Whether you have just started carrying a concealed weapon, or you have been doing it for ages, follow these five tips to help navigate the in’s and out’s of safely concealing your weapon.
1. Hands Off!
When carrying a concealed weapon, the number one rule is to keep it hidden until you need to use it. Constant checks and adjustments can give you away in an instant. Be sure to have a comfortable holster set-up that doesn’t interfere with your day-to-day actions. If, for whatever reason, your holster does need to be adjusted, then go to a private area to make any adjustments needed. Invest in a holster and high-quality firearms accessories that fit comfortably and discreetly so that you don’t have to fidget or adjust too often.
2. Know The Rules
You have taken the steps to obtain your CCW permit, but don’t forget what you have learned in your classes. If you have a permit in your state, it may not be valid in another state. Be sure to research the laws in other states if you plan to take your firearm with you on a trip. Also, be sure to learn or brush up on the laws related to self-defense in your state. Understanding the laws can protect you in case you ever need to use your concealed weapon.
3. Know Your Rights
Just as you need to know the rules that may restrict you as a CCW permit holder, you should also know your legal rights. As mentioned above, your legal rights as a CCW permit holder will vary from state to state. According to the NRA-ILA, there are 42 states with Right To Carry (RTC) laws in place, recognizing self-defense as a fundamental right. 40 of these states adhere to “shall issue” laws which require concealed carry permits to be issued to qualified applicants.
4. Don’t Be A Superhero
Remember that carrying a concealed weapon doesn’t make you a superhero. Most of you already know this, but it is important to remember that in a deadly situation, drawing a gun doesn’t always save the day. Practicing restraint when the situation is far too dangerous is a good skill for any concealed carrier. When you’re faced with a potentially deadly aggressor, assess the situation and consider whether intervening would save lives immediately versus deferring to the police.
5. Be Prepared To Use Deadly Force
By carrying a concealed weapon, you are accepting the possibility that you may need to use deadly force to protect yourself or others from being injured or even killed. If you aren’t comfortable with this possibility, then you should not carry a weapon at all. In a dangerous situation, an assailant may be able to sense your hesitance and disarm you. If you are prepared to use your weapon, then be ready for a fight.
In close quarters, your ability to practice self-defense may matter more than marksmanship. In the end, your ability to fight off an assailant or shoot at point-blank range may save your life. While these tips can be a great foundation to your day to day self-defense, you should still research legislation within your state that may impact your rights as a CCW permit holder, and as always, stay vigilant and assess situations carefully. Good luck, and stay safe out there!