Yikes... Fortunately you didn't get busted, so it's a rather abrupt learning experience. In SC it would cost me a fine of not more than two thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than three years, or both. Plus I'd lose my CWP.
I like to stop by a waterhole ever now and then and have developed the leaving it in the glove box habit. Losing that CWP wold really just burn me up. I went to a trial one time were a judge asked a defendant to provide details of his income and expenses. Trust me it would be more than a $2.000. fine. I just sent the Fed and State over $9K in taxes for last year, there is no mercy when it comes to taking my or your money.
Thanks for sharing the experience it just re-enforces my paranoia on the subject of bars and guns.