- Jul 2, 2010
Well, somebody is naive, maybe me. It has been four decades since my most recent encounter with cops (March 1977) and I have been armed for two of those decades. These are experiences that I am glad to not have, and wonder at their blasé acceptance by others. Personally, any encounter with a cop is a bad encounter.
Nightmare, I am sorry you feel that way. I openly carry just about every day and am often in the presence of state and local law enforcement officers, and I have yet to have an unpleasant encounter. Most of the time, if we exchange comments at all, it's just to say "Hello, how're you doin'?" If it goes beyond that, usually the conversation comprises questions about my firearm, why I like it compared to others ... you know, the same kind of exchanges we have with other, non-LEO carriers. In the years I have been openly carrying I have yet to have a "bad encounter" with anyone in Law Enforcement in my home state of Virginia or even in Maryland, a state that has some of the most draconian firearms laws. What I have discerned is that one's attitude and demeanor goes a long way in maintaining a cordial, non-confrontational experience.
Having said that, I am not "blase." I am practiced and prepared to defend my rights verbally if confronted by a law enforcement officer, relying on the great advice of my attorney (User on this forum). It's just that I have never had to do that. Perhaps I have just been more fortunate than some posters in this forum that have experienced otherwise.