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#1 carmela

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Posted 16 March 2016 - 11:41 AM

In the beginning of my novel, I have an off duty officer, who actually was working at the desk due to a broken arm. He is at the doctor's and just had the cast removed. Considering he couldn't use his weapon with a cast on and that his arm would still be wean from not using it, he wouldn't be carrying his gun, would he? 


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Posted 16 March 2016 - 11:48 AM

Sounds like it'd be a personal choice, which means a character-development item. There are officers who feel naked without a gun.



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Posted 16 March 2016 - 12:22 PM

Sounds like it'd be a personal choice, which means a character-development item. There are officers who feel naked without a gun.

Thanks mwsinclair, I agree, now that you mention it. Because until he gets strength back in his arm, he won't be able to use it, so unless he felt naked without it, he wouldn't have his gun. 


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Posted 16 March 2016 - 04:36 PM

Technically, if he's working a desk he's not off-duty. 



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Posted 16 March 2016 - 04:59 PM

Agreed. And he could use the other arm if he's like that. Personally I always thought a person who carries a gun for a living should learn to shoot with both hands in case one arm gets injured they could use the other. That's just my thing though.



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Posted 17 March 2016 - 09:19 AM

Every officer I know carries on and off duty. That being said, guns usually aren't allowed in hospitals.

 

ETA - People who carry concealed weapons usually have a safe in their car to store the weapon when they enter places they're not allowed to carry. So he might lock the gun in his car safe while going into the hospital.


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Posted 17 March 2016 - 09:25 AM

Technically, if he's working a desk he's not off-duty. 

What I meant was, he has been working the desk, but was not on duty at the time. 


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Posted 17 March 2016 - 09:27 AM

Agreed. And he could use the other arm if he's like that. Personally I always thought a person who carries a gun for a living should learn to shoot with both hands in case one arm gets injured they could use the other. That's just my thing though.

Oh, I didn't think of that. Maybe I can have him carrying, but because his better arm was injured and there were civilians, he didn't want to take a chance by shooting with his weaker arm, so he doesn't use his gun.


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Posted 17 March 2016 - 09:28 AM

Every officer I know carries on and off duty. That being said, guns usually aren't allowed in hospitals.

 

ETA - People who carry concealed weapons usually have a safe in their car to store the weapon when they enter places they're not allowed to carry. So he might lock the gun in his car safe while going into the hospital.

Officers can't carry into hospitals? I didn't know that. Would that be the same for a doctor's office or a pharmacy? 


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Posted 17 March 2016 - 05:02 PM

I'm wondering if that all depends on the state.

 

But this is just me thinking here. If I can't shoot the gun. Then why carry the gun? Why the extra weight? If you're needing the officer to be off duty and in a medical setting ... he/she could be there for

 

A check up

Visiting a friend/family member

Getting stitches/cast removed

An exam because of feeling sick

Running an errand for someone (guess that belongs to the #2 Category)



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Posted 18 March 2016 - 06:01 AM

I'm wondering if that all depends on the state.

 

But this is just me thinking here. If I can't shoot the gun. Then why carry the gun? Why the extra weight? If you're needing the officer to be off duty and in a medical setting ... he/she could be there for

 

A check up

Visiting a friend/family member

Getting stitches/cast removed

An exam because of feeling sick

Running an errand for someone (guess that belongs to the #2 Category)

He is there because he just had a cast removed from a broken arm and it isn't at the hospital, but a building with doctor offices and a pharmacy. And like one member said, for an officer, not carrying would make him or her feel naked. 


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