Another reason to patronize your small, local, family owned restuarants(businesses).
I and another fellow member here,(Dinstar) meet for breakfast at a local rest. now and then( this thurs. as a matter of fact), in Bolivar.
They like us being in there , and we openly carry there too.
Me and the family go there often also( my birthday was monday and we're going there tonight after work).
The one waitress made the comment that she felt better that we were armed, though Bolivar isn't a bad neiborhood.
You don't think their reaction would have been different had they not known you and instead of openly carrying sidearms you got out of your cars and slung AR-15s over your shoulders before walking in? Openly carrying long guns, especially modern sporting rifles (remember, the media has conditioned most everyone to think of them as assault rifles) is different in the eye of Joe and Jane Public.
Dave.....I don't know if those rest. would,ve liked me or anyone else carrying a long gun into their establishment before they knew me as a regular.
BUT, they didn't mind me carrying a HANDGUN in on my hip!
As for carrying long guns into a place of business as a normal everyday practice, well(and I can hear the flaming posts coming in now), I, personally don't. And at the cost of repetition, yes, we all know carrying a LG in public is a right in ohio, AND I understand the under age 21 issue too BUT, in "my" opinion, because this practice is so completely out of the norm, it's usually going to be viewed by the sheeple to be to much to swallow. I've got know issue with LG(long gun) carry in educational walks/demonstrations and the like, but, we're trying to normalize the carrying of "handguns"(normally) in public, for the purpose of protecting ourselves against those who would do us harm, generally speaking, RIGHT!
Now, I'm NOT against carrying LG's in public, but if it's going to cause us some backlash and lots of it, well.....?
Think we need to be careful when picking our battles, is the way I would put it.
If we're going to make LG carry the norm then we ALL need to leave our handguns at home and carry LG's EVERYWHERE WE GO, EVERYDAY, ALL DAY LONG, just like we carry our handguns now. but I don't think THAT'S going to happen anytime soon.