Whether you are concerned about your safety in large cities, travel frequently or spend a lot of time outdoors, you may want to pursue a concealed carry permit. These licenses allow you to carry a concealed firearm on your person at all times. However, you should know a few things before pursuing this license.
As a license holder, you are responsible for ensuring that your weapon is concealed. Therefore, you should have the appropriate weapon, one small enough to conceal; several holsters, such as an in-the-waistband and concealed ankle holster; and clothing that adequately covers your weapon, such as loose, flowing shirts and jackets.
You are responsible for carrying your weapon safely. Therefore, you should not reveal your weapon to anyone, especially as a means to end an argument, unless you pull it for self-defense. You should fear that your life is in danger before drawing your weapon. If you draw or show your weapon at will, you may cause panic and aggression you did not intend.
You are responsible for knowing where and when you can and cannot carry your weapon. For example, concealed weapons are not allowed in federal buildings or schools. In these cases, you should always secure your weapon in a locking gun case if you have to take it off. Check your local laws or with local law enforcement to determine the locations that do not allow you to carry your weapon.
Your safety and the safety of those around you depends on your weapons handling abilities and firing accuracy. Therefore, you should practice with every weapon and holster you own. Don’t just go to the gun range once and think you are good, you should be regularly firing in various scenarios. For example, you should train while diving around obstacles and on the run. Shooting competitions are great opportunities to get in a little extra practice.
Learn about your responsibilities prior to purchasing a weapon and seeking a concealed carry permit.