Several months into CCW

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Several months into CCW

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Post by OnceFired » Fri Mar 01, 2013 5:28 pm

Hey all

Just thought I'd post a bit of an update. Got my CCW back in September, and fairly quickly got over the anxiousness I felt when carrying. I thought I'd report on that progress.

First, I had made it a habit to carry daily. Not IN work mind you, but in the car up until work. That was what gave me plenty of experience in a short period of time. I wasn't only carrying when I felt I had to. I was doing it daily because I wanted to be continually prepared.

Two things came out of this:
1) I am even more safety minded (carrying daily ingrained even deeper discipline)
2) My wife became accustomed to it

Safety is always crucial, but frankly #2 is the bigger benefit. My wife is no longer "nervous" about me having my CCW. She only knew it was there because I would lock it in the car when we were at destinations which would not allow possession. She stopped asking if I had it with me, too. She doesn't really realize it fully, but it's pretty clear she is now relying on me having it. ;)

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Re: Several months into CCW

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Post by RX8er » Fri Mar 01, 2013 6:41 pm

ZombieApoc wrote: Not IN work mind you, but in the car up until work.
:headscratch I must have missed it, why not carry at work?

Glad to hear all is going well. :thumbs2:
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Post by johncanfield » Sun Mar 03, 2013 9:35 am

ZombieApoc wrote:...but it's pretty clear she is now relying on me having it. ..
Now she needs one. Wife and I both daily carry.
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Post by ArmedAndPolite » Mon Apr 01, 2013 4:10 pm

Funny how you can go from nervous to comfortable in a matter of days.

I've had my CHL for about 2 months now. At first I carried around the house to get used to the feeling. I stood in front of mirrors to make sure I was not printing and carried when friends came over and no one ever noticed. My first few public carries I did not not have one chambered because I was still getting comfortable with carrying. After a week or so I felt comfortable enough to chamber a round and now I feel more comfortable with a round chambered. Still getting used to making sure my shirt doesn't ride on my holster and I still need to order a nice carry belt but so far everything is great. Sometimes I forget I have it on me. Currently using a Remora reinforced holster and it has never moved or shifted though rarely it may tilt a little when getting into/out of the car, I just make sure it's where it should be before getting out. Also, I ordered a nano gun vault which stays tethered to my seat in my car where I store my gun + extra mag if I have to go somewhere which may have a 30.06.

Do you carry any non-lethal deterrents? I'm thinking about capsaicin spray or a knife but I figure a knife has more potential to be used against you since it requires being up close and personal.
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Post by mewalke » Tue Apr 02, 2013 9:53 am

RX8er wrote:
ZombieApoc wrote: Not IN work mind you, but in the car up until work.
:headscratch I must have missed it, why not carry at work?

Glad to hear all is going well. :thumbs2:
Probably like my employer: Doesn't display a 30.06 sign, but specifically states in the Employee Guide and policies that employees are not allowed to carry weapons of any sort while in the building including firearms and knives. This means that visitors/guests can carry concealed, but I can't.

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Post by txglock21 » Wed Apr 03, 2013 8:32 am

:iagree:
Same here! :banghead:
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Post by fm2 » Thu Apr 04, 2013 11:34 am

Good on you for becoming more responsible for y'alls safety.
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Post by OnceFired » Wed May 08, 2013 2:46 pm

Hey all

Sorry for a long absence. Totally got mired in work, and then we geared up to move, too.

Yeah, my employer had an Employee Handbook policy of no weapons. But, being in TX and not having signs at the property entrance / perimeter - it really only prevented me from carrying inside. I respect the policy as far as the law allows them to take it. They don't advise as to carrying "on the grounds" so I was good up until the door.

That said, I don't work for that employer any more. Wasn't a good fit - far too corporate for me.

And I now carry pretty much everywhere I go.

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Post by TDDude » Wed May 15, 2013 12:08 pm

After 12 years, I only feel nervous when I'm not carrying.
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Post by Sandbox Sailor » Mon Jun 17, 2013 8:51 am

So I have a question on the work policies. I havent received my chl in the mail yet but I have been noticing at work that there is no 30.06 sign. There is a no weapons sign, but nothing legal. As of September 2011 Texas companies arent allowed to ban employees from having a firearm in the parking lot and only under a few circumstances can they get away with it. Here is my issue. I have no desire to carry into work and get fired but like others our policy is if you carry a weapon in or onto company property you will be terminated immediately. Now then, the questions. If they were to find a gun in my car can they legally fire me? Wouldnt this be wrongful termination since the state of Texas is allowing anyone over 21 without felonies and chl holders to at least stash a firearm in your vehicle?

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Post by Keith B » Mon Jun 17, 2013 8:58 am

Sandbox Sailor wrote:So I have a question on the work policies. I havent received my chl in the mail yet but I have been noticing at work that there is no 30.06 sign. There is a no weapons sign, but nothing legal. As of September 2011 Texas companies arent allowed to ban employees from having a firearm in the parking lot and only under a few circumstances can they get away with it. Here is my issue. I have no desire to carry into work and get fired but like others our policy is if you carry a weapon in or onto company property you will be terminated immediately. Now then, the questions. If they were to find a gun in my car can they legally fire me? Wouldnt this be wrongful termination since the state of Texas is allowing anyone over 21 without felonies and chl holders to at least stash a firearm in your vehicle?
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As long as you are not an employee of one of the exempted businesses (refinery or school), then you can keep a legally possessed firearm in your personal vehicle and they can't fire you for that reason. That is as long as you don't use the vehicle for company business. If the 30.06 sign is on the building, then it pertains to that building and you would be in violation to carry past it. If they have them at the parking lot, then you can still keep it in your vehicle, but if you step out with it you are in violation.

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Post by glock27 » Mon Jun 17, 2013 11:53 am

Sandbox Sailor wrote:So I have a question on the work policies. I havent received my chl in the mail yet but I have been noticing at work that there is no 30.06 sign. There is a no weapons sign, but nothing legal. As of September 2011 Texas companies arent allowed to ban employees from having a firearm in the parking lot and only under a few circumstances can they get away with it. Here is my issue. I have no desire to carry into work and get fired but like others our policy is if you carry a weapon in or onto company property you will be terminated immediately. Now then, the questions. If they were to find a gun in my car can they legally fire me? Wouldnt this be wrongful termination since the state of Texas is allowing anyone over 21 without felonies and chl holders to at least stash a firearm in your vehicle?

1. In what crazy scenario would they need to look in your vehicle anyway? I wouldn't let them

2. What crazy scenario would they need to search your person? I wouldnt let them. You can Carry!!!
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Post by bizarrenormality » Mon Jun 17, 2013 6:45 pm

Don't sweat it. They can always fire you for another reason.
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Post by ghostrider » Mon Jun 17, 2013 11:43 pm

Don't sweat it. They can always fire you for another reason.
Actually, in Texas a reason isn't even required, is it? Basically, you cannot be fired for reasons prohibited by statute, but otherwise all bets are off.
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