Ok, I have been OCing going on six months now with nary a problem from anybody......till tonight.
Ok so, I have to teach a fur trapping workshop this weekend in Coosa county on the Wildlife Management Area. The DCNR puts on the event I am just a volunteer mentor. Well we had to meet up at the Coosa county courthouse tonight for a little instruction on what we would be doing tomorrow. Not wanting to catch any possible flack for OC in the courthouse I left the sidearm AND the recorder
in the truck.
Fast forward to the end of the meeting. I am talking with two of the game wardens from the area, keeping in mind I have known these two all my life (and also respect them both fully). Ok so I ask one of them about bringing my sidearm with me on the WMA tomorrow.
Warden 1: "yes thats fine as long as you have your CC permit for it, I think everyone should tote one"
Me: " Yes I have my permit. Well what about open carry?"
Warden1: "You can't do that if you have your concealed carry permit, you can only do one or the other not either or"
This is about the time he left so I started talking with the other.
Me: " so I was talking to warden1 about bringing my handgun on the WMA tomorrow"
Warden 2: " yeah thats fine"
Me: "but he told me that I can't OC whats up with that?"
Warden 2: "you can't!"
Me: "Uhhhhh yeah I can...."
Warden 2 "Oh and why do you think that?"
Me: " Because Alabama is an OC state, I do it all the time and never have a problem with LEOs"
Warden 2: "well you've been carrying illegally, you can't just walk in anywhere with gun on your hip!"
The conversation went on from there but nothing else notable was said. He wouldn't listen to reason at all and I was almost fighting mad about it so I left. I will try and talk a little more to him tomorrow but I don't think it will do much good...... Like I said I know both of these guys very well and like them alot so I'm not bashing them at all I just want to set them straight on OC. Guess this will be my first project as Coosa County Coordinator. Boy I sure could use backup......