Some states require a permit to have a gun on you in general, while others require a license just to conceal it on you. Not knowing is not an excuse.
The laws can be somewhat confusing. But before you conceal and carry you need to know what they are. If you are caught not following the law, you could lose you right to carry, or worse, end up in jail.
Be Aware of Your Surroundings
One great piece of advice, whether you’re carrying a weapon or not, is to always be aware of your surroundings so you can evaluate if trouble is coming. This alone can be the difference between life and death.
Staying alert puts the odds on your favor if trouble is coming. It is much easier to protect yourself if you are acting instead of reacting. Always be ready, observing your surroundings and being alert of what’s going on.
Be Ready, and Trained
Make sure you are ready to use your firearm if your life depends on it. If someone is putting your life, or the life of a family member in imminent danger, decide what you will do before it happens.
Are you going to be able to use deadly force in the gravest of extremes? If you can’t answer “yes” then you shouldn’t carry at all. Otherwise your gun could end up being turned on you.
Even if in your mind you know what you would do, the stress of a potential life-threatening situation can make you freeze up or not act as you had planned if you are unprepared.
The solution to this is training. There are many classes that offer training in both martial arts and firearms training.
You are not magically going to become a marksman once a bad situation occurs. You must train, train, and keep training so it is whatever action you take is instinctive rather than impromptu.
Whether you’re a civilian or a police officer, you want to be able to fall back on your training and not assume you are going to react the same in a stressful, possibly life threatening situation as you would when you are on your couch thinking about it.
Keep Calm and Cool
Keep your cool! Being hotheaded, angry, or impulsive doesn’t mix at all with carrying a gun. These emotions can sometimes affect our way of thinking as well, making it difficult to think clearly and rationally.
Remember, our Second Amendment right is to protect us from danger, not to give us power over others, intimidate or punish.
If you can’t control your aggression or rage you probably shouldn’t carry a gun. It’s like mixing oil and water. You must be able to stop and act appropriately to make clear choices.
Familiarize Yourself with Your Firearm
Get familiar with your equipment. You should know your gun inside and out. Along with the holsters, mags, and ammo you prefer.
Practice at a range with drawing your firearm from all positions. You can’t plan out exactly how an attack will happen, but you can be prepared. Practice makes perfect, it should be second nature to draw your weapon.
These days there are many options no matter where you prefer to carry, in your pocket, on your side, or the ankle the choices are endless. Try different methods of concealed carry along with different holsters.
Always practice safe handling, making sure you are alert and handling firearms with a focus on safety. These tips are a must-know for anyone owing a gun.
• Treat every firearm as of it is loaded.
• Never point a gun (even unloaded) at anything or anyone unless ready to fire.
• Keep your finger off the trigger and at a stable rest on the gun at all times – unless you are aimed at your target and made the decision to fire.
• Know what’s around your target & behind it.
Concealment is Your Friend
Don’t let others know your concealing a firearm. Not telling anyone gives you the upper hand. That element of surprise is what you want. If the bad guys know you have a weapon, you’re probably the first one on their list to take care of.
Cleaning & Maintenance
Be sure to inspect and clean your firearm regularly. Don’t become complacent. That’s when we are more likely to make a mistake. Stay active and keep practicing.