So here I am in BFE Idaho, in a small town that is a blink of an eye as you drive through. I have been open carrying for the most part unless I am wearing my coat or am wearing my staff shirt.
As I’m standing there talking with a couple hams an officer comes up looking for another officer, who actually happens to be a ham. We start getting the info for who he’s looking for and I notice he looks at my right hip a couple times. Immediately my brain locks on the cue. Currently I’m not worried at all, I’m surrounded by people I know, many of whom are also currently carrying concealed weapons. It just so happens that I’m just the one who doesn’t give a crap about someone being upset by seeing me with a gun.
After a brief attempt to pull his partner up on the ham frequencies since his PD repeater failed the conversation goes something like this. (Officer’s words, my words)
Can I get you to untuck your shirt and cover up your sidearm?
Any particular reason? Open carry is still legal in Idaho right?
Yes, it is legal, but a lot of people have noticed (him) and it is making some of them uncomfortable. I like that you’re carrying and I appreciate that you’re carrying, I just want to put people at ease.
(At this point I untuck again choose your battles wisely.)
A couple different observations. First, out of all the time I have been carrying, no one has really said anything to me about it. I know some people it does make them uncomfortable but how is this for a comparison?
Officer, that man over there is carrying a gun. I don’t like that and can you do anything about it?
Officer, that man over there is black. I don’t like him being here and can you do anything about it?
What I was doing is perfectly legal and overall if people were noticing, he was just getting tired of having to calm the sheep. In that case I sympathize. I did discover though that the Sherriff for Idaho County is more of a FUD in that he doesn’t want people open carrying in cities when you drill down into it. So couple that with what happened while I was carrying in town we are starting to see a possible narrative.
I will give the officer the benefit of the doubt for two reasons. First he was civil and respectful. He wasn’t in a “respect my authoritah” mode. Secondly covering up created a new problem. Technically without a permit wouldn’t be able to conceal carry. He never asked to see my permit, even after switching to concealed carry.
Everyone I talked to that wasn’t there got a total laugh out of it though. It’s freaking rural Idaho, everyone around here is carrying a gun! I got the officers name but didn’t record it immediately there after.
Overall it was an interesting experience, doubly so for rural Idaho. I have heard stories of Moscow PD abusing open carriers, but Riggins isn’t exactly huge.
So after getting through all that, here’s a race picture.
Sadly I clipped the nose off the boat otherwise that would have been one bad ass picture. This boat is currently the only remaining turbine and the worlds leader.