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Today, I was kneeling at a coworkers desk (THAT sounds kinda weird, but it's hard to explain) and we were reviewing some documents. I look over and another coworker is STARING RIGHT AT MY GUN. I casually feel down and my shirt had pulled entirely over the handle of the XD 9mm SubCompact on my hip. I was made. The guy that saw the gun seemed a bit nervous and fidgety. I nonchalantly pulled my shirt back over it and continued the discussion, then left because I didn't want everyone else in the office to know.

After thinking about it for a while, I decided to talk to him about it. I had done nothing wrong, but he is recently from India, where there are very strict gun laws. He's very smart, but not familiar with US customs. I just didn't want him to be uncomfortable around me and to be made aware that carrying a gun is legal and not an uncommon thing here. More than that, I didn't want him telling or asking others about it.

So I invite him to my office. The conversation went like this:
Me: So, did you see my gun today?
Him: Huh?
Me: I noticed that you saw that I carry a gun.
Him: You carry a gun?
Me. CRAP!

I went on to explain that I do indeed carry a gun and that it's perfectly legal and that because it is intended to be concealed, that I'd appreciate if he didn't tell anyone else about it. He was totally cool with all of it and thought it was pretty cool. He said he did see it, but thought it was a cell phone or PDA. I felt like an idiot for even bringing it up.

Lesson learned: Even if you think you've been made, it does little good to say anything about it (unless, of course they are dialing 911 or running down the halls screaming about a gunman).

Have any of you been in a similar situation?
 

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Great story and whatever the lesson to be learned is....it's a good one. :wink:
 

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Even though the Utah AG has given his opinion that CFP holders in Utah have no obligation to keep their weapons concealed, when I am in Utah, there are places that I feel it is imparitive to keep mine concealed, as well as places at home.

Many people at my church know that I carry, but they don't know if I carry at church. They never will!

Most people at work know that I carry, but they don't know if I carry at work. They never will.

When I am out and about, in Utah, I commomly carry concealed, but, but not always. If I want to take of my coat or what ever, I don't give it a second thought that I might be "made", I carry openly and I have never had a problem.

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Jeff Johnson said:
Tarzan1888 said:
Even though the Utah AG has given his opinion that CFP holders in Utah have no obligation to keep their weapons concealed,
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Do you know where we can read that opinion online?
I believe I read a quote on PDO, and I have looked for it myself, but I too would like a new source that I could quote.

I know I read a copy of the opinion, but I can't give you chapter and verse.

Sorry

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I'M SORRY I HAVE TO ASK..

If the guys wasn't staring at your firearms...What was he staring at??? :oops:
 

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Concealedcarry said:
I'M SORRY I HAVE TO ASK..

If the guys wasn't staring at your firearms...What was he staring at??? :oops:
ROTFLMAO :mrgreen: ....That's HILARIOUS. I smell a Sexual Harrassment suit. ( No Pun intended with the smell thing )
 

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I have talked to BCI many times about open carry. They are planning to post info about it on the web site and also include info in the next CCW Instructor's news letter. You can open carry in Utah but it is not wise to in public.
 

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Perhaps he means that someone at BCI opined that it is not wise to open carry in public.

Many people open carry all the time, and many others open carry sometimes. I'm in that latter category.

The debate amongst gun-enthusiasts between open and concealed carry has been going on for a good while now. I doubt we'll come to a consensus in this thread.

I'll just state my opinion that it has a benefit of educating the public, and desensitizing them to the sight of legally-carried firearms.
 

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Don't know about you guys, but I've never seen a PDA, cell phone, etc, that looks like a holstered XD. :wink:

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glock fan said:
Don't know about you guys, but I've never seen a PDA, cell phone, etc, that looks like a holstered XD. :wink:
Seriously, I think that's because you know what a holstered XD looks like. People who aren't familiar with guns and aren't expecting to see them may very well see a grip emerging from an IWB holster and, not having any idea what that unusual shape is, assume it's some sort of electronic device. The fact that it's black plastic helps.
 

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Car Knocker said:
You can open carry in Utah but it is not wise to in public.
Why is it unwise to open carry in public
As in the movie "Men in Black" when Tommy Lee Jones, a.k.a. Agent K, says: "A person is smart; people are dumb, panicky, dangerous...". I think that describes the public so very well.

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I don't have a permit yet, but when I get it I plan on carrying at work even though my work's policy is no guns whether you have a permit or not. I will carry, but try to keep it a deep concealment at work and then more casual out of work. My concern would be if I was made that they would tell HR and I would then have an unwanted confrontation from a supervisor that could result in termination. Once one person knows the word might get out that you always carry and that is not always a good thing in a workplace whether or not they have a policy against guns.
 

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swillden said:
glock fan said:
Don't know about you guys, but I've never seen a PDA, cell phone, etc, that looks like a holstered XD. :wink:
Seriously, I think that's because you know what a holstered XD looks like. People who aren't familiar with guns and aren't expecting to see them may very well see a grip emerging from an IWB holster and, not having any idea what that unusual shape is, assume it's some sort of electronic device. The fact that it's black plastic helps.
True, the XD holsters are rather "boxy" in shape. Imagine if the XD was Duracoated in some color like lime green or red. :wink:

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