Skip to comments.NH: Vid of my latest open carry incident
Posted on 08/06/2007 5:45:15 PM PDT by Dada Orwell
Below is a video of my August 5 open carry incident in New Hampshire. It starts audio-only then the video picks up a minute or two later when our pro photographer runs to the scene.
Basically I'm a liberty activist here; I wear a holstered pistol in public roughly once a week. It's legal in New Hampshire but not that common south of the notches. Cops sometimes ignore, sometimes harass you for doing it. When that happens to me, I don't get angry but use the chance to educate police about the open carry rights of NH citizens.
I was walking 50 yards from my car to the monthly Free Stater meeting at Murphy's Taproom in downtown Manchester. I usually open carry to that meeting.
I was noticed by a state trooper, but I noticed him too and called the Free Staters' emergency hotline before he got to me. In the video you hear my call realtime, as I report my situation and try to explain to our listeners what's happening.
Folks inside the bar also came running out to support me. Police thought it was pre-planned it happened so fast, like they'd been set up or something. But this is just how our guys react when they're nearby. I appreciate the fact that the police were able to maintain calm and respectful demeanor despite some of the anger directed against them by the crowd. But of course look I forward to the day when they don't make such stops in the first place.
Note that I am able to lawfully refuse them when they ask for my "papers" and personal information. If you think this is a better outcome than you'd get where you are now.....move your ass up here and share our freedoms!
Thanks to all who showed support during and after this incident.
Hopefully this video will remind people New Hampshire does allow open carry, that officers here do handle themselves better than in most states, and that the Free Staters are continuing to improve level of support which is available to freedom lovers when police take exception to their responsible exercise of rights.
I have to laugh. Here in Tx I got pulled over on the way to the gun range for a seatbelt violation. There in the van were some AK 47s, a FN FAL,several pistols.
The cop never gave them a second glance.
She was only interested in the seatbelt violation.
Never even asked about the firearms
I had a copper that had me a gunpoint in CA in a case of mistaken identity.
I was not happy about the situation.
And this guy was way jumpy
2nd Amendment ping.
Im in NETX myself
imho, broadcasting your interaction and having your buddies come over and begin yelling nonsensical insults made the situation what it eventually became. i support your cause. people like you should have legal guns, and criminals should not have illegal guns.
one other question: when you have your meetings in the bar, do you all open carry? do you all drink?
In Mississippi the police will ask you all kinds of questions...
“How’s she shoot”?
“Can I see that”.
“How much did it cost you”?
“What kind of ammo does it like”?
“Do you think I could shoot it sometime”?
I do have a few police friends, however.
I hope you don’t end up facing some adrenaline saturated badge jockey who decides your cell phone looks too much like a Glock and lets muscle memory take over.
The chance of an “accident” ending your career as an educator is real and should be considered seriously every time you belt on your holster.
As a former cop. I would have arrested, after two warnings, the guy in the striped shirt for interfering with an officer. You will do better the leave him home.
I hear ya. I was beaten up for kicks by a cop.
Mike Terlecki. He was one of James Trafficants foot soldiers when Trafficant was the Sherrif in Mahoning co.
Both those bastards are rotting in the federal pen now.
Bad cops rarely get out clean
Michigan is Open Carry w/o license but Concealed/carry with permit.
The open carry is a very, very little known fact and thats why you will never see anyone openly carrying a firearm.........in fact I mentioned that to a friend who is a reserve police officer in Roseville and he was shocked. He had absolutely no idea that we have the legal right to openly carry a firearm........
That being the case, I'm not about to create a stir by exercising my right. I do have common sense......
This cop was young and looked like a skinhead. When he got mad, he suddenly started talking with black ghetto slang, but he was about as white as you possibly can get. I was mortified. I kept looking at his uniform trying to decide if he was a real cop.
Great video! Thank you for the ping :)
I tend to agree. I would be very cautious around a jumpy cop.
I’d rather work it out in court
There are some pinheads out there.
Most cops are pretty cool, but some are in the wrong line of work.
I support the 2nd amendment as much as anyone. But in the game of real world politics, carrying as an attempt to “educate” I think is more likely to backfire and result in the end of open carry.
Well, there was the proper amount of mustached cops on scene! Whew! Thank the Lord for that!
I have long predicted the arrival of OnStar(TM) Roadside Legal Assistance with recording capabilities.
Your Porcupine 411 seems to have anticipated that service.
It should be made available to everyone.