Hi there friends:
I would like to share something that happened to me today. I apologize for the length and bad redaction of this story but It might share some information about situations like the following:
I, as usual, carry pretty much everywhere I go since I got my permit (not long ago). I understand where I can and I cannot carry BY LAW. Today not being the exception, I took a family member, wife and little one, on a little tour through the city which included Disney Springs. I see the place as an outdoor shopping mall, so I didn’t check beforehand on their gun policy. When we got to the place and after passing the temperature check point, I saw a security guard with a K9 and for some reason I had the sudden feeling I was being watched. We continued walking along the stores and it came to mind to just give a quick search on my phone about guns at DS. For my surprise, I read about a guy (2019) who was carrying legally in the premises and got “caught” by one of these K9’s and had security and Sheriffs surrounding him outside a store, running warrant search and after some questions they escorted him out of the place not without reminding him about their gun policy and such. While scrolling down trough some similar cases, I passed near by another guard and dog and this time I saw the dog moving towards us. There was a lot of people so it wasn’t easy to pinpoint me specifically, but I got nervous for the situation. We managed to pass them without further alerting them , but now, feeling like a “criminal”? I am in the middle of a place I can get hassled and maybe arrested in public by simply CC my weapon legally and legitimate not knowing I could not carry there. We got back to the car (longest 5 minute walk in my life) and we left the place not wishing to ever come back for the next reason:
-What if? Places like this could be a playground for a whack nut who one day decided to kill someone for fun. I know I should’ve known better and skip places like this, but who would have given a though for just going to a shopping mall? Now, I understand they can enforce whatever they like in their property, but at least they should let law abiding citizens know about it by a sign of some sort.
I would love to read your thoughts and maybe get some insight from someone with more experience in the area.