What’s the number one thing you can do to protect yourself and your family? Ask most anyone you know and they’ll likely say, “Buy a gun.” And that’s good advice for home defense, but what about all the time you spend out in the unpredictable world? That’s what concealed weapons are for…
When you venture out into the public sphere, you’re subjecting yourself to the danger of whatever insane people might be wandering around out there. And there’s no way to avoid it. You just have to accept that it’s there and act accordingly. And to “act accordingly” the most logical thing to do is arm yourself with a concealed firearm and train with it regularly.
Simple right? Open and shut case… NOT!
Carrying a concealed weapon isn’t a simple or easy thing to do. That isn’t said to discourage you from doing it, but it is intended to make you stop and think before you run out and strap a gun to your hip.
Granted, the most likely outcome is that you will end up carrying a concealed weapon. Maybe you already do. Why else would you be reading this? The point of this post, however, is to let you in on the not-so-well-known issues with concealed carry that everyone should be aware of, whether they carry a firearm, plan to, or are thinking about taking it back up.
Know these sage pieces of wisdom and carry wisely.
The logistics are a hassle
The whole term “concealed carry” makes the task of carrying a gun without people knowing about it seem pretty simple. Out of sight, out of mind, right? At first, you think tucking the gun away in an article of clothing and going about your day is all there is to it. But once you start carrying, you’ll see that couldn’t be further from the truth.
Keeping the gun constantly concealed in a comfortable position and avoiding others from noticing it under your clothing is a constant challenge. On top of that, you have to simultaneously be hyper aware that you’re carrying a gun but without subconsciously drawing attention to it by fidgeting and moving unnaturally.
Don’t worry. After you’ve gotten some experience under your belt you become much more skilled at carrying a gun while minimizing excess hassle. But there will still be plenty of times when it’s a tremendous headache.
There will always be legal liability
When your gun leaves it’s concealed location on your body and comes out into public view, you’re automatically exposing yourself to a whole host of legal implications. Then if, God forbid, you ever have to fire it, there’s a whole other set of legal liabilities to worry about.
The only real way to address this issue is to become fluent in your local laws and regulations. If you plan to carry a gun outside of your local area, study the laws of your destination thoroughly too. Failing to do your homework could result in serious consequences.
You’re accepting a huge responsibility
When you carry a concealed firearm, you’re exposing the people around you to a weapon with the power to end life at a moment’s notice. You might neglect to acknowledge that since you plan to only use the firearm for protection, but it’s important to realize that your choice to carry a firearm can have life changing impact on the people around you.
Should you ever be forced to discharge the firearm, you have to make a lightning fast judgement call as to whether or not you could be causing more danger to the people around you than the perp. If an armed robber is walking away to get in his car, it could result in more tragedy to initiate a firefight than to just let the robber go.
Always keep the safety of your fellow man in mind. Don’t be a hero.
People will glare at you
Despite your greatest efforts, your concealed firearm will inevitably get seen by the people around you. And some of those people will without a doubt be turned off by it. That means they may give you dirty looks, confront you, or even ask you to leave their business/property.
These kind of confrontations come with the territory. It’s imperative that you know how to handle them gracefully and with respect.
Why don’t you weigh in?
Do you have anything to add? Even relatively inexperienced concealed carriers can probably think of a thing or two that might be useful to stack on top of this list. Or maybe you’ve got another idea from the perspective of someone who’s never carried a concealed firearm.
Whatever your background is, give us your thoughts in the comments.