I’ve really been trying to do it regularly, but this whole concealed carry thing is f***in hard! Not only is the wearing of my my gun a pain, but following the rules so that none of my actions are criminal, is very, VERY complicated. Even with this knowledge, for the first time this weekend, I am not just taking my firearm across state lines, I intend to carry, and take on the responsibility of protect my family, as we vacation in Asheville, North Carolina. I check my CCW App (that I have previously reviewed) and we’re off!
Driving from Atlanta into NC: No problem. We drive from one state to the other, my pistol is surprisingly comfortably on my hip the entire time. When we get out of the car I have to remember to check that my shirt hasn’t crept up to reveal (my muffin top) and my pistol. Had we driven through South Carolina, I would have had to leave my gun in the car, probably would have made it the trunk, and kept it unloaded. If we’d been staying in South Carolina, I probably would have left it at home altogether. (Leaving a firearm in a rental car or a hotel, really doesn’t sound like a good plan to me.) But North Carolina is accepting of my GA permit so I wear my pistol all the way up.
When we get to the hotel to drop our bags, I notice that even when I put down all my bags, I still feel weighted down. With my belt tight enough to support my gun, I wake up the next morning with the feeling that my hips are bruised. The worst part? Using a stall, in a public restroom…not allowing my gun to fall in the toilet, on the floor or flip into my pants so that I’m staring down the muzzle. I’ve found myself avoiding going to pee as often as I’d like to, only because it is such a hassle.
Now, I’m a big fan of the south but I didn’t realize just how different carry laws could be around one region. I’ve pretty much got down the Georgia code. No drinking while carrying, no going into bars that are only bars, though restaurants are ok. No government buildings, school zones, yada yada… Open carry is ok. Always have your permit on you, but if you get pulled over, you don’t have to disclose the presence of a firearm in your car… And so on. North Carolina is very different. I’ve basically got to leave my gun behind for every meal. Brunch isn’t even cool! Heading to any place that charges admission? Forget it. If you think about it, that’s pretty limiting when your on vacation. You don’t want to be running back and forth to your car or to the hotel, and you don’t want to leave a firearm in such places anyway.