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Old 12-17-2010, 07:50 AM
 
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I was at the shop in Rosenberg, TX (just West from Sugar Land) fixing my car. And in a matter of 2 hours I saw 2 guys (one black, one white) coming in with their pistols in open holsters on their right side. The pistols were not concealed or anything.



I am wondering if life is so tough out there in Rosenberg, they have to carry pistols like cowboys? They must be scrambling through squadrons of Indians and shooting back every time they hit highway 59? LOL

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Old 12-17-2010, 08:00 AM
 
Location: Garland Texas
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They could have been POLICE officers. I have seen many plain clothes men AND women wearing guns, and they were law enforcement.
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Old 12-17-2010, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Charleston Sc and Western NC
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Law enforcement or Feds.

Concealed weapons law means just that..concealed.
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Old 12-17-2010, 08:14 AM
 
Location: America
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open carry is not legal in the state of texas, so they must've been law enforcement
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Old 12-17-2010, 08:50 AM
 
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They could have been POLICE officers. I have seen many plain clothes men AND women wearing guns, and they were law enforcement.
Now new questions:
- Why there were so many of them in civilian clothes in farmers land? I did not see so many and with a hanging pistol in Houston.
- Where is the badge or any identification they belong to a police?
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Old 12-17-2010, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX (Oak Forest)
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In many small towns in East Texas the sheriffs still walk around in a ten gallon hat, cowboy boots with a six shooter at their side.
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Old 12-17-2010, 09:27 AM
 
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In many small towns in East Texas the sheriffs still walk around in a ten gallon hat, cowboy boots with a six shooter at their side.
Haven't most public safety departments replaced six-shooters with magazine-fed handguns?
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Old 12-17-2010, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Texas
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If they owned the property they were on, or had permission from the owners of the property, they could open carry like that. Otherwise, they were Law Enforcement officers of some type.
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Old 12-17-2010, 10:26 AM
 
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I'll take your word that's a pistol displayed in a holster because the photo is not all that clear. Too many guys running around with geeky cell phones/hip computers in holsters these days.

As pointed out previously, Texas has laws regulating the carrying of handguns, and allows for concealed carry, but not an open carry.

As for these guys being police officers...it seems to me that the concept of being plainclothes is centered on the idea that people don't readily recognize you as a police officer. Most agencies require that non-uniformed officers, and off-duty officers in plainclothes carry their weapons concealed. If you go into a police station you will probably see officers in plainclothes who are openly carrying. If they leave the station they should (or should in the ideal world) conceal the weapon. There are agencies that don't require that, or officers who just violate the policy. My personal opinion is that a plainclothes officer out in public with an openly displayed weapon is tactically unsound. They're giving up an advantage for no good reason.

Unfortunately some police officers are not all that tactically proficient. I've seen officers in plainclothes eating dinner with their family at a restaurant, an obvious plain wrap police car parked out front, sitting with their back to the door.

Of course this happened in Rosenberg, and while I know some of you think Ft. Bend County is a hotbed of criminal activity, it's a regular peaceful Hooterville compared to what's going on up 59 in Houston. Maybe some cops are lulled into thinking it's so safe out here that they can afford to be loose.

To keep the public from freaking out, if these guys were cops they should have been displaying their badges.
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Old 12-17-2010, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Fondren SW Yo
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Haven't most public safety departments replaced six-shooters with magazine-fed handguns?
Many departments give their officers/deputies the choice between carrying a revolver or a semi-automatic.
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