Open Carry Firearm

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Brett Aquila's Comment
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I open carried in NC while I was up on vacation last year. Very weird, considering I've been carrying concealed daily almost 30 years. While it may serve as a "visual deterrent", you give up any "tactical advantage" you might have by potential opponents being unaware you are armed and able to defend yourself.

To me, once you're in a fight for your life it's way too late. You're already in it. For me the idea is to avoid any sort of confrontation in the first place. That's why I much prefer a German Shepherd to anything else. No one is going to target someone with a 110 pound Shepherd on the porch. They'll just go to the neighbor's house instead. I've avoided the problem altogether.


Suicide Jockey's Comment
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No one intentionally goes anywhere they think they will get into trouble. But there are plenty of crimes against both persons and property at truck stops. Add to that it's silly to think that because you look like someone not to mess with, that no one else should be concerned for their safety. An attacker may bypass you and go after someone who looks like an easier target.

I'm 100% for carrying defensive tools. But I also believe in adhering to laws and the written policy's of your employer and/or customers.

On home time I carry a concealed firearm. But the firearm stays home once I go back to work. OTR I keep a variety of "Kinetic Demotivators" handy. If I'm pre/posttripping my truck at night, I always have a 6 D-cell maglight in hand.

I haven't had an issue while OTR yet, and hope I never will. But I don't want to be caught unprepared if I cross paths with the wrong individual. I have had some questionable individuals who didn't seem to have any reason to be near me walk uncomfortably close. But I always spot them coming and had either my maglight or a hammer in hand...ya know checking my tires.


Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

andhe78's Comment
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Can't speak to what "mega carrier" he is with, but 99% of them prohibit weapon possession

Mine doesn’t.

PackRat's Comment
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Sorry I’m so “silly”, Plan B.

Junkyard Dog's Comment
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Pretty unnecessary at a truck stop.

East Memphis has some of the scariest truck stops I've seen. But when I was with my trainer we were in Columbus at a Pilot and he told me this was the worst one he'd ever seen. We stopped to fuel and police, not security were patrolling...he said hookers, drug dealers were common there...and heard of drivers getting robbed there. Told me don't stay here....

Mikey B.'s Comment
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This is the only "weapon" on my truck. My tire thumper. I could just use my hand to hit the tire but too much truckstop pee. I'm sure my maglight is useable but it cost so much I dont wanna break

Mikey B.'s Comment
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Forgot to hit go.


Peter M.'s Comment
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As long as his company is ok with it, and he doesnt violate any state or local laws I don't see a problem. That's his right.


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