Like most of you, I hold the relatively limited Hunting/Target pistol license here in Nassau County. And I'm new. That isn't a negative statement, actually the contrary. When you're new, you're careful. You read everything. Every law, every statute, every possible interpretation. I know what it says in black and white like most of you.
However, sometimes the interpretation is a moving target itself.
Yesterday was my first day CC'ing. Went to the range, pistol on hip, for the first time. The usual paranoia ensued. Can people see my gun? Is my mag pouch showing? What if this damned thing falls to the ground in the parking lot and the snowflakes panic and call the police?
As you can expect, nothing bad happened. I calmed down. Professionally carried to the range, unloaded, checked in. Dispensed 150 rounds of hate downstream, checked out, reloaded and went home. I even stopped for a legal beverage break on the way home at an establishment where primary sales is NOT alcohol. Mission accomplished.
Then the questions came to mind. Ones I've heard many others reiterate with no real answer in sight. Some I hope you all can shed some light on, from a LEO's point of view. What will happen to me, Johnny Law Abiding Citizen if...:
- I'm a member of a 24/7 gun range! That means I can pretty much always carry, as I'm "Always headed to or from the range - look Officer, my range bag is in my trunk.." How do LEO's feel about this? Are they on board with us as exercising #2A, or does the idea of citizens with firearms freak them out? Is this statement legal, or will it land you in cuffs?
- I'm on the way to the range and a crazed lunatic jumps in front of me. He attacks me physically, but isn't trying to take my weapon (because I'm concealed and doesn't know I have one). Just a crazy on a meth bender. Am I legally liable for using my weapon to defend myself, since it isn't a "Full Carry"?
- What about to and from the range, while in the company of others? For example, on the way back from the range and I pick up the wife. She needs a few things at the grocery store. Is this a legit stop? What if I need something at Home Depot? It's not for fuel, it's not food and beverage. Is this "carrying outside of license"?
Please use the above to open discussion. Like many of us, the very next thing I fear besides being forced to use my weapon is the legality and conforming to all of the rules NY places upon us.