Over the weekend, I attended a block party to get acquainted with my neighbors. While talking to a guy about a variety of topics, I noticed that a neighbor, who had recently moved into the area, was a police officer. I mentioned it, and the guy I was talking to said that he thought I also was a cop since I was carrying.
I was shocked. I have never had anyone notice, or at least mention, that I was carrying a gun. I asked how he knew, and he said I saw the butt sticking out the back of my shirt. I knew it was a possibility, as I was helping with the festivities and moving around a lot to get people drinks or food. At the same time, no one else noticed, or had any idea. This included the neighbors I have known for a while and talk to often.
This led to a discussion about situational awareness, which this guy had, and firearms, and made me realize that maybe I have become too lax in my concealment. The last few days I’ve been checking myself in the mirror to make sure that I’m not printing. While I believe that open carry should be legal, I also believe the most effective handgun is the one that no one knows about.