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Well, the family and I went grocery shopping tonight (haven't been in two weeks) and the take was HUGE! I could barely fit everything into the cart (I bagged 'cause they were short handed over at Albertson's).

So as we were walking towards the door the checker at the do-it-yourself station says: "Can I ask you a quick question?"
"Sure." I say, anticipating it having something to do with that tool on my belt.
"So how can you just walk around with you gun in the open? Is that legal?" she asks.
"Well, yes. Utah is an open-carry state. You may carry openly after age 18." I reply.

It turns out this lady has her CFP (got it a long time ago) from Doug's Shoot 'N Sports and carries a Glock 45 ACP occasionally. I encouraged her to carry it all the time, she smiled. She mentioned many instances where she has felt threated (leaving the store at midnight and being approached by strangers, etc) and was curious about being able to open carry if you are not law enforcement. So, after a little education and some chit-chat I gave her a card to join UCC (maybe she will be seen here shortly), her name is Debi. She mentioned that Doug's had told her that open-carry was not legal - maybe we need to have a discussion with their instructors :)

I liked this as it was my first time being approached about open-carry and went very well (I thought). I told her that I wanted the public to know that good guys other than the police carry sidearms too, and hopefully being able to see people with sidearms will help to dispel the feeling of fear regarding guns that seems to pervade our society.
 

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Great to hear! I had a similar encounter Friday night actually.

Was in Target with my wife doing our shopping. Was checking some things on my Blackberry waiting for my wife near the front of the store and someone comes up and asks me if I am on opencarry.org. I say yes and at UCC and we start chatting.

He had his CFP but let it expire. He actually told me he felt safer seeing I was carrying :D He asked some questions and I answered to the best of my abilities, it was quiet fun!
 

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Way to go GD. :D I will probably OC at Sportsman's Warehouse and Smith's today. :shades:
 

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Shaolin said:
Way to go GD. :D I will probably OC at Sportsman's Warehouse and Smith's today. :shades:
The Provo Sportsman's Warehouse has a sign out front that all firearms must be unloaded, etc. I don't remember the exact signage, but concealed or especially open carry seems to be against their sign.

I know we can carry anyway in Utah, but I thought it was interesting that a large gun shop in Utah has a sign like that. Does that strike anyone else the same way? Anyone have information on it?
 

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doconix said:
Shaolin said:
Way to go GD. :D I will probably OC at Sportsman's Warehouse and Smith's today. :shades:
The Provo Sportsman's Warehouse has a sign out front that all firearms must be unloaded, etc. I don't remember the exact signage, but concealed or especially open carry seems to be against their sign.

I know we can carry anyway in Utah, but I thought it was interesting that a large gun shop in Utah has a sign like that. Does that strike anyone else the same way? Anyone have information on it?
I thought the sign said that they must be unloaded etc or remain holstered.
 

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I'd be curious as to the exact wording on the sign.

I recall a sign similar to that at Gunnies, but I believe that the intent was that any gun you bring in for service must be unloaded. I figure that they, and quite reasonably so, don't want people to be handling loaded guns in the store.

It would be silly for a big gun store to have an anti-gun policy.
 

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I just went there at lunch break, and the sign is gone. I'm 100 percent positive it was there, but I don't remember the exact wording. In any case, it looks like someone talked with them about it.
 

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The sign at the Sportsman's Warehouse in Riverdale looks exactly like this one:



Very clear and, IMO, very reasonable. You're welcome to leave your self-defense piece where it is, CC or OC, but if you're planning to unholster it (to try holsters for fit, or to show it to someone at the gun counter or whatever), then unholster, unload and lock the action open before entering the store.

Not only does it reduce the chance of ADs inside the store (keeps 'em outside), but it also means that the SW employees can assume that if you're drawing your gun you mean to rob them or shoot someone, so they should shoot you first. ;)

I guess the policy might be a problem for someone who carries a long gun as their self-defense weapon.
 

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Well, I never made it to Sportsmans Warehouse yesterday. They did not have what I was looking for. I've been in there before CC, but never saw that sign (Riverdale Store). I will still OC when the time comes, but will keep it holstered. I did make it over to Smiths though, have not been in this store for almost a year. I did get a comment about my shirt though, lol The cashier was looking at my gun though, lol
 

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Congrats! I am glad you had a pleasant experience. I always like encounters where I can educate someone on open carry.
 

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Shaolin said:
Well, I never made it to Sportsmans Warehouse yesterday. They did not have what I was looking for. I've been in there before CC, but never saw that sign (Riverdale Store). I will still OC when the time comes, but will keep it holstered. I did make it over to Smiths though, have not been in this store for almost a year. I did get a comment about my shirt though, lol The cashier was looking at my gun though, lol
I OC all the time at Sportsman's. :crown: :crown:

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The sign at the Sportsman's Warehouse in Riverdale looks exactly like this one
I don't need to repeat showing the picture but it is the exact same one that is at the Midvale Sportsmen's Warehouse.

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I just got back from Bozeman Sportsman's Warehouse. Great place to spend your lunch break. I was going to take a picture of their sign, but forgot. Anyway, it is posted at the entrance and above the gun counter, and reads something like this:

All firearms brought in for service must be unloaded and checked by customer service. CWP holders are not prohibited from carrying, but firearms must be cleared and checked if they are removed from a concealed position.
Again, that's not verbatim, but that's most of it. Funny that they sound anti-OC, but I'm pretty sure if you went in there OC'ing nobody would say a word.
 
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