Welcome to Concealed Carry!
If you are among the growing number of responsible Americans who believe that owning a firearm is a right and not a privilege, and choose to carry one almost all of the time, your next step is figuring out how to comfortably and safely conceal that firearm.
Luckily there are a great many options for both men and women who conceal carry for self defense and to protect their families. The best advice is to practice putting yourself together beforehand. Know which clothing and product combinations work, which ones have issues, and then you'll be better equipped to dress and arm yourself with confidence every day.
What is Your Concealed Carry Mindset?
Carrying a concealed handgun requires a certain mindset. Learning to determine what constitutes a threat to your life or that of your loved ones, and then making the decision to answer that threat in kind, is crucial. If you choose to carry a concealed handgun, will you be able to deal with such a threat immediately and not hesitate to fire if you are certain the threat requires that level of response? Think about it. Of course, a better response is to first avoid placing yourself in situations where you may need to use a handgun to defend yourself. But if you do find yourself in a confrontation with another individual(s) and you don't have the option of walking away or "talking them down" you must be mentally prepared to use deadly force and deal with the consequences of your actions.
Your mindset should also include the willingness to thoroughly know the laws concerning when, where, and how you are legally allowed to carry a concealed weapon in your state of residence. Laws differ widely from state to state. And if you travel with your concealed weapon, it is important to know the reciprocity laws of the state you will be traveling to as well as the laws of the states which you will be driving through on your way to your destination. Some states recognize the legality of a concealed carry permit issued to a resident of another state and some do not. Simply having a concealed carry permit issued to you by your state is not a blanket license to carry it in any state. For instance, some states extend the right to business owners to ban the carry of concealed weapons on their premises. In a way, this is an unenforceable law because, by definition, if your handgun is properly concealed, no one but you knows that you have it. However, if you are forced to use your concealed handgun in defense of your life or that of others on a premises that has banned concealed carry, then you may be treated as a criminal. At this time, every state has banned the carry of weapons, concealed or otherwise, on any school property and in all government buildings. Full article here...
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