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First Time OC: Seaside, OR - Advice?

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by JackThompson, Aug 19, 2012.

  1. JackThompson

    JackThompson Valley of the Demons Well-Known Member

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    I'm open carrying for the first time in Oregon while on vacation with my wife in Seaside. We both have our Washington CPL. We do not yet have our Oregon CHL. Are there any tips you have for OC in Seaside? Any places pro-gun? Anti-gun? Any advice? Any experiences to share?

    Thanks.

    Jack
     
  2. FreeIndividual

    FreeIndividual Vancouver area Member

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    Please let us know how it went.

    Seaside seems to be the main beach for Portlanders, many of whom are hippies, hipsters, socialists, or yuppies and not very keen on guns. If they give you a hard time, you may want to consider smaller beach towns, such as Garibaldi or Barview, which have a friendlier demographic.

    My foggy memory is that Oregon sherrifs can choose to grant CHLs to residents of counties which border Oregon. A few years ago the Multnomah County sherrif was granting them to Clark county residents. I believe the Jackson County sherriff was granting them to anyone he legally could.

    I would love to hear what experiences you had.
     
  3. JackThompson

    JackThompson Valley of the Demons Well-Known Member

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    So far we appear to be invisible. Of course, we have an adorable little rat terrier with us so all eyes dart to her when we're walking down the sidewalk.

    We did pass a police officer, but if he noticed he didn't say anything.

    We've always loved Seaside, but we go to all sorts of Oregon coast towns for our anniversaries. :)

    I'll keep you posted!
     
  4. deen_ad

    deen_ad Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    I've had OR permits for many, many years now. Never a problem with the Multnomah Sheriff. Very efficient, just follow the rules and do the class.
     
  5. Akathepriest

    Akathepriest Astoria, OR Active Member

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    I live in Astoria and work in Seaside. Its a tourist town, so there are no gun stores. Cannon Beach, Warrenton, Astoria have gun stores but not Seaside or Gearhart.

    I would say that Seaside is mostly anti-gun. When it gets noticed it may cause a stir. Especially with the amount of people down there however the people there are usually vacationing portlanders so whatever you may expect from portland you may expect here. Generally the Seaside Police are good guys but don't let them hassle you, I know 3/4ths of them and remember they go home at night and go to bed just like the rest of us.
     
  6. Akathepriest

    Akathepriest Astoria, OR Active Member

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    As far as experiences, stay away from the groups of teens/young adults that hang around Broadway and the Turnaround. You may get hassled from those skidmarks more than the Police. (Heckled and approached)

    As well as Broadway after 11pm or so (Its when the drunk tourists start getting 86'd from the bars there)
     
  7. JackThompson

    JackThompson Valley of the Demons Well-Known Member

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    Day 1, uneventful. Stopped into a few stores and got no real notice. Stopped into a confection shop called Beach Bites to buy a deep fried Twinkie (now I can scratch that off the bucket list!) and an employee said "Rockin' the .38 huh?" and I smiled and said ".357 but close!".

    He smiled and went about his business.
     
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  8. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    When you open carry, is the firearm loaded?
     
  9. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    Why wouldn't you? Unless you are in a place where it is not legal.
     
  10. JackThompson

    JackThompson Valley of the Demons Well-Known Member

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    It's a revolver, so always loaded. I keep 2 speed loaders on the hip too. Just in case a swarm of zombies comes at me.
     
  11. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    Ive seen several people open carry and I could have had snagged their pistol pretty quick. Poor holster choice and location. I prefer concealed.....
     
  12. Burt Gummer

    Burt Gummer Portland Completely Out of Ammo

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    I believe he is open carrying because he is from Washington and does not have a CHL for Oregon. Makes sense.

    Personally, I never leave Seaside without taking one ride on the bumper cars. I am about 215lbs and the average kid in there is about 70 lbs so it is fun to bulldoze into them, throw my body weight into it and watch their car lift up about a quarter inch as they get tossed sideways.

    Afterward, not beforehand, I have one of those disgusting corndogs right outside the entryway there. Tradition since I was 8 years old.


    >>>> Just was laughing .... I am sure they wouldn't let you carry inside the bumper car area LOL!!! You might get road rage. Little kids might really freak out too.

    My favorite place to stay is the Tides Inn at the end of the prom. Of course the Shilo at the Turnaround is nice also, but like what was said above the local hooligans tend to loiter around the turnaround.

    Lots of fond memories there; saw movies at the Theatre across from the arcade as a kid. "The Cowboys" and "Blazing Saddles".

    I remember standing in the big arcade when I was 8 or 9 years old and wondering if when I was 30, 40, 50+ ... would I still be fun? - would I still like to play Skee-Ball and video games?
    The answer to the little version of myself is YES.
     
  13. JackThompson

    JackThompson Valley of the Demons Well-Known Member

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    Burt I asked myself those same questions and I'm pleased as punch to say I still love every one of life's little treasures as much as i did when I was a little tyke!

    P.s.
    Velzey,
    Burt is correct. I'm OC'ing out of necessity, not choice.

    On the other hand I have it under my right elbow and it has a snap latch. I'm also 285 lbs and have fists like grapefruits. The gun isn't the only thing maintaining my liberty. ;)
     
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  14. Akathepriest

    Akathepriest Astoria, OR Active Member

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  15. hermannr

    hermannr Okanogan Highlands Well-Known Member

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    Seaside does NOT have an ORS 166.173. Astoria does.

    We lived in Seaside from 1955 to 1960, got my first introduction to firearms and shooting in Seaside. While OC may or may not be common in Seaside, the town does not/did not/appear to have a problem with it like Astoria does.

    BTW: If you read ORS 166.173(2)(c) you will see that your loaded OC is fine...no matter what the local ordenances state. If you read Astoria's ordenance, the fact that your WA CPL covers you is even more apparent (05.010) Just remember: this is OC ONLY. also read ORS 166.250(3) (especially (3)) and ORS 166.260.
     
  16. hermannr

    hermannr Okanogan Highlands Well-Known Member

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    You may think a holster is a poor choice, but my standard OC pistol/holster combination may look like an easy snag...my BIL tried once...but it isn't as easy as you may think...he could not remove the pistol and I was allowing him to try...finally he said "Ok, where is the release button?" (On a leather holster????)

    Don't be so judgemental, sometimes things are not what they seem. If you wish to CC and have your OR CHL...that is fine. Personally, I prefer to let the person that would consider doing me harm to have the ability to make an informed decision...it has worked for me for well over 40 years. I would rather not have to remove my carry from it's holster. Yes, I am licensed to carry, in several states.
     
  17. MrsThompson

    MrsThompson Evergreen State Member

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    I OC'd along side Jack yesterday and it was my first time too. I had it inside but clearly visible (butt sticking out) of my purse. I have to say I didn't like it. I much prefer concealed carry but I don't yet have my Oregon CHL either. It made me nervous to OC but I think mostly it was the awkwardness in which I had to carry it to keep it "open" I couldn't attach to my pants as they were capris with no belt and not snug/strong enough to hold a revolver.

    So, any females out there have advice on how to OC with no belt, and girlie clothing?? ;)
     
  18. JackThompson

    JackThompson Valley of the Demons Well-Known Member

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    In Canon beach now. Where is the gun store here?
     
  19. Akathepriest

    Akathepriest Astoria, OR Active Member

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    There is a bra holster mrsthompson. I don't remember the name of the one I was looking at though.
     
  20. Akathepriest

    Akathepriest Astoria, OR Active Member

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    In the surf shop across the street from family fun cycles. Its just a hole in the wall though. Not nearly what you would expect from a gun store. Its more of just a ffl with about 10 different guns for sale. Maybe a few accessories