Boston Sports Club doesn’t want me to stash my gat in a locker. Their policy: lock it in your car bub. So I did. And then I drove to the drug store, where I had a DIFMG (D’oh I Forgot My Gun) moment. So I opened the passenger side door, reached into the glove box, retrieved my Glock and put it in my holster as quickly and discreetly as possible. And then I thought, uh-oh. What if someone saw me tooling-up? This being Rhode Island—where concealed carry is as rare as a bashful stripper—a concerned citizen might drop the dime on me. They didn’t. But Concealed Carry Weapons (CCW) permit holders holding permits in states without a gun culture run the risk of inadvertent brandishing unleashing a SWAT team. I kid you not. For a more telling example we turn to, where else? California . . .
Citrus School, Chico High School and Chico Junior High School — were all briefly put on lockdown this morning after police received a report that a man with a gun had been seen on The Esplanade.
About 10:17 a.m. Friday, a citizen reported seeing a man carrying what appeared to be a rifle north of Chico High School.
Police, including officers from the Chico State University Police Department, began searching the area, and then as a precaution the Chico police notified the schools, which were put on lockdown.
After about 20 minutes of searching, Chico police located an older man, whose clothes matched the description of the reported man with a weapon, but instead of a rifle, he was carrying a cane.
The Chico police officer who interviewed the man said he was carrying the cane in a way similar to how one would carry a rifle.
Thinking about it, I can remember seeing people carrying rifles in the boonies in RI when I was a kid and thinking not much of it—save COOL!
Anyway, how long before California outlaws holding an long cylindrical object in a way similar to how one would carry a rifle?