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Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by kd7dvd, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. badkarma1208

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    I go in heavy and open carry when I head into Seattle because my little utopia is almost crime free vs. Seattle.
     
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    Visitors to my fair city should keep in mind:
    If this smells like bovine fecal matter, it's because it is completely subjective, varies from place to place based on poorly defined "community standards," and open to interpretation by every individual cop in the state. Someday I hope some bright young attorney will jump up and down on it with the 14th Amendment until it cries uncle. Open carry is legal in Seattle, but no way worth the hassle, since every little old lady will be sending cops your way. (Well, maybe if you avoid downtown, Capitol Hill, South Seattle, Lake City, Ballard, West Seattle, ... uh, never mind...)

    Actual dialog (well, mostly actual...)
    LOL: I saw a guy with a gun walking around today. Should I have called the police?
    Me: He was just walking around?
    LOL: Yeah.
    Me: Well, I'm pretty sure that's legal.
    LOL: Really?
    Me: 'Fraid so.
    LOL: Oh.

    So, clearly this lady was "alarmed," even though her alarm wasn't really "warranted" (IMHO).
     
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    I believe there are multiple court precedents that merely open carrying a holstered weapon does not warrant alarm, but I, personally, don't want to be arguing that with a cop on the side of the road.
     
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    There was a little brouhaha when some guy walked into a Seattle?/Factoria?/Issaquah? Starbucks like a cowboy with a six-shooter around his waist awhile back and the kid freaked and subsequently the mom freaked and complained to the store. Thus it was brought to the fore in a hurried fashion that yes, WA state is open carry.

    Even in liberal Seattle, many at Seattle PD East Pct. knows about "Conan" who used to run around Capitol Hill in the 90's/2000's. This was a big Nordic fellow, heavy muscled, often in just a tank top that would bicycle around the area with a huge BROADSWORD strapped to his back. (Hence the aforementioned moniker). Favorite haunts you used to see him was at Hana's Japanese restaurant on Broadway.

    He was never a worry for anyone, police never had any problems... just one of many eccentric characters of Capital Hill back in the day before political correctness made many of these guys extinct from the area.
     
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    Guns + Starbucks = Giggles :rofl: We should do a meetup at one!

    I remember Conan. Police had a long, long talk with him and decided he was OK, especially as he was happy to break up fights. One brawl, one broadsword.

    I'd hate to be the second guy with a broadsword, though. :)

    OTOH, last week I saw a guy strolling around with a katana without a hassle. Well, not one I saw, anyway.

    And, of course, I've committed the occasional gross misdemeanor in the fierce libertarian spirit of our part of the country :D (Just not right at this instant...OK?) Hopefully, SPD getting its leash pulled by THE_MAN will calm things down a bit.

    But, please, please, please, don't OC at the McDonald's at 3/Pine.... :cold:
     
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    I wouldn't eat any burgers at the Mc D's at 3rd & Pine. If there's one establishment with guaranteed horsemeat in their burgers it would probably be THAT one.

    I'll be back in the PAC NW early part of April. We should try to do a meet up with all the WA state EDC'ers. Perhaps someplace with pizza? Beer?
     
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    Well you can state all the statutes you want. My friend just got $8K from SPD for a Greenlake incident and Seattle has failed 3 times to implement gun bans at parks. I am active on Open Carry and know the WAC's enough that I should be able to handle myself if confronted.

    Your RCW does not apply to Open carry.
     
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    Bitter beer, bright lights, sharp objects. I'm in. :D
     
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    So, I'm an ex bus driver. Well, I used to drive buses but I still hold the licences. Worked public service routes in the local city, had to learn about 35-40 routes with about 2-3 variations on a lot of them. The stuff I had to carry for that job wasn't much. Notes, dairy, torch, phone, bottle of water etc. The notes were in A5 and could fit in the coat pockets. I could put most of it in my pockets but the coat would end up pretty heavy and then on the bus there was invariably no where to hang the sod.

    Knives were a no-no. Even a multitool wasn't allowed. If the mobile phone was seen in our hands whilst we drove that was a sackable offence but parked up reading a book on them, well, that was down to the inspectors, who could be quite abusive of their position. But that's to be expected too.

    I did move over to a bag for a while and sometimes took cameras in on night shifts to get some good photos or for other reasons, such as after work too.

    There are some nice pouches around for gear but it depends on what you can get away with wearing on your person, or in your pockets. Being in smart trousers/shirt/tie was kinda restrictive, but I found a way. I guess that was when I started carrying my Surefire 6p with it's spare cell pack with me too...
     
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    It's a sketchy intersection which is now the subject of an intense cleanup effort. OTOH, it might be a good place to practice your weapon retention skills....:uhhuh:
     
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    Sounds like it's an intersection that you don't stop at a red light when driving thru.
     
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    HEY, what's going on in here??? :frantic:
     
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    Nah, they know that if they shoot me I won't give them a free ride anymore.... :D
     
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    Free ride right? You probadly charge double for some.:p
     
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    All the traffic will bear!
     
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    I see! :ninja:
     
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    This is a weird thread :)
     
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