I took a trip back to Duncan's Gun Works today to get my friend's Colt SAA fixed again, as it wasn't locking up properly. While there, I had the Tracker with me and I perused some of the guns (deciding between a Beretta 92, CZ-75, BHP and a Glock 17) while waiting to be helped. Eventually, the topic of conceal carry laws in various states and California arose between Hugo and two customers (typical of a gun shop) and I chimed in with my open carry schpeal. After a discussion on open carry, OLLs and other such gun topics, I invited them to the next open carry outing and told them to check my blog and calguns.net to better inform themselves of the law. I also gave Hugo my blog address and an invitation to go down to the next OC outing as well, so I hope he shows up :)
After the SAA got fixed (100 year-old mainspring finally went :( ) I left and went over to Washington Mutual on Twin Oaks to make deposits for my sister and I. I was in the bank for about 15 minutes for the entire transaction and I heard not a word or gasp.
Getting back on the freeway for home I remembered that I had forgotten to get some Loctite at Home Depot so I could finally install my new 10/22 Tech Sights so I decided that a detour to Lowe's was in order.
While asking for directions to the Loctite, the hardware counter employee looked a little nervous and while I was leaving for the Paint aisle, the following conversation ensued...
-Hey, you know you're carrying a gun, right?
-Oh yeah, I know.
-Are you law enforcement?
-No, I am a normal citizen.
-That is legal?
-Yes it is *insert legalities here*
-Wow, that is so weird that no one stopped you, as we've had some problems with armed robberies at some other locations.
-Oh thats lame. Yeah, just here to pick up some Loctite *smile*
We had a talk about some more firearm stuff and I left him my blog address in case he had any more questions on the law and whatnot.
Another day, another great experience. Off to study some O-Chem!