this thread grew out of a thread i saw on the soapbox, https://www.steyrclub.com/vb/threads/7703-Open-carry-incident-Member-s-opinions-please so my apologies if this is old news. in the article on Mr Kirbys plea deal they referenced Mr Watsons conviction for unlawful carry in an open carry state. Basically Mr Watson was hanging around outside a pizza shop with his holstered handgun on display and when approached by officers who had been dining there and asked to conceal his weapon he refused. Not only did he refuse but he called 911 and complained of harassment insisting it was his right to carry openly. He apparently did show the officers his ID and concealed carry permit prior to calling 911 and demanding to speak with the police officers supervisor. Sgt Alie the responding supervisor also advised Mr Watson that the pizza shop had been recently robbed and that employees were uncomfortable with his openly displayed firearm and encouraged him to conceal it, Mr Watson refused and was eventually cited. http://www.columbian.com/news/2010/sep/30/student-convicted-in-open-carry-gun-case/ Mr Watson was ordered to forfeit his gun, given 5 days jail time and 10 days community service for this misdemeanor. it will be interesting to see what happens on appeal. should Mr Watson have been more considerate of others and concealed his weapon when asked to do so by the police? yes. should Mr Watson have been convicted of unlawful carry, lose his firearm, his lifetime carry privileges and spend time in jail for asserting his right to bear arms? no. but what do you think?