Phoenix Open Carry Dinner

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Will you attend?

Poll ended at Wed Aug 12, 2009 8:25 pm

Yes, just me
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Yes, me plus one
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Yes, me plus several
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Phoenix Open Carry Dinner

Postby Rumpshot » Wed Jul 22, 2009 8:25 pm

As noted on another post, Rod, with his lovely wife & I, along with my lovely wife will be attending the Sean Hannity Freedom Concert in Phoenix on 9 August. Rod will be driving to Phoenix on Saturday the 8th. We will be having dinner together that evening.

This will be The Gun Counter Open Carry Dinner. The location: Golden Corral Buffet & Grill, 7609 W. Thomas, Phoenix, AZ. The date/time is: 8 August, 2009 at 6 PM. The object: Public Open Display of legally owned and carried firearms. You are cordially invited to join us for dinner and to tastefully and legally display your "bar-b-que" rig.

I spoke with the manager, Mr Jeff Chapman, this morning and he is quite happy to provide the location for this dinner.

From I-10 and 75th Ave, travel North to Thomas, turn left on Thomas. Golden Corral will be on your left. The shopping center has seen much better days and is locally known as "The Hood Mall". That is not a complimentary nickname, it reflects the character. The character is not your friendly local neighborhood mall. Open Carry or Concealed Carry are both appropriate in this area. The Golden Corral is set apart from the mall and does not reflect the character of the mall.
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Re: Phoenix Open Carry Dinner

Postby Rod » Wed Jul 22, 2009 8:50 pm

Sounds like the PERFECT place to do this then. Let the "hoodies" know not all of us are victims. Good job Rumpshot, you get the no-prize for your work. I'll have it at the dinner. Rudy and I will be there, now which gun? Decisions, decisions....
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Re: Phoenix Open Carry Dinner

Postby The Quiet Man » Wed Jul 22, 2009 11:49 pm

Well, to be fair to the mall that you speak of, the whole area that the mall is located in is a dump...and has been for some time. I'm guessing this is just a little bit west of Maryvale...it's been some time since I've been over there...for obvious reasons. I'll be there for the meet, but I wouldn't go to that neighborhood unarmed ever! :lol:

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Re: Phoenix Open Carry Dinner

Postby Aglifter » Wed Jul 22, 2009 11:49 pm

I think the Merwin-Hulbert would be the obvious choice...
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Re: Phoenix Open Carry Dinner

Postby MelodyByrne » Thu Jul 23, 2009 2:07 am

Chris and I will be there, plus the 2 kiddos.

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Re: Phoenix Open Carry Dinner

Postby JohnOC » Thu Jul 23, 2009 2:15 am

Myrrh and I will be there.
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Re: Phoenix Open Carry Dinner

Postby Rumpshot » Thu Jul 23, 2009 6:04 am

Invitation has been dispatched to Mr. Alan Korwin to join us.
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Re: Phoenix Open Carry Dinner

Postby Flintlock Tom » Thu Jul 23, 2009 3:09 pm

Food, friends, firearms and Phoenix?
Dang it!

Virginia and I will be in Oregon visiting relatives that week-end.
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Re: Phoenix Open Carry Dinner

Postby Baja boy » Sat Jul 25, 2009 10:57 pm

I have it scheduled--But as usual obstacles keep getting in the way--
Boss (Wifie) has Doctors appt. in Flagstaff that week , and she was called for Jury duty in Yuma for the same time. I am gonna try and sneak away for some shopping that weekend.Then this morning I get an E mail from one of our closest friends that his heart surgery has been cancelled due to other complications that he has, and now a new round of procedures and tests are scheduled to extend for the next several weeks---He has no family and I am named "next of kin" --- so I may be back and forth to San Diego for a few weeks. I guess the airplane may get a work-out.
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Re: Phoenix Open Carry Dinner

Postby Kommander » Sun Jul 26, 2009 2:13 am

Rod wrote:Now which gun? Decisions, decisions....


Given the character of the mall and the fact that it's Arizona there can only be one answer: All Of Them!

Given the date and time I should be able to make it. See you all there.

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Re: Phoenix Open Carry Dinner

Postby Rumpshot » Tue Jul 28, 2009 8:01 pm

Week and a half to go.

Vote at the top so I can get some idea how many will show up. I will call mid-afternoon to remind the Manager we are coming.

If ya got a NoR shirt, wear it. I would be nice to see how many of them are around.
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Re: Phoenix Open Carry Dinner

Postby Rumpshot » Tue Jul 28, 2009 8:11 pm

Just posted a note on the Arizona Shooting site too.
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Re: Phoenix Open Carry Dinner

Postby Rod » Tue Jul 28, 2009 8:59 pm

I've decided, the Automag open carry, the Springfield 1911 stainless concealed carry. Trying to convince the wife to carry her Bersa, I think she's going to now.
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Re: Phoenix Open Carry Dinner

Postby Dirty Mike » Fri Jul 31, 2009 5:44 pm

I saw the open carry dinner on Page nine. Good idea. It will be nice to meet you all.

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Re: Phoenix Open Carry Dinner

Postby Rumpshot » Mon Aug 03, 2009 3:51 am

Dirty Mike. welcome to the Gun Counter. Welcome to the OC Dinner too. Hope you get to make lots of new friends. We are just like your old friends, only we are "different." We are special, in a disfunctional way.

ETA: Browse around the forum a bit. Introduce yourself and check us out.
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Re: Phoenix Open Carry Dinner

Postby TheArmsman » Mon Aug 03, 2009 5:05 am

Have to talk to the GF, see what see says. Would like to come up for the dinner.
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Re: Phoenix Open Carry Dinner

Postby azredhawk44 » Wed Aug 05, 2009 6:07 pm

I'll be there, Rumpshot.

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Re: Phoenix Open Carry Dinner

Postby Precision » Wed Aug 05, 2009 9:19 pm

That's a hell of a drive for me, so I won't be there other than in spirit.

Have a good time.
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Re: Phoenix Open Carry Dinner

Postby Rumpshot » Thu Aug 06, 2009 5:52 am

A couple of days to go. I think I can count about 2 dozen folks that will admit they plan to attend. I know a few others that i have invited. Should be a good turnout.

If I can find mine, I will be wearing my NoR Shirt. I have two houses to turn upside down and need to remember to do so at home on Friday night.

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By the way, they are back in stock. You can find them at www.thoseshirts.com. I suspect that Kim will continue to recieve a small stipend from each shirt. If you don't have one, go hither and acquire at least one. Last year at RRIII, there were three versions of the shirt worn to dinner.

Mike, it doesn't look like thunderstorms are in the forecast for Saturday night. :( On the other hand it is supposed to be cooler. Only looking at about 103 for the high on Sat and Sun.
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Re: Phoenix Open Carry Dinner

Postby azredhawk44 » Thu Aug 06, 2009 6:37 am

Looks like I have a +1 coming with me, Dana.

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Re: Phoenix Open Carry Dinner

Postby Rumpshot » Fri Aug 07, 2009 10:38 pm

Got a minor hiccup going. :(

Wife's sister lost her only son last night/this morning in a car accident. Wife will be home from babysitting grandsons in Kalifornia this evening. Will go home, pack and she will fly off to N. Dakota tomorrow evening.

I will be in attendance at the OC Dinner. :) Solo. :( I also have 2 tickets to the Sean Hannity Freedom Tour Concert in Phoenix on Sunday. First dibs on the second ticket go to the Son-in-Law. Will know tomorrow evening if he will take advantage of it. (He will be attending the San Diego performance tonite.) Will make an announcement at the OC Dinner concerning same.
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Re: Phoenix Open Carry Dinner

Postby The Quiet Man » Sat Aug 08, 2009 12:19 am

I just found out that I have to cover at work until 5pm for someone who lost a family member...weird coincidence. Anyway, I'll be there nevertheless...I'll just change clothes at work and I'll already be half-way there! Sorry, but no NOR shirt for me...remind self to order a couple...

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Re: Phoenix Open Carry Dinner

Postby Rumpshot » Sun Aug 09, 2009 5:49 am

Got home about an hour ago. My tummy hurts, I ate too much.

About 36-38 people showed up. The Gun Counter Forum was well represented, as was Arizona Shooting. There was a couple with their daughter that read neither forums, but learned of the gathering from Alan Korwin's posting. Some folks that I specifically invited by personal email too. Lots of interaction amongst all guests.

I had a great time and I think most everyone else did too.

I did get asked by a member of the staff if we were police officers. I told him no, we were exercising our rights as citizens to legally carry in public.

We need to do this more often.
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Re: Phoenix Open Carry Dinner

Postby randy » Sun Aug 09, 2009 3:11 pm

Kevin of The Smallest Minority also has a blurb about the event.
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Re: Phoenix Open Carry Dinner

Postby oldslurrydog » Sun Aug 09, 2009 3:55 pm

saw the invite over on AZS and want to say thank you :D . my wife and i had a good time and met a few more good like minded people and had some good food ( too much, i'm still full ).

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Re: Phoenix Open Carry Dinner

Postby Rod » Sun Aug 09, 2009 3:57 pm

I enjoyed the dinner and the great company. It's always fun meeting new friends. Thanks for setting it up Rumpshot.
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Re: Phoenix Open Carry Dinner

Postby The Quiet Man » Sun Aug 09, 2009 9:02 pm

Rod wrote:I enjoyed the dinner and the great company. It's always fun meeting new friends. Thanks for setting it up Rumpshot.


Agreed. It was nice to meet some of the fine folks who post here. And a special thank you goes to Rumpshot who ran point on this whole thing! Kudos!

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Re: Phoenix Open Carry Dinner

Postby Dirty Mike » Mon Aug 10, 2009 12:02 am

The wife and I enjoyed the dinner last night. Had a good time.

Thank you for setting it up.

Enjoyed the people I met and listening to the ones I didn't meet.

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Re: Phoenix Open Carry Dinner

Postby 308Mike » Mon Aug 10, 2009 2:40 am

Rumpshot wrote:I did get asked by a member of the staff if we were police officers. I told him no, we were exercising our rights as citizens to legally carry in public.


Just curious, what was his (and the restaurant's) response after you told him why you were all there? Has anyone been back to see if they put up any signs because either customers or the staff were frightened? :roll:
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I spoke with the manager, Mr Jeff Chapman, this morning and he is quite happy to provide the location for this dinner.


It was an enjoyable visit --I am glad that I was able to attend !!
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Re: Phoenix Open Carry Dinner

Postby Rumpshot » Mon Aug 10, 2009 7:47 am

308Mike wrote:
Rumpshot wrote:I did get asked by a member of the staff if we were police officers. I told him no, we were exercising our rights as citizens to legally carry in public.


Just curious, what was his (and the restaurant's) response after you told him why you were all there? Has anyone been back to see if they put up any signs because either customers or the staff were frightened? :roll:


I had spoken with the manager a couple weeks ago to make sure it was okay. This restaurant has been the location for OC dinners before and is scheduled for another next Saturday.

The employee was more curious than anything. Some of the clientele on the other hand may have had some concerns, but they were not frightened. More likely they were guilty of some sort of legal infraction and concerned that they should have been somewhere else that night.
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Re: Phoenix Open Carry Dinner

Postby mekender » Mon Aug 10, 2009 10:58 am

Rumpshot wrote:
308Mike wrote:
Rumpshot wrote:I did get asked by a member of the staff if we were police officers. I told him no, we were exercising our rights as citizens to legally carry in public.


Just curious, what was his (and the restaurant's) response after you told him why you were all there? Has anyone been back to see if they put up any signs because either customers or the staff were frightened? :roll:


I had spoken with the manager a couple weeks ago to make sure it was okay. This restaurant has been the location for OC dinners before and is scheduled for another next Saturday.

The employee was more curious than anything. Some of the clientele on the other hand may have had some concerns, but they were not frightened. More likely they were guilty of some sort of legal infraction and concerned that they should have been somewhere else that night.



as was said on the smallest minority:

No one ran screaming from the restaurant in fear. No one (to our knowledge) complained about all the armed people in the place. The police were not summoned. The FBI did not put in an appearance.

And nobody robbed the place either. (Can you imagine what an epic failure of the victim-selection process that would have been?)
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Re: Phoenix Open Carry Dinner

Postby oldslurrydog » Thu Aug 13, 2009 4:17 am

i don't want to step on any toes but..............................

there is another one this sat. the 15th at the same location ( 75th & thomas ) 7:30 pm. it's sponsored by another forum but everybody is welcome.

we need to support any 2A event we can, so come one come all. lets get together and show them our bill of rights still means something to us.

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Re: Phoenix Open Carry Dinner

Postby Rod » Thu Aug 13, 2009 6:14 am

oldslurrydog wrote:i don't want to step on any toes but..............................

there is another one this sat. the 15th at the same location ( 75th & thomas ) 7:30 pm. it's sponsored by another forum but everybody is welcome.

we need to support any 2A event we can, so come one come all. lets get together and show them our bill of rights still means something to us.


Alas, I won't be making this one. Kind of long drive from El Paso. Thanks again to the azs folks who showed up, thanks to the guncounter folks who showed up, and thanks to the folks who weren't part of either group who showed up. I really enjoyed myself.
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