked for GM.  He had lots of questions about OC and said he would have had he known it was legal.  I told him to make sure he knew all the laws first and directed him to this website.  Very nice fellow!  I really wish I had not ran out of tri-folds!!
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Post by: PaulC on June 27, 2012, 11:09:43 AM
OC'd all around.. while stopping for smokes at the Speedway on Hall Rd and Romeo Plank two Sheriff Deputy 's were standing outside the gas station. One of them seen my pistol and asked "Exercising your legal rights?" To which I responded "Yes Sir". He stated that more people should do the same.

No issues....

Been OC'ing at my apartment complex. No issues .. I had anticipated some, but the lease didnt say anything about firearms.. :)



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Post by: TheQ on July 05, 2012, 01:10:30 PM
I OC'd for my step-son's birthday at Applebees on Tuesday night.  They were PACKED (busier than THEY expected)...understaffed, etc.

While clearing the neighboring table, our waiter bumped into the butt of my handgun.  He apologized for bumping into me...and I said it was just my gun he bumped into.

He asked out of curiosity if I was a copy or a permit holder.  No big deal.
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Post by: darkmanx on July 08, 2012, 03:39:09 PM
Open Carried at the following places..

All around Paradise, Mi

Newberry, Mi

Boyne Grand Lodge ( Briefly)

Seen a crazy sign at Avalanche Bay. (http://img.tapatalk.com/32244cb3-b22a-fa29.jpg)
(http://img.tapatalk.com/32244cb3-b242-d993.jpg)

Silver Lake Sand Dunes

Places I did not...


Not the Soo Locks :( Uncle Sam owns it...

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No gum? What a bunch of crap!!!
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Post by: springfield40xdm on July 08, 2012, 04:16:44 PM
Had a good day of OCing, went to lunch at Outback in Brighton and grocery shopping at Meijer in Hartland.

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Post by: emcee101 on July 08, 2012, 10:44:27 PM
OC'd to several businesses in the Westland/Livonia area, including Westland mall and 7-11, only question was about the Zebra wood handles on my Kimber from the guy behind the counter at 7-11, no issues other than that.
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Post by: yance on July 11, 2012, 06:17:49 PM
+1 for Hit em here and Riverview recreation!

I go there every so often to reassure myself that I will never be a golf professional, recently I've started OCing there since they are getting used to seeing my face.  I went there last night to use their driving range and hit a few golf balls, OC, as I was leaving I thought that it might be a good place to have an OC meet.

They have driving ranges for the golf fans, batting cages, a putt putt course, they also have an area for go karts and the little bumper car/boats.  I thought it would be a nice place because of the ability for those attending to bring their family along as well.

Like I said I've had my face in there every so often for a year now and I decided to talk to the owner who was there last night about the possibility of having an OC meet up there.  I started talking to her and informed her that I'm a member of MOC and that we have get togethers about once a month, I mentioned that I was carrying and she said she didnt even notice.  She said her husband is a sheriff deputy and her son is also and they both carry a gun and she was interested in getting her CPL and carrying.  We talked about carrying and the reasons for it for a few minutes, shes quite a pleasant person to talk to and seemed very pro gun.

Her husband and her co own the facilities and she said she wouldnt have a problem with it but she would talk to her husband about hosting an OC get together one of these days. 

If youre in Battle Creek feel free to stop by Riverview Recreation and Hit em Here, great place, nice people, and pro gun.  I'll definitely continue OCing there.
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Post by: northofnowhere on July 12, 2012, 03:06:52 AM
Welcome to the UP PaulC, next time go all the way and come visit. (all the way being the tip of the Keweenaw).
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Post by: yance on July 12, 2012, 07:43:51 PM
OC'd to Kohls on a few times recently, not a word said, yesterday however I went to return a shirt I purchased (it was a large and fit like a small after being washed) and to buy a new pair of shoes...while I was paying for my items the young lady at the register asked if I work with the police department. I told her I did not, that I'm just exercising my rights and she replied with "ok, I can dig it" she seemed to find me OCing my pistol as a rather positive sight. Other than that nothing else happened.

Going to be stopping up there probably tomorrow night as well to use my $10 Kohls cash thing they gave me, they've got some decent deals going on right now.
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Post by: autosurgeon on July 14, 2012, 02:44:24 PM
I OCed at the barber shop today and may have two new members for my gun club as a result. The Lady that cuts my hair informed me that the little skinny guy that was in there the last time I was there a month ago became a real problem after I left and she almost had to use her pepper spray on him. It would seem my gun or presence was keeping him in line but that once I left he thought he could hit on her and make inappropriate comments. It is of note that there were other men in the store and they did nothing when she was harassed .

I also OCed in the Panel Room for lunch with no issues as usual!

Both are located in Hartford MI!

Oh and I also found she is looking into getting her CPL and wanted to know if I though a Glock 19 would be a good carry gun. I said as long as she is willing to dress around it she should have no problem. She said that would be fine as she has a scrub jacket on in the shop anyway. I suggested a Kydex OWB holster for CC under her scrub jacket.
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Post by: grampajeep on July 14, 2012, 10:05:55 PM
I just got back from the Blissfield festival, I OCed there all day. I passed many county sherriffs and security guards and not one word was said.

In fact I talked to one of the sherriffs for about 5 minutes.

I looked for the GB signs as I entered but not seeing any I didn't have to disarm.

On the way home we stopped at Brenda's in Samaria to eat, we eat there often and they do not have with a problem with OC in fact one of cooks had a 2nd ammendment shirt on. All in all a great oc day.

Gerry
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Post by: emcee101 on July 14, 2012, 10:57:08 PM
OC'd to Lowe's and Heartland Marketplace in Westland, and Chili's in Canton today. No problems or questions from anyone, but the lady at the checkout at Lowe's would not look me in the eyes once because she was too busy staring at the gun on my hip :)
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Post by: springfield40xdm on August 09, 2012, 12:44:17 PM
OC'ed today at Kroger while returning bottles.  Had a mom with 2 young kids on my strong side the whole time and I never noticed her give a second look or even get worried about a MWAG.  Also OC'ed at Auto Zone while getting a light bulb for the g/f's car.  It was another great day of OCing!

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Post by: CV67PAT on August 09, 2012, 01:58:29 PM
Welcome to the UP PaulC, next time go all the way and come visit. (all the way being the tip of the Keweenaw).

Keweenaw isn't at the end of the Earth.

But you can see Keweenaw from there.
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Post by: kryptonian on August 10, 2012, 10:44:04 PM
my OC non-event yesterday evening on my way home from work. stopping for gas i pulled up to the pump and having to pay cash i walked into the station (sells liquor) after noticing an oakland county sheriff's unit parked on the side of the store. yes i have my CPL.

only people in the store were the deputy, store employee and me. walked up to the counter as the deputy turned around to leave clearly seeing my sig-rig. he said "hi' and left. i paid and turned around walking out behind him. he gave an understandable glance back as i was heading in the same direction until i veered towards my car to pump the gas. he drove off and within a minute an OCSD SUV passes many open pumps to pull up to the pump on the other side of me. waited for the contact to begin but i was finished and hopped in and drove off. no convenient traffic stop when i pulled out or anything. non event but worth mentioning.
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Post by: bagz013 on August 10, 2012, 10:46:54 PM
Shopped at Wally World for over an hour tonight with no issues.

Got some strange looks from the employees and double takes from the customers but no one approached me.

Course spending over $300 on food for a family party didn't hurt the situation.

Carry on fellas
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Post by: Shadow Bear on August 11, 2012, 10:31:10 AM
All over Hobby Lobby in Kentwood. No issues...
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Post by: gryphon on August 11, 2012, 03:34:05 PM
All the normal places lately, Meijer, local restaurants, and gas stations in Okemos.
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Post by: Shadow Bear on August 11, 2012, 05:01:38 PM
Met up with Raggs at Russ' on Division (Cutlerville), then off to Meijers and Staples in Gaines Twp. No issues whatsoever.

Good to meet a fellow OCer & neighbor!
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Post by: springfield40xdm on August 11, 2012, 06:20:34 PM
Last night the girlfriend and I went out to Scott Colburn Saddlery in Farmington Hills and did some shopping for some shirts and new boots.  Several people in the store and had no issue at all, was helped several times by an employee and i don't even think he noticed.  Also went to dinner at Outback Steakhouse in Novi with no issue's. 

Today we went into Milford for the Milford Memories festival and walked around downtown for almost 3 hours and never even had a second look, this included walking by several LEO's.

It was a great few days of OCing.
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Post by: gryphon on August 12, 2012, 09:50:31 PM
Michigan State University.






Twice.
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Post by: TheQ on August 13, 2012, 12:05:44 AM
I Open Carried today while in Total Firearms in Holt, MI.  They know who I am and they asked me to relay to everyone -- "TOTAL FIREARMS IS OPEN CARRY FRIENDLY" (but I don't think their gun show is) - so stop spreading the word Total Firearm is NOT OC Friendly..  I bought a Mossberg 500 28.5" OAL w/ 18.5" barrel.  They screwed up the barrel length (put 17.5") on the RI-60 *grumbles* so I need to go back tomorrow morning and have them fix it before I turn it in.
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Post by: METL on August 13, 2012, 09:38:04 AM


*BOOOM* stick...     :D
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Post by: yance on August 13, 2012, 05:36:34 PM
OC'd at John Ball Zoo on Sunday afternoon with my parents, my brother, and my nephew...my nephew turned 6 last monday so we went for his birthday, then at Denny's afterwards, I had my pockets stacked with a few MOC trifolds but sadly didnt get an opportunity to pass any out  :-[.  I dont think too many people noticed, the girl at the entrance I caught staring at my sidearm as we walked up however, but nothing was said. However as we were leaving the zoo and making our way back to the vehicle there was a father and his two teenage daughters walking a few feet to our right in the same direction on my strong side,  I heard the father say "anyone can open carry" to which his daughter replied "even to the zoo?!"  I didnt hear the rest of the conversation since they were walking faster than we were but it seems as though people are getting informed about OC and just by chance I was able to allow him to educate his daughters that anyone can OC, at the very least now they know that OC is legal and acceptable.  No problems or issues, or even questions oddly enough, at the zoo or at Denny's afterwards, it was a good day!
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Post by: Shadow Bear on August 13, 2012, 07:36:41 PM
  No problems or issues, or even questions oddly enough, at the zoo or at Denny's afterwards, it was a good day!

Denny's by 131 is pretty used to SM & I OCing there. Its a regular haunt for us.
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Post by: yance on August 13, 2012, 08:04:55 PM
Denny's by 131 is pretty used to SM & I OCing there. Its a regular haunt for us.

This might have been the one, just a few minutes drive from the Zoo, on the right hand side as you're driving south, its like the first right off of the exit....across from a pizza hut I believe.
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Post by: Scotchman on August 14, 2012, 10:36:56 AM
So I am finally OCing while shopping. Sam's Club in Southfield and Madison Heights, No issues other than an occasional managerial tail. GFS in Southfield was the same.  Smile back guys! I will try the one in Madison Heights soon. Also had to go back to Lenscrafters (8mile and Evergreen) to pick up my second pair and had no comments again.

Micro-Center in Madison Heights -- My son needed a new Hard Drive and also wanted to look for any discounted versions of Call of Duty (We like it for family Mutiplay and discounted boxes are great).

No events there, except till we were in the checkout line when I heard "... but it's legal!" very clearly. Now I cant tell who said it and can't be sure who it was aimed at. BUT considering circumstances I was hopeful someone simply got educated.

No real issues!

Non-Events are a great way to build comfort and confidence.

I agree with TheQ, in that, I "almost" always wear some button-up shirt and Usually nice pants or shorts. I bought a pair of black BDU shorts to replace my jean shorts. I am casual as can be at home but usually not so much when shopping. Black slacks and a mice shirt. Plus I also have 1-4 dependents with me which also makes me look more personable. Smile and be friendly!

So far. other than voting in a school; I have had no other incidents in my second week of OCing when out doing business.


 
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Post by: gryphon on August 15, 2012, 08:34:02 PM
Michigan State University again. No issues.

Been OCing while bicycling a lot around Okemos and on the Lansing River Walk Trail. No one seems to notice or care. Stopped by Biggby Coffee in East Lansing today and bought a beverage. As I was sitting at the table resting and drinking it, the girl--er, barista--came by my table and talked for a while. She didn't seem bothered by me or the gun.
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Post by: emcee101 on August 15, 2012, 11:55:53 PM
OC'd at Walmart (Canton on Mich Ave.) and got the best customer service I have ever got there. Had 2 employees running all around the electronics department, almost felt like they were competing to help me buy a TV. Like was said in another post, sometimes there is added benefits to a 1911 OC'd. Cary On and Open!
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Post by: dmd7765 on August 18, 2012, 06:04:51 PM
Been a member for a few weeks, OC'd for the first time today at Walmart on Telegraph in Taylor, no issues
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Post by: yance on August 22, 2012, 07:07:20 PM
dmd, glad to hear nothing happened and hopefully we'll see some more posts from ya!

OT:  I know I'm a few days late, but on the way to the picnic last weekend in Jackson me and another member stopped at Starbucks to get some coffee and while waiting for our order to come up we were approached by a gentleman who asked if we were doing an open carry march or something.  We explained that we were on our way to Jackson for the picnic and we discussed OC, he has his CPL and CC's all the time but has been nervous about OCing, we answered his questions and I gave him an MOC trifold. He mentioned he's been told by police that because he has a CPL he cant open carry, he must conceal, I told him they were wrong, his CPL only allows him to conceal. He said he is very supportive of it and said he likes seeing people like us doing it (ocing), he also said he owns a plumbing company and he pays for all of his employees to obtain a CPL and he encourages carry while on the job.  We talked with him for about 30 minutes, it was a great conversation and hopefully he'll get confident about OCing and we can add another one to the list!
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Post by: rampage537 on September 03, 2012, 09:16:50 PM
Over the weekend I went to family video and autozone at 14 and dequindre. Went to family dollar in Hazel Park. Happy to say it was all uneventful, not sure anyone noticed. :)
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Post by: Pond Scum on September 03, 2012, 10:10:59 PM
Quote from: Pond Scum;1819815
OC'd at Walmart on Alpine last week and got a few looks from customers but nothing from employees.  OC'd at Meijers on Plainfield Sunday and walked all over the store several times on "missions" from my wife with out even a second glance.
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Post by: WilDChilD on September 04, 2012, 12:30:52 PM
"TOTAL FIREARMS IS OPEN CARRY FRIENDLY"

If thats the case and they want to extend an olive branch maybe we could do an OC shoot at their range and they could offer a discounted range fee? That would really show how OC friendly they are.
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Post by: METL on September 04, 2012, 02:53:33 PM
I'm game... 
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Post by: wayne on September 05, 2012, 08:25:04 AM
Open carry my CZ75 at Foodland in Bay City on Sat night without issue, in fact, they opened another checkout lane and insisted I go first  ;D
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Post by: TheQ on September 05, 2012, 08:31:34 AM
Open carry my CZ75 at Foodland in Bay City on Sat night without issue, in fact, they opened another checkout lane and insisted I go first  ;D


Foodland...is that a grocery store or a restaurant?

Welcome to our forum. Consider making a post about you in the introduction area.

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Post by: CV67PAT on September 05, 2012, 06:40:54 PM

Foodland...is that a grocery store or a restaurant?

Welcome to our forum. Consider making a post about you in the introduction area.

Grocery store. That's why they have check out lanes.
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Post by: ocdetroit on September 07, 2012, 12:28:33 PM
Thanks I needed that. :) :) ;E.g. Carry On.
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Post by: wayne on September 13, 2012, 08:22:01 AM
Didn't feel like conceal carry after church Sunday, so ditched the jacket and went OC to Wendy's, Speedway, and Wally-World without incident  ;D  I don't know how many people noticed my Llama III-A against my large frame.  I think most people that do notice are too afraid to say anything even if they don't like it.
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Post by: TheQ on September 13, 2012, 10:19:57 AM
SERPA v ALS discussion split from here and moved to:

http://forums.michiganopencarry.org/index.php/topic,2125.0.html (http://forums.michiganopencarry.org/index.php/topic,2125.0.html)
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Post by: JoeCar on September 14, 2012, 08:30:13 PM
Open carried into Home Depot and Speedway. I spoke with a gentleman about this site and passed him MSP update no. 86. He was interested in the myths of open carry. Tomorrow i'm open carrying at the Flint bikes on the bricks Harley ride starting at eleven am sharp at Vehicle City Harley.
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Post by: wayne on September 15, 2012, 05:53:28 PM
We rode our Honda 1100 about 40mi open carry today (first time on the bike) no incident.  Started out of Bay City on M13 south to Washington, by the LOW numbered streets of Sagnasty and across the bridge, right by the now infamous Riverview Plaza (of Milton Hall shooting fame).  After that, just around the township, up Bay Rd back into Bay City, stopped at Jacks Fruit Market, no issues anywhere.  I must say, the best reception we got was right near the Riverview Plaza where a couple of thug looking guys smiled and waved from their car next to us  ;)  Carry on!
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Post by: wayne on September 23, 2012, 04:33:09 PM
Another great weekend of OC in the great lakes bay region.  After only a couple weeks, I am getting real comfortable with OC.  Had a short little ride around town on the bike OC but the most interesting was coming back to BC on M13.  I got a phone call from one of my tower crews and had to pull over to get my laptop out and do a signal check for him (my day job).  Well, after just a couple min working on the laptop and on the phone, I glanced up in my rear view and saw that oh so familiar red gumball  >:(  Turns out the LEO was just checking to see if I were broken down and needing assistance and quickly left me alone once he found out I had just pulled over for safety (I usually do not pull over, just type on the laptop on the pax seat as I go, but that's a whole other story...)   ;D
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Post by: rugersingleshot on September 30, 2012, 10:38:59 PM
Stopped at the Walmart in Clio this evening looking for .45's--no issues, then went to Wendy's in Clio agin no issues.
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Post by: TucTom on October 05, 2012, 05:05:06 PM
So, in preparation for my (hopefully soon to come) Mi. CPL I've been OCing in Paw Paw this week. At work in which I am in and outdoors around different people. I get to walk to the various fast food joints for lunch. No looks, nobody running. Heck I feel bad after reading so many "stories" about what happens here in Michigan.

The people I've encountered and their reactions isn't any different than what I have experienced in Arizona. I am sure I will run into situations once I am carrying more, but I believe I know how to handle those situations from my years of carrying and with help from reading/learning here.
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Post by: CV67PAT on October 08, 2012, 01:48:44 PM
I open carried yesterday.
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Post by: TucTom on October 08, 2012, 02:29:37 PM
OC'd at Subway in Paw Paw about 10 min ago.
The only issue was I forgot my chips. Now I will walk back.
Update - I got Harvest Cheddar Sun Chips.
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Post by: METL on October 08, 2012, 03:21:20 PM
OC'd at Subway in Paw Paw about 10 min ago.
The only issue was I forgot my chips. Now I will walk back.
Update - I got Harvest Cheddar Sun Chips.

Riveting.  Though the Garden Salsa are better.   :)
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Post by: TucTom on October 08, 2012, 03:45:09 PM
I was torn...
The guy behind the counter did ask me if I've always carried when I have been there. I let him know that I have recently started carrying openly again. He told me a customer who was pulling in as I left the first time asked him about it. Seems the employees didn't even notice at all in the last week.
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Post by: WilDChilD on October 08, 2012, 04:34:51 PM
I open carried yesterday.
Wow me too. And I CC'ed today at work and nobody said a word about it, either time.
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Post by: CV67PAT on October 08, 2012, 04:38:49 PM
Wow me too. And I CC'ed today at work and nobody said a word about it, either time.

I OC'd today too. But I'm not saying where.  ;)
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Post by: WilDChilD on October 08, 2012, 04:40:21 PM
I OC'd today too. But I'm not saying where.  ;)

Tell your mom hi, and to turn the heat up in the basement it's getting cold down there.
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Post by: CV67PAT on October 08, 2012, 04:48:40 PM
Tell your mom hi, and to turn the heat up in the basement it's getting cold down there.

Show up here:
http://forums.michiganopencarry.org/index.php/topic,2156.0.html (http://forums.michiganopencarry.org/index.php/topic,2156.0.html)

And you can say "Hi".
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Post by: wayne on October 20, 2012, 11:02:07 AM
Good day of OC yesterday at work all day, then out to dinner at the Rusty Saw just north of Saginaw.  The waitress seemed to be a bit troubled and kept staring at me with an odd look for about the first 20 min or so that we were there.  The owner was direct line of site to my weapon as he sat putting together new menus and didn't seem troubled at all.  This was my first visit there and I have to say that is some DANG good BBQ!  Owner came and chatted with us after our meal to find out how we liked everything...

After dinner, on to Family Video and no one seemed to care about the big CZ-75 on my right hip.  Yesterday was my first day wearing the voice recorder, I kept it in my shirt pocket, and for about 14hr, it picked up 5hr worth of recording (voice / noise activated recording).  Going out to OC to Duncan's and get some time on the range, then on to Wally World today.
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Post by: FARR10 on October 25, 2012, 12:30:47 PM
Well I have done some various shopping this week and have o/c everywhere permissible without CPL. "waiting on hearing date-macomb county"These past days have been uneventful and without incident. Actually have not had anyone say one word to me at all – Good or negative…  It’s been Great!!
I will continue to carry openly when I can.

If anyone is wondering my intentions as to why I o/c-- My answer is #1 first & foremost:  Personal Protection… 
18 shootings in Detroit last 5 days. I work, live, play within spitting distance to that travesty people call a city. I refuse to be A victim. I fully support mine and all of your 2nd amendment rights….


Positive / non combative list:

PEPBOYS- east point / Gratiot-
ACE hardware – harper  / St Clair Shores
Home depot – hoover     / Centerline
Burlington CF.         / Gratiot-  “on list”


i am sorry to get off topic:
regards
mike-
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Post by: FARR10 on October 29, 2012, 09:09:41 AM
Had some various shopping to do over the weekend, and with my wife working I had my 3/ best buddies along.
My 2,4, and 6 year old. I have previously O/C at various businesses without a hitch however I was curious if having small children would raise concern or would it dilute it.

We went to Home Depot in Roseville, and Pet Smart and I  O/c the entire time. Once again not a single person made mention to the sidearm- ---I will mention my children are fully aware of what dad has on his belt and they know they are not to speak of it to anyone outside of our immediate family ever…. This was a personal decision I made. Others may argue my choice however it serves us best this way. Won’t go into my reasoning now…

I don’t recall receiving any double takes, nor did I see any quiet whispers…
I believe the people that noticed just accepted the fact that a man with a firearm and his small children was not a threat and he may even be a decent guy.

--Therefore another successful open carry event.-
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Post by: METL on November 02, 2012, 02:53:55 PM


YEs, often times OCing with your girlfriend/wife and/or your small children will put people's fears to rest.  I have always had pretty good luck with the kids in tow.  Then again, I"ve never had a negative encounter at all...  but the few "stink eyes" I get are never with the kiddies along...
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Post by: Ryan182 on November 05, 2012, 12:19:31 PM
Eating at The Dyckman in paw paw for lunch all is well. Seen Tucan Tom about 15min ago drving through paw paw.
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Post by: JoeCar on November 05, 2012, 12:30:21 PM
Open carried past the "No Weapons Allowed" sign at the Flint Municipal building. I went in to pay house taxes. I told the wife that this is a public building and that the sign is bs. Anyways, no one said a thing. Also, don't forget to vote tomorrow with your firearm in tow.
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Post by: TucTom on November 05, 2012, 01:32:02 PM
Eating at The Dyckman in paw paw for lunch all is well. Seen Tucan Tom about 15min ago drving through paw paw.
Thats "Tucson Tom". I have carried every day for the last however long. Ryan, give me a call if you are going to be in Paw Paw for lunch anytime in the future.
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Post by: Ryan182 on November 19, 2012, 10:23:22 PM
Went to menards on west main in oshtemo which has always been OC friendly, no problems there.

Kalamazoo city building for a permit, then Kalamazoo township building for the right permit, no problems either places.

On the way home I stopped at the Marathon in Glendale on M-43 to hang a flier for the seminar in Portage. I've spoke with one of the owners before and she was friendly towrds OC. And today another woman that works there told me another story of how at a CPL class she took the instructor told them that once they had the license they gave up their right to OC. I informed her that this was completely faulse and she asked me a couple questions about MOC and the seminar, she seemed interested in checking out the website anyway. I asked where she took the class and it sounded like a local job, Collins, I think is all she told me. I'm not sure how long ago this was either didn't get much info about that.
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Post by: Ryan182 on November 19, 2012, 10:40:01 PM
BTW

Where is the poll option "the OC experiences sub-forum reiforced my decision to open carry"

I had already decided it was something I wanted to do before I found the forum but after reading how many others did it with so little issue that alone made me feel more comfertable
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Post by: xmanhockey7 on November 22, 2012, 11:30:27 PM
OC'd at Steak n' Shake for a couple hours tonight with 3 high school friends. I was sitting strong side out and the place was fairly busy. Nobody seemed to really care until we were just about to leave. A group of 5 college aged students sat down at a table kiddy corner to us. The kid who was wearing an Illinois jacket made sure to tell everyone at the table I had a gun. I tell by the commotion. The only person I could really hear was the kid who had the Illinois jacket and he said things like "There's no need for that!" "You can't just carry out in the open" "He could just pull it out and (then made the motion of shooting randomly in a bunch of directions)". Then he pull out his phone and took a picture of me. Said he was going to send it to his brother. I can't believe this kid thought I couldn't hear him. I pretty much just ignored them but still kept on eye on 'em. When I went up to pay he could not stop staring at me and from what I could tell he was talking about me.
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Post by: CV67PAT on November 23, 2012, 11:13:36 AM
OC'd at Steak n' Shake for a couple hours tonight with 3 high school friends. I was sitting strong side out and the place was fairly busy. Nobody seemed to really care until we were just about to leave. A group of 5 college aged students sat down at a table kiddy corner to us. The kid who was wearing an Illinois jacket made sure to tell everyone at the table I had a gun. I tell by the commotion. The only person I could really hear was the kid who had the Illinois jacket and he said things like "There's no need for that!" "You can't just carry out in the open" "He could just pull it out and (then made the motion of shooting randomly in a bunch of directions)". Then he pull out his phone and took a picture of me. Said he was going to send it to his brother. I can't believe this kid thought I couldn't hear him. I pretty much just ignored them but still kept on eye on 'em. When I went up to pay he could not stop staring at me and from what I could tell he was talking about me.

"Is there something you'd like to say to me directly? Or are so cowardly that you'd rather say it behind my back?"
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Post by: METL on November 26, 2012, 11:21:15 AM
"Is there something you'd like to say to me directly? Or are so cowardly that you'd rather say it behind my back?"



Naaaa....  I don't believe in challenging or engaging someone in a pissing match when you're armed...  though I agree with your Sentiment Pat...  I just think it's not a good idea.  You never know when they might want to stand up to you, putting you in a bad situation, or if they call the cops saying "the mean guy with the gun was threatening me"....


Though it does sound like a perfect opportunity for a 1 line zinger as you breeze past....    x^D
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Post by: yance on November 26, 2012, 07:41:04 PM
You could say something to the effect of "I couldnt help but to over hear some of your conversations and I couldnt avoid assuming you were referring to me.  If you would like I can take a few moments to explain how open carry is legal and what the law says about it" 

Then if they are really curious about it they may accept the offer, if they dont care they will refuse it.  Either way you come across as polite, regardless of how they feel about it the simple fact that you came across as polite and respectful is something they may remember and may have a larger impact on how they view seeing someone with a gun than if you were to give them a sarcastic one liner. 

Even if they dont care to hear you out when you are trying to be polite, we (as gun owners and OCers) still need to remain calm and polite to even the most ardent gun control supporters.  As gun owners we need to always be the more mature and take the high road, because the actions of one reflect on us all.
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Post by: METL on November 27, 2012, 12:22:05 PM
Agreed...  but maybe ready the zinger for if they decline...  lol...   :o
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Post by: CV67PAT on November 27, 2012, 03:28:01 PM
You could say something to the effect of "I couldnt help but to over hear some of your conversations and I couldnt avoid assuming you were referring to me.  If you would like I can take a few moments to explain how open carry is legal and what the law says about it" 

Then if they are really curious about it they may accept the offer, if they dont care they will refuse it.  Either way you come across as polite, regardless of how they feel about it the simple fact that you came across as polite and respectful is something they may remember and may have a larger impact on how they view seeing someone with a gun than if you were to give them a sarcastic one liner. 

Even if they dont care to hear you out when you are trying to be polite, we (as gun owners and OCers) still need to remain calm and polite to even the most ardent gun control supporters.  As gun owners we need to always be the more mature and take the high road, because the actions of one reflect on us all.
That's why you're the VP. And I'm just an old curmudgeon.

I've only had one "negative" comment. Some old guy (older than me) told me that I had to "cover that up."

In a relatively polite way I said. "I don't have to! And I'm not going to!" And I went about my business.
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Post by: CV67PAT on November 27, 2012, 05:26:03 PM
Speaking of curmudgeons... I open carried at the Lansing State of Michigan General Administration Building yesterday. Some homely bald guy wanted to chit chat. Other than that nobody paid me no never-mind.
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Post by: TheQ on November 27, 2012, 09:35:51 PM
Speaking of curmudgeons... I open carried at the Lansing State of Michigan General Administration Building yesterday. Some homely bald guy wanted to chit chat. Other than that nobody paid me no never-mind.

Me!  I was at my day job!  My division was having a meeting in that building (not our building).
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Post by: JoeCar on November 28, 2012, 12:02:50 AM
I like passing my copy of MSP 86 that i carry for those who are interested in the ins/outs of open/conceal carry. The paperwork says it all. Interesting to read, if you've never read it.
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Post by: xmanhockey7 on November 28, 2012, 11:04:06 AM
You could say something to the effect of "I couldnt help but to over hear some of your conversations and I couldnt avoid assuming you were referring to me.  If you would like I can take a few moments to explain how open carry is legal and what the law says about it" 

Then if they are really curious about it they may accept the offer, if they dont care they will refuse it.  Either way you come across as polite, regardless of how they feel about it the simple fact that you came across as polite and respectful is something they may remember and may have a larger impact on how they view seeing someone with a gun than if you were to give them a sarcastic one liner. 

Even if they dont care to hear you out when you are trying to be polite, we (as gun owners and OCers) still need to remain calm and polite to even the most ardent gun control supporters.  As gun owners we need to always be the more mature and take the high road, because the actions of one reflect on us all.

+1
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Post by: ocdetroit on November 28, 2012, 03:00:10 PM
+ 1 Carry On.
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Post by: Rustykeys on November 29, 2012, 01:19:00 PM
Went to guns galore today in Fenton, MI and looked at some S&W M&P 15's. Left there and stopped for a quick lunch at McDonald's while open carrying. A few looks, one employee kept sweeping the floor around us. She was close enough to eaves drop on our conversation. Occassionally I would glance over and notice her smiling in response to our conversation. Good experience and uneventful.
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Post by: TucTom on November 29, 2012, 04:47:51 PM
Good experience and uneventful.
The way it should be, glad to hear.
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Post by: Soulfyre65 on November 29, 2012, 07:41:19 PM
Hey everyone. Tonight, I OC'ed at the Denny's that my wife and I frequent. Thought I would let everyone know, zero incidents occurred. Three waitresses and several patrons, and one of the mgr's noticed that I was OC...it was no big deal to them. It appears that the general public is becoming desensitized to it. That can be a good thing and a bad thing. Good thing: no more hassles....bad thing: criminals wont care that people OC.

I will post more OC adventures and experiences as they happen.

Have a great night everyone.

~Ron
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Post by: CV67PAT on November 30, 2012, 12:04:17 AM
Hey everyone. Tonight, I OC'ed at the Denny's that my wife and I frequent. Thought I would let everyone know, zero incidents occurred. Three waitresses and several patrons, and one of the mgr's noticed that I was OC...it was no big deal to them. It appears that the general public is becoming desensitized to it. That can be a good thing and a bad thing. Good thing: no more hassles....bad thing: criminals wont care that people OC.

I will post more OC adventures and experiences as they happen.

Have a great night everyone.

~Ron

Oh I think the criminals will always care that we OC.

Good to know about that Denny's
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Post by: ken243 on December 01, 2012, 12:35:41 PM
OC'ed at Applebee's and cinema Hollywood in Birch Run last night. No problems. I know a few people noticed and a several employees at the movie theater noticed, yet no problems. 
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Post by: TheQ on December 01, 2012, 02:27:29 PM
OC'ed at Applebee's and cinema Hollywood in Birch Run last night. No problems. I know a few people noticed and a several employees at the movie theater noticed, yet no problems.

Oh. Glad to know your CPL came in...?
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Post by: 32_d3gr33s on December 03, 2012, 08:58:39 PM
Well I did it for the first time today. Went to silver bullet first, so obviously no trouble there.  Then went and picked up a movie from the video store and pizza from Little Caesars. Both were dead, so it wasn't too bad. Right as I was paying for my movie though a lady walked in.  She stood real close behind me at first and out of the corner of my eye caught her looking down.  She then took a decent size step back.  I did have my 1 1/2year old daughter with me too.  All in all it wasn't as bad as I had thought it would be.
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Post by: Rustykeys on December 03, 2012, 09:25:20 PM
My g/f, her daughter and I stopped in at the Dundee Dairy Mart. It was relatively busy. As I was standing back waiting on my g/f at the counter I did notice only one person noticeably interested in what I was carrying. A young man 10-12 years old with his mother was rubber necking around other customers to see my sidearm. No others noticed as far as I can tell. We left there and went to Walmart in Monroe to pick up eyeglasses for my g/f. We were there about 15 minutes with business as usual. It was a good night.
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Post by: ken243 on December 05, 2012, 09:39:24 AM
Oh. Glad to know your CPL came in...?

Yes, came in the end of October.
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Post by: lljj on December 05, 2012, 06:06:02 PM
Me and my 4 year old she loves to walk and every time we walk she always say do you have your gun. She tells me she can't out run a dog or crazy people I know shes glad I open carry with her. funny part is when people see us coming they put the dogs up instead of saying they will not bite  my baby loves the care free walks
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Post by: Brianjvo on December 05, 2012, 08:38:35 PM
I obviously do not frequent the forum here often.  The last couple of years have been less than enjoyable.  I have been open carrying for almost two years.  Just recently moved to Greenville and I must say, that I have found no intolerance here so far.  I open carry everywhere, including Meijer and Walmart with no problems so far.

I was at one of our gas stations a month ago and a woman asked me if I was carrying a tazer.  I said "No.  It is a Glock 9mm"  She said "Oh"

Other than that, I don't think most people take notice.
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Post by: ken243 on December 06, 2012, 10:20:05 PM
OC'ed everywhere I went today as usual. Come to find out I went to an auto parts store today for a new air filter that had an armed robbery last night. None of the employees said a word and were actually very nice.
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Post by: ken243 on December 18, 2012, 10:51:23 PM
OC'ed friday at Hurley medical center in Flint. Well, one of their buildings just outside the ER, no issues. OC'ed bed, bath and beyond, target, best buy and many other places around Flint. Today I walked through the Genesee Valley mall OC'ing, there really are no good stores there anymore other than a couple and Sears. No issues, few looks. FYI, was at Gander Mountain tonight, guess the talk from the white house geared some people up. Saw 5-6 AR-15 types being sold almost at the same time to different people.
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Post by: GunGuy68 on December 20, 2012, 09:44:46 PM
OCed at Top Gun in Taylor a few weeks ago and was asked if I was a LEO.  I responded that I was a former LEO and asked why they wanted to know.  I was then told that they only allow OC for LEOs but CC was OK. When I asked why they gave me some BS answer about Range safety issues.  Guess I just made my last purchase from them...
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Post by: fozzy71 on December 20, 2012, 10:28:26 PM
OCed at Top Gun in Taylor a few weeks ago and was asked if I was a LEO.  I responded that I was a former LEO and asked why they wanted to know.  I was then told that they only allow OC for LEOs but CC was OK. When I asked why they gave me some BS answer about Range safety issues.  Guess I just made my last purchase from them...

I CC'd when I went in there last week to get my new FNS9.  If I had been OCing I probably would have CC'd if asked because 399 for a gun with MSRP of 629 was too good of a deal to pass up.  I quit going to Peter's because of their no OC rule and it sounds like I won't be going back to TG for my 3 months free range time. 

OT: I OC'd at the dentist the other day (again) when I removed my jacket.  Mostly been in CC mode with the weather.  I carry OWB in a Safariland 6280 most of the time but my Carhartt covers it pretty well.
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Post by: yance on December 21, 2012, 02:46:28 PM
OCin at my local PD right now, waiting for a purchase permit.  They just got the FAX about HB 5225 and it taking immediate effect so I had to give them the run down on it because the test is no longer required.  Not sure if anyone has noticed me OC there's another guy waiting for a PP and I'm not sure if he saw it.  So far so good.  This is my 1st time OC while stopping in. 
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Post by: ken243 on December 22, 2012, 04:45:58 PM
OC'ed Meijer in Birch Run, Walmart in Clio and Bronners in Frankenmuth today, no issues.
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Post by: AAMitch on December 24, 2012, 07:34:13 PM
I was at Meijer's in Ann Arbor twice today.   Nothing said.
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Post by: gryphon on December 27, 2012, 12:20:07 AM
OCed as usual (Meijer, etc.) but today I OCed somewhere I usually never tread: my State Farm insurance agent's office.  No issues.
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Post by: ocdetroit on December 27, 2012, 06:21:42 PM
Open carried at TopGun today with my friend he has no CPL. Found out you don`t need a perchsesing permit any more as of Dec. 18, 2012. Took less than 30 mins. Also He Just did it with a State ID. Carry On.
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Post by: TheQ on December 27, 2012, 06:26:08 PM
Open carried at TopGun today with my friend he has no CPL. Found out you don`t need a perchsesing permit any more as of Dec. 18, 2012. Took less than 30 mins. Also He Just did it with a State ID. Carry On.

HB 5225
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Post by: Super Trucker on December 27, 2012, 06:42:53 PM
Open carried at TopGun today with my friend he has no CPL. Found out you don`t need a purchasing permit when buying from an FFL dealer any more as of Dec. 18, 2012. Took less than 30 mins. Also He Just did it with a State ID. Carry On.

FIFY
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Post by: fsr402 on December 27, 2012, 09:24:41 PM
Open carried at TopGun today with my friend he has no CPL. Found out you don`t need a perchsesing permit any more as of Dec. 18, 2012. Took less than 30 mins. Also He Just did it with a State ID. Carry On.

I found this out tonight at Gander Mountain. I really did not know jack about that bill.
Honestly I did not believe the guy when he told me you did not need one now. I just had to get one two weeks ago. lol
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Post by: rampage537 on December 28, 2012, 05:15:47 PM
OC'ed at CVS in ferndale with no issues, had a women walk up and ask me if I was a LEO. She talked to my wife and I for a few minutes and I directed her to the site for more information.

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Post by: JoeCar on January 10, 2013, 10:59:09 AM
open carried into Suburban Ford of Waterford for an oil change. Nothing but the usual glances.
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Post by: sircapsalot on January 14, 2013, 06:18:21 PM
Been OC'ing since late october, 2012.  OC'ed quite a bit. Nothing very noteworthy until today.

On my lunch break, I OC'ed at a Wendy's in Ann Arbor.  Had a couple gentlemen approach me (maybe 20's early 30's), asking me if I was part of MOC.  I said "yessir, I am!"


Wanted to share this because it's nice to know that not all people in Ann Arbor are arrogant! :)



Carry on (my wayward son).
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Post by: ocdetroit on January 14, 2013, 09:40:25 PM
  ;)    8) FUNNY Carry On Safely.
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Post by: Zeteo on January 14, 2013, 09:45:29 PM
Open carried at TopGun today with my friend he has no CPL. Found out you don`t need a perchsesing permit any more as of Dec. 18, 2012. Took less than 30 mins. Also He Just did it with a State ID. Carry On.

Top Gun in Taylor? As far as I know, they are not OC friendly. They've had a sign posted as long as I can remember that says essentially you can conceal carry, but all other weapons need to be unloaded and cased. Have they changed their policy?
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Post by: ocdetroit on January 23, 2013, 11:25:51 PM
Was there today two guys came in Open Carrying no one said a thing. Also it was not that many people in there. Carry One.
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Post by: Rustykeys on January 31, 2013, 10:47:53 PM
HB 5225

Did I just read this correctly that it is no longer necessary to get a purchase permit for a handgun in MI? Sorry, getting sleepy. Does that also mean for CPL holders that it is no longer necessary to provide, is it an R60 or R160 form either? Not necessary to register any more? Please clarify. Thank you.
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Post by: gryphon on February 01, 2013, 12:31:23 AM
Did I just read this correctly that it is no longer necessary to get a purchase permit for a handgun in MI?
Quote
No PP needed for FFL sales.  Still need one for private sales.  RI60 (or new version) still needed.
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Post by: Ezerharden on February 07, 2013, 09:14:50 PM
Open carried tonight at Staples, Walmart, and Big Blues Ribs in Monroe with my wife and mother, no issues about the gun as it should be. Did have one woman scold me for smoking as it was bad for my health *shrug* whatever.
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Post by: kryptonian on February 10, 2013, 07:51:53 PM
been out of the OC since last summer. not because i don't believe in the cause or rights and freedoms. my living situation with my siser and her husband and kids necessitated i CC. they were concerned about neighbors, kids friend's families, teachers etc. their house their rules so i agreed. all of which i ran into so probably good i complied. i understood.
moved to fenton in january and thought it was time to get back in the game. OC yesterday and today in fenton walmart. felt odd again after 6 months of CC. not a problem. no issues. was approached in the checkout from a couple in their mid 50's asking the legalities of OC and they couldn't find anything online. gave them MSP #86 info and this website. this reaffirmation encounter shows me there is more educating and a presence to be maintained. now more than ever. with eroding freedoms and rights..with the crazies coming out of the woodwork killing randomly i am glad to be back representing the respectful law abiding OC citizen that will help ease fears of the uneducated. in my 2 years of OC i know i responsible for starting at least 5 other people on OC. feels good to be back.
MOC ")
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Post by: ocdetroit on February 10, 2013, 10:01:26 PM
Welcome back fellow O.C. Carry on Bro.. 8)
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Post by: ken243 on February 13, 2013, 10:51:01 AM
OC'ed at the 2nd Amendment rally in Lansing with my Glock 20 and AR pistol. In the capital and at walmart in flint. Got a few looks at walmart but no comments or issues.  Oc'ed yesterday at Hurley medical center in Flint. Sat by 3 security officers for 15 minutes, not a word. Had to go up to on of the floors, one guy made a comment.
Guy: "Packin' in a hospital eh?"
Me: "Yup, you never know."
Guy: "I thought a hospital was on place you couldn't carry."
Me: "Can't carry concealed. With a CPL and open carry you are good to go. Take a look as MSP update 86."
Guy: "Hmmm. Didn't know that. Thanks."
Me: "Sure thing, have a good one."
Guy: "You too."

And as always, Oc'ed a ton of other places with no issues.
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Post by: TheQ on February 19, 2013, 10:52:36 PM
I have a dear friend that owns Sugar Gliders (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sugar_glider).  I've become very curious of the little animals as I consider getting my own some day.  I've read all sorts of information on the Internet, but have desired a more holistic source.  The idea struck me!  My local library!

So this evening I walked myself into the downtown branch Capital Area District Library (my local library -- nearest branch to my home).  Being a warm 20-some degrees, I saw no need to wear a jacket on the 100 yard trek from my car to the door.  The neighborhood, however, did look suspect!  I decided the most prudent thing to do would be to take my firearm with me, openly carried as to deter any possible hoodlums.

I walked to the nearest  electronic card catalog (which the ones when you first enter the library happen to be right next to the children section), sat down for a moment and entered "Sugar Glider".  Withing a moment I found a book and the decimal number under which to find it -- and what floor it was on.

I took myself up to the second floor, walking by one of their security guards on the way (it's hard to walk through the library without crossing one -- the place must be very dangerous) and found the book I was looking for.  I took said book to a nearby table and sat where I read it for two hours.  I was left mostly alone and in peace, with the exception of the rather loud and obnoxious announcement (that is proceeded by an awful tone) advising patrons the library is closing in 30 minutes.  You'd think the tone and announcement was designed to wake homeless people -- it's so loud and annoying!

Anyhow, I took the book to the checkout area where I checked the book out and proceeded home.  Overall, the evening was uneventful (as one would hope).  During my two hour stay a security patrol came by 3-4 times -- which I suspect is their normal patrol.

That's all -- just another day in the Library.
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Post by: Ezerharden on February 19, 2013, 11:56:59 PM
I have a dear friend that owns Sugar Gliders (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sugar_glider).  I've become very curious of the little animals as I consider getting my own some day.  I've read all sorts of information on the Internet, but have desired a more holistic source.  The idea struck me!  My local library!

So this evening I walked myself into the downtown branch Capital Area District Library (my local library -- nearest branch to my home).  Being a warm 20-some degrees, I saw no need to wear a jacket on the 100 yard trek from my car to the door.  The neighborhood, however, did look suspect!  I decided the most prudent thing to do would be to take my firearm with me, openly carried as to deter any possible hoodlums.

I walked to the nearest  electronic card catalog (which the ones when you first enter the library happen to be right next to the children section), sat down for a moment and entered "Sugar Glider".  Withing a moment I found a book and the decimal number under which to find it -- and what floor it was on.

I took myself up to the second floor, walking by one of their security guards on the way (it's hard to walk through the library without crossing one -- the place must be very dangerous) and found the book I was looking for.  I took said book to a nearby table and sat where I read it for two hours.  I was left mostly alone and in peace, with the exception of the rather loud and obnoxious announcement (that is proceeded by an awful tone) advising patrons the library is closing in 30 minutes.  You'd think the tone and announcement was designed to wake homeless people -- it's so loud and annoying!

Anyhow, I took the book to the checkout area where I checked the book out and proceeded home.  Overall, the evening was uneventful (as one would hope).  During my two hour stay a security patrol came by 3-4 times -- which I suspect is their normal patrol.

That's all -- just another day in the Library.

Of course I am sure the security was armed to protect you right?   :o  ::)
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Post by: CV67PAT on February 20, 2013, 12:08:26 AM
Of course I am sure the security was armed to protect you right?   :o  ::)
STOP or else I'll yell STOP again!!!
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Post by: TheQ on February 20, 2013, 01:18:12 AM
Of course I am sure the security was armed to protect you right?   :o  ::)

No. In fact, there were a few questionable type "patrons" lurking about.
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Post by: Ezerharden on February 20, 2013, 02:45:24 AM
No. In fact, there were a few questionable type "patrons" lurking about.

You mean like you?  ;D
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Post by: Ezerharden on February 22, 2013, 10:05:35 AM
Yesterday was out quite a bit. OC'd at Meijer, Walmart, Staples and McDonalds in Monroe. No issues. one elderly gentleman and his wife saw me at Staples. He noticed my gun, smiled and nodded. Later OC'd at the dinner in Woodhaven, and at the Meijer there, no issues.
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Post by: TheSzerdi on March 05, 2013, 05:03:17 PM
I haven't posted in a long time, but I've been working and staying home so nothing exciting happened . . . until today. Today I noticed my CPL expires in 2 days, so I went to the Wayne County Clerk's. The satellite office in Westland to be precise.

At the county clerk's I was told that since my CPL was issued in another county I could not renew it in Wayne County unless I had a local NRA approved training certificate. This boggled my mind as I know of no such requirement in the law. In fact, there is no such requirement.

Luckily when I posted my tribulations on the MOC facebook a number of lawyers were recommended to me. I contacted one Terry Johnson, who was very helpful. Terry contacted the gun board, who contacted the clerk's office, and Voila, they suddenly followed the law!

So, a big THANK YOU to Terry Johnson for getting this cleared up so quickly!

(Also, the Wayne Co. Sheriffs that I spoke with were very polite and agreed that the clerk's office was in error, but said they could do nothing about it. They did try to talk to the manager. Unfortunately she didn't listen.)
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Post by: Zeteo on March 07, 2013, 11:06:13 AM
Took an early morning ride on the Harley from Woodhaven out to Milan for breakfast at the "Famous" Milan Coney Island. OC'd the entire time. No problems, no concerns. Had a guy talk to me in the parking lot at the coney island. Asked if I ever got hassled riding the motorcycle and OC'ing. Told him I am a new biker, and have only OC'd a handful of times on the Super Glide, but that I haven't had a single issue.

He said he has OC'd a few times, but that he had the police called at Home Depot and a not so friendly reception at the Wal-Mart.

Told him to stick it out, that my experience is that it's becoming less of an issue, that people aren't freaking out and getting hysterical. That if we have  more folks who OC  fewer people will be uncomfortable around us.

All in all, I had a great 60 mile ride, a good breakfast, and got to exercise my 2A rights in the process. All before 10 am.

Carry on.
 :)
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Post by: lljj on March 07, 2013, 06:45:18 PM
Today oc'd at walmart in livonia had fun no ammo walked around no body said a word to me about it my 1st time at walmart oc'ing
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Post by: TheQ on March 08, 2013, 06:35:38 PM
Discussion on Ammo moved here:

http://forums.michiganopencarry.org/index.php/topic,2697.msg22080.html#msg22080
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Post by: Shadow Bear on March 09, 2013, 06:34:16 PM
Steel Magnolia & I OCed the Michigan Gun Owners' meet & greet at the Pizza Hut on Byron Center in Wyoming, MI. Met a lot of new folks, answered a lot of questions on OCing. It was pretty well attended; probably 30ish or more.
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Post by: CV67PAT on March 09, 2013, 06:56:27 PM
Steel Magnolia & I OCed the Michigan Gun Owners' meet & greet at the Pizza Hut on Byron Center in Wyoming, MI. Met a lot of new folks, answered a lot of questions on OCing. It was pretty well attended; probably 30ish or more.
OMG Nobody grabbed your gun and shot you with it???
You weren't the first one shot???
The Fudds' heads didn't explode at the sight of a gun???
You mean two worlds collided and nothing happened?!?!?
Somehow I get the feeling you're not telling us something...  :-D

Good job Ambassadors Bear and Flower!!!
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Post by: Shadow Bear on March 09, 2013, 08:54:00 PM
OMG Nobody grabbed your gun and shot you with it???
You weren't the first one shot???
The Fudds' heads didn't explode at the sight of a gun???
You mean two worlds collided and nothing happened?!?!?
Somehow I get the feeling you're not telling us something...  :-D

Good job Ambassadors Bear and Flower!!!

It was a regular love fest. We'll probably do some joint activities in West Mi, e.g. fun shoot, dinners, lunches, etc.
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Post by: Rustykeys on March 28, 2013, 01:44:22 PM
OC'd today at Speedway in Dundee then onto the Secretary of States Office in Temperance. Uneventful.
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Post by: Ezerharden on March 28, 2013, 06:33:01 PM
OC'd today at Speedway in Dundee then onto the Secretary of States Office in Temperance. Uneventful.

Sounds like you live around me.
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Post by: Rustykeys on March 28, 2013, 10:56:23 PM
Sounds like you live around me.

I live in Dundee. I sort of met you when you guys were at Cabela's about a month back. I got to speak with the other 3 guys just not you. I work at the Walgreens right there and stopped in after work. Was at the secretary of state to get new license sticker for the car today since my birthday is Saturday. You live in Temperance? I'm usually at the Village Pizzaria in Temperance on Saturday nights running a Karaoke show. If it's close to you maybe you should stop by and say hello some saturday. Great Pizza!
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Post by: Ezerharden on March 28, 2013, 11:03:13 PM
I live in Dundee. I sort of met you when you guys were at Cabela's about a month back. I got to speak with the other 3 guys just not you. I work at the Walgreens right there and stopped in after work. Was at the secretary of state to get new license sticker for the car today since my birthday is Saturday. You live in Temperance? I'm usually at the Village Pizzaria in Temperance on Saturday nights running a Karaoke show. If it's close to you maybe you should stop by and say hello some saturday. Great Pizza!

I live in Erie, so pretty much a stones throw away. Would be great to meet up. Around what time are you there, and are they OC friendly?
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Post by: lljj on March 29, 2013, 02:20:43 AM
My 1st leo stop w/ocing told the lady I have my cpl and my hand gun was on me she said cool just don't reach for it gave her my papers she told me my one of my brake lights is out and get it fixed and let me go she was cute too I like livonia leo's never gave me a hard time about anything. After work oced all day always get funny looks but no mouth with it so today was a good day.
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Post by: Rustykeys on March 29, 2013, 04:07:11 AM
I live in Erie, so pretty much a stones throw away. Would be great to meet up. Around what time are you there, and are they OC friendly?
The show at the pizzeria is from 9pm - 1:30am on Saturdays. Right near the corner of Lewis and Temperance on Temperance just a couple doors down from the VFW. It's a pizzeria/bar. Pretty much bar after 10pm. Whether or not they are OC friendly I am not sure. I don't push the issue because I work for them. Although one of the owners is a member of the gun club on Smith Rd. right by the airport. What his feelings are about OC I haven't a clue. I'm a member of the Dundee Sportsmans Club.
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Post by: Ezerharden on March 29, 2013, 11:35:03 AM
Well then perhaps I will stop in and "test the waters".
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Post by: Rustykeys on March 29, 2013, 11:13:00 PM
Well then perhaps I will stop in and "test the waters".
It's a fun place! What's the worst that could happen? They tell you NO!
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Post by: Ezerharden on March 30, 2013, 12:05:48 AM
It's a fun place! What's the worst that could happen? They tell you NO!

Pretty much  :D
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Post by: Ezerharden on April 02, 2013, 04:49:08 PM
Open carried at Walmart and Verizon in Monroe. No issues. I was half expecting trouble at the Verizon store based on some peoples experiences, but no one even gave me a  second look.
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Post by: FASBOLD on April 02, 2013, 05:00:06 PM
I oc'd at Crossroads Mall in Portage last Saturday evening. No issues. I had multiple security guards walk past, but they did not pay attention, so not sure if they even saw it. I did not see any signs at the entrances I have used. I was in Sears, JCP and a few other stores.

We then stopped at Ritters, no issue, and then Wal-Mart, no issue.

Last night I oc'd at Crossroads Cinema, and no issues. I was not there very long, was going to buy tickets for my youngest and his friend, and the movie they picked was rated 'R', so they couldn't watch it, because I was not interested in it.

We went to Applebees on Westnedge as a consolation, and no issues.
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Post by: jfmi87 on April 05, 2013, 01:28:26 AM
I finally for the first time open carried at Meijer in BC to pick up a few things. Nothing exciting happened but I am pretty sure one guy was very nervous when he saw me, but I didn't get hassled or tailed by any employees, or any words from anyone. No cops showed up.

Well, this is the first open carry besides at the gun store/range where such things are to be expected.

I was pretty nervous but I kept my phone in hand to keep my mind off it a bit.
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Post by: TheQ on April 05, 2013, 08:58:02 AM
I finally for the first time open carried at Meijer in BC to pick up a few things. Nothing exciting happened but I am pretty sure one guy was very nervous when he saw me, but I didn't get hassled or tailed by any employees, or any words from anyone. No cops showed up.

Well, this is the first open carry besides at the gun store/range where such things are to be expected.

I was pretty nervous but I kept my phone in hand to keep my mind off it a bit.

Cool. You have a CPL, right?
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Post by: TucTom on April 05, 2013, 09:06:05 AM
I was going to ask the same question.

It does get easier, you'll find your self keeping an eye on people but not caring what they think.
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Post by: TucTom on April 05, 2013, 09:07:50 AM
Oh, I am carrying for the first time today out and about. Finally not dependent on crutches again.
Feels good. :D
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Post by: jfmi87 on April 05, 2013, 11:17:31 AM
Cool. You have a CPL, right?
Yes.
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Post by: RnSdriver on April 11, 2013, 05:57:57 AM
Tuesday I open carried at Fire House Music while selling them some used effects pedals I don't use any more.

Then I headed over the hiway to Hobby Lobby and had a great time joking with cashier(my cousin), and her boss in the check out line.

Nothing said at either place about my XDm.

Yesterday I was working on the end of my driveway when a guy stopped to say thanks for carrying!

All in all a couple of great days.
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Post by: yance on April 11, 2013, 06:09:44 PM
Oh, I am carrying for the first time today out and about. Finally not dependent on crutches again.
Feels good. :D

Finally, geeze.  :P
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Post by: JaccFrost on April 14, 2013, 04:18:21 PM
So...i have noticed what allot of people say that when they are out OCing few people ever even notice is mostly true. I have not carried in many locations but in my local Wesco stations and I am not even sure if any of the staff of customer were even aware. I am becoming more confident with every trip I make. I don't have much time to go many places but I still carry as often as I can.

My Fiance was quite nervous of me OCing, I think because it seems to strange and out of the ordinary, which is something I am going to continue and do my part on changing.

I admit, it was very strange to OC a firearm for the first time..even the second and third. I felt like everyone was looking at me when in reality I believe there was not a single person looking in my direction. Not to mention that is it more comfortable to OC than CC as many and most already know.
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Post by: xerxescct on April 14, 2013, 08:06:55 PM
I know it sounds funny and uneventful but im at the point now where I can open carry to get the mail, take out the trash and sit on my back balcony without even thinking about it. Had a small mishap with the neighbor but that seems to have been settled . Planning on OC to the park and back when it gets warmer out with the family. Its about a half mile walk. I will have my audio recorder just in case.

For me this has been a baby step process.
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Post by: Ezerharden on April 14, 2013, 08:18:57 PM
I know it sounds funny and uneventful but im at the point now where I can open carry to get the mail, take out the trash and sit on my back balcony without even thinking about it. Had a small mishap with the neighbor but that seems to have been settled . Planning on OC to the park and back when it gets warmer out with the family. Its about a half mile walk. I will have my audio recorder just in case.

For me this has been a baby step process.

Don't sell yourself short, baby steps are far better than no steps at all. Soon it will become second nature and actually feel unusual if you don't have your sidearm.
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Post by: xerxescct on April 14, 2013, 08:28:35 PM
Don't sell yourself short, baby steps are far better than no steps at all. Soon it will become second nature and actually feel unusual if you don't have your sidearm.

Thank you, if it weren't for these forums my pistol would still be locked away in storage somewhere. The people here have been very supportive and have provided great feedback. Maybe my case will inspire others as I have been inspired by stories I have read.
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Post by: TucTom on April 15, 2013, 09:03:20 AM
Had to go to Marion In. for work on Sat. open/conceal (short jacket). Of course I stopped at a couple gas stations to get something to drink. Ate at a small mom & pop restaurant in Marion. The waitress asked what I carried etc. all of the regular small talk and all went well. On the way back I had a county sheriff following me for about 20 miles after I filled the gas. Nothing happened.
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Post by: Ezerharden on April 15, 2013, 06:19:37 PM
Went to a friends today to get my wife's brakes looked at. We had to go to Nappa Auto Parts in Monroe for brake pads and a rotor for her brakes. We both carried there, not a glance or word mentioned as it should be. Afterwards, went to Food Town in Monroe to get a few things, again no looks or comments except from the cashier who kept smiling at me. Then went a few doors down to get some take out Chinese food for dinner. In the restaurant the cook behind the counter looked at me wide eyed, then smiled and told me way to go, and then asked what I wanted to order. So a good day all around. 
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Post by: Rustykeys on April 17, 2013, 12:50:27 PM
Went to Monroe this morning and OC'd at Walmart, Staples, Dunham's, and Radio Shack. Only looks or comments came from an employee at Radio Shack. Asked me if today was Open Carry day in Monroe because I was the forth person in the store today OC'ing. Gave him a thumbs up and said no, we are just exercising our rights. He said he was cool with that and said he just hadn't seen anyone open carry in the store before. I said well the weather is nice so no one is wearing coats and it's much more comfortable to open carry. Great day for all OC'ers!
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Post by: Ezerharden on April 18, 2013, 06:42:23 PM
Well an interesting day with OC. The wife and I went to Monroe and stopped at Meijer, Radio Shack, and Nappa Auto Parts, no issues at all. Stopped at Wal-Mart and had an interesting encounter. Now to put things in perspective, my wife works at this Wal-Mart. We did our shopping without incident, but after we checked out we stopped to talk to a couple of my wife's coworkers. Two of them had no problem, but the third, upon seeing my gun, got wide eyed and stepped back from me. She asked why I was carrying a gun and I replied because I refuse to be a victim. She then asked about the legality of carrying a gun and I explained the legalities of open carry of a firearm. Now she was in no way anti-gun, just surprised to see someone carrying one and a bit apprehensive about being too close to one. We talked more about how a gun was nothing more than a tool, just as a hammer (we also discussed that about 7 years ago at their old location, someone grabbed a hammer from hardware and assaulted people) but they still sell hammers and people are not afraid of them. Her two coworkers seemed amused by all this. After it was all said and done, she came close and asked if she could touch my gun. Maybe she will look into things more and overcome here fear of them. I think she was also surprised to hear that my wife is waiting for her CPL, has her own gun, and carries when she can lol.
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Post by: xerxescct on April 19, 2013, 02:15:48 PM
Now to put things in perspective, my wife works at this Wal-Mart.

Does Wal-Mart have a policy against weapons? I am wondering if somehow they can hold your wife accountable for your actions. Not to knock your wife's job but places like these have way of getting rid of people.
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Post by: Ezerharden on April 19, 2013, 07:48:19 PM
Does Wal-Mart have a policy against weapons? I am wondering if somehow they can hold your wife accountable for your actions. Not to knock your wife's job but places like these have way of getting rid of people.

No by no means are they against guns. Corporate policy is to comply with state laws. The whole "perspective" comment was a prelude to it was her coworkers. All but one was good, one was apprehensive but not anti.
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Post by: xerxescct on April 23, 2013, 06:37:27 AM
Yesterday was really nice out. Sunny, warm, perfect for taking a walk and open carry. I holstered up and walked along the lake in the back yard and then around the neighborhood. Probably close to about an hour and a half of open carry. Had a few people walking their dogs which I waved at. Some kids playing. Some people fishing on the lake. All well within sight of my pistol and they either did not notice or did not care. My nerves were on high alert when I first started my walk but about half way through I forgot I even had the pistol with me. I intend to make it down a busier road when we get another nice day.
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Post by: woodtic31 on April 27, 2013, 09:54:35 PM
Carried at Menards and Sams Club in Mt. Pleasant on the way to the OC dinner in Clare. The only interaction was at Sam's when a store employee can up and asked if I was carrying a SR9. Turned out he was the president of a gun club around Bay City. Had a great chat about open carry.
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Post by: xerxescct on May 01, 2013, 06:57:13 PM
Today was a warm day. The sun was shining. The wind was moderate. A great day to do some walking. Took the family for a stroll around the neighborhood. About an hour into our walk I was informed by my wife that a township cop was following us about 200 or so feet back. I brought my voice recorder and camera just in case I needed it. I simply went on with the walk. Passed alot of people walking dogs, kids, or whatever and saying hi to them all. On our way back home the patrol car was getting closer and closer so I readied the voice recorder and had the wife get her cell phone out ready to record. At this point another township car was coming from the other end of the street. The officer slowed past me, I waved, he waved and he continued on. The two stopped and chatted with each other behind us while in their car. I continued on home without incident and was passed by the first car without him stopping.

I am not sure if it was a passer by who called or it was someone from their house who called but someone did. I prepared for the worst but got nothing. My fear was being detained but that never happened. Obviously the officers realized I was doing no wrong so they just continued on. It was at a time a bit stressful but this is one more hump to get over and I passed.
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Post by: JaccFrost on May 03, 2013, 12:53:52 AM
I OC'd at Meijer in North Muskegon tonight, well last night now by the looks of the clock. I wandered all around the store gathering my few random items and was just finishing up my self checkout as a manager was doing what a manager does and while passing by me comments, "that startled me for a second."

My response was, "what's that?"

manager, "I saw your holster and the butt of your gun."

Myself, "I bet you are the first to notice tonight."

He carried on about his duties and all in all it is what I expected from what I have seen others post. I have been waiting for someone to comment about me OC'ing and tonight was the first.

Seems kinda boring now that I re-read it, but I suppose what this shows others, especially those new to OC is that a vast majority of the time no one will either notice or care and if someone does say something, it is usually out of curiosity.
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Post by: fozzy71 on May 03, 2013, 06:38:12 PM
OC'd in Madison Heights PD to file a private property accident report for the hit n run my car suffered in a gas station parking lot today.  Leo asked me if I was an officer but that was all.  Less than 2k miles on my car and some idiot trashes it.   >:(
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Post by: 32_d3gr33s on May 04, 2013, 12:30:31 AM
opened carried today for the first time with my cpl.  Put about 100 miles on my motorcycle.  Stopped at holland state park for a little bit.  nobody said a thing (but then again, its hard to hear going 60mph down the road lol).
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Post by: Ezerharden on May 04, 2013, 10:31:41 AM
Well interesting morning for the wife and I. Some may be aware of the commotion in my area with Todd's Guns sponsoring a little league team down here. Todd's sons are on that team. The league had no problem but the coach and some parents did. Well, the wife and I got shirts from Todd's and showed up this morning for the game wearing them and our open carried hand guns. We were just past the gate to the field area when a coach from the other team came over, and said "Very classy, carrying a gun to a base ball game". I smiled, nodded , and replied "Thanks for the compliment" and my wife said thank you. Of course the guy was already walking away, having come over just long enough to try and insult us. Then a bit later while sitting in the bleachers a couple came over to sit. The woman got up behind us, started to sit, noticed our hand guns, and said to her husband "I can't sit here, sorry". So we had that bleacher to ourselves. Now the County Sheriff that was present and the Bedford Township officer didn't even give us a glance. Talked to a a couple other people who were concealed carrying about open carry as they new nothing about it. Those were pleasant conversations.
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Post by: xerxescct on May 04, 2013, 11:10:05 AM
Well interesting morning for the wife and I. Some may be aware of the commotion in my area with Todd's Guns sponsoring a little league team down here. Todd's sons are on that team. The league had no problem but the coach and some parents did. Well, the wife and I got shirts from Todd's and showed up this morning for the game wearing them and our open carried hand guns. We were just past the gate to the field area when a coach from the other team came over, and said "Very classy, carrying a gun to a base ball game". I smiled, nodded , and replied "Thanks for the compliment" and my wife said thank you. Of course the guy was already walking away, having come over just long enough to try and insult us. Then a bit later while sitting in the bleachers a couple came over to sit. The woman got up behind us, started to sit, noticed our hand guns, and said to her husband "I can't sit here, sorry". So we had that bleacher to ourselves. Now the County Sheriff that was present and the Bedford Township officer didn't even give us a glance. Talked to a a couple other people who were concealed carrying about open carry as they new nothing about it. Those were pleasant conversations.

I believe everyone has the right to their own opinions and feeling about anything so long as it does not intrude on others. Since you were not breaking any laws and no one got hurt then shrugging off the comments like you did is probably what I would have done in the same situation. I know how emotional the debate can be. Not so long ago I was on the other side of the fence and it took education to make me realize I was wrong. If only we could educate everyone or even invite them to the seminars.
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Post by: autosurgeon on May 04, 2013, 02:33:00 PM
Oced at the Watervliet burger king no one cared....

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Post by: 32_d3gr33s on May 06, 2013, 12:48:02 AM
Open carried all Saturday morning.  Had a car show i was at for 3 hours, then went to Qdoba in Holland for lunch.  Nobody said a thing.  Funny thing is, 2 of my friends know that i just got my cpl, and were both with me.  1 didn't notice that i was carrying for nearly an hour while we we talking. The other didn't notice at all in a 3 hour period...
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Post by: cadman on May 06, 2013, 09:37:42 AM
OC’ed in Big Rapids last weekend, first went to Applebee’s for dinner with my son and his girlfriend. Sat strong side out to the isle, a few people seemed to notice but no one said anything. Son and girlfriend stayed and talked to college friends and the wife and I left.
Next day my son tells me that their friends figured I was his dad because “He’s packin”.  ;)
Wife and I then went to Walmart with no problems and didn’t even notice a second look.
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Post by: springfield40xdm on May 06, 2013, 05:24:07 PM
Had a unexpected day off from work so I did some running around. Went to my State Farm agent office, Meijer and my apartment complex office, I don't even think a single person noticed.  Great day   :D
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Post by: harleyh77 on May 11, 2013, 08:07:29 PM
I carried at my in-laws today, trailor park in Clinton county. I had been out walking the dog, stopping to talk to my brother in laws. Two of them were cc'ing. A sheriff pulled up in front of the house. One of my brother in laws started yelling hes here for you, just give up now. Lol, what a smart a@#! The officer got out of his vehicle, went to another house to take a vandalism complaint. He came over to asked if we heard anything. My strong side was towrds him, not a single glance at the holster and not one word about it. He couldn't have missed that big serpa holster.
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Post by: Steel Magnolia on May 17, 2013, 03:42:56 PM
The Chief of the Wayland Police Department has welcomed open carry in the City of Wayland!!!  He has our tri-fold, is very receptive to OC and has promised to educate all of his officers on the Michigan OC laws both with and without a CPL.  The  businesses in Wayland seem to welcome OC as well.

I have been helping a young lady who is the victim of domestic violence/abuse.  She has 2 children who attend the Wayland schools.  I have been OCing at two of the Elementary Schools for the past 2 weeks and have been warmly welcomed by the principals of both schools. 

Thank you City of Wayland Michigan for your Outstanding reception to OC.
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Post by: drtodd on May 17, 2013, 03:52:46 PM
The Chief of the Wayland Police Department has welcomed open carry in the City of Wayland!!!  He has our tri-fold, is very receptive to OC and has promised to educate all of his officers on the Michigan OC laws both with and without a CPL.  The  businesses in Wayland seem to welcome OC as well.

I have been helping a young lady who is the victim of domestic violence/abuse.  She has 2 children who attend the Wayland schools.  I have been OCing at two of the Elementary Schools for the past 2 weeks and have been warmly welcomed by the principals of both schools. 

Thank you City of Wayland Michigan for your Outstanding reception to OC.

Good PR report. Nice to hear he's supportive.
I OC'd at the Y on Wednesday. On my way out I noticed a No Guns graphic on the window near the door. Oh well, guess I don't go inside...sent an email expressing my displeasure. As a nonmember, I'm sure it will be ignored.
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Post by: bigt8261 on May 19, 2013, 01:24:13 PM
Great stuff Mag!!

I OCed in Celebration South in Grand Rapids last night. The wife and I enjoyed Iron Man 3 without incident. Unless you count paying $10 per ticket as an incident.
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Post by: jgillmanjr on May 20, 2013, 01:36:02 PM
Great stuff Mag!!

I OCed in Celebration South in Grand Rapids last night. The wife and I enjoyed Iron Man 3 without incident. Unless you count paying $10 per ticket as an incident.

Do you have an NGC theatre in GR?

The one here in Lansing has $5 Tuesdays (doesn't apply to 3D movies though).

-Jason
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Post by: bigt8261 on May 20, 2013, 02:02:04 PM
Do you have an NGC theatre in GR?

The one here in Lansing has $5 Tuesdays (doesn't apply to 3D movies though).

-Jason

I don't believe we do.
Title: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: linux203 on May 24, 2013, 08:37:22 PM
First time open carrying out and about.

Went with my wife and two daughters to the Detroit Zoo for 4 hours. We met a friend and her daughter there. She didn't realize I was carrying until 2 1/2 hours into the trip.

Headed over to Somerset Mall in Troy (Lego store is awesome).

Ended at the Panera Bread at Baldwin and I-75. Sat strong side out. One lady noticed and kept staring at me. 

No one said anything. No children were screaming, no panic ensued.
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Post by: Briggs on May 25, 2013, 09:06:41 PM
Open carried at the March against Monsanto protest in downtown Kalamazoo. Lots of lookers, informed some on open carry and told them about miopencarry.org After the march while at the park my friends and I were talking and one said "I think that guy told that cop you have a gun", and sure enough the cop started making his way down to my friends and I. When he got closer I saw he was eyeing my gun, but continued past and was standing behind me for a few minutes then he approached us he said "How you guy's doin? pretty peaceful march." To which we agreed, them he eyed my pistol and ask "what ya got there" to which I said "xd 40" and he said "nice" and then he said "ok you all have a nice day".  It was my first time being approached by a cop while open carrying alone. I think it was as good of an interaction with LE as it could be.
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Post by: harleyh77 on May 25, 2013, 09:36:52 PM
Oc'd at the Lane automotive car show. I uncased, loaded and holstered right in front of a mounted sheriff deputy. Not sure if he even noticed. Walked around for a couple hours. My wife heard a woman ask her husband if i at least worked there. No other comment, scared looks or people running away. Like many of you say, i really dont think people even notice. When i returned to my truck i retrived my case, sat it on the grass, put my pistol away(trigger lock and locked case) to turn around and see 5 deputy's. They nodded and stopped traffic so i could back out. Hope oc stays this smooth. I even had a pocket full of tri folds to pass out if i had questions.
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Post by: Pond Scum on May 26, 2013, 12:03:29 AM
Took the bike out and OC'd at Advance Auto parts in Standale and Arnies on Leonard.  NP anywhere.   
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Post by: woodtic31 on May 26, 2013, 07:30:41 PM
Great OC in Houghton Lake today. Went to Spicers, Camping world and Home Depot. Few looks. While having lunch at a Chinese restaurant, a couple at the next table, after I walked by, started talking about OC. I went over to their table, introduced myself and gave them a tri-fold, after some talk about OC, the guy shook my and and said thank you for OCing, and making the public aware that it is OK to see a guy walking around with a pistol exposed.
Really made my day!!!!
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Post by: Pond Scum on May 26, 2013, 09:24:40 PM
OC'd on bike again to Lowes on Plainfield and Cracker Barrel.  NP. 
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Post by: ocdetroit on May 27, 2013, 12:53:32 PM
Opened Carried at Fairlane Towne Ctr. in Dearborn great day.

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Post by: METL on May 28, 2013, 09:23:02 AM
Open carried at the March against Monsanto protest in downtown Kalamazoo. Lots of lookers, informed some on open carry and told them about miopencarry.org After the march while at the park my friends and I were talking and one said "I think that guy told that cop you have a gun", and sure enough the cop started making his way down to my friends and I. When he got closer I saw he was eyeing my gun, but continued past and was standing behind me for a few minutes then he approached us he said "How you guy's doin? pretty peaceful march." To which we agreed, them he eyed my pistol and ask "what ya got there" to which I said "xd 40" and he said "nice" and then he said "ok you all have a nice day".  It was my first time being approached by a cop while open carrying alone. I think it was as good of an interaction with LE as it could be.


Yep... nothing wrong with the cop coming over, discretely sizing you up, having a voluntary commentary, then leaving once he establishes nothing is amiss...  that's HIS JOB..  and I thank him for A.) Doing it and B.) Not over stepping. 

Good to report the GOOD interactions with LEOs too...
Title: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: autosurgeon on May 30, 2013, 04:05:22 PM
I OCed in the Benton Harbor Dunhams to pick up shotgun shells and footwear no issues. I am currently OCing in the Watervliet BK and the only comment so far was &quot;what gun do you have there?&quot; To which I responded smith and wesson 5906. The final comment from the employee was that's nice always like the third gen smiths. So even in the BK you will find knowledgable gun folks!



Other than that just lots of friendly behaviors from everyone!
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Post by: Manta on June 01, 2013, 12:48:27 AM
I actually O/C quite a lot... more than I conceal to be honest (with exception to when I'm driving in the cage of course, which is legally considered concealed carry). I have yet to have a bad experience where I had to assert my knowledge of MI carry law *boy, I hope I didn't just jinx myself LOL!* Places where I O/C regularly that it's been noticed and well received are:

**BP Station in Livonia on the corner of 5 Mile Rd and Levan - Singh is there in the morning, when he first noticed my 92FS he was curious as to 'why do you have that?' (referring to my sidearm). I simply told him, "It's a crazy world, my friend, I'm sure you know this. The more good, responsibly armed, people there are walking around, the less chance there is of a criminal getting away with whatever it is they may have planned." He nodded, smiled, and thanked me.

**Chase Bank in Westland on 7550 N. Wayne Rd - I always used to lock my unloaded sidearm in the trunk lock-box before going inside, empty holster, to deposit my paycheck (despite having a CPL and being aware of the interpretation of PFZ's and how they impact O/C for CPL holders). A friend of mine also has a CPL and informed me that he O/C's in his Chase branch all the time, apparently Chase acknowledges and respects MI carry laws. So, I went on a limb and O/C'd today during my usual weekly transaction... they were as friendly as always, made some light small talk, and wished me a good weekend. :)

**Nisreen Smoke Shop in Westland on 240 N. Wayne Road (AKA City Smoker) - The fact that I've been a regular patron here before I even started carrying may have something to do with it, could also be that I've seen others O/C there. Regardless, I've never had a problem carrying in this store. Joe and his staff have always been great! :)

I DO NOT recommend O/C in any MJR cinema! I will not confirm or deny doing it myself  :-X however I do know, via an e-mail response to an inquiry I made, that "It is our policy at MJR Digital Cinemas not to allow firearms into our buildings." ~shrugs~
Title: OC in GR today
Post by: fsr402 on June 01, 2013, 08:45:40 PM
OCed at Fox Shawmut Hills for about 40 minutes drooling over some of the bikes and trying on some vented gear for the summer heat. No issues at all, even chatted with a few of the sales guys about my Beretta Nano hanging on my side.
Then a quick stop to the downtown farmers market (wealthy and US131) walked around for about 10 minutes and found what we were looking for. Bought a few things and headed out. No issues and no one said a thing. The security guard walked real close and gave me a little stink eye but said nothing. My wife did not even know I was OC until one of the sales guys at Shawmut asked me what I was carrying. :-) 
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Post by: fozzy71 on June 02, 2013, 09:12:18 AM
.....
**Chase Bank in Westland on 7550 N. Wayne Rd - I always used to lock my unloaded sidearm in the trunk lock-box before going inside, empty holster, to deposit my paycheck (despite having a CPL and being aware of the interpretation of PFZ's and how they impact O/C for CPL holders)....

You can CC in a bank w/ a CPL as well.  You just can't OC w/o a CPL in a bank.  I OC'd in my 5/3rd bank on Friday, like I often do, w/o issue.
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Post by: ken243 on June 04, 2013, 09:17:53 AM
OC'ed yesterday at the city of Clio commission meeting. Went there to ask for the removal of their "no weapons except by sworn LEO" posted at the door. They were receptive but seemed like they may ignore my request stating "...as long as it is not enforced." We shall see. I saw several people eyeball my pistol but no issues.
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Post by: ocdetroit on June 04, 2013, 09:29:31 PM
I Open Carry at my bank, three or more times a week. Which happens to be Bank Of America. Like what was said with a CPL. Carry On.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: autosurgeon on June 04, 2013, 10:45:37 PM
OCed on the bike up to Grandville for the fundraiser dinner at Big Boy. Nice 120 mile round trip. Passed quite a few LEOs on the trip and was followed by a few on the way home. Several thumbs up and waves no issues. Stopped for gas in Allegan had a nice gun conversation with the attendant. She carries a Bersa . Nice night for a ride.




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Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: JoeCar on June 05, 2013, 08:28:35 AM
Open carried my Beretta 9mm while riding my Harley. Was followed by a Burton cop for a while, but no problems. Later my wife and I were in Tim Horton's in Fenton like usual. This day there were a lot of white haired, retired types in the place. After being there for about 20 min. the MSP rolls into the parking lot. It was unusual to see them here, I'm thinking. They came in and I had my wife watch them as she was sitting in their direction. I was getting ready mentally for an encounter. I'm guessing that either the manager or a patron made a 911 call on me. They sat two tables away and my wife said that the one looked directly at me (my magazine side) while talking into his shirt microphone. They took 10 min to finish their coffee and left. I had my msp update 86 at the ready by I didn't have my recorder. It was a close call.
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Post by: kryptonian on June 05, 2013, 11:18:34 AM
Open carried my Beretta 9mm while riding my Harley. Was followed by a Burton cop for a while, but no problems. Later my wife and I were in Tim Horton's in Fenton like usual. This day there were a lot of white haired, retired types in the place. After being there for about 20 min. the MSP rolls into the parking lot. It was unusual to see them here, I'm thinking. They came in and I had my wife watch them as she was sitting in their direction. I was getting ready mentally for an encounter. I'm guessing that either the manager or a patron made a 911 call on me. They sat two tables away and my wife said that the one looked directly at me (my magazine side) while talking into his shirt microphone. They took 10 min to finish their coffee and left. I had my msp update 86 at the ready by I didn't have my recorder. It was a close call.
I live near that Fenton Tim Horton's. never go there but OC around there every day. yesterday I OC in Huntington Bank in Meijer hartland. no problems. I'm sure you don't need to pull #86 on MSP. they know it WELL. had an encounter with a MSP motor carrier officer that was what you think an encounter should be. he didn't have a problem with it at all and liked to see it.
I have been getting several people approach me asking about oc. glad to tell them all about it. people know it exists but don't know the laws and say they never see anybody do it. I know for SURE I have got 5 people into oc and regurlarly do it. I have sent at least 20 people to this website. I have given out at least 15 MSP #86.
I may be in a minority but I think we are at the point we are pushing for as far as LEO acceptance. they all know the legality and know they have no legal grounds to even approach. more like it than hate it. the public takes a little more reassurance but every idiot shooting spree on the news sets us back years. I got kicked out of a target a few days after Gabriel Gifford got shot in Arizona. a target store I have OC in dozens of times. keep up the the good work guys and girls.
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Post by: fsr402 on June 05, 2013, 08:31:19 PM
OC in Taco Bell in Jenison tonight. The place was packed and a good 15 minute wait. Had a nice chat with an older guy that has a cpl but did not know oc was even legal. I pointed him here for more information. Hope he shows up.  He was happy to see me OC. Said he felt safer knowing I was packing.
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Post by: linux203 on June 05, 2013, 11:12:59 PM
OC'd for a walk around the neighborhood tonight with the wife, 2 daughters, and our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. 

We crested a hill to see a group of people suffering from Nosey Neighbor Syndrome while a LEO was on a call a few houses up.  One of the neighbors had an unleashed dog out with her.  Which proceeded to come running after my dog with the owner yelling "He's gentle, he won't hurt you."  The dog was probably twice the size of my dog and heavier than my two year old.  I kept between her dog and us and tried to push it away.  When she came to grab her dog, she saw it.  Her eyes got really big and she scurried away.  Now my dog is crying and yelping.

The LEO is sitting in his car facing us.  His dash cam would have caught the incident had it been rolling.  We proceed on our walk, dog still excited, right past the LEO.  He leans toward his open window says, "Nice guard dog you got there."  I replied with a "Yeah... right" and kept walking.  Don't know if he didn't notice or didn't care.

Finished the walk without incident.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: METL on June 07, 2013, 01:17:36 PM
I don't mean to discourage anyone from OCing... but if I see someone OCing a LCP or beretta nano or other pocket pistol, I'm going to make fun of them...  lol....     


If you're gonna OC, OC a full sized pistol.   ;)
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: cherper on June 07, 2013, 01:24:07 PM
LOL Good idea, make fun of someone carrying a loaded gun.. ;D...as long as they have one I don't think size matters.  ;)
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: abrknight on June 07, 2013, 07:22:34 PM
I'm relatively new to open carry, but have been doing it more regularly recently. I live in west Ann Arbor and regularly OC while taking my kids for walks around the neighborhood and have never had a negative encounter. In fact, what I thought was going to be one, actually turned out to be a guy who was genuinely curious and thinking about purchasing his first hand gun due to some recent home invasions.

Besides that I regularly carry in Kroger, and today OC'ed at 53rd bank for the first time. I also OC in Meijer and the local liquor store. On the few occasions that someone has said something it's always been positive.

I've dabbled with OC downtown but it's a very tricky area as U of M owns a lot of the real estate and leases it to local businesses.

Anyway, I always enjoy reading the experiences of other so I thought I'd share.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: FASBOLD on June 08, 2013, 09:54:55 AM
OC'd around town last night at the Vicksburg car show. No issues. A few looks and some comments that I didn't catch all of once I passed.

I walked the dog and on the way home, she pooped on a parking lot that will have high walking traffic. I forgot plastic bag, so took the dog home and walked back to get it. I went to Speedway to wash my hands.

I then went to the Farmer's Market before it closed, as I don't usually get home early enough to check it out.

I bought some beefalo and the husband of the couple asked about my gun. He has a CPL and got it several years ago, and was flat out told that any show of the gun was a no no. His wife is waiting on her CPL to arrive. First time anyone has asked.

Then on the way home, about two block from home two guys on the front porch of a nice big old house by the lake. As I walk in front I nod. When I get to the part of the sidewalk that leaves their yard and goes into the next, one of them shouts, "BANG!, BANG!" I'm sure I jumped a bit. I kept walking, as this took me by surprise, and I could not think of a good response. I did have a split second to realize it was an idiot and stopped my hand going where it shouldn't. I don't know the people who live here, but they will be seeing more of me walking by, since that is the route I take to walk the trail north of town. Not sure if the guy lives there or not.

Anyone ever have an encounter like that with an idiot?

I still can't think of what to say. All I can think of is that trying to speak wisdom to a fool is folly. Also as my back was turned, I don't know which one said it.
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Post by: Shadow Bear on June 08, 2013, 01:44:23 PM
I don't mean to discourage anyone from OCing... but if I see someone OCing a LCP or beretta nano or other pocket pistol, I'm going to make fun of them...  lol....     


If you're gonna OC, OC a full sized pistol.   ;)

Yeah, anything less than a full size 1911 Government in 45ACP is silly..... ::)
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: FASBOLD on June 08, 2013, 02:47:34 PM
All over town several times today at the Vicksburg Old Car Festival and no problems.

Only two comments on my gun, both of which lead to positive conversations.

Several LEOs passed me, or I passed them, not a word from them.
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Post by: Pond Scum on June 08, 2013, 11:02:24 PM
OC'd on bike again to Menards and Arby's on Sternberg and Home Depot in Grand Haven.  NP. 
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: fsr402 on June 11, 2013, 08:41:41 PM
OCed my nano at Bagger Daves in Grandville. Sat in a booth with my strong side out.  No issues and no one laughed at me.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Rustykeys on June 13, 2013, 09:49:46 PM
My g/f and I OC'd at McDonalds in Dundee then from there to Sam's Club in Saline where we OC'd for at least an hour and a half. No issues as it should be.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Kutter616 on June 16, 2013, 10:24:22 AM
My first open carry experience.  Went to MOC BBQ in Grand Haven.  :)
OK, not much of a stretch for an experience, but ya gotta start somewhere.
Met a lot of great, friendly and knowledgeable folks, had a great time with lots of great food!

I'm just sayin...
Title: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: TheQ on June 16, 2013, 10:53:20 AM

My first open carry experience.  Went to MOC BBQ in Grand Haven.  :)
OK, not much of a stretch for an experience, but ya gotta start somewhere.
Met a lot of great, friendly and knowledgeable folks, had a great time with lots of great food!

I'm just sayin...

Oft times the best way to start is with experienced company.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: woodtic31 on June 16, 2013, 01:15:38 PM
OC at Lowes and Zips in Gaylord. Zips was having a blessing of the bikes. Met some good folks from the Sons of Liberty Riders.
Had a few approach me because I was wearing my MOC t-shirt. One lady asked another " Is that Phil " LOL Those of you that have met me, may get a laugh out of that. I did. A few are MOC members, but many are very aware of our cause.
Me,,,Phil,,,, Still laughing!!!!!!!
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Post by: bigt8261 on June 17, 2013, 09:00:56 AM
My first open carry experience.  Went to MOC BBQ in Grand Haven.  :)
OK, not much of a stretch for an experience, but ya gotta start somewhere.
Met a lot of great, friendly and knowledgeable folks, had a great time with lots of great food!

I'm just sayin...

Glad to hear you had a good time. Thanks for coming.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Kutter616 on June 17, 2013, 04:46:21 PM
Glad to hear you had a good time. Thanks for coming.

Thanks bigt!, If you didn't already know, you sat by me and my woman while we all ate and had some great conversation.

Got with the designer at work today and we will be working a couple of those recorder clips, making a few subtle tweaks.  Asking $10 a piece, will let you know when they are done later this week and you can let me know then if you are interested in one.

Thanks again for the conversation and thanks to MOC for the event!
Title: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: TheQ on June 18, 2013, 12:58:33 AM

OC at Lowes and Zips in Gaylord. Zips was having a blessing of the bikes. Met some good folks from the Sons of Liberty Riders.
Had a few approach me because I was wearing my MOC t-shirt. One lady asked another " Is that Phil " LOL Those of you that have met me, may get a laugh out of that. I did. A few are MOC members, but many are very aware of our cause.
Me,,,Phil,,,, Still laughing!!!!!!!

I am younger, balder, and better looking… ;)
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Ezerharden on June 18, 2013, 01:07:37 PM
I am younger, balder, and better looking… ;)

Well I will grant you the balder part.  ::)
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: CV67PAT on June 18, 2013, 02:28:36 PM
Well I will grant you the balder part.  ::)
that's why his screen name is The Cue
Title: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: linux203 on June 18, 2013, 08:52:37 PM
OC around the neighborhood on a walk and at the Waterford Meijer.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: TucTom on June 20, 2013, 08:35:40 AM
A few good times yesterday. I had to so into both the Village and Township of Paw Paw's offices yesterday. The clerk at the village office and I had a good discussion which started with "with that side arm you can go where ever you want". Later in the day I was talking to a delivery driver who asked about my holster and said he carried when he could (no CPL). Both of us being correct handed we discussed the lack of holster options. Along with a new employee asking questions as he recently moved from Ca.

This has been the most interaction in one day than I've ever had.
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Post by: kryptonian on June 21, 2013, 10:54:12 AM
two notable items OC yesterday..stopped at a speedway in fenton (why are there 2 speedways 200 yards apart from each other?) and the young man cashier told me i'm not the only OC that comes in there. said there were two yesterday. thanked him and said ,"I like to hear that".... stopped at gas station in milford on my way home from work 11 at night.. while pumping gas a young guy needed the squeegee for his window which was right next to where I was pumping gas..he said "just getting this. is that ok? don't want to get shot". I gauged his level of seriousness and found him to be joking. made me think....
I've encountered this before. someone accidentally bumps me with their shopping cart at walmart or something and they go super apologetic like that was going to be the last straw I was looking for to go on a shooting spree. i'm not a big or imposing guy. those that have met me at MOC social functions can see that. I am a pretty congenial guy and more than willing to talk to anybody interested in OC. I present a good profile of OC I like to think. I like to think we are where we need to be with law enforcement but still need to work on our image to the public.
MOC
Title: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: linux203 on June 23, 2013, 05:08:31 PM
OC'd yesterday at the Waterford Meijer and the Speedway at Cass and Elizabeth Lake Roads.

OC'd at Microcenter in Madison Heights today with my two year old daughter strapped to my back and the Serpa attached to the carrier.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: fozzy71 on June 23, 2013, 06:10:00 PM
OC'd yesterday at the Waterford Meijer and the Speedway at Cass and Elizabeth Lake Roads.

OC'd at Microcenter in Madison Heights today with my two year old daughter strapped to my back and the Serpa attached to the carrier.

I was there about an hour ago too.  ;D
Title: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: linux203 on June 25, 2013, 09:26:12 PM
OC'd at Waterford Aldi and Meijer. Hit the Speedway at Cass and Elizabeth Lake Roads.

No issues.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: TucTom on June 26, 2013, 09:08:46 AM
Went to the Meijer on west main and 9th in Oshtemo yesterday. The greeter at the door actually noticed I was carrying and we had a small chat. Nothing said by the greeter and I wasn't followed. On the way out I saw her again and we chatted again. I expressed my appreciation in the fact that she did indeed notice. She was actually paying attention to people who walk into the store (aware) and to be honest that makes me feel good.
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Post by: part deux on July 02, 2013, 01:53:12 PM
Went for a walk today with my two drop kick dogs, wife, and neighbor's kid who my wife is occasionally watching.  Received the customary drive by from the local LEO.  I know it wasn't the normal cruise through the neighborhood, because he had to turn around to come back by me :)  I waved, he waved back.  I'll have to remember to grab next weeks paper, they blog all the dept's calls!
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Post by: bigt8261 on July 02, 2013, 11:26:13 PM
For those who don't know, my wife is 35 weeks pregnant. We were in for a regular checkup to the doctors this afternoon and they told us they wanted us to go over to the hospital to have a few tests run as a precaution. Quick jump ahead, everything is ok, all tests came back fine. 

The OBGYN is right across the street from the hospital and there is a walkway over the street.  Two nurses brought us over with my wife in a wheel chair (SOP I guess). Normally I conceal my XDS IWB at the doc's. That way my wife doesn't have to worry about any problems there, and I can still be armed. However, being that we were headed into a hospital, I had to take my IWB out, tuck it between my belt and shorts and then tuck my shirt in behind the gun while we were going through the walkway. When we got to the other side, and got into the elevator, one of the nurses noticed and kinda had a look on her face like 'that wasn't there before'.

In the end, while there were numerous funny looks, not a thing was said. Not even in the maternity ward. Cross another PFZ off the list.

FYI, hospital was Spectrum in Grand Rapids.

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Post by: harleyh77 on July 05, 2013, 09:14:09 AM
Oc'd at west main osthemo menards for 2 hours yesterday. No issues except the big dent to the savings account.
Title: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: linux203 on July 13, 2013, 12:14:54 PM
I got out and about today. I find i am open carrying more than I conceal.

Working on putting a stereo in the new car. So I OC'd at:
Harbor Freight in Pontiac
Home Depot in Pontiac
Mickey Shorr in Keego Harbor and Waterford
ACO Hardware in Waterford on M59

No issues anywhere with the pistol. I did notice Home Depot has a sign that says "No Cameras and no tape recorders."  So my phone wasn't recording there. 
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Post by: fozzy71 on July 13, 2013, 03:08:18 PM
I OC everywhere I go and I can't recall when the last time was I had a comment.  Granted, I work from home so I don't get out and about nearly as often as most people.  ;D

......

No issues anywhere with the pistol. I did notice Home Depot has a sign that says "No Cameras and no tape recorders."  So my phone wasn't recording there.

I have never noticed that sign but then I don't ever stop on my way in to stores looking for signs of any type.  My DVR is running 24/7 once I leave the house and if I saw that sign it wouldn't cause me to shut off my voice recorder IMO, since it carries no weight of law AFAIK.
Title: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: linux203 on July 13, 2013, 03:31:54 PM
I have never noticed that sign but then I don't ever stop on my way in to stores looking for signs of any type.  My DVR is running 24/7 once I leave the house and if I saw that sign it wouldn't cause me to shut off my voice recorder IMO, since it carries no weight of law AFAIK.

Probably carries the same weight as the no guns sign. Trespass charge.

On topic, my Glock is strapped to my hip as I'm crawling around my car in the driveway. None of my neighbors have ever said anything.
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Post by: fsr402 on July 15, 2013, 03:58:15 PM
OC'ed at New Beginnings in Hudsonville Saturday morning. Have done this many times and no issues. As I'm sitting there I see a guy in his early 20's come walking in with what looks to be his father, brother and little sister wearing a shoulder rig. They sat in a booth across from me. I was watching him trying to figure out what he was carrying. He kept glancing over at me and I'm sure he thought I was eying him because I saw the gun and was not happy about it. LOL.
When the wife and I went to leave I made sure I stood next to the table looking at the bill with my strong side to him. I then turned to walk out, looked at him and he was looking at me. We nodded approval to each other and on I went. Another good day OCing in West MI.
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Post by: CV67PAT on July 15, 2013, 09:34:28 PM

When the wife and I went to leave I made sure I stood next to the table looking at the bill with my strong side to him.
Why?
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Post by: cherper on July 15, 2013, 09:51:00 PM
I wondered why he didn't just ask him what he was carrying instead of just looking at him...I would have just asked I guess.
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Post by: harleyh77 on July 16, 2013, 11:19:25 AM
I got my cpl in the mail saturday. I oc'd all over Kalamazoo during the weekend. Went into a couple different walmarts, meijer, arbys, texas corral, all with no issues. The assistant manager at walmart did a triple take and said, "nice!"
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Post by: cherper on July 16, 2013, 04:22:24 PM
I got my cpl in the mail saturday. I oc'd all over Kalamazoo during the weekend. Went into a couple different walmarts, meijer, arbys, texas corral, all with no issues. The assistant manager at walmart did a triple take and said, "nice!"

Congrats on the CPL...Walmart's company policy is to follow all state laws regarding carrying. I work at one, I asked our AP guy about carrying as a customer since I'm an employee there, just wanted to make sure there was nothing in the policy about employees carrying off the clock, he said " you can't OC once you have a CPL", I said "what? yes you can!"...lol. He said he didn't think it would be an issue if I carried as a customer.
Title: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: fozzy71 on July 19, 2013, 02:22:26 PM
OC @ Gearheads, 5/3 bank, microcenter, Bangkok cuisine, sterling square liquor. Only comment was at party store. He asked if it was legal but didn't seem to believe me.
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Post by: jeffsayers on July 25, 2013, 04:31:30 PM
Mercy Hospital, Port Huron.
Company policy (?) No firearms.
Will secure firearm upon request (?)

About an hour into my business, security entered the classroom and asked for a moment of my time. Asked if I was PD (I'm not) then told me my gun was not allowed. I asked "company policy?" and began getting an explanation of the law enforcement exemption to possession law. Not being the time and place to debate, I simply asked if the hospital had a secure location to store the firearm as I don't like leaving it in the truck.

To my pleasant surprise they did. I won't put many details online, but I was very impressed with the setup of the secure location. I also now had a few minutes to get acquainted with the gentleman and even got a nice malfunction clearing tip as well as a complement on my firearm. He was being just as respectful to me as I was to him so I wasn't going to go into a set of questions just yet. I would have my opportunity when I retrieved my property later.

I finished my business there and went to the truck to grab a few brochures for my planned conversation. To my pleasant surprise he had a fresh printout of the MSP legal update prepared for me to show me how I was in violation of the law. He even went so far as to highlight the portion that prohibits firearms in a hospital for me. I simply stated that there is another exemption, anyone with a valid concealed pistol license. I could almost see the lightbulb glow as he read it and said he was going to review it further :-)

I left my brochures along with a respectful suggestion for staff training and was given a business card. I am excited and optomistic about the possibility of not having to disarm myself the next time I have business there!
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Post by: linux203 on July 25, 2013, 04:38:33 PM
OC'd at the Bloomfield Hills Outback Steakhouse last night. OC'd at the White Lake Walmart, Dairy Queen, and Waterford Meijer last Saturday. 

No issues.
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Post by: ken243 on July 29, 2013, 08:54:53 AM
OC'ing all over as usual. Went to the Detroit Zoo a couple days ago, OC'ed the whole day. No issues, a few looks and I heard a few comments. Did have a security guard ride his bike back to the giraffes where we were. He got off his bike and stayed in the area I was at for 10-15 minutes then never saw him again.
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Post by: harleyh77 on July 29, 2013, 12:27:32 PM
Oc'd many places this weekend in Kalamazoo. Besides a couple people having their eyes bug out of their heads when they saw the gun, no issues.
Title: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: linux203 on July 31, 2013, 11:28:09 PM
First time OCing in Lansing. Went to the McDonalds at Okemos and Jolly before starting the house search.

OC'd at the Speedway in Waterford on the way home.
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Post by: woodtic31 on August 04, 2013, 08:42:45 AM
Had a great time OCing around Lewiston on Saturday. Had some great conversations with some fine folks about OC. Got some air time on a local radio station (about 10 minutes) Host, Jim Miller, said he had interviewed Brian Jeffs some time ago. They will give me air time any time I can get to the station. Had a woman come up and ask for a tri-fold and as I pointed out the web site, she said " Good, I will let them know how disgusting you are" She spun around and marched off like General Patton.  Of coarse, wanting to be polite, I said Thank you. LOL. Oh well, you can't make everybody happy.
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Post by: gryphon on August 04, 2013, 03:23:03 PM
She's going to let MOC know how disgusting you are?  What did you do?   :P
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Post by: woodtic31 on August 04, 2013, 08:54:27 PM
She's going to let MOC know how disgusting you are?  What did you do?   :P
Just walking around watching TJ's son and granddaughter play on the midway. OR maybe it was the beans I had the night before. LOL ;D
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Post by: linux203 on August 04, 2013, 09:03:53 PM
OC'd last week at the Southfield Best Buy.  Was there for over an hour.  The only issue was the employee getting confused with two ipads, two different sizes, one with Verizon, one without.

Went to the Fazoli's in Lansing today.  A young boy came into the restroom as I was washing my hands.  He stared at my pistol the entire way to the stall, then stood in the door and stared at me as I dried and exited.  A shady (tank top, prison tats, etc) character noticed it in line and was obvious when we told his buddy I had a pistol.  No one said anything directly to me.
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Post by: fsr402 on August 05, 2013, 12:27:53 PM
I wondered why he didn't just ask him what he was carrying instead of just looking at him...I would have just asked I guess.
He was seated a good 25-30 feet from me, not like he was in the next booth. I also had places I needed to be and did not have time to chat. The standing and looking at my bill to give him time to see I was OC also was maybe 10-15 seconds.
Now from what I could see of his gun I would say it was a Ruger sr22.
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Post by: kryptonian on August 06, 2013, 10:03:38 AM
sunday I OC in my bank located in a Meijer store. I have done this several times before but not really sure if they noticed or not. I approach a chest high counter and they approach after I walk up. don't think they see until I leave. yes I have a CPL. this day I walk up to deposit a check. the young clerk asks me about it and says he never sees anybody OC and that he has a CPL. I said I wish everybody did it. he said his class wasn't very informative. I tried in our couple minute conversation to educate him as best I could. another customer waiting stopped the conversation. wrote down the applicable law MCL's and left. makes my day to educate rather than leave people wondering.
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Post by: linux203 on August 10, 2013, 09:54:34 PM
OC'd at Great Lakes Crossing tonight.  Two security guards saw it, neither said a word.  My wife caught one of the guards doing a double-take after she (the guard) saw it.  Lots of other mall-goers did double takes too, a few stared.  No issues though.

My CPL instructor told the class that Taubman Centers prohibits firearms at their malls and that Bass Pro Shops only has an exception for the store and the parking spots directly behind the BPS.  It's not in the rules at GLC and there isn't a gun-buster at common entrances.  There was more that he was wrong about, but nothing too egregious.
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Post by: harleyh77 on August 12, 2013, 04:48:18 PM
Made it through Meijer on Gull rd in Kalamazoo with no looks or whispers until checkout. The cashier told me my gun looks really freaky,but at least I was safe. I responded with, I dont mean to startle anyone, i am glad you afe aware of what is around you. That is the first step in being safe. She went on to tell me that she has two young boys, 3 and 4 years old and would never allow gun around them. I left the conversation at that end. Maybe if I have another conversation with her i could mention that carrying a gun is more about staying alive for your loved ones than anything else.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: part deux on August 12, 2013, 09:02:40 PM
She went on to tell me that she has two young boys, 3 and 4 years old and would never allow gun around them.
I'm discovering that challenging misbeliefs with questions is pretty effective.

Who is going to protect them from someone intent on harming your children?
Title: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: linux203 on August 13, 2013, 02:53:41 PM
OC'd at the Bank of America on M59 near Cass, then to the Waterford Department of Public Works, then to the Waterford Police Department to drop off an RI-60. Finally, ended up at the Biggby Coffee at M59 and Airport.

No issues. The desk sergeant didn't even look up as I walked in to drop off the form.
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Post by: ken243 on August 17, 2013, 12:21:42 PM
OC'ing right now at the dream cruise near mustang alley. No issues so far.
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Post by: JoeCar on August 18, 2013, 09:13:59 PM
open carried at the Overpasses to Impeach Nobama gathering. The organizers for these events want ONLY conceal carry, so as not to make guns the topic over the purpose of being there. I complied but I didn't like being infringed by their organization. It was on exit 131/I75 Clio exit. I'll be looking for a mesh shirt that you can see through for the next one.
Title: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: TheQ on August 18, 2013, 09:17:04 PM

open carried at the Overpasses to Impeach Nobama gathering. The organizers for these events want ONLY conceal carry, so as not to make guns the topic over the purpose of being there. I complied but I didn't like being infringed by their organization. It was on exit 131/I75 Clio exit. I'll be looking for a mesh shirt that you can see through for the next one.

I was invited to one of these. I didn't go just for this reason.
Title: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: linux203 on August 18, 2013, 11:12:00 PM
Got out quite a bit today... OC'd at:
Speedway @ Cass and Elizabeth Lake Rd
Waterford Meijer
White Lake Lowes
Bloomfield Target
Commerce Twp Walmart
Commerce Twp Sonic's

No issues anywhere.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Closing the Gap on August 21, 2013, 08:02:10 AM
My wife waited until she got her CPL to OC for the first time yesterday. We went to Autozone in White Lake, Joe's Army Navy in Waterford, Wendy's in White Lake, The AT&T store in White Lake and Meijer in White Lake. All with no incidents or people running away screaming. She was nervous but after the second stop the nerves went completely away. She carried her Beretta 92fs Inox I bought her for completing her CPL requirements.  :)
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Post by: harleyh77 on August 21, 2013, 09:21:31 AM
Last friday I went to Welston/Tippy damn area to vist my grandma. Along the way we stopped at Newago Wendys, M37/M55 gas station, Ithica Burger King. Then in Owosso to visit my parents, oc'ed at my insurance agent, Walmart, Hardee's. When leaving Hardees a couple guys from Lansing stopped to talk. They couldn't believe oc is legal, said they see some questionable people doing it in lansing and just thought they were thugs. They left more educated. Then home to Kzoo, stopped by Poterville BP for snacks. OC'd yesterday at Menards, Meijer, Lowes, Texas Corral, TSC, Carter Lumber, Sec of State and a pizza hut in there one of the days too over the weekend. No issues anywhere. I did notice some looks but that doesn't bother me at all.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: gryphon on August 21, 2013, 09:29:47 AM
Questionable?  I do not look like a thug.  (http://images.corvetteforum.com/images/smilies/toetap05.gif)
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Post by: Pond Scum on August 21, 2013, 11:13:50 AM
Questionable?  I do not look like a thug.  (http://images.corvetteforum.com/images/smilies/toetap05.gif)

Looks aren't everything!    :P
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Post by: RnSdriver on August 24, 2013, 03:08:45 PM
While OC'ing at Best Buy I spotted a lady pushing a cart across the parking lot, as she pasted in front of our car I noticed a semi-auto in a serpa holster. I saw where she was getting ready to load her box into her van and I stopped to say hello. She got a big smile on her face when I said that I was glad to see that I was not the only one OC'ing in the store.

She was the first person I have OC'ing in the Muskegon area besides myself.

We also went to Starbucks today and that place was packed. So much for the boycott! !
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: part deux on August 24, 2013, 05:35:55 PM
While OC'ing at Best Buy I spotted a lady pushing a cart across the parking lot, as she pasted in front of our car I noticed a semi-auto in a serpa holster. I saw where she was getting ready to load her box into her van and I stopped to say hello. She got a big smile on her face when I said that I was glad to see that I was not the only one OC'ing in the store.

She was the first person I have OC'ing in the Muskegon area besides myself.

We also went to Starbucks today and that place was packed. So much for the boycott! !
There was a boycott today?  I'm so glad I stopped there today then!
Title: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: linux203 on August 24, 2013, 07:45:45 PM
Went to the Starbucks in Jackson to support today's boycott. Don't care for the coffee but I'll support their approach to the issue.

Also open carried at the Meijer on Jackson's west side.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: woodtic31 on August 25, 2013, 08:38:17 AM
I was invited to one of these. I didn't go just for this reason.
+1
Claim to be a pro 2A group, but only if you CC???????? Had a BIG discussion on their FB site! Told them I cannot participate in their rallies if they are going to enforce GUN CONTROL!
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: ken243 on August 31, 2013, 11:32:25 PM
Went on vacation last week to Minnesota and Wisconsin. Did lots of OC'ing, not a single issue.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: kryptonian on September 01, 2013, 07:55:32 PM
OC at royal oak arts, beats and eats today. HUGE non issue. not a single problem. LEOs everywhere. not a word from anybody good or bad. I felt invisible.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Pond Scum on September 02, 2013, 09:13:27 AM

She was the first person I have OC'ing in the Muskegon area besides myself.


Been OC'ing in Muskegon a bit this summer.  Lowes, Mr. B's, Babbitts, the Station Grill, various gas stations. ..... Yesterday I OC'd in Home Depot and Walgreens.  Never a problem anywhere.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: METL on September 05, 2013, 11:19:18 AM
Made it through Meijer on Gull rd in Kalamazoo with no looks or whispers until checkout. The cashier told me my gun looks really freaky,but at least I was safe. I responded with, I dont mean to startle anyone, i am glad you afe aware of what is around you. That is the first step in being safe. She went on to tell me that she has two young boys, 3 and 4 years old and would never allow gun around them. I left the conversation at that end. Maybe if I have another conversation with her i could mention that carrying a gun is more about staying alive for your loved ones than anything else.


Ask her what she would do if 1 or 2 large dogs attacked her and her children?
Title: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Smashfacekrav on September 07, 2013, 07:39:03 PM
While open carrying I went bought an American flag came home and hung it off my back balcony.  My son asked me why I was hanging the flag and I told him this is the greatest country there is.  He said is that why you can carry a gun and I said you Betcha. It was awesome.  To any vets that are out there thank you for your hard work and sacrifice.


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Post by: CV67PAT on September 07, 2013, 07:44:22 PM
While open carrying I went bought an American flag came home and hung it off my back balcony.  My son asked me why I was hanging the flag and I told him this is the greatest country there is.  He said is that why you can carry a gun and I said you Betcha. It was awesome.  To any vets that are out there thank you for your hard work and sacrifice.


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Land of the free because of the brave.
Title: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: linux203 on September 07, 2013, 08:35:11 PM

Land of the free because of the brave.

+1

OC'd at Bass Pro Shop and the Chili's at Great Lakes Crossing
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Closing the Gap on September 08, 2013, 09:59:36 AM
OC'd at BPS and to the DQ(enjoyed our Ice creams with the kids at the food court) at GLC yesterday with no issues. Also OC'd in Huntington Bank on M59 in Waterford. The teller did a double take but said nothing while explaining the benefits of their new CC. Also went to Dunhams in Waterford and had 2 separate good conversations on the merits of OC. Lastly OC'd in White Lake Walmart with no issues.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: hevymetal on September 08, 2013, 06:13:38 PM
Been a long couple of weeks. Nothing to really report. Been OCing during the daily routine and nothing out of the ordinary. Today was a little interesting though took the family and attended the Richmond Good Days parade and festival.

We arrived early to get good parking and seats for the parade. Went and had a most awesome breakfast at the local Mason hall. I am a member there so no comments or looks since everyone knows I carry. Had some time to kill before the parade so we walked down to the fairgrounds to check out the flea market. Had quite a few stares from the vendors and actually had two ask me if my firearm was real. I chuckled and responded "Yes".

We were walking by the Macomb Sherrifs mobile command center parked up on the grass. There happened to be a rather large group of officers and several "Reserve" deputies standing outside as we passed by. I heard one of the reserves say "Hey look, he's got a gun. I'm gonna go stop him". To which another officer responded "You can't, he's not doing anything wrong". To which he replied "He can't just walk around here with a gun like that". As we walked further away the officer started to explain the legality of OC to the reserve saying "Yes he can......." Then I was out range of hearing the rest of the conversation.

It was a good feeling knowing that at least some law enforcement is aware of the legality of OC and is trying to instill it upon others who don't. Passed by at least thirty or more officers during my day at the fair and parade and not a word was said to me :) Infact one even helped my mother across the street while I was getting her a soda from the store. As I exited he smiled glanced at my firearm said "Ah nice a Sig". "Have a good day and enjoy yourselves". All in all a good day.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Pond Scum on September 15, 2013, 09:40:06 AM
OC'd at the Apple Fest in Silver Lake Saturday afternoon.  Walked the strip with all the cars & vendors, walked the food booth area, and back to parking.  No comments, no stares, no issues.  I suspect that everyone else was looking at the cars and buggies instead of looking at an old fart walking with a gun.
Title: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: linux203 on September 15, 2013, 11:05:50 AM
Open carrying at the Dundee Cabela's.  Come see the booth if you are in the area.
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Post by: Jeff on September 15, 2013, 07:39:31 PM
I came, I saw, I even sat down for 10 minutes :)
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Post by: Shadow Bear on September 19, 2013, 11:53:43 PM
OCed the new gun range & store in Grand Rapids, Barracks 616. Located just off 28th St & Kraft Ave, they just opened today. Pretty decent selection for a small start up, locally owned, really nice indoor range. Can take anything up to a 50 cal; sweet.

The usual restrictions are in place for the range (no steel, no reloads, no AP).

Really great folks, VERY OC friendly; Steel Magnolia is working on setting up a seminar there.

Let's support our locally owned businesses!

http://barracks616.com/ (http://barracks616.com/)
Title: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: linux203 on September 20, 2013, 12:11:23 AM
OCd at the speedway at Elizabeth lake and Cass lake roads. Got a stare and a nod from the guy in the car next to me.

Went to the Sherman-Williams in Bloomfield Hills. A guy looking at paint with his wife looked at me excitedly and said, "Is that a Glock?"  To which I said, "why yes it is!"  The next words out of his mouth are "I wanna get me one of those." His wife's eyes rolled so fast I thought they went all the way around.

Good times, no issues.

(BTW, if you are looking for paint, Sherman-Williams is 40% off until Monday.)
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: RnSdriver on September 20, 2013, 11:26:03 PM
OC'ed at Wing Doozy in Grand Rapids today. I was the only there when I walked in. The guy behind the counter  shook my hand when he saw I had a pistol on my hip.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: part deux on September 22, 2013, 06:37:07 PM
Home Depot - Canton, Young man approached me, shook my hand and congratulated me on OC, stating he wished more people would do that and eliminate the stigma... although I noticed, but did not comment he wasn't open carrying.

He was unfamiliar with our organization, so I suggested he might want to visit the site.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Kutter616 on September 23, 2013, 07:12:41 PM
OC at the Ottawa County Sheriffs office today while I dropped off my Pistol Sales Record.
Not a word said by anyone, not even a glance... as it should be.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Kutter616 on September 24, 2013, 07:50:10 PM
OC today at the Mobil gas station in Zeeland and the did some shopping at the Wal-Mart in Holland.
Nobody freaked, let along noticed.

As it should be...
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Post by: ocdetroit on September 25, 2013, 10:58:23 AM
Off today having Breakfast at George's Coney. Open Carrying all day next stop ABC Warehouse.  Carry On.
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Post by: dmd7765 on September 28, 2013, 04:32:50 PM
Walmart and FedEx in Novi, Bates at 9 mile at Middlebelt,
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: kryptonian on September 28, 2013, 06:33:32 PM
got snubbed by another OCer... Friday night 11pm gas station on milford road in new Hudson. while leaving the gas station store heading back to my jeep I saw a couple by the gas pump get off a Harley and were talking but he seemed a little upset about something. I stopped and said "hey open carry. I like to see that"...pointing to my sig rig. he very curtly said "yeah. you got to. people are crazy"..i agreed and he turned and walked away. guess I caught him at a bad time.
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Post by: gryphon on September 28, 2013, 06:43:57 PM
From your description it doesn't sound like he snubbed you, although agree it sounds like he was preoccupied with something else so wasn't interested in chatting. 
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Post by: fsr402 on October 03, 2013, 09:57:58 AM
OC'ed at the Rush Creak Bistro in Jenison last night. Well actually we go there a few times a month and I always oc there. The only difference last night was someone actually seen it or at least reacted to it.
We were almost done with the meal and had been there at least an hour. Our server was walking past and then she stopped, looking at my right hip, she steps closer, leans down to get a better look. I look at her and she says "is that a gun?" I say "yes" she says  "is it real?" Me "yes". Her "is it loaded?" I say "yes". Her " why do you have a gun?" I say "for personal protection, it's my legal right to do so and I'm to fat to run away".
She smiled and then asked if I would shoot someone if she asked me to. I told her that I would not do that.
We chatted a little bit about shooting at the Silver Bullet and she about wanting to get a gun. I told her about a woman only class at the Silver Bullet and she was really interested in checking it out.

On our way out the door she said good night and "you be good". I said that I'm always good. :-)
All in all a good night, good food and no one went running away in fear.
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Post by: part deux on October 07, 2013, 09:09:26 PM
Sorry guys, as I was walking into Meijers, I pulled my shirt over the firearm.  Guy behind me said, good idea, and I was so exhausted I didn't even respond.  Had my slower than a turtle mother in law in tow, and literally was not in the mood nor frame of mind to deal even with a simple comment.
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Post by: 91 whiskey on October 08, 2013, 06:59:31 PM
28th and Kalamazoo Meijer last night about 2330.   I was standing in line waiting to check out and an older woman in a scooter asked me if I felt safer carrying a firearm.   I told her that I didn't feel any more or less safe carrying.   She then said she was  asking because she wondered why I had to "show my firearm like that".   I explained that having it uncovered makes it easier to access in the event that it is needed.   I don't know if she was satisfied with that or just didn't know what to think but she scooted away and I checked out. :)
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Post by: harleyh77 on October 21, 2013, 12:27:33 AM
Had a great weekend, took my wife out for sweetest day to texas corral in Kalamazoo. Ran into another oc'er, I didn't get his name and honestly took me by surprise when he shook my hand. I'm sure we will bump into each other again. I rode the city bus with my buddy(the driver.) A passenger asked me if it was real and if I was a cop. I got a knuckle bump for knowing my rights. Then had a conversation with another driver, she wants to get her cpl. We have a range day planned and she wants me to ride with her on her route on the north side. Then i chatted a bit with a guy at the gas pump. Five minutes later inside the store a young lady stopped to talk and wanted to know how hard it is to get a cpl. Also had lunch at five guys burgers, my wife had people glaring at her then look at my gun. But when I turn around I didn't see anyone glaring. Go figure!
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Post by: linux203 on October 23, 2013, 12:41:59 AM
OC'd the Glock 17 with an additional 2 17rd mags on the other hip instead of the usual Glock 26.  Felt a little weird having 63 rounds on me.  Got a few more stares than normal, but no issues.

Went to the Cedar St. Lowe's, over to Bob Evans on American Rd.  Sat strong side out during dinner.  Stopped at the Speedway on the way home.
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Post by: kryptonian on October 27, 2013, 08:52:48 PM
my first store request to leave in a long time. mc sports brighton. was looking around making my way back to the firearms OC of course. store employee asks if I needed help. said looking for a belt or fanny pack or something for jogging that will hold my wallet and sig firmly. he asked if I had it on me. he clearly must not have saw it. I pointed to it and he said they didn't allow loaded firearms and it would have to be checked in or brought out. then asked if it were loaded. I said yes of course...not much good unloaded. he said he had more to show me after I disposed of the weapon. just said no problem and left the store.
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Post by: m9130 on October 27, 2013, 09:11:23 PM
I used to work for MC Sports.  That is not their policy.  The policy is to follow state law.  I would contact corporate. 
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Post by: fsr402 on October 28, 2013, 12:27:31 PM
I used to work for MC Sports.  That is not their policy.  The policy is to follow state law.  I would contact corporate.

Yup I OC at MC Sports often. From my understanding from talking with an employe is that the workers can not carry but customers can.

Call and report it. 
Title: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: autosurgeon on October 28, 2013, 06:01:07 PM
Employee was wrong contact the store manager it will be sorted shortly.


Stay informed about MOC events in your area http://miopencarry.org/updates
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Post by: kush452 on October 30, 2013, 09:53:00 PM
Today was my first open carry experience and it went smooth. I had called up to Radioshack to confirm they had what I was looking for. I proceeded to ask them if they had any problem with myself open carrying while in there store.  She said as long as you had your license there is no problem. I do not have my CPL currently but do plan to start the process of getting it soon. I had to walk over a mile to get to the store on foot. and no problems.

Further note: It was a great experience until my dad said I was going to far with this whole thing. His only point was that he feels like it was and is wrong. it can make people uncomfortable. While I don't seek to make people uncomfortable I strongly feel that protecting my-self is paramount despite all odd I wont ever have to use a weapon in that manner. But odds are odds and you never know when you can become a statistic.  It was a strange feeling at first but it quickly defused and wasn't strange anymore. I was still thinking about it pretty much the whole time and I thought of a question that pertains to open carry without a CPL.

Thanks to all the members that make up this website. You have started to give me the understanding of my rights and how to apply them in a lawful manner. Thanks again for the help.


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Post by: linux203 on October 30, 2013, 10:59:03 PM
  • Dad and Mom do not agree with open carrying

My father doesn't approve either.  He came over to my house; I wasn't going to cover just because he doesn't like firearms for personal protection.  My house, my rules. 

His house, his rules.  I conceal and he's taken a "Don't ask, Don't tell" approach.
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Post by: fozzy71 on October 31, 2013, 07:54:46 AM
...... I proceeded to ask them if they had any problem with myself open carrying while in there store.  She said as long as you had your license there is no problem. I do not have my CPL currently but do plan to start the process of getting it soon. .......

No need to ever ask IMO.  I have been OCing for 3.5 years and never called to ask a store if it's OK.  As long as they don't have a liquor license (since you don't have a CPL) and it isn't posted or a PFZ you are G2G.
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Post by: Jeff on October 31, 2013, 11:53:35 AM
Hopefully the more you OC, the less your parents will worry about it.  They could get comfortable with it and not have a problem in the long run. 

I had some pretty "ANTI" friends until we had some debates over firearms and pending laws, that combined with taking them shooting, completely changed their mind.

Transforming someone that said "nobody needs an AR-15 PERIOD" to "when do I get to shoot it" is wonderful :)  I know you're not talking about an AR, but the point is that they may come to the light side of the force one day.
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Post by: Shadow Bear on November 03, 2013, 02:24:59 PM
Today was my first open carry experience and it went smooth. I had called up to Radioshack to confirm they had what I was looking for. I proceeded to ask them if they had any problem with myself open carrying while in there store.  She said as long as you had your license there is no problem. I do not have my CPL currently but do plan to start the process of getting it soon. I had to walk over a mile to get to the store on foot. and no problems.
  • One guy said "Can I have your gun?" I respond with a laugh and a no.
  • A couple was walking down the street and she looked at it and didn't say anything or look strange
  • The guy behind the counter did look a little nervous at first but once I began talking about the product with the woman helping me he eased up
  • Dad and Mom do not agree with open carrying

Further note: It was a great experience until my dad said I was going to far with this whole thing. His only point was that he feels like it was and is wrong. it can make people uncomfortable. While I don't seek to make people uncomfortable I strongly feel that protecting my-self is paramount despite all odd I wont ever have to use a weapon in that manner. But odds are odds and you never know when you can become a statistic.  It was a strange feeling at first but it quickly defused and wasn't strange anymore. I was still thinking about it pretty much the whole time and I thought of a question that pertains to open carry without a CPL.

Thanks to all the members that make up this website. You have started to give me the understanding of my rights and how to apply them in a lawful manner. Thanks again for the help.

I'm probably your dad's age, and I OC everywhere. Go figure....
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Post by: Jeff on November 03, 2013, 11:44:24 PM
I was at Dicks Sporting Goods today talking to a guy who was a police reserve in Inkster.  I asked if many people open carry there, he said "No, pretty much if you open carry there you are doing something wrong" he then said "My problem with open carry is if you're in a 7-11 and someone comes in to rob the place and sees you with a gun, you're going to get shot first"  I said "Or, he sees you with a gun and decides to go rob somewhere else instead"
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Post by: sircapsalot on November 04, 2013, 12:22:21 PM
OC'd at -


No problems, as usual.  I was standing in line in Panera and noticed an older woman not taking her eye off of it.  She maintained at least 4 feet distance between us, in a crowded line.
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Post by: detroit_fan on November 04, 2013, 12:42:25 PM
Today was my first open carry experience and it went smooth. I had called up to Radioshack to confirm the had what I was looking for. I proceeded to ask them if they had any problem with myself open carrying while in there store.  She said as long as you had your license there is no problem. I do not have my CPL currently but do plan to start the process of getting it soon. I had to walk over a mile to get to the store on foot. and no problems.
  • One guy said "Can I have your gun?" I respond with a laugh and a no.
  • A couple was walking down the street and she looked at it and didn't say anything or look strange
  • The guy behind the counter did look a little nervous at first but once I began talking about the product with the woman helping me he eased up
  • Dad and Mom do not agree with open carrying

Further note: It was a great experience until my dad said I was going to far with this whole thing. His only point was that he feels like it was and is wrong. it can make people uncomfortable. While I don't seek to make people uncomfortable I strongly feel that protecting my-self is paramount despite all odd I wont ever have to use a weapon in that manner. But odds are odds and you never know when you can become a statistic.  It was a strange feeling at first but it quickly defused and wasn't strange anymore. I was still thinking about it pretty much the whole time and I thought of a question that pertains to open carry without a CPL.

Thanks to all the members that make up this website. You have started to give me the understanding of my rights and how to apply them in a lawful manner. Thanks again for the help.

not trying to be a jerk, but why would you call and ask if they allow a legal activity? would you have called and asked if you could wear a green shirt, or a purple tie? over time i've learned that asking permission is just an excuse for them to say no, but if you just carry and don't ask, 99.9% of the time no one will care or say anything. just my opinion, but i know many other that feel the same way about asking permission to OC.
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Post by: Pond Scum on November 04, 2013, 10:56:51 PM
OC'd tonight with my hard chrome full size 1911 and SPARTAN GREEN Pearl grips!  ;D  Ate dinner at Arnies on Leonard - no looks or comments.   Then on to Meijers on Alpine.  99% no looks or comments.   As I was examining granola bars on the lower shelf a young fella like me  ;) asked, "Are you using the "open carry" law or carrying under the CPL law?"  I starred at him for a bit trying to understand what he meant by the open carry law but decided not to split hairs with him so I just said, "Meijers sells liquor.  It would be illegal for me to carry in here without a CPL."  His response, "Thats right.  I was a law enforcement officer for 32 years."  My reply, "So you knew the answer.  You were just making sure I knew."    Turns out he is retired from Kent County Sheriff and now works security at a school … says that he isn't allowed to carry at school so I said that I could visit him and open carry at school.  "Yes, but we would treat it as a man with a gun and go into lock down."  So I said, "That would be upsetting for everyone.  I wish concealed carry was allowed at schools.  That wouldn't create such a disturbance.  But I believe that having guns at schools is a good thing."     






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Post by: sircapsalot on November 05, 2013, 11:31:14 PM
A Test! :D

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My experience today:

Exactly 1 week ago, my wife left the car unlocked in the parking lot of our apartment complex in Ann Arbor, and somebody took that opportunity to see if something was of worth in there.

We don't have much in the car other than CD's, so the thief took something that looked of most value.  What they took was my very first holster, for my .45.  Crappy nylon thing that didn't even work anymore. 

Anyways, on to the story - I called non-emergency dispatch, informed them of this, then an LEO came to my door.

I was carrying in my house at the time, and I went outside, open carrying, walking beside him, not a word was spoken about my weapon.  While i was making my report, I was explaining how the holster was not of importance to me anymore, since i've been carrying my Glock 19, he gave it another look, and he had no reaction.  Finished the report, and shook his hand.

Thank you, Officer Gardner for being a polite, professional LEO!
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Post by: gryphon on November 06, 2013, 07:23:25 PM
OCed at Old Chicago Pizza in Okemos today for lunch with MOC member Pond Scum.

Didn't think to grab a cell phone picture  Doh!

Got to see his 1911 with SPARTAN GREEN pearl grips, though!  (http://images.corvetteforum.com/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif)
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Post by: Pond Scum on November 07, 2013, 12:43:52 AM
OCed at Old Chicago Pizza in Okemos today for lunch with MOC member Pond Scum.

Didn't think to grab a cell phone picture  Doh!

Got to see his 1911 with SPARTAN GREEN pearl grips, though!  (http://images.corvetteforum.com/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif)

It was a good lunch with great conversation!  It was good to meet you and spend some time chatting about guns and stuff!   :)
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Post by: casper on November 08, 2013, 08:40:12 PM
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Post by: Smashfacekrav on November 09, 2013, 09:43:33 AM
I open carried at woodland in holland and did not see any sign until I was leaving. It was posted on the wall next to the doors. I stated something like only law enforcement allowed to have firearms.
I live near rivertown but have never OC'd there yet.  I have not run into any issues in the grandville, jenison or hudsonville area. Everyone seems open to OCing.


"May God have mercy on my enemies, because I won't."
General George Patton
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Post by: sircapsalot on November 21, 2013, 08:20:32 PM
OC'ed at my apartment complex's first ever Community Watch program..

around 12 people showed up.  2 officers from the Washtenaw County Sheriff's office, and one man from the private security company that patrols here.

Had great conversations with both cops and the private security employee.  Asked deputy Brian Webb if he was familar with MOC, he responded "Oh yea, i've heard of them.  I actually did a lot of research on them.  I'm for them 100%."

had several people ask me "do you work for Signal 88?" (the contracting company) I responded: "Nope, just a man that likes to be prepared, and show the community that not all guys with guns are bad guys."

I don't think a lot of people were particulary troubled with my carrying.  that may or may not have to do with the fact that 1/3 of the people were armed  ;D
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Post by: Smashfacekrav on November 22, 2013, 05:01:51 PM
Grocery shopping at Aldi's in jenison when an older couple (60's) got in line behind me and the gentleman stated, were gonna stand next to you young man. When asked why he nodded toward my 1911. He then began to talk about other firearms and keeping a weapon at home.  It was a nice experience. Chalk one up for us good guys.


"May God have mercy on my enemies, because I won't."
General George Patton
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Post by: drtodd on November 24, 2013, 03:11:00 PM
Grocery shopping at Aldi's in jenison when an older couple (60's) got in line behind me and the gentleman stated, were gonna stand next to you young man. When asked why he nodded toward my 1911. He then began to talk about other firearms and keeping a weapon at home.  It was a nice experience. Chalk one up for us good guys.


"May God have mercy on my enemies, because I won't."
General George Patton

I've carried there often; has never been an issue. The only issue I've ever had is at the Family Fair in Hudsonville (Port Sheldon/ 28th) I wasn't really asked to leave, just was told by a manager as I was leaving that she really didn't want anyone but "Police" to carry a gun in "her" store. I've gone there rarely since then. The few times I have, I've gone OC while she was there. I haven't had any other contact with her.
Oh, and then there was that Ottawa County Deputy with an attitude at a local gas station, but the clerk was fine with it so the deputy's opinion was immaterial.
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Post by: Jeff on November 24, 2013, 04:08:38 PM
she really didn't want anyone but "Police" to carry a gun in "her" store.

I can't stand those people.  All scared that there is a gun around, but ok if it's on a cop.
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Post by: Shadow Bear on November 25, 2013, 08:51:05 PM
I can't stand those people.  All scared that there is a gun around, but ok if it's on a cop.

Wonder how she feels about bodyguards? If she's OK with that, then we're all good...
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Post by: CV67PAT on November 25, 2013, 09:56:07 PM
Wonder how she feels about bodyguards? If she's OK with that, then we're all good...
Funny that you mention that. My wife went to the local convenience store that we frequent a couple days ago alone. The proprietor asked her where her bodyguard was.
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Post by: Smashfacekrav on December 06, 2013, 09:05:00 AM
OCed yesterday at pizza ranch in hudsonville, oh yeah it was kids eat free night. Wife and I did not know this prior to going.  No issues other than my sons friend yelling to his father while we were standing in line "dad he has a cool gun!"  I did politely ask his friend NOT to yell the word gun and briefly explained why. He said "gotcha" and got his pizza.  Overall, another pleasant experience.   Chicken broccoli Alfredo pizza was awesome.


"May God have mercy on my enemies, because I won't."
General George Patton
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Post by: linux203 on December 26, 2013, 10:14:50 PM
I put my EDC (Glock 26) on my ankle and brought the big brother (Glock 17) out for some fresh air.

This week I've OC'd at both the Mason and Okemos Meijers. The Wendy's near the Okemos Meijer.  The Radio Shack and Lowe's on Cedar, the Target on Edgewood.  And last but not least, the Speedway on Cedar just South of I-96.

One employee at the Okemos Meijer stopped and asked me were and how much to get a CPL.  A guy's eyes about popped out of his head when he saw me at Target.
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Post by: SD40VE on December 27, 2013, 12:55:42 PM
i get the same some times. people asking about how much a cpl costs, how long the process takes (in macomb its a long process to get in front of the gun board) took me 3 months to get an appointment. i havent had many bad oc experiences besides getting asked to leave a best buy. most places seem very tolerant unless their store policy prohibits open carrying or firearms all together
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Post by: Xpiatio on December 29, 2013, 08:52:45 PM
Nothing really snazzy yet.  Just taking out the trash and retrieving the mail.  I have not had any interactions with people while carrying yet.
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Post by: Pond Scum on January 11, 2014, 08:47:56 PM
OC'd at Celebration North in Grand Rapids to see the Lone Survivor today.  No Problems.     A young fellow (22 or so) asked if it was a Kimber (no, it is a Metro Arms).  Other than that there were no comments, no funny looks, no issues.
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Post by: CV67PAT on January 11, 2014, 08:57:50 PM
OC'd at Celebration North in Grand Rapids to see the Lone Survivor today.  No Problems.     A young fellow (22 or so) asked if it was a Kimber (no, it is a Metro Arms).  Other than that there were no comments, no funny looks, no issues.
Never forget...
Operation Red Wings
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Post by: gryphon on January 11, 2014, 11:39:02 PM
OC'd at Celebration North in Grand Rapids to see the Lone Survivor today.

Read the book back when it came out.  I don't know how faithful the movie is, but the book was good.
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Post by: Pond Scum on January 12, 2014, 01:17:42 AM
Read the book back when it came out.  I don't know how faithful the movie is, but the book was good.

I haven't read the book but I suspect my wife will be getting it for her reading list!  I'll probably have to fight her for first reading rights ..... which probably won't end well for me!   :o
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Post by: CV67PAT on January 12, 2014, 01:50:26 AM
I haven't read the book but I suspect my wife will be getting it for her reading list!  I'll probably have to fight her for first reading rights ..... which probably won't end well for me!   :o
I haven't read the book either. But, I know the story very well. I was invited to the commissioning of the USS Michael Murphy by her Commanding Officer.
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Post by: Xpiatio on January 19, 2014, 07:37:56 PM
Saw Lone Survivor today.  Good Movie.  but now to my experience:

OC'd at Barracks 616 on Saturday.  No one freaked out. Carry On
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Post by: drtodd on January 20, 2014, 01:35:49 PM
OC'd at the Hudsonville Public Library on Saturday morning. No issues at all.
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Post by: Beachman on January 21, 2014, 08:46:35 PM
 I recently moved from Kalamazoo, to East Tawas, Mich. I opened carried downtown the other day, no problems to speak of, but felt a little uneasy, mainly, because I knew a lot of people in kalamazoo, up here, its much different....hoping to meet some open carry members in this area....any suggestions
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Post by: TheQ on January 21, 2014, 09:25:41 PM

I recently moved from Kalamazoo, to East Tawas, Mich. I opened carried downtown the other day, no problems to speak of, but felt a little uneasy, mainly, because I knew a lot of people in kalamazoo, up here, its much different....hoping to meet some open carry members in this area....any suggestions

Contact our regional coordinator in your area and consider helping to setup a meet and greet in your area. Contact him at neregion@miopencarry.org
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Post by: casper on January 22, 2014, 10:37:07 AM
Contact our regional coordinator in your area and consider helping to setup a meet and greet in your area. Contact him at neregion@miopencarry.org
I've been trying to get something going in Holland for over a year now, noth'in.
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Post by: TheQ on January 22, 2014, 10:43:21 AM

I've been trying to get something going in Holland for over a year now, noth'in.

Have you contacted Reg?
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Post by: bigt8261 on January 22, 2014, 10:52:15 AM
Holland is in the SW region. Casper knows that he can contact Ryan or myself if he wants to get anything going.

Casper, if you have anything worked out, let us know, and we'll post the details. If you need any help, we can do that too.
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Post by: TucTom on January 22, 2014, 01:29:25 PM
I know Ryan Adams had hoped I could take over SW but I am not really the type of guy who could hold up the standards I have grown to see with leadership in MOC. But maybe I'll take a drive up and have lunch at http://jackiesplaceholland.com/ (http://jackiesplaceholland.com/) and talk to them about the opportunity of opening the eyes of some OCrs to the quality of their food. Or I can at least look around I think I have been to Holland once before (?) since I moved to Mi.

Maybe Casper and I can meet for lunch a week from Saturday?
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Post by: Xpiatio on January 23, 2014, 12:17:11 PM
I know Ryan Adams had hoped I could take over SW but I am not really the type of guy who could hold up the standards I have grown to see with leadership in MOC. But maybe I'll take a drive up and have lunch at http://jackiesplaceholland.com/ (http://jackiesplaceholland.com/) and talk to them about the opportunity of opening the eyes of some OCrs to the quality of their food. Or I can at least look around I think I have been to Holland once before (?) since I moved to Mi.

Maybe Casper and I can meet for lunch a week from Saturday?

That food looks mighty tasty.
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Post by: karudin on January 23, 2014, 11:54:41 PM
I don't know if anyone else has experienced the same thing recently, but I have been getting a lot more dirty looks from people while I OC out and about. I don't know if it has anything to do with the negative views that the media puts out about the Grand Rapids issue or what but thought I'd share. I haven't had any confrontations about it but sometimes it's more annoying to have someone just stare at you than it would be if they just approached you about it. I haven't done anything back toward them mostly because I'm out about with the family, 3 kids keep me busy enough.
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Post by: Smashfacekrav on January 24, 2014, 10:35:19 AM
I personally would not do anything back. Depending on how the interaction goes it may actually go against us showing that good people do carry guns.  Sometimes the the saying "silence is golden" goes a lot further.  I think you handled it well. Cool and calm.


Open carry, Open minds
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Post by: autosurgeon on January 24, 2014, 11:09:31 AM
I just smile at em... Annoys the hell out of em and other folks see a friendly guy with a gun.

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Post by: karudin on January 24, 2014, 01:08:44 PM
Agreed that doing nothing is the best option, I often just smile and go about my business. Its been the older store employees that just stare me down and watch me constantly like I'm going to do something. Not going to deter me from open carrying but frustrating none the less. Maybe me just being the happy family man that carries bugs them, who knows.
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Post by: karudin on February 03, 2014, 08:38:33 AM
Another good day out. I was shopping at Meijer with the family and an older gentleman came up to me asking if I was a cop. When I told him no he shook my hand and started asking different questions about open carry. He said he is a retired military guy and his wife are getting their CPL soon but he was interested in open carry. I gave him MOC as a resource and told him about the seminar in Novi on the 28th.
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Post by: SD40VE on February 03, 2014, 01:39:53 PM
I recently moved from Kalamazoo, to East Tawas, Mich. I opened carried downtown the other day, no problems to speak of, but felt a little uneasy, mainly, because I knew a lot of people in kalamazoo, up here, its much different....hoping to meet some open carry members in this area....any suggestions

i go up to oscoda every other weekend, usually weekend closest to the 15 and last day of month. i OC all through downtown tawas and oscoda with no issues. i was hoping to maybe get some kind of event going up there this summer with the help of the regional co-ordinator for that area.
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Post by: TheQ on February 03, 2014, 02:25:34 PM

i go up to oscoda every other weekend, usually weekend closest to the 15 and last day of month. i OC all through downtown tawas and oscoda with no issues. i was hoping to maybe get some kind of event going up there this summer with the help of the regional co-ordinator for that area.

That'd be Reg Carr. Email him at RCarr@miopencarry.org
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Post by: SD40VE on February 03, 2014, 03:07:07 PM
i know oscoda/tawas has all kinds of cool art shows and events down on the beach, in tawas its mostly right across the street from the sheriff station :) great opportunity to enjoy summer and attend the event MOC style :)
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Post by: SD40VE on February 03, 2014, 04:19:48 PM
OC'd at gander mountain in flint, as usual no issues :)

OC'd at telly coney island in flint, again no issues :)

was with 2 other members from here at both locations :) on firday. nothing impressive to report
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Post by: 32_d3gr33s on February 08, 2014, 01:14:44 PM
OC'd at Family Fare in Allendale 2 days ago - No issue

OC'd at Meijer in Grand Haven today - only issue was my girlfriend telling me to cover up my gun because its "too big"...  lol
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Post by: Smashfacekrav on February 09, 2014, 09:46:18 AM

OC'd at Family Fare in Allendale 2 days ago - No issue

OC'd at Meijer in Grand Haven today - only issue was my girlfriend telling me to cover up my gun because its "too big"...  lol

That is what she said.


Open carry, Open minds
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Post by: woodtic31 on February 09, 2014, 11:38:29 AM
i go up to oscoda every other weekend, usually weekend closest to the 15 and last day of month. i OC all through downtown tawas and oscoda with no issues. i was hoping to maybe get some kind of event going up there this summer with the help of the regional co-ordinator for that area.
We are having an OC dinner @ Big Boy in East Tawas on the 15th of March @ 4:00 pm.
Make sure everyone you know in that area is signed up for event notifications. miopencarry.org/updates
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Post by: TheQ on February 21, 2014, 10:47:32 AM
Chatter about Florida carry moved here: http://forums.michiganopencarry.org/index.php/topic,3768.0.html (http://forums.michiganopencarry.org/index.php/topic,3768.0.html)
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Post by: dmattarn on February 28, 2014, 02:38:29 PM
OC'd for my first time yesterday at AA-saline rd Meijer. Nobody paid me any attention until I was done checking out and walked past the self checkout cashier. He was midway through saying have a good night when his eyes locked onto my Remington r1. I just joined the forum to post and hope to have many more pleasant experiences like this one.
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Post by: TheQ on February 28, 2014, 02:41:55 PM

OC'd for my first time yesterday at AA-saline rd Meijer. Nobody paid me any attention until I was done checking out and walked past the self checkout cashier. He was midway through saying have a good night when his eyes locked onto my Remington r1. I just joined the forum to post and hope to have many more pleasant experiences like this one.

Welcome. Just curious, do you have a CPL?
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Post by: dmattarn on February 28, 2014, 02:50:59 PM
Welcome. Just curious, do you have a CPL?

Yes.
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Post by: SD40VE on February 28, 2014, 03:08:46 PM
Yes.

i believe TheQ was checking since meijer has a liquor license. to OC you would need a CPL or permission from the store director. welcome to the forum! please take a moment to introduce yourself in the new members forum! :)
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Post by: dmattarn on February 28, 2014, 03:26:12 PM
i believe TheQ was checking since meijer has a liquor license. to OC you would need a CPL or permission from the store director. welcome to the forum! please take a moment to introduce yourself in the new members forum! :)

I had a pretty good feeling ghats why he asked, I googled OC in Meijer Before i went in and that's how I found this forum. Glad I did because I wasn't aware of the liquor license rules.
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Post by: SD40VE on February 28, 2014, 03:29:53 PM
it only applies if you do not have a CPL.
http://forums.michiganopencarry.org/index.php/topic,25.0.html (http://forums.michiganopencarry.org/index.php/topic,25.0.html)

the above link is a great place to to start educating yourself! if you have any questions feel free to pm me and i will try my best to answer or get you an answer from leadership :)
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Post by: linux203 on March 03, 2014, 11:23:20 PM
Open carried in the Biggby Coffee at Michigan and Fuller on Sunday.  No issues. ;)
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Post by: SD40VE on March 05, 2014, 08:07:59 AM
oc'ed at louie's restaraunt in new haven as i usually do, no issues. had a couple waitress' checking out my peice though.

oc'ed at CQT while going to shoot. no issues as always. great place to shoot
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Post by: Xpiatio on March 05, 2014, 08:25:57 PM
OC'd at Caledonia Meijer. Was expecting someone to say something. People just minded their own business and went on with what they were doing.  Nothing really to report as nothing happened.
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Post by: 32_d3gr33s on March 06, 2014, 06:25:22 AM
Family fare in Allendale yesterday had a man stop and thank me for carrying. Told me he carries but just has a pocket gun. Nothing else happened there or at true value in allendale
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Post by: bigt8261 on March 06, 2014, 08:50:43 AM
I'm in the Caledonia Meijer all the time, along with a few other members here. Never had an issue there.
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Post by: linux203 on March 07, 2014, 12:29:04 AM
OC'd at the Mason Wendy's and Meijer.  No issues.
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Post by: SD40VE on March 10, 2014, 08:49:16 AM
went out and about alot this weekend.

went to downtown new baltimore with my girl, OC'ed at fins which is a bar/restaraunt

walked through the park (pics to come pat) might be a good place for a oc picnic :)

went to CQT, no issues as usual

went to mcdonalds down in eastpointe

bestbuy in roseville

olive garden in roseville

National coney in utica

stevie b's in chesterfield

meijer in lennox

cvs in algonac

no issues whatsoever
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Post by: Jeff on March 10, 2014, 06:37:07 PM
I OC in CQT at times, started out covered but it was hot and took my sweater off.

OC at friars restaurant in Warren,  I doubt anyone even noticed it though, the people I was with didn't even realize I was OC'ing until we got up to leave.
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Post by: Xpiatio on March 10, 2014, 08:42:49 PM
Ultimate Meijer experience:  OC'ing right in front of a group of new employees receiving training.  Perhaps they saw me or didn't.  I heard the word from their Trainer "now you will see people walking around . . . . "  Or I'm still in the self conscious stage.

After Meijer I walked around the neighborhood around Kalamazoo and 60th in Grand Rapids. In front of schools and churches.  Nothing to report.
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Post by: linux203 on March 10, 2014, 10:38:32 PM
Spring is here!  I OC'd with the family on a walk around my neighborhood. 
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Post by: SD40VE on March 13, 2014, 11:33:05 AM
and spring is gone, OC'ed walking around the neighborhood with my girlfriend none the less
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Post by: CV67PAT on March 13, 2014, 11:38:24 AM
and spring is gone, OC'ed walking around the neighborhood with my girlfriend none the less
April flurries brings May slurry.
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Post by: Xpiatio on March 15, 2014, 07:40:40 PM
I walked over to Village Bike & Fitness in Kentwood, MI to turn in my bike for a tune up.  Nothing much happened.
I then drove over to Gander Mountain in Grandville, MI for some ammo.  Limited supply of 9mm.  Lots of 40 and 45 though.
After that I went over to Rivertown Wendy's for some lunch. Walked right in and gave 5 dollars for the people behind me.
I then went to a local disc golf course and worked on my putting.
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Post by: Sick_SL2 on March 16, 2014, 10:53:26 AM
Walked the Kent trails with the pup.  This involved walking through my neighborhood but they all know I carry.  Stopped to chat with another woman on the trails.  Figured she might freak but she didn't.  Her eyes were on it for a while.  Lol.

All in all, nothing negative, as it should be.  In fact, since I haven't posted in this thread before, I can honestly say I've never really had a "negative" encounter.  Lots of insinuating questions though haha.
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Post by: xxarea83xx on March 16, 2014, 01:18:10 PM
I have been OCing a lot lately. Various locations around Shelby Twp, Utica, Sterling Heights. So far, nothing negative, outside of one of the "looks" at a convenience store by a random woman. Everything else has been nothing but positive chit chat and curious questions.
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Post by: fsr402 on March 17, 2014, 08:29:16 AM
Oc'ed at Sara's pizza in Hudsonville No issues. My order was not ready ( they dropped it and had to make a new one) so I stood around for 20 minutes or so. Busy place, lot of people coming and going. One lady about my age kept a close eye on me but nothing else.
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Post by: Raggs on March 17, 2014, 09:40:16 AM
Oc'ed at Sara's pizza in Hudsonville No issues. My order was not ready ( they dropped it and had to make a new one) so I stood around for 20 minutes or so. Busy place, lot of people coming and going. One lady about my age kept a close eye on me but nothing else.

I worked at Sara's in Grandville before they moved, wonder if it is the same owners. This was 25 years ago or so however.
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Post by: Xpiatio on March 17, 2014, 09:36:28 PM
Walked over to Village Bike & Fitness in Kentwood, MI to pick up my bike.  A different employee was helping me than when I dropped my bike off on Saturday.  He talked just fine as soon as I walked in.  He got nervous as his speech began stuttering while he was cashiering me out. Walked back home.
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Post by: TheQ on March 17, 2014, 10:16:01 PM
OC'd while shopping with Anne (one of my partners) at Meijers.

A man behind us in line asked if I get bothered much while OCing (no). I told him of our website and he proceeded to tell me he was a CPL holder. It was a friendly encounter.
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Post by: Ezerharden on March 19, 2014, 09:13:18 PM
OC'd last night at Applebee's in Monroe. No issues. One older lady smiled at me, nodded and said"nice". Older gentleman sitting near me just smiled and nodded. Went to Walmart after that, no issues there either, just as it should be.
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Post by: gryphon on March 19, 2014, 10:32:28 PM
You must be new here.

No, but I am getting confused.  (http://home.comcast.net/~dannylgriffin/icon/confused.gif)
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Post by: bchapman833 on March 25, 2014, 08:23:54 PM
OC'ed for my first time this evening! I was very paranoid about doing it but it turned out great. OC'ed at Renegade River in Spring Lake with the help of Ryan Adams. We went to inquire about holding a seminar. Keep a look out for details! Overall a great experience and looking forward to doing it again soon. 
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Post by: detroit_fan on March 25, 2014, 09:37:31 PM
OC'ed for my first time this evening! I was very paranoid about doing it but it turned out great. OC'ed at Renegade River in Spring Lake with the help of Ryan Adams. We went to inquire about holding a seminar. Keep a look out for details! Overall a great experience and looking forward to doing it again soon.
good job, it only gets easier
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Post by: CV67PAT on March 25, 2014, 09:56:31 PM
I OC'd in front of the Romulus City Council last night.
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Post by: Glock9mmOldStyle on March 26, 2014, 01:56:35 AM
I OC'd in front of the Romulus City Council last night.

8)
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Raggs on March 26, 2014, 08:30:47 PM
OCd at kids school for soccer meeting, no drama.
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Post by: 91 whiskey on March 26, 2014, 08:47:31 PM
OCd at the GR city commission meeting last night with Tom.   I overcame my severe dislike for speaking in front of large groups long enough to get my point across during public comment and then sat down to listen to others.   There were no issues.   I came out with a realization that the city sure has it's nose in a lot of places that it doesn't belong. I also found out there was a group collecting signatures for a ballot proposal that would place term limits on elected city officials.   I made sure I signed before I left. :D
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Post by: part deux on March 26, 2014, 09:22:15 PM
Different term limits then already in place?
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Post by: 91 whiskey on March 26, 2014, 09:27:42 PM
Different term limits then already in place?

As far as I know there are no term limits in place for elected city officials in Grand Rapids.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: lil_freak_66 on March 29, 2014, 10:26:57 AM
on all my out of state experiences...ive been to every state east of the rockies pretty much that recognizes michigan CPL, open carried in those that allow so without issue, usually just at truck stops, though.

only problem ive had at all was making sure i was not printing at all in texas, south carolina and florida, but that is a separate issue.

in michigan ive been anywhere and everywhere, without issue....most recently i went to burger king and autozone in Holt today and plan to do some more errands later.
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Post by: TheQ on March 30, 2014, 12:02:44 PM
Off-Topic posts about Florida and printing moved here:

http://forums.michiganopencarry.org/index.php/topic,3968.0.html (http://forums.michiganopencarry.org/index.php/topic,3968.0.html)

Please do not litter the experiences sticky!
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: sircapsalot on March 31, 2014, 09:12:58 AM
OC'd at New Country China Buffet in Jackson yesterday.  Good food, with some good people.  Had no issue, except for the waitress not filling my water fast enough.  Other than that.. good experience
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Post by: SD40VE on March 31, 2014, 09:55:29 AM
OC'ed at gander with 30+ others this past friday in utica :)

no issues at all

saw lots of purdy pistols and met some good guys from the forums here. jeff showed up, area83 was there (good to put a face to the name) pat was there as well as scott.
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Post by: lil_freak_66 on April 01, 2014, 12:09:10 PM
Was at a gas station in Dearborn heights last night OCing, clerk asked if I was open carrying or if I had a permit, had to explain that one...but he wasn't anti at all, I couldn't help but notice the obvious appendix area printing on him.

Also open carried at Mongolian BBQ in Ann harbor without issue.
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Post by: Xpiatio on April 06, 2014, 03:55:33 PM
Open carried while disc golfing at old farm park in Kentwood Michigan on Saturday. Group of high school or young college aged kids in front of me. One kid asked me if I was carrying a 9mm. Then asked me it was a m&p. Told him it was a Beretta. The group behind me was two college aged guys. Always keeping 10 feet or more away from me while I was at the tee. No qualms either way.

On Sunday, went out to Felt Mansion and a city park right next door to it for more disc golf, which is sandwiched between Saugatuk state park and Felt Mansion.  Nothing much to report.  Windy day but did better for the second time out for the season.
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Post by: linux203 on April 06, 2014, 10:26:22 PM
Carried at the Lowes on Cedar and the Target on Edgewood.  No issues. Walked right past Target security. He was absorbed with the vagrant out front begging for money and cigarettes.
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Post by: Raggs on April 15, 2014, 07:10:26 AM
OCd in city and county hall buildings in Grand Rapids dropping off my wife's CPL application was told 2 to 3 months. OCd at sheriffs office while she was printed. OCd in kids school to pick up cap n gown. OCd at Meijers and Walmart. Few people noticed but nothing said.
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Post by: Xpiatio on April 18, 2014, 07:25:23 PM
Earlier in the week I went to Caledonia Meijer for biweekly food shopping.  I went over to Target to pick up a rice cooker.  No problems there.  Went in and came out.

Today I went to Heritage Park in Grandville to play 18 holes of disc golf.  My second round through the 9 hole course, ran into a guy and his kid playing.  First person ever to talk to me while OCing. He asked me if I was  LEO or an Open Carry advocate.  Played a few holes with them before I took off.  Gave him the OC pamplet and informed him of the seminar we were having on Saturday.

After that I ended up going to At Home in Jenison.  Then over to Qdoba by the Mall. And went home.  no problems at all.
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Post by: lil_freak_66 on April 20, 2014, 09:34:48 AM
all over around the state lately, menards in lansing, ironhorse pub in durand, subway in durand, flying j in saginaw, hardware store in onaway, jays sporting goods, woodwinds restaurant in onaway, grocery store in onaway, meridian firearms.

and numerous places out of state.

as per the usual, no fleeing children, hysterical moms or mass shootings took place.
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Post by: karudin on April 21, 2014, 09:02:24 AM
So happy to have the warm weather upon us. So lets see I've open carried everywhere that is legal and had no problems at all. Thursday, I talked with a guy during my daughter's tee ball practice (on school property and yes I have a CPL) for a while and no issues at all. Friday I was in Perry and stopped at a McDonalds and had a guy ask if I get hassled about it, told him no and he said "good for you, keep it up". We talked while waiting for our orders and gave him a couple recommendations for drop holsters so he could carry on his motorcycle. Saturday went shopping with the family and saw a fellow open carrier which was refreshing.

Interviewing for a job in west Lansing this week, anyone get hassled while OC'ing in Lansing?
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: lil_freak_66 on April 21, 2014, 07:22:55 PM
City of Lansing for the most part is....afraid....to even look twice at open carriers, they have gotten far too much bad press over the years and have dealt with it before so they cant play the whole "we didnt know what we were and were not allowed to do so forgive us" card. heck, me and TheQ even got on LPD about putting out over dispatch a be adviced there are open carry subjects walking downtown thing....we took offense to being called subjects.
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Post by: karudin on April 21, 2014, 10:43:46 PM
City of Lansing for the most part is....afraid....to even look twice at open carriers, they have gotten far too much bad press over the years and have dealt with it before so they cant play the whole "we didnt know what we were and were not allowed to do so forgive us" card. heck, me and TheQ even got on LPD about putting out over dispatch a be adviced there are open carry subjects walking downtown thing....we took offense to being called subjects.

Nice to know, thanks.
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Post by: part deux on April 22, 2014, 07:11:09 PM
A really really boring day OC

Went to the carpet store to pay for the recent installation
Went to lunch at a diner
went to a cell phone repair site, barely got noticed as I walked in the door by the window washer
Did cover up at Art Van, not sure if they were pro or not... long story, gotta keep the boss happy
two tractor supply stores... another long story
wandered around sams club, the only person I noticed looking was at the gas pump

Nobody screamed, nobody shot me, nobody stole my firearm, and no car crashes.

Like I said a really boring day.  I'm going to go back to CC if this is all there is to it :)
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: FASBOLD on April 22, 2014, 07:38:27 PM
As I prepared to walk my dog after getting home from work, I noticed that the abandoned, tax-sale property's front door was open.

It stayed closed with all the blowing this winter, so I knew something was up.

I called 911 to report it, since the village non-emergency number is only covered during business hours.

They showed up in about 10 minutes. First responder in one of the new fancy SUV's, then I assume the chief, in one of the old patrol cars.

I walked up to the car, when it arrived, OCing.

They either did not notice, or did not comment. I'm betting did not notice. Black gun, black holster, black jacket and jeans, easy to miss.

Of course, it is the county's responsibility, so they won't secure it, just keep an eye on it. I figured as much, but thought they should at least know.

My nosy octogenarian neighbors will keep watch when I'm not home.
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Post by: Xpiatio on April 22, 2014, 07:58:18 PM
went to Art Van Pure Sleep over by Cabela's in Grandville, MI.  Very prompt and friendly service. Guy asked me if it was a Beretta. I said yes. He even took my money happily.
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Post by: FASBOLD on April 25, 2014, 04:30:06 PM
OC'd at the Vicksburg Village Hall.

The women behind the counter were all seated, the counter is tall, so my gun was not visible to them.

Not sure they noticed at all.
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Post by: FASBOLD on April 26, 2014, 06:52:50 PM
OC'd all over today. Started at Merlin's in Portage for an oil change, ended up needing new tires. No one seemed to notice. Finally, one woman who was gathering her stuff to get her car after service said, "Hey, you're packin'!" I said, "Yes I am." I was the only customer left at that time, and the guy behind the counter did not say anything.

I stopped at On Target on West Main and D&R. Then I stopped by Bullets & Barrels in Richland. All three gun friendly, or at least no comments.

I then went to Freedom Firearms in Battle Creek and got in some target practice. One family came in, a man and his wife and daughter and either his mother or mother-in-law. The grandmother said she was pretending she wasn't there and didn't want to go shoot. She said that she was there to protect her granddaughter. One of the guys who works there said, "That's what we're here for." I chimed in, "It would take either a fool to come in here and try something." Then she said she was there in case she got hurt. "You know, if she did what's this?" as she motioned looking down the barrel of a gun. Great, an ignorant hoplophobe who thinks her granddaughter is stupid, and that the dad won't teach her gun safety. They must have had plans for after the range, or I'm sure they'd have left her at home.

In my travels, I stopped at the Speedway on the way to Richland and the one near Freedom Firearms on my way back home. No one said anything.

I stopped at Texas Corral for supper on my way home, the whole new tires thing put me a couple hours behind schedule so I couldn't make it to Watervliet. While in the restaurant, I sat in a two person booth, but my gun was away from the aisle. Going in and coming out, no comments, so no telling if anyone noticed.

When I got home, I took the dog for a walk and one of the Vicksburg police was driving by. We were traveling in opposite directions and I was on the sidewalk on the side of the street where my gun was away from him. If he saw it, no comments or stop.
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Post by: CV67PAT on April 27, 2014, 05:40:02 PM
Went out with my wife for a short walk today. Both of us were open carrying.

Ran into some other people that were also open carrying. About a hundred or so. People with their families. Some with their pets.

Then I went to a restaurant with my wife to eat. There were probably 40 people in there that were open carrying too.

Was something going on today?
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Post by: Xpiatio on April 27, 2014, 07:11:33 PM
Went disc golfing with 2 of my brothers and 3 of my nephews at Old Farm on Saturday.  Had one guy who went around me, looked at me up and down them mentioned that he is going to the next hole.  He was friendly during our conversation but his body language told me different.
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Post by: xxarea83xx on April 28, 2014, 12:47:21 PM
Went out with my wife for a short walk today. Both of us were open carrying.

Ran into some other people that were also open carrying. About a hundred or so. People with their families. Some with their pets.

Then I went to a restaurant with my wife to eat. There were probably 40 people in there that were open carrying too.

Was something going on today?

Thats funny! I had the same thing happen to me yesterday. Its like it was organized or something
Title: Home School Outing while Open Carrying.
Post by: linux203 on April 29, 2014, 03:06:08 PM
Took my 5 year old daughter at the 2A march in Lansing.  We went into the legislative chambers for her government and civics lesson.

Then we walked to Impressions 5 Science Center.  The new light/laser exhibit is now open.  There were a couple of schools that had students there on a field trip.  Open carried my G17, no issues.

Walked back to the capital building for hot dogs and the 1pm announcement.  Total distance walked was a little over two miles. 

Went to the Biggby at Cedar St. and Edgewood for coffee and a smoothie.  We talked to reinforce some of the things we learned.

No issues, as it should be...
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Post by: Xpiatio on May 05, 2014, 08:26:18 PM
Went to play a quick 18 at Old Farm park disc golf course, in Kentwood, MI.  Walked up to a group of about 7 college aged guys. They asked if I wanted to play with them for the last 2 holes.  On my way up to them, one exclaimed "Don't shoot me, I bleed red."  Another said . . "I'm brown." Another guy said, "Oh I didn't even see you were carrying".  Then one guy tried to ask me " Is that a Glock 9?  Glock 45?  Im not even close am I."  Then a guy handed me a pamphlet for a House of Rep candidate.  I proceeded to ask him "What is his stance on the 2nd amendment?"  He said "What is that?"    I declined playing with them.  One guy had an open growler of beer almost gone.  Other smelled funky.  I threw and just walked on by.
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Post by: gryphon on May 05, 2014, 10:01:29 PM
7 college aged guys...I proceeded to ask him "What is his stance on the 2nd amendment?"  He said "What is that?"

We're doomed as a nation.
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Post by: Deerok on May 10, 2014, 09:31:14 PM
Oc'd at barnes and nobles, andy tackle box, Banana Split Heaven in Melvindale.

didn't Oc at walmart nearby, but i saw a guy who did, looked like he was carrying a sig
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Post by: linux203 on May 11, 2014, 11:24:19 PM
OC'd at the Great Clips on Marsh Road.  Then went to Menards and Meijer off of Cedar Street.  Stopped at the Meijer gas station twice.  Once to purchase a propane cylinder, once to return it because it wouldn't seal on my grill. ;(  But alas, no issues with open carrying.

FYI, Meijers had Winchester 9mm, 40 S&W, and 45 ACP in stock.  Looked to be about 10 boxes of each.
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Post by: Deerok on May 11, 2014, 11:27:30 PM
oc'd at sterling state park for a miserable fishing trip with no luck whatsoever with some pals of mine
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Post by: Pond Scum on May 12, 2014, 10:33:07 AM
Out on my Goldwing a couple of times over the weekend.  I was carrying my Detonics full size 1911 with the red dragons on black grips.   O'Reilly's on Plainfield was my only stop.  Accidentally OC'd my American Classic Hard Chrome Commander with VZ grips at Cracker Barrel..... my cover shirt got tucked behind the holster sometime during dinner and I didn't notice until I walked out to the car.  I have been carrying the Commander in a leather thumb break holster so I had some retention.  I have been liking that holster more and more .... it rides pretty high so it is comfortable while sitting in the car and with the retention I can take off my cover if I feel like it.  The thumb break strap rides under the hammer when it is cocked so a little extra protection in case the ambi safety gets turned off.

http://www.blackhawk.com/product/3-Slot-Pancake-Leather-Concealment,1148,1418.htm (http://www.blackhawk.com/product/3-Slot-Pancake-Leather-Concealment,1148,1418.htm)

Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Shadow Bear on May 12, 2014, 06:56:03 PM
I OC Cracker Barrel all the time. Last Friday- Mr. Burger 44th St., Walmart Cascade, Meijers Cascade, Sam's Club Kentwood. In fact, the last time I conceal carried was Florida a couple of years ago.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: jgillmanjr on May 18, 2014, 08:18:11 PM
I'm OC'ing around the Adrian Armory.

Of course, no one is here but me.

No one seeming to notice/care the couple of times I've walked around the building (the armory is on a fairly busy street).
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Post by: ShankasoarusREX on May 21, 2014, 08:22:04 PM
OC'd my G23 at the Family Fare and Burger King in Manistee. I think I got one or two double takes because the town is pretty quiet, but other than that no drama - just as it should be!

Carry on!
Title: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: linux203 on May 26, 2014, 01:58:26 PM
I'm at the Dehli Township offices for the Memorial Day parade. Armed with a Glock 17 and a handful of trifolds.

edit: stayed for the Memorial ceremony.  At least three Ingham County Sheriff Deputies saw me.  No issues.  Took the family to the Biggby afterwards.
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Post by: Xpiatio on May 26, 2014, 10:24:47 PM
Tossed a few discs at Jaycee Park in Kentwood, MI. Lost one disc some where in the leaves. Was surprised nothing turned out, as the neighborhood surrounding it isn't kept up.  I then went to Bloop, one of those fill your own tub frozen yogurt places. It was right next door to a Starbucks, Kentwood, MI - Kalamazoo Ave and M6.  Walked right in with my brother and nephew. Got some ice cream and sat outside next to Starbucks.   I also stopped at the newly opened Quiznos Subs on Kalamazoo Ave near M6.  Other than the sub maker was a little shakey, no problems. 
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Post by: FatMan on May 27, 2014, 07:23:25 AM
OC'd at the Memorial day parade in downtown Northville. Got a few looks no comments. Was also wearing my black militia shirt so maybe my glock was camouflaged. Great parade, very short though.
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Post by: SD40VE on May 27, 2014, 08:35:19 AM
OC'd at the ewastpoint parade yesterday, then walked down gration for some festivities. stopped by JFK park in eastpointe. no isses all day, ended the night by blowing off some fireworks
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Post by: FASBOLD on May 27, 2014, 10:36:16 AM
Met my first OCer in Vicksburg on Sunday at the Speedway. First time I have encountered another person OCing in Vicksburg. I had never seen anyone other than the village police OC in town, until then.

I was pumping gas and saw he and his girlfriend walk out and head to his truck across the lot. When I noticed his gun, I said, "I like what I see." He was young, in his 20's, and lives outside town. He said he "sort of" works at Feek's Tactical in Mendon. I verified that he knew about MOC.

Title: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: linux203 on May 31, 2014, 09:40:06 PM
Open carried at the Lowe's in South Lansing.  Funny thing happened. Apparently, my red t-shirt and firearm led a couple to believe I worked there. Sorry, I'm just picking up lumber for a picnic table. The husband commented on my t-shirt and firearm. Otherwise, no issues.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: FASBOLD on June 02, 2014, 09:08:00 AM
I OC'd at Speedway here in Vicksburg and one of the regulars thought I left change in the dispenser and brought it out to me, just as I sat in my car.

He then started asking about my pistol and how he had to sell his and wants another. He thought he had to have a pistol to take a CPL class, and I told him that I new Feek's in Mendon had pistols to rent, and I thought other ranges that offered classes would do the same.

He mentioned a buddy has a CPL, but left it in the seat with him in the vehicle. I told him that's a no-no and made him a lawbreaker as soon as his friend stepped out. If a LEO had walked by and seen it and asked for his CPL, he would have been in big trouble. He said his friend know all the small town police and sheriff deputies. I said that wouldn't do much good if you were in the situation you described.

He learned a lot and a good encounter.
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Post by: SD40VE on June 03, 2014, 01:25:03 PM
going to OC at the clinton river spillway on lake st clair this evening for some fishing. dont foresee any issues but will let ya'll know if i have any!
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Post by: Scandiacus on June 07, 2014, 12:01:59 AM
OC'd around Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi this evening with no problems.  Stopped in at an engraver there to have some text engraved on a pocket knife I'm giving my dad for Father's Day - the staff members who helped me noticed the gun and didn't seem phased by it in the slightest.  I did overhear a customer whispering to another, "The least he could do is hide the gun...."

Went on to OC at United Artists movie theater in Commerce for a 9:15 showing of X-Men.  No problems there, either, and a decent movie to boot.  All in all, a thankfully uneventful OC today.
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Post by: linux203 on June 07, 2014, 02:20:27 PM
Open Carried at the Holt Lions Community Kids Day at Valhalla Park.  Lots of activities like camel rides, petting zoo, balloons, facepainting.  Lots of women and children, no screaming and crying at the presence of a firearm.  Had a firefighter as me what I was carrying.  No other questions, no issues.

A couple Ingham County Deputies walked over and checked me out.  Didn't approach, didn't say anything.  A pair of deputies in a car slowed down and checked me out while I was walking out.  A fifth did a double take when he saw it.  But no issues.  As it should be.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: linux203 on June 12, 2014, 10:26:09 PM
OC'd while pumping gas at Speedway.  Another patron kept staring at me.  Oh well...

Also went to Home Depot to pick up some more lumber.  Making two doll beds this time.  No issues.
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Post by: Pond Scum on June 13, 2014, 07:19:57 AM
OC'd to dinner last night at the Olive Garden by the Lakes Mall in Muskegon.  No problems but I really don't think that anyone noticed the shiny hard chrome 1911 in my Serpa!  Most people go through life blissfully unaware of their surroundings!
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Post by: Golden Eagle on June 13, 2014, 11:23:11 AM
OC'd while pumping gas at Speedway.  Another patron kept staring at me.  Oh well...


Just Smile and Wave boys... smile and wave:
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Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: SD40VE on June 17, 2014, 08:02:27 AM
OC'ed up and down gratiot this weekend for the cruise. saw quite a few people OC. lots of cops. some mentioned i was OC. nothing bad. they know the laws down in eastpointe. even the reserve officers they called in to help and st clair shores who was there with their golf cards and quads
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: SD40VE on June 18, 2014, 10:43:27 AM
was wearing my keep calm and carry on tshirt last night when i stopped for gas at the mobil on 16 and van dyke. i was pumping my gas as another OC'er with a nice 1911 came up to me and said he digged my shirt, asked where to get. had a breif convo. no one shot us or called cops. good evening
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Post by: SD40VE on July 23, 2014, 09:13:52 AM
OC'ed at JFK park in eastpoint doing some research for a upcoming event. nothing to report back, all was calm
Title: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: BP_Z28 on July 24, 2014, 11:16:17 AM
OC at somerset mall. Was asked to leave or conceal it. Happened to just conceal it (wife's bday and we are here bday shopping for her). Was approached by a single security guard. Nice man

I concealed my firearm but didn't bother to with my mag holster. Should I have concealed that also or no? I'm still here.


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Post by: Jeff on July 24, 2014, 03:49:21 PM
no
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Post by: linux203 on July 24, 2014, 10:01:44 PM
OC at somerset mall. Was asked to leave or conceal it. Happened to just conceal it (wife's bday and we are here bday shopping for her). Was approached by a single security guard. Nice man

I concealed my firearm but didn't bother to with my mag holster. Should I have concealed that also or no? I'm still here.

I've open carried at Somerset Mall many times.  I never had security say anything to me.  I wonder if that is a policy change or an individual opinion.
Title: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: BP_Z28 on July 24, 2014, 10:42:27 PM
He told me it was private property policy and they do not allow open carry.  Took less than 8 min in the mall to approAch me.


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Post by: harleyh77 on July 26, 2014, 12:04:22 AM
Kalamazoo Gull rd Burger King, kid at the register was giving me change back and he shoved it in my hand. He said sorry man, i just saw that(pointing at my hip.) Says its pretty cool and tells everybody he works with that i was carrying and how cool it was.
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Post by: Jeff on July 26, 2014, 11:24:49 PM
OC'd at the Yale Michigan, Bologna Festival.  I saw two other people open carrying.  One looked like a Glock 21, the other a S&W M&P (only saw the grip).  The only interactions I had is a Cop waved at me, and a little kid asked if I was a cop.  I said no.  He said they why do I have a gun.  I just said because I'm allowed to.  I should have elaborated but his attention spawn was pretty weak he even stopped paying attention when he asked me why I had a gun.  I could have said anything and it wouldn't have even registered in his head I think haha.

I got to pet an alligator, about a 3 footer.  I could have also eaten one on a stick but it was $9. PASS.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Jeff on July 27, 2014, 04:46:37 PM
OC'd at Bass Pro Sop at Great Lakes Crossing to get my bow restrung.  There was an Oakland County Sheriff outside that didn't notice or didn't care, and nobody inside noticed or cared.  I had to have my bow checked and cataloged and all that fun stuff and the greeter didn't care.  I assume at least the Bow smiths/Archery pros noticed as I was standing there for an hour but they didn't care.  So all went well.

I was even barefoot with Conan's sword on my back. :sarcasm:
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Post by: linux203 on July 27, 2014, 06:50:37 PM
OC'd while mowing my lawn.  One of the pool repairmen at the house next door noticed.  Then informed his two co-workers, who proceeded to gawk every time I drove by.
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Post by: Xpiatio on July 27, 2014, 09:29:22 PM
I was even barefoot with Conan's sword on my back. :sarcasm:

+1
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Post by: SD40VE on July 28, 2014, 08:02:33 AM
OC'd at Bass Pro Sop at Great Lakes Crossing to get my bow restrung.  There was an Oakland County Sheriff outside that didn't notice or didn't care, and nobody inside noticed or cared.  I had to have my bow checked and cataloged and all that fun stuff and the greeter didn't care.  I assume at least the Bow smiths/Archery pros noticed as I was standing there for an hour but they didn't care.  So all went well.

I was even barefoot with Conan's sword on my back. :sarcasm:
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f262/headripper88/0725141605_zpsbvzni37c.jpg) (http://s49.photobucket.com/user/headripper88/media/0725141605_zpsbvzni37c.jpg.html)
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(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f262/headripper88/0727141638_zpspedz4p2g.jpg) (http://s49.photobucket.com/user/headripper88/media/0727141638_zpspedz4p2g.jpg.html)

bass pro is OC friendly. ive OC there many times on way up norht when stocking up on ammo
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Post by: linux203 on August 03, 2014, 01:36:25 PM
This weekend, I've OC'd at two different Speedways and Lowes.

OC'd (with CPL) at Great Clips to get a haircut.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Jeff on August 03, 2014, 01:44:52 PM
This weekend, I've OC'd at two different Speedways and Lowes.

OC'd (with CPL) at Great Clips to get a haircut.

I thought lowes was one of those places that prohibit firearms?  Am I mistaken?  I thought I remember seeing a sign on the door at the one near me.  I could be mistaken, it has been awhile and I just use home depot because they literally opened a Lowes in the same parking lot attachment so I don't want to shop at Lowes just based on that DB move.  I'd say they are close enough for a non fat guy to run from Home Depots door, to Lowes door in less than a minute.  Seemed like a bad business decision to open there, divide half the customer base where neither would receive full profits from the area type of thing.  EH.
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Post by: linux203 on August 03, 2014, 02:57:00 PM
I have open carried at the Lowe's in White Lake, West Bloomfield, West Lansing, and South Lansing.  Never had an issue at any of them.  I had a conversation about firearms with a store manager at one of them, while I was carrying.  He carries a Kimber and was interested in what I was carrying. 

I bought appliances and flooring and had plenty of interaction with staff. If firearms are prohibited at Lowe's, it will be news to me and their staff.  If there was a sign at a store, it's store policy, not corporate.

Interesting to note, Home Depot prohibits recording devices in their stores.
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Post by: Jeff on August 03, 2014, 03:33:31 PM
Next time I go to Home Depot I will walk past Lowes and look for the sign to confirm if it was indeed there or not.  I THINK I saw one and refused to go inside even to look around the new store.  I remember something that made me say WELL to H E Double Hockey Sticks with you guys.  Although I wouldn't have purchased anything being as that I didn't agree with opening up right next to home depot anyways.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/The+Home+Depot+-+Madison+Heights/@42.5025514,-83.1139252,1662m/data=!3m2!1e3!5s0x8824c57b6807748b:0x580c723423123a75!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x46b675a5f098c505 (https://www.google.com/maps/place/The+Home+Depot+-+Madison+Heights/@42.5025514,-83.1139252,1662m/data=!3m2!1e3!5s0x8824c57b6807748b:0x580c723423123a75!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x46b675a5f098c505)

Not sure if that link will work but look what Lowes did, and they should be ashamed :p  :spank:
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Post by: gryphon on August 03, 2014, 06:34:14 PM
Home Depot prohibits recording devices in their stores.

As in you can't video or photograph items and prices and stuff or what?  Since when?  I carry my audio recorder in with me when I go.
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Post by: linux203 on August 03, 2014, 06:44:44 PM

As in you can't video or photograph items and prices and stuff or what?  Since when?  I carry my audio recorder in with me when I go.

Saw it on the door of one when I was looking for other "don't shop here signs"
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Post by: gryphon on August 03, 2014, 07:10:12 PM
What signs?  :)
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Post by: Xpiatio on August 03, 2014, 09:52:25 PM
I thought lowes was one of those places that prohibit firearms?  Am I mistaken?  I thought I remember seeing a sign on the door at the one near me.  I could be mistaken, it has been awhile and I just use home depot because they literally opened a Lowes in the same parking lot attachment so I don't want to shop at Lowes just based on that DB move.  I'd say they are close enough for a non fat guy to run from Home Depots door, to Lowes door in less than a minute.  Seemed like a bad business decision to open there, divide half the customer base where neither would receive full profits from the area type of thing.  EH.
What they can't see won't hurt them.  My audio recorder is carried where it can't be seen.
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Post by: mosnar87 on August 10, 2014, 04:54:14 PM
Sterile OCed downtown South Haven for the Lawn Tractor Pull on Water Street, then walked down to the pier and back up into town to retrieve my car. No problems, although I had several people approach and ask questions, mostly regarding my pistol (Make, Model, caliber and accessories), one foreign lady walked right up into my personal space and started asking me questions about the tractor pull, I assume she thought I was a cop.
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Post by: linux203 on August 10, 2014, 06:11:15 PM
OC'd yesterday at Menard's.  Went to the OC lunch in Webberville and Sam's Club today.
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Post by: MI_XD on August 11, 2014, 10:30:46 PM
Sterile OCed downtown South Haven for the Lawn Tractor Pull on Water Street, then walked down to the pier and back up into town to retrieve my car.

Why the Sterile OC?

MI_XD
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Post by: mosnar87 on August 11, 2014, 10:34:11 PM
Forgot my wallet in the car. :-\
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Post by: linux203 on August 11, 2014, 10:42:50 PM
Forgot my wallet in the car. :-\

I'd call that an accident.  When I sterile carry, I have a red 3x5 card in my pocket that says "ICE <wife's cellphone>" in big letters.
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Post by: mosnar87 on August 12, 2014, 12:05:41 AM
Not an accident. I realized I didn't have my wallet about 10-15 minutes into the tractor pull, and could easily have walked the Two blocks back to my car to retrieve it. I chose not to, because it wasn't necessary.
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Post by: Xpiatio on August 12, 2014, 07:58:51 PM
On Sunday, went to Windstrom in Holland, MI to play some disc golf with family.  Ran into a guy who I thought was smoking some weed from a distance.  We got closer and saw they were tabacco.  I know, stupid stereotypes.  But he said he thought it was cool that I was carrying and thought more people should.  I should have asked him, "Why aren't you?"  But I didn't.  He then dipped into politics and stuff happening in the middle east.

Rainy day today but I still OC'd.  Started out at John Ball Zoo.  Lots of "school" groups.  Perhaps it was day care groups, since school wasnt in session.  Walked right in and through the zoo without any problems.  Staff either didn't notice or didn't mind it.  I had guy race past me carrying a clip board.  He was determined to get some place fast.  Had parents/teachers tell a kid to "get over here" but that is common Zoo stuff.  I wouldn't waste money going here again.  I was more or less curious about the new bear enclosure and the new tiger enclosure.  Tiger enclosure was really good.  Bear enclosure sucked.  Bear was digging a hole in the lone area where they have dirt.  All the rest is stills cement.

I went to Jet's pizza in Kentwood, MI.  I'm sure the employee didn't notice due to the high counters.  Later in the day I went to Grandville Gander Mountain and then to Grandville Meijer.  Actually had a guy come up to me and chatted it up in Meijer for a good 20 mins or so.  Asked all kinds of questions and dipped into politics as most do.  Told him about MOC.  I went to check out and the cashier asked my if I was a cop.  I told her no.  She said "Ahhhs, I guess what they say is true.  Never assume it is a cop if a person is carrying."
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: linux203 on August 13, 2014, 02:49:19 PM
OC'd at the Secretary of State in Mason, then to the Ingham County Sheriff to drop off an RI-60.  Bought a AFG at "Not Just Guns" on Cedar St.

No issues anywhere.
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Post by: SD40VE on August 14, 2014, 09:51:30 AM
going fishing after work in new baltimore at walter and mary burke park. dont see any issues happening as the police are VERY well informed of OC and its legalness.
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Post by: linux203 on August 14, 2014, 11:40:32 AM
Took the older daughters to Cascades Falls in Jackson with my Glock 17 and my t-shirt with the Declaration of Independence typed to look like a US map, colored to look like the flag (http://shirt.woot.com/offers/declare-your-independence-1?ref=cnt_ctlg_dgn_3).  It was a Disney theme night.  Music from the movies and characters to meet.  Lots of kids.  No screaming and panic from the presence of a firearm.

One person shook my hand and thanked me for supporting the Second Amendment. 

Funny encounter with a 10-ish year old boy in the bathroom as I'm drying my hands.
Kid: Whoa, is that a gun?
Me: Yes it is.
Kid: Is it real?
Me: Yes it is.
Kid: Are you going to shoot me?
Me: NO!
His Dad: Only if you're bad.
Kid: Are you a cop?
Me: Nope, not a cop.
Kid: Why do you carry a gun?
Me: To protect my daughters.
Kid: Oh, can I have it?
Me: NO!

No issues and had a good time.
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Post by: G36shooter on August 16, 2014, 09:42:39 PM
Another uneventful day OC'ing at the Howell Mellon Festival. My dog received the most attention from the citizens that were there. I did spot another OC'er and had a positive response from a volunteer worker. It is my belief that we as responsible gun owners that choose to open carry will show to the public at large that we are there neighbors and friends.
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Post by: part deux on August 17, 2014, 07:33:08 PM
I never have a recorder running while going into meijers, but today came out carry two bags in my left hand and cradled in my right arm 22lb bag of ice, and as I walked out, there's a police car right by the doors.  Officer in the pass side definitely took note of the pistol, looked back up at me and nodded.
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Post by: SD40VE on August 18, 2014, 08:00:18 AM
oc'd in Eastpoint while being a part of a 20+ person group. at least 10 of us were armed. no problems at all :) had a great picnic
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Post by: Golden Eagle on August 18, 2014, 02:18:01 PM
Saturday again this year I was at Mendon River Fest with seven other oc friends. An awesome fireworks show(some locally made), a band and a few conversations from curios people that all ended well.
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Post by: Pond Scum on August 18, 2014, 09:44:01 PM
It was such a nice day I road the Goldwing to the lakeshore in Grand Haven and took my wife to lunch at one of our favorite restaurants.  Then we walked up and down main street browsing the shops for some "Pure Michigan" gifts and stopped in the bakery for scones and a cup of coffee.

I had my Metro Arms hard chromed, full size 1911, AC Trophy with the pearl green grips in a Serpa on my belt.  No one in town seemed to notice and if they did see it no one said anything or even looked at me funny. 

I have never had any negative comments while OC'ing and I have had many good discussions on gun rights and I have been able to provide information and encouragement to many folks that were interested in the process of getting a handgun or their CPL's.    Today was apparently even up. 
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Post by: MI_XD on August 23, 2014, 07:48:37 PM
Well, I would have to say that today was my first true Open Carry.
Attended the Lunch at Theo and Staceys in Portage, met some nice people OCing and had a great BLT!

Then, OC'd at The Speedway gas station on the way back to I-94 to head back to South Haven. As I was pre-paying, one of the cashiers was walking back to the registers and he commented,
Him:  "DO I need to carry mine, too?"
I replied, "As long as you are comfortable with it."
Him: " I got one of those Concealed Badges, do you have one of those?"
I replied:  "I would never wear one of those, because I wouldn't want to confuse anyone into thinking I was a cop."
Him: "Ahhhh, you're right."

Otherwise, no one had any problems! Wow, just like it should be!

Then OC'ed at the Paw Paw Tractor supply to get dogfood the wife asked me to get. They didn't have it...
SO, then I OC'ed at the South Haven Tractor Supply, and they had it! Puppies eat tonight!

Oh, and no one said a thing, even when I returned the cart inside and my strongside was towards the cashiers.

MI_XD

Now if I can just get my dues to MOC and get back on the membership role.. :)
Second try, here we come! :)
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Post by: part deux on August 24, 2014, 06:44:51 PM
Coming back from Mackinaw, I stopped for gas.  On long drives I almost always carry IWB with my shirt tucked in, I find it a LOT more comfortable than OWB.  Guy is pulling out of the gas station and make a point to tell me my pistol is showing.  I let him know that it was perfectly legal for it to show, he thanked me and drove off.  I was out of tri-folds or I would have given him one :(
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Post by: linux203 on September 14, 2014, 04:28:43 PM
I got out today...

Car wash (the Do-it-Yourself kind)
Speedway on N. Cedar
Meijer on Pennsylvania
Lowes on N. Cedar

No issues.
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Post by: linux203 on September 22, 2014, 07:42:38 PM
Stopped at the Bank of America on Pennsylvania and Miller on the way to the range.  The armed guard asked me about my holster on the way out.  We had a friendly chat.  He was loathing the company issued revolver and wished he could carry a semi-auto.  I had as many rounds loaded in my 17 as he had on him.  No issues with me carrying at the branch.

Put over 350 rounds downrange.  Got my El Presidente drill down to 7.26 seconds and draw down to 1.25 seconds.  WooHoo.

Went to the Subway in Holt on the way home.  Got a double take when the employee noticed it, but no issues.
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Post by: SD40VE on September 23, 2014, 08:55:43 AM
yesterday was a busy day OC

went to the bank, no issues as usual
stopped by the pawn shop. the owner OC's as well and we always have conversations about guns, the topic of the day was the new LCR 9mm from ruger
went to biggby for a coffee with a friend. no issues as well. he wanted starbucks i explained my stance on that establishment and why i wont go there
stopped at texas roadhouse for dinner, no issues, had the hostess ask me about it and the manager come and thank me for making his establishment safer and he wanted to ensure since i had my firearm i wouldnt be drinking any alcoholic beverages which is his only request if you wish to carry, fine by me (i wasnt drinking)
stopped at kroger after dinner for weekly grocery shopping
gassed up at sunoco

no negative encounters yesterday. as it should be
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Post by: Zergling on September 26, 2014, 03:33:34 AM
Not that it is a big deal, but I OC'd for the first time around my whole family over this last weekend. Mom hated it, dad smiled, siblings had mixed feelings. I finished my CPL class August 23 at CQT and October 10 I have my Michigan Gun Board meeting for Macomb County. Cannot wait for OC to be a lot less of a hassle.
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Post by: SD40VE on September 26, 2014, 01:53:40 PM
Not that it is a big deal, but I OC'd for the first time around my whole family over this last weekend. Mom hated it, dad smiled, siblings had mixed feelings. I finished my CPL class August 23 at CQT and October 10 I have my Michigan Gun Board meeting for Macomb County. Cannot wait for OC to be a lot less of a hassle.

glad to see you are being comfortable with OC around the family. im going to be working with pat to get something setup in the macomb county area as far as a lunch or dinner event :)
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Post by: Zergling on September 27, 2014, 04:00:58 AM
Yeah, my mother was super anti-gun when I first purchased and started shooting. Now she is constantly asking how it is going and is pretty cool. Good stuff. Hopefully we can get a few of us together and have a good time! I'll be interested in joining for sure.

Has anyone had any experiences OC'ing inside the Walmart on 14 and Van Dyke or the Meijer at 16 and Van Dyke?
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Post by: part deux on September 27, 2014, 08:25:01 AM
Yeah, my mother was super anti-gun when I first purchased and started shooting. Now she is constantly asking how it is going and is pretty cool. Good stuff. Hopefully we can get a few of us together and have a good time! I'll be interested in joining for sure.

Has anyone had any experiences OC'ing inside the Walmart on 14 and Van Dyke or the Meijer at 16 and Van Dyke?
Do you have your CPL?  You'll need it to carry inside Walmart and/or Meijers.
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Post by: CitizensHaveRights on September 27, 2014, 11:11:14 AM
I thought it was Meijer corporate policy to allow any form of lawful carry, which sounds like global permission to me. (but written authorization would be preferable)

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Post by: gryphon on September 27, 2014, 03:11:23 PM
No, Meijer policy is to follow state law.  Therefore, barring special permission for you, you still require a CPL.
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Post by: thamm on September 27, 2014, 03:18:39 PM
Did my first open carry in public at Top Gun this afternoon.
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Post by: Zergling on September 29, 2014, 03:50:45 PM
I thought it was Meijer corporate policy to allow any form of lawful carry, which sounds like global permission to me. (but written authorization would be preferable)

October 10 I am having my meeting at the gun board. I was just curious at experiences good or bad that people have had at those two specific shops. I don't leave my little four mile bubble often.
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Post by: SD40VE on October 03, 2014, 08:15:10 AM
macomb gun board is always fun...not. i had to wait 6 months for my appearance
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Post by: Zergling on October 08, 2014, 11:07:04 PM
I'm thinking we should do coffee again sometime before the snow comes. Once snow hits, I won't be driving until April or May!
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Post by: Xpiatio on October 09, 2014, 01:02:56 PM
Walked through out downtown Byron Center.  Stayed on the sidewalks.  In the process I walked in front of churches, walked on the property of the library and city buildings. Didn't go out of my way to do these things as they were part of the route I was doing.  No problems.
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Post by: Liberty-or-Death on October 15, 2014, 06:24:30 PM
No, Meijer policy is to follow state law.  Therefore, barring special permission for you, you still require a CPL.
In Virginia, "follow state law" means CC with CHP or OC with or without CHP. Both are legal and therefore would be following state law.

Be active.

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Post by: MI_XD on October 15, 2014, 06:57:38 PM
OC'd in the South Haven Meijer the other day when the wife needed to go in to check her work schedule. I asked her if she wanted me to cover it while we walked in, but she said, "No problem!".. :)
Talked with several people while waiting for her to come out from the back employees area, and had a "former" employees ask me "What are you carrying" when we were walking out.
Of course it was my Springfield Armory Trophy Match 1911 in .45 !

MI_XD
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Post by: Xpiatio on October 16, 2014, 09:36:15 PM
Kentwood meijer - was placing my items up for check out.  Guy in front of me sees that I'm carrying as he is ready to pay.   He noticed a manager one lane over and makes a bee line over there.  I couldn't hear all of the conversation but heard the manager say the word protection.  The guy paid for his stuff and leaves with his family.  The clerk was very friendly.  The manager didn't say a word to me.
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Post by: Zergling on October 17, 2014, 04:42:57 AM
This morning I went out to do some shopping. Meijer at 16/Van Dyke, Royal Cafe at 15/Scheonner, and in the evening I went to Starbucks to meet with a co-worker. All in all, good day. One of the guys at Starbucks did make a joke saying "Wow, you're packing some serious power down there." which turned into a sexual joke between the group of teens in line. No issues ever because I keep to myself and don't go out of my way to make sure people see what I am doing.
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Post by: SD40VE on October 17, 2014, 09:40:22 AM
I'm thinking we should do coffee again sometime before the snow comes. Once snow hits, I won't be driving until April or May!

sounds good man, you got my number still? just hit me up. ill be out of town this weekend for hunting but let me know. ill have to buy this time :)
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Post by: Andrew101 on October 18, 2014, 08:00:03 PM
 ;D


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Post by: Xpiatio on October 29, 2014, 07:01:59 PM
Guy in full military outfit , camo, vest, hat, etc. Holster for a hand gun but carrying a water gun in it.  Escorting kids and moms during a Halloween event at Knapp's corners stores in grand rapids mi.  His hand playing with the water gun in his owb holster and actual draws it and points it at some the adults.  Walks up and down the side walk fidgeting with the gun.  Something not to do when carrying.  Any person or driving seeing that activity would have yelled brandishing.  Could hardly see what gun he had in his holster cause it fully covered the fake gun.
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Post by: SD40VE on November 03, 2014, 03:16:30 PM
Guy in full military outfit , camo, vest, hat, etc. Holster for a hand gun but carrying a water gun in it.  Escorting kids and moms during a Halloween event at Knapp's corners stores in grand rapids mi.  His hand playing with the water gun in his owb holster and actual draws it and points it at some the adults.  Walks up and down the side walk fidgeting with the gun.  Something not to do when carrying.  Any person or driving seeing that activity would have yelled brandishing.  Could hardly see what gun he had in his holster cause it fully covered the fake gun.

yeah halloween is full of idiots lol
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Post by: gryphon on February 01, 2015, 03:48:30 PM
My step-son had a birthday party for his young son at Jumping Jax, a blowup indoor jumping place, in East Lansing yesterday and they asked him to leave because he was open carrying.
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Post by: CitizensHaveRights on February 01, 2015, 04:30:11 PM
At what point did they kick him out?
Didn't he have to cough up $100 in advance to make his party reservation? If so, did they refund?
Their rules are posted online, but nothing about weapons.
http://www.jumpinjaxbouncearena.com/rules
They do say "Additional rules will be explained by the staff when you arrive", so I hope they told him no guns upon arrival and refunded any deposit.
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Post by: gryphon on February 01, 2015, 05:06:48 PM
I don't know any details.  I'm in Kansas City right now and heard it from my wife.  He secured the pistol in his car and stayed.  His wife didn't have a problem because she was CCing a Kimber .45 ACP so they didn't know about that one.
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Post by: ScottyJ98 on March 01, 2015, 09:09:28 PM
OC'd  while taking my dog for a walk this evening. This was my first time OC'ing and had no issues.
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Post by: Pond Scum on March 01, 2015, 11:23:22 PM
Good for you Scott!  The second time is even easier!  :)
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Post by: Xpiatio on March 04, 2015, 07:02:11 PM
Good for you Scott!  The second time is even easier!  :)
+1
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Post by: ScottyJ98 on March 07, 2015, 08:12:11 PM
I OC'd for my second time last night. I had to run to Gander Mountain so decided to take the Ruger with me. Not one person said a word and didn't receive any looks. I am going to take a cpl class soon because having to go through the motions of unloading and securing the pistol is annoying.
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Post by: Xpiatio on March 08, 2015, 10:29:24 PM
Second day of higher Temps and finally able to wear a spring jacket.   OC at Kentwood Meijer and Quiznos on kalamazoo street today. 
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Post by: michaelm_ski on March 10, 2015, 02:17:06 PM
I finally made it back to my favorite site :) , I have been open carrying just around my subdivision and my wife has talked me into getting my cpl so after I get that I will carry a lot more I have had nothing but good experiences to date . Stay safe and carry on my fellow carriers .
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Post by: gryphon on March 10, 2015, 02:28:18 PM
Good stuff!
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Post by: Deerok on March 18, 2015, 03:10:19 PM
I went to GB to tactical on Saturday doing some open carrying all was good. had an elderly couple asked me if there were any problems for the carrying I said I've never received any. I had went in there just to BS but I ended up walking out with a good old Marlin 336 .30-30 lever action, it already has a scope on it so I was like me gusta
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Post by: lil_freak_66 on March 19, 2015, 11:52:46 AM
many many places lately, taking me all over the country.

presently im in joplin MO doing it no issue, last night i was in little rock also no issues.

ill be home tommorow and i expect to have no issues in my mackinac city area, either.
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Post by: JoeCar on May 10, 2015, 04:46:12 PM
voted last Tues. at lk. fenton high. carried my 9mm Beretta. No issues. One of the precinct watchers commented his approval and referring to the off duty cop stopping the 2 jihadists in the attack in Garland, Tx over the Mohamed cartoon fest
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Xpiatio on May 31, 2015, 09:21:31 PM
stopped at the Taco Bell in Kentwood by M6.  Order some dinner and a guy was in there nodding to my px4 storm.  I was standing back waiting to use the soda fountain.  He said I could come in and use it.  I could have been more friendly than I was. I was kicking myself for not being. Throwing Discs at Brewer park all day.  But I saw he worked from the rapid.  He was asking me if I was working. I mentioned it was legal to open carry in Michigan.  He told me that he knew and his neighbor called police on him while he was cutting grass.  I also open carried in John Ball Park, you have to open carry there cause there is a school on the property.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: TheQ on June 08, 2015, 12:49:32 PM
John Ball park -- isn't that a zoo? In which case, one could argue the property is primarily used for the education of adults and thus CC.

See text of MCL 28.425o and definitions in MCL 750.237a.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Pond Scum on June 08, 2015, 10:19:55 PM
I was OC on my Goldwing Saturday on I-96 eastbound.  I passed a pickup about mile marker 10 and a couple seconds later he hits the gas and comes back along side of me ... I gave a glance over my shoulder not knowing what to expect and saw him getting ready to take a picture.  I gave him a little wave with all 5 fingers and kept on my way. 

My hard chrome 1911 and green pearl grips must really stand out!   :D
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Xpiatio on June 08, 2015, 10:47:33 PM
John Ball park -- isn't that a zoo? In which case, one could argue the property is primarily used for the education of adults and thus CC.

See text of MCL 28.425o and definitions in MCL 750.237a.
It's a mixed use.   There is a public  elementary school on the property.   If we took it by occupied area, it is first and foremost a park owned by the county.  The problem I see is that we don't know where the designated school land starts and stops.

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Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: thamm on June 14, 2015, 10:44:01 PM
I OC'd for the first time today @ Tractor Supply in Trenton & Meijer in Woodhaven. Nothing extraordinary happened.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: ocdetroit on June 19, 2015, 12:32:21 PM
good that's the way it should be carry on
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Xpiatio on June 28, 2015, 11:19:41 PM
Carried in Arby's in Grandville, MI the week of the Charleston shooting.   The cashier was nervous. Filled up my pop abs waited for my food. A worker double takes and says he is amazed that I was the first person he saw carrying with a ccw.   He asked me what I was carrying. I said px4 storm.  He then said, oh I don't know that one but I do know a lot about glocks and berretas.  I didn't have the heart to tell him that I was carrying a berretta.    When I was leaving the manager scolded him for talking about firearms with me.

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Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Kimber on August 24, 2015, 08:10:39 PM
Opened carried in Royal Oak for the first time in CVS at 13 and Woodward. Researched online and it seemed CVS has a hx of not being open carry "friendly". However, my experience was relatively uneventful. Pharmacist looked at my pistol and seemed a little nervous. I chatted him up and he relaxed some. Some bystanders stopped walking when they saw my firearm and then started walking again as I smiled at them. Good stuff.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: gryphon on August 24, 2015, 08:40:11 PM
Good first post, Kimber.  Come on by and introduce yourself.  :)

https://forums.miopencarry.org/index.php/board,3.0.html
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Kimber on August 24, 2015, 09:08:42 PM
Will do.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: G36shooter on August 27, 2015, 06:38:31 PM
Way to go 'Kimber', the more you OC on a daily basis and go about your business as if you were not OCing, the more natural it becomes. Carry On!
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Kimber on August 28, 2015, 10:53:17 PM
Thanks, Greg!
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Pond Scum on September 16, 2015, 06:22:32 PM
I was out on the Goldwing today.  OC'd my American Classic 1911 to Mr. B's Pancake House in Muskegon, the Secretary of State Office in Muskegon, and West Marine.  No problems anywhere.  The only comment came for a guy outside the SOS that was collecting signatures for a petition to legalize marijuana.    He thought I had some type of "special" job to carry a gun.  "Nope.  Just a salesman."      :D
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: part deux on September 16, 2015, 06:52:09 PM
Did you sign the petition?
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Pond Scum on September 16, 2015, 09:12:59 PM
Did you sign the petition?

yes
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: fozzy71 on September 16, 2015, 11:26:28 PM
yes

A+, I signed earlier this year.  I have an interesting experience from today but will wait a while to share it for various reasons......
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: part deux on September 17, 2015, 08:19:17 AM
I sign almost every petition that I'm presented with.  My belief is that if people are that passionate about a topic, they should have the opportunity to present it to the voters.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: Zergling on September 30, 2015, 02:30:51 AM
I haven't gone anywhere that has given me trouble. Most of the time people ask if I can take it out and show them or whisper to their friend "look he has a gun!" All in all, never any issues. I did have one incident where I was asked to leave or conceal inside a McDonalds. I didn't care to get into a legal battle in front of people so I threw my shirt over it and finished ordering.

A+ times so far. By the way, I can't believe how many people support us regardless of what the media says. 
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: hevymetal on March 09, 2016, 11:16:41 AM
Thought I would brush the dust off this thread. OCed at the polls yesterday for the primary. No issues, but still quite a few dirty looks from the board members who remember me and their inability to prevent me from OCing while working the polls. When I was the election inspector a few years ago they tried to force me to sign an employment contract preventing me from carrying because some residents said they were afraid of my gun. I refused, resigned my position and continue to carry while voting.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: CitizensHaveRights on May 12, 2016, 06:57:02 PM
Not much action in this thread in recent years.
OC'd at a Chinese Buffet this evening, either nobody noticed or nobody cared. (which is the reason why we quit posting this same old story)
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: part deux on May 15, 2016, 10:48:23 AM
I'm going to stop OC, since the only reason I OC is to get a reaction and show off my big gun.  People don't even run from me screaming gun anymore...
/sarc
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: smellslikemichigan on June 29, 2016, 10:16:06 PM
occasionally this sort of thing still happens.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J70JJggtgMc
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: CitizensHaveRights on June 30, 2016, 08:23:24 PM
Hey, somebody noticed your OCing and cared about it.

Somehow I missed hearing about this little anti civil rights circle jerk in advance.
Therefore I didn't get to call an octogenarian any obscene names this week for throwing a temper tantrum in Congress while trying to violate my civil rights.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: G36shooter on June 30, 2016, 09:56:01 PM
So, we will let you do  "your thing"  exercising your rights in a public meeting, we will do "our thing" keeping an eye on you. Whisky Tango Foxtrot! Carry on brother!
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: smellslikemichigan on June 30, 2016, 09:57:36 PM
yeah, i thought he was going to babysit me when he said that, but there were no cops near me
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: MI_XD on July 02, 2016, 06:44:11 PM
Wasn't there one standing in the doorway behind you? I thought I saw one there when you turned around once. Or did he move along?
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: MI_XD on July 17, 2016, 09:12:12 AM
OC'd for the first time in quite awhile yesterday. Went to the Taco Bell and Dairy Queen in South Haven.

 Taco Bell, the guy taking our order saw nothing, but the guy doing the drivethru turned around and said, "I'm getting ready to carry, too!" to which the guy taking our order said, "Huh?" The drive thru guy said, "He's carrying." We then talked about 3 gun shooting competitions and other topics. No Fear or screaming there.

 Dairy Queen was much more crowded, but no one said any thing there.

 Carry On!
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: mosnar87 on July 17, 2016, 03:58:54 PM
I OC in the SH Taco Bell all the time, they are definitely used to it.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: MI_XD on August 02, 2016, 08:44:21 PM
OC'ed to vote tonight. Geneva Twp Hall. No problems! Even put my "I Voted" sticker on the holster before leaving. Then to Tractor Supply for Dog Food, Wendy's for dinner and Meijer for some supplies.

Non Problems whatsoever.  ;D
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: MI_XD on November 08, 2016, 07:09:51 PM
Once again, OC'd to vote! And it cannot be considered a vote for Hillary in ANY way!
 And of course I did not hide my holster and Springfield from anyone. No comments whatsoever.
 Largest turnout I have ever seen at this polling site in the 42 years that I have been voting there!

Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: CitizensHaveRights on November 09, 2016, 12:05:46 PM
No comments here. The woman who gave me my ballot stumbled a bit just before she handed it over, I guess that qualifies as a double take. Was wearing a little P938 in black kydex on my hip, with light beige shirt and slacks, so I assume it was fairly obvious.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: G36shooter on January 03, 2017, 06:34:07 PM
This afternoon my wife and daughter had lunch at Red Lobster in Frandor (near Lansing) OCing as always. Our waiter asked me what I was carrying, Glock 30s. He told us he had OC'd but mostly CC's. I gave  him a few tri-folds and encouraged him to visit the MOC website. A great day.
Title: Re: List your Open Carry Experiences here.
Post by: gryphon on January 05, 2017, 08:39:55 AM
Greg, I walked into a barbershop full of guys in Okemos Tuesday and no one commented about my Five-seveN.  We talked about the best cars of 2017 as defined by Car and Driver. LOL