Podcast 68 Guns and Coffee

By on September 27, 2013

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Open carry is happening all over the US. Whether you agree or not, check out this podcast to get some tips to stay safe while you are open carrying or when you are around people that are open carrying a rifle or handgun.

Podcast outline:

Starbucks Decision to “request” people not bring firearms into their stores

  • Reasons I agree
    • Business; cops are bad for business
    • Reasons I disagree
      • Stand up for Something
      • Do what’s right, not what people make the most noise over

Open Carry

  • Respect others
  • Don’t be intimidating or aggressive
  • Have a Way to down play it
    • Be able to sling your rifle behind you
    • Cover Garment for your pistol

Dealing with Others

  • Respectfully
  • Explain what you are doing and why without being aggressive or political
  • Store/land owners
    • It’s their property, do what they ask
    • Agents (workers) of the owner have the authority and speak for the owner
  • Cops
    • Don’t Lie
    • Don’t be a lawyer
    • Take the cop at his word until they start fishing
    • Comply with what he/she directs
    • Don’t be a kid about filming them
      • Ask for permission
      • Ask to for their help on the encounter



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Stay Safe,


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  1. Robb Rickman
    September 30, 2013

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    Ben, great podcast. I just finished listening to episode 68. You mentioned the CHP and said they have a policy to give everyone a ticket if they stop you. As a CHP officer I can tell you that is not true. I give warnings all the time.

    Keep up the good work. Thanks for all you do for the podcast.


    • Ben Branam
      October 1, 2013

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      Really! That’s awesome. I was told by several CHP Officers in the late 90s that was true. The story goes that some small-town police chief got pulled over and was a jerk. He didn’t get a ticket but threw quite the fit with POST so the then Commissioner just changed the policy that everyone gets a ticket. No more warnings. I’m glad to hear that’s changed.

      Thanks so much for listening Robb! I’m honored to have you as a listener.

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