Posts Tagged ‘because’

postheadericon TTAG Owner Forced To Leave Restaurant, Because Concealed Carry

Robert over at TTAG recently shared a story about one of his favorite establishments and their dislike of guns. Well, maybe it’s not his favorite, but apparently they have some bread that will keep you coming back.

In any event, Robert was asked to leave by the owner –indirectly– by way of calling the police to inform them that someone was carrying a concealed firearm inside their restaurant. They either saw that he was printing, or remembered him and assumed that he had a firearm on him as he sipped his coffee.

Either way, here’s the story:

So there I was, eating the world’s best ham sandwich at Austin’s Baguette et Chocolat, when two cops entered the patisserie and approached the counter. I thought nothing of it. Neither did Heidi. And then my spidey senses began to tingle . . .

Cop one was in a quiet conference with the owner, who stood behind the counter. Cop two positioned himself against a wall, arms crossed, staring across the room. Not at me and Heidi. Across the width of the room.

My first thought: it’s an immigration issue. My second thought: that’s stupid. They’re not Immigration officers. And B&C’s employees don’t seem like the undocumented sort, if you know what I mean.

As Iris Dement recommends, I let the mystery be.

To the point where I asked the not-so-dynamic duo if they were staying dry (a day after Harvey whacked Houston) as I returned to the counter and bought a cup of coffee. They nodded without any apparent understanding or bemusement — not an entirely unfamiliar response to my “clever” comments.

At some point, officer one approached our table from behind.

“Excuse me sir, are you armed?”

As Hunter Thompson reminds us, when the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. In this case — as in all of my various interactions with the constabulary — I became slow-moving, polite and stupid.

“What?” I asked, coffee in mid-air.

I turned to look at cop one, surveyed my surroundings and tried to guess what was about to happen.

“Are you armed?” he repeated.

My ability to answer this simple binary question was short-circuited by the cop’s blue eyes. Paul Newman didn’t have eyes that blue, and his eyes made the blue sky green with envy.

“Yes,” I answered, gathering my wits enough to realize my mistake.

When Texas passed licensed open carry, Baguette et Chocolat put up the requisite big-ass, door-mounted signage banning both open and concealed carry. I shared my disappointment with the manager and politely informed her that she’d lost my custom, and the custom of my TTAG staff.

And then . . . bread. Call me a hypocrite, accuse me of giving aid and comfort to the enemy, but B&C’s baguettes were a siren song this gun rights absolutist couldn’t resist.

Prior to that fateful afternoon, I stashed my gat in the car before entering the patisserie. That day, though, I forgot. I was wearing my Wilson Combat EDC X-9 in a Kydex holster under a T shirt. I was barely printing. But apparently enough to trigger the owner’s PC hoplophobia.

“Did you see the signs?” the officer asked.

“I thought they were just thirty-ought seven signs,” I replied, reckoning that both “no” and “oops, I forgot” wouldn’t cut it.

The officer’s blue eyes clouded with confusion. Clearly, he had no idea what I was talking about.

“Well the law’s always changing,” he said, suddenly trying to help me out. Calm me down. Prepare me for a ticket. Cover the fact that he didn’t know what the hell I was talking about. Something. “Have a look at the signs.”

Seriously? He wanted me to get up, go outside and read the signs? I glanced at his partner. He was deep into his bad-cop-at-a-distance, waiting-to-see-if-the-perp-complies routine.

OK then.

“I’m sorry officer,” I said after pretending to read the signs and re-entering the cafe. “I thought it was no open carry.”

I nodded at Heidi, put on my hat, made another apology and exited B&C stage right.

And that was that.

My bad, right? But I’m still annoyed that the owner called the cops.

I was a regular customer. I’d just bought $ 30 worth of food. I was with an attractive young lady. I was dressed well. I was calm and polite to his staff. All the owner had to do: ask me to leave and/or disarm.

I suspect I’m persona non grata at Baguette et Chocolat as a result. Luckily, I’m now on the ketosis diet. Even so, it’s a grieving process; I’m in the depression phase. Or maybe it’s just the lack of carbs.

One more thing . . .

Heidi and I were enjoying each other’s company in B&C for a good twenty minutes before the officers rolled up. I wonder if the owner ever considered how long it would take the cops to respond to an armed robbery or other violent incident. Probably not.

End scene.

It’s an interesting encounter, and I sit here wondering how I’d react in this situation. I still don’t know, but I’d probably wind up talking to the police outside a little more to dig a little deeper about how they feel about it. Regardless, if a private business doesn’t want you there with a firearm, that is their choice.

As a concealed carrier, what do you think about this encounter?

Concealed Nation

postheadericon Tennessee Moves To Decriminalize Suppressors — Because Why Shouldn’t You Protect Your Hearing?

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE — Even though the National Hearing Protection Act appears to be on the sidelines for the moment, Tennessee is pushing ahead with its own legislation to allow the possession of suppressors. Tennessee had prior laws on the books which prohibited the possession, transfer, sale, or transportation of suppressors — devices that reduce the noise generated by firearms. A recent bill passed through the Tennessee Senate would eliminate those restrictions.

According to, Senate Bill 921 would not countermand Federal restrictions on the sale, purchase, and transfer of suppressors. It would just remove the state-level restrictions placed in addition to the Federal ones. Tennessee residents would still need to purchase an ATF tax stamp and go through the waiting period like everyone else in the country.

For those hoping for some action on the Federal level in relation to suppressors, short barreled rifles, and similar, it may be awhile. Even members inside the ATF who attempt to report positions on those matters that may deviate from regulations are met with extreme grilling on Capitol Hill.

Suppressors — also sometimes referred to as “silencers” — are tools that are affixed to the barrel of a firearm to reduce the report of the gun. These aren’t ‘Hollywood’ suppressors that make the sound diminish altogether, they just bring down the volume to a level that doesn’t hurt people’s ears as much.

Suppressors have been demonized in popular movies and television as these popular tools that assassins use to make the report of a gun go away. In most cases, suppressors don’t even come close to doing that.

Since the recent administration has come into office, there has been renewed interest in removing the restrictions on suppressors. States may have their own restrictions — such as Tennessee — and then there is the convoluted process to purchase and possess a suppressor. At present, it involves a $ 200 tax stamp and a waiting period that can run into months.

Also, suppressors are treated like guns. Even though a suppressor is incapable of firing a projectile on its own, it is tracked the same way as a gun is tracked. For instance, if you put a suppressor on the end of your FNX-45, the ATF would classify that as two guns instead of one.

Does that make sense? No. No it doesn’t.

But, unfortunately, that’s how guns are treated when the federal government gets involved. Tools that aren’t even capable of firing a ballistic projectile on their own are now classified as a gun when it comes to reporting to the federal government.

Tennessee legislation isn’t going to fix any of that, sadly. That will require reform on the federal level. In the meantime, I’d expect to see a great deal of suppressors arriving on the shelves of Tennessee gun stores once SB 921 becomes law.

Concealed Nation

postheadericon Drop Your Ego, because you’re Discouraging Beginners from Asking Questions

The absolute worst part about this job isn’t the anti-gunner death threats, and it’s not the part where we report on accidental (negligent) discharges. The absolute worst part about this job is seeing comments from people who believe themselves to be smarter and better than everyone else.

Normally, this wouldn’t bother me. Let those punks say what they want, because chances are that people aren’t listening anyway. But when those people begin to target those new to firearms and concealed carry, that’s where I get annoyed.

Remember the saying ‘No question is stupid’? That’s especially true when dealing with the topics that we deal with. NO question is stupid, and not a single one of us knows everything.

Let’s look at a recent example:

We post: Carrying a firearm while using a public bathroom; What should you do with it?

Mr. Knowitall comments: If you don’t know what to do, you shouldn’t be carrying.

Thanks, Sir, for your valuable contribution to the conversation.

Not only to these keyboard warriors think that they’re above everyone else, it’s a serious discouragement for beginners to answer beginner questions. Sometimes, folks forget that others are just starting out and in the beginning, we all have legitimate questions with legitimate answers.

On a daily basis, we receive messages and emails from beginners, and they ask us questions that many label as ‘stupid’ or ‘if you don’t know this, don’t carry’. That’s a bad approach to take, and instead we should be supportive of each other and the questions that are on our minds.

In closing, no question is stupid… especially at Concealed Nation. We’re here to help those looking for answers and are happy to answer any questions that we can. It’s the way we learn, and you can never ask too many questions or be too prepared. For those who choose the opposite approach described in the example above, I ask that you reconsider. If you choose to comment, make it a comment that allows for a teaching moment, and not a comment that could stop someone from asking a legitimate question.

We’re all in this together. The more people who learn, the more people carrying firearms in the safest ways possible.

Concealed Nation

postheadericon The Ultimate Gun Control Video: I Carry A Gun Because…

The holster company Urban Carry has created a video that everyone should watch, whether they’re pro gun or not.

Backed up by statistics and references, these folks did the dirty work and created a fantastic video to share with the world.

“I carry a gun because a gun-free zone makes it easier for predators to target their prey.”

This and much more. Give it a watch above, and share it far and wide.

Concealed Nation

postheadericon This Teacher Sneaks Her Gun Into School Each Day, Because She Doesn’t Want Anyone To Be A Statistic

Many school districts do not allow teachers to carry firearms into the classroom. For those teachers with a concealed carry permit, they have to make a daily decision to either protect themselves or hope nothing goes wrong. For one teacher, who wished to remain anonymous, she chooses to carry.

This is going to have to be a discussion amongst the concealed carry community.

CafeMom published the original article which details this teacher’s decision to carry and her practice of carrying. She guesses the overall reaction of parents would be one of surprise but knows that between her and her husband, carrying a concealed handgun just makes sense for her.

However… It’s illegal.

We didn’t write the law and we sure as heck don’t enforce it on others. The point blank truth is that if she was caught with a concealed handgun, she’d likely lose her job and her permit.

Is the risk worth it?

This is a problem with “gun free zones”. Often times, the people who are put in the predicament of choosing safety over following the rules.

However, what is a law-abiding gun owner if he or she doesn’t follow the law?

There may be a lot of gun owners who understand this teacher’s predicament. Who truly knows how many otherwise law-abiding gun owners take their handguns into “gun free zones” every single day without a single issue or incident?

Is that something we want to condone and promote? I’d argue that responsible concealed carry practices require us to attack the laws which bind our hands — not act outside of the law.

There are school districts from California to Ohio that are fighting to allow teachers and administrators to legally protect themselves and their students.

We’ve also seen what happens when a teacher acts outside of the law.

In one incident, a teacher in Newtown, Connecticut, was arrested and lost his job because he was caught with a concealed carry pistol.

That teacher had a permit to carry but he was not authorized by his school system to carry in the classroom.

He was arrested and treated like a criminal when a security guard discovered his concealed handgun. That is precisely what this teacher will face if she is caught.

He’s not wrong for wanting to protect himself but he certainly isn’t right with the law.

This is an unfortunate position that our educators have been placed in. They can choose to protect themselves by carrying a concealed handgun and risk losing their jobs OR they can wait until the legislative process reforms.

Reforming the law is a painfully slow process.

The law is what separates criminals from good guys.

Which side of the law should we be on?

Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

Concealed Nation

postheadericon Waffle House Customer Shoots Armed Robber, Because Concealed Carry

NORTH CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA — An armed citizen with a concealed carry permit stopped an attempted armed robbery at a Waffle House early Saturday morning. “He saved us, that’s what he did,” a Waffle House employee told The Post and … Continue reading
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postheadericon 433,000 Ford cars to be recalled because of software bug – would you have preferred an internet update?

Cars which are capable of receiving instructions via the internet (such as software updates) are potentially more at risk of being hacked or meddled with than those which don’t.

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