In the last day or two I've open carried a couple of times in places that I am absolutely sure are not public gatherings (phone store, gas station, auto parts store). I decided to try it because of the positive experiences I've seen on this board. Well today, I told my family when I got home that I did it. I told them what I did was 100% legal and that a right that isn't excersized is a right lost. I also said that it is nice for the public to see law abiding citizens(non-cops) carrying weapons. I also stated that I'm only doing this limitedly and only at places that are clearly, not public gatherings. They didn't seemed too thrilled. One family member is a recently retired GA cop (He told me he didn't know if it was legal to open carry, awhile back, until I proved to him it was). He looked like he was dissapoined and said, "Be prepared to talk to the cops!" I said, "I am breaking no law, maybe the cops will learn something." Then my family chimed in, "No, maybe YOU will learn something (impying that I'd be arrested)." He says, "I don't have an opinion either way (but by his facial expression I think he did) but just get ready to talk to the cops." Then another family member asked have I ever though of being a cop. Then this other family member said, "You are going to eventually meet up with the wrong cop and he's going to bust you, like if you went into Wal-Mart or something." I said, "I can't stand the cops being the only ones that carry guns in public." The cop family member says, "If you can't beat 'um, join e'em." I say, "That is exctly the point, I'm not open carrying because I want to be a cop, I want the public to see non-cops carrying." I went on to say that being arrested for something that isn't illegal means that we are living in a police state. I say, "I'm doing this for the Constitution." The former cop tells me, "You need to get over the Constitution for awhile!" Needless to say that pissed me off. They just don't get it! The point of this is that I'm going to halt open carrying for awhile. They have scared me into believing that I will go to jail for not breaking the law (especially since he was a cop). I don't want to hear, "I told you so!" I am also on the younger side of things and live under their roof so I guess that is the way I'll have to operate... There's really no point to this other than to vent to people that might actually see my point.