If you open carry in Savannah, be prepared to be disarmed, detained, and possibly arrested. I spoke with a sergeant and a corporal of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department at the show today. I identified myself and asked both of them (separately) what their response would be if they saw me open carrying a pistol, or received a Man With A Gun Call. They both said, "That depends on where you are." I said, "How about the mall?" I would arrest you. The mall is a public gathering. I said, "What about the provisions of State V. Burns? Neither officer was familiar with the decision, so I outlined the basics of it and stated that the court ruled that the General Assembly had distinguished between a "public place" and a "public gathering". I told them that the decision was based on an arrest in a McDonald's but was broadly applied by the courts to distinguish between places open to the public and public gatherings. They both stated that the mall was private property, and that I would more than likely be approached by mall security and asked to leave, and pointed out that this would result in a criminal trespass charge if I refused. I replied that I understood and the corporal asked, "So why do you want to carry in a mall anyway?" I quoted him some statistics about crime in the Savannah area and he recommended that if I wanted to carry in the mall, it would be best to carry concealed. I then asked what would happen if they saw me OC in another place. They replied that I would be stopped, questioned, and possibly detained until they could verify that I had a proper license to carry. I asked what their probable cause was (and I am NOT making this up, I swear on whatever you would like me to swear on that the sergeant said this) Your gun is all the probable cause I need. I then brought up Terry and Megesi and asked if they still felt justified in disarming. The answer was a very emphatic "Yes." The recommendation of both officers was that I carry concealed (if at all) while in the city of Savannah. I politely asked them both to please review the relevant caselaw and ask for direction on this issue higher up the chain of command. I also informed them both that I would be contacting the chief to receive his opinion and policy regarding open carry. I will be drafting the letter sometime next week and will post it here for editing and ideas before I send it.