I don’t like to open carry. I have heard enough bad stories and believe that causing panic in the streets is not a great way to go about any part of my business. Sometimes I get lazy though. Last Friday was an example of this that very quickly turned into a good story about open carry.
My place of employment, West Coast Armory, is located in Bellevue, WA just an exit away from the Bellevue Collection, a collection of stores frequented by those with far too much money to waste. I had to run down to said “Collection” (I always called a collection of stores a mall but apparently I was wrong) during my lunch break Friday because I had managed to completely and utterly destroy my beloved iPhone and this location served as home to the only Apple Store I knew of. I spent the whole drive over there trying to decide if I really wanted to take my gun off and just leave it in my car, finally I said “screw it, it’s legal and I don’t want to leave my gun.” Plus, my new holster is a preproduction model that is a bit difficult to get off and on my belt. Laziness won.
I canvassed the front of the mall for any “No weapons/firearms/cool people” signs, not seeing any I went inside. I was pretty much ignored the whole way to the Apple Store but then I went in, checked in for my appointment and went to check email and facebook and otherwise do things my friends would label “work” if we were sitting in a restaurant taking bets on how much of a workaholic an internet quiz will call me. This meant that my gun side was turned straight toward the guy with the iPad standing in the middle of the store looking important.
He just looked at me and said: “I just moved up here, is West Coast Armory a gun range in the area?” That’s right – by the end of my extremely nerve racking foray the entire Apple Store was discussing my gun range, two guys had asked me about ARs and another about leagues. As the right person with the right attitude in the right setting I managed to take open carry and turn it into advertising for West Coast Armory.
Plus, they gave me a free iPhone and that was pretty rad too.