Maybe 10 years ago I walked over to the local hardware store to buy something and when I reached the small parking lot, a middle-aged man was walking with a pistol in his hand. My first thought was: I'm dead. I guess the guy just carried as part of his routine or something but I didn't ask him.
Digby writes about a similar events
DOES THIS MAKE YOU FEEL SAFE?
UPDATE: The pic is from Utah, not California.