My advice to him, and to other OC'ers: If you look suspicious, you will be treated as such. I asked him what he would think if he saw a person with a gun looking around the restaurant nervously. It changes a persons opinion of you instantly. I know it takes some time for some people to get comfortable open carrying, but if your going to do so, try to make people think that you are just another person conducting business as usual.
Just some friendly advice!
Never open carried before. Decided to take 'small steps' lol Went to Central Range to see if they had any magazines in-stock for my gun. Walked a quarter block to the store. No dice on the mag but did pick up a Hogue Handall slip-slip on grip. Drove downtown, and walked down the street to another gun store with the same results. No issues experienced except for attempts at price gouging lol
First time visiting Des Moines. OC in Urbana Ruby Tuesdays. Went to big mall and OC in Scheels Sporting Goods. Thought an issue was going to take place as soon as i walked into the store but nothing more than greetings. Then walked thru rest of mall. No issues. Some casual looks but most didnt notice.
I assume you're talking about Jordan Creek? Anyone else have any Jordan Creek mall experiences?
I've cc'ed for over a year now and just found out about open carry. I went up to Sioux City to try it out recently. I went to Menards, Casey's, Scheels, and of course Walmart (the popular place to oc). I was amazed almost nobody noticed, and nobody said anything. At another time I went to my local grocery store. There were only a few people working that night and they seemed fine with it. I've never seen anyone else oc before so maybe I'll be the local advocate. I'm a bit of an oddball and oc a Bond Arms snake slayer in 45 colt, or when I'm in the country 410 shotshells.
a kid comes bounding into the store
Took a small road trip from Dubuque over to Waterloo. Filled up at the pumps, OC w/o any issues. There was a SUV at a pump with an older gentleman who I thought was dialing 911 but wasnt lol
Drove over to Waterloo, where I picked up a friend and his stuff from his old apartment. Going in/out of the building, carrying stuff without issues. Several people passed on the side walk. Even spent about 10min leaned against my van with cars going past. No problems at all, not even a second glance. The real fun part so to speak, is my friends apartment is right across the street from the Sherrif's dept. Several deputies even looked over as they drove through their parking lot, and didnt give me a second glance either.
Final stop was at the Road Ranger truck-stop by Evansdale. Filled up, went in to use the restroom, and get a soda. Lady behind the counter was totally cool.
3 OC opportunities, and all were incident free. All done with my HiPoint JCP (40S&W) in a belt holster at the 3 o'clock position. Not a small gun lol
I CC’d in Dubuque last weekend. My wife and I visited Catfish Charlie’s, Stone Cliff wine bar (at the old Star brewery), and Hyvee. I prefer OC, but wanted to check more into Iowa laws and the experience of others first. After reading through this, I’ll almost surely OC from now on.