I may be asking a question that has been talked to death. But, I am going to open this can of worms.
When my hubby and I ride, especially in the wilderness areas, I carry my little 38. It is small, fits nicely in my horn bag and can be in my grubby hand in just a second. I have carried it for several years but don't have a carry permit. I plan to get one but I just have been too lazy to go and pay the $50 to get it. I know that there are a lot of places that we (all of us, you too) ride that guns are prohibited. My question, what is the punishment to be caught with one. And, wouldn't I have to be doing something suspicious for a ranger/cop to search my horse and saddle bags?
Only once have I actually pulled it from my horn bag to possibly use. We had parked our trailer at a trailhead in a large wilderness area. When we came back to the truck after our wonderful ride there was an old codger parked near us with a rifle. (hunting season ??) I quietly pulled my gun out of the horn bag and out of the holster and slipped it into my pocket of my jacket. My hubby rode ahead of me and talked to the guy. He said he had locked his keys in his pickup and wondered if we had a clothes hanger. Needless to say we did not. I stayed back and kept my hand on the gun. The whole time. The old guy was nice but still carried his rifle. Some other guys in a car drove by and he walked out there to flag them down and see if they had a clothes hanger. It ended up being a totally true story and the old guy was on the up and up. BUT, it could have easly been a set up.
I also worry that we might have to put a horse down.
Needless to say I worry that I will be caught with a gun where I should not have one. But, I feel that I would have to be acting crazy for them to search me. Sooooo..... I carry one.
What is everyone elses thought.