Guest Post: How To Properly Carry A Concealed Firearm (For Writing), 2019
by Josh Montgomery
Hi, guys, today we have a friend guest posting here! He lets us know more about fire guns. You can also read about how to write about guns here: Guest Post: How to Bring your Pen to a Gunfight and Win
So, without further ado:
How To Properly Carry A Concealed Firearm, 2019
Deciding to take responsibility for your safety and carrying a firearm is a huge step. It is an important decision, especially if you transact in risky business or live in a dangerous neighborhood. A concealed carry lets you go about your business without anyone realizing that you have it. You might never use it, but it gives you confidence knowing that it is there.
Before you get a concealed carry handgun, you need to understand carrying a concealed weapon (CCW) laws in your state and in other states that you might travel to. The laws on concealed carry differ from state to state – ensure you do not break laws when moving from one state to the next.
Get a Holster for your Gun
It is not enough tucking that handgun into your coat as it might slip just when you bend to tie your shoelaces. A good holster serves four functions:
- Securely holds the gun so you can go on your business
- Prevents accidental discharges by covering the trigger guard
- Facilitates a safe and safe draw
- Allows easy and secure re-holstering of your handgun
If you need to carry your pistol securely, a holster is not optional. Depending on your lifestyle, you can holster your gun to your belt on your shoulders. If, for instance, you are always on long coats, you might find it easier holstering your firearm on your belt.
Learn How to Use Your Gun
To get a concealed carry permit in most states, you need to pass a shooting qualification. However, if you do not practice using your firearm, you are better without it. Again, you need to keep relearning the rules of gun safety because your life depends on it. If it is your first time using a gun holster, training to draw and re-holster your gun as fast as possible will help you in case of an emergency.
With concealed carry, you give up the luxury of being angry. Your actions and reactions matter a lot when you are faced with a situation that makes you angry. A concealed carry handgun protects you and your loved ones when your lives are in danger. If you get angry a lot, you are better without a handgun on your belt.
Understand Gun Safety
In most cases, you will want to have your gun with you loaded all the time. This means that the best way to carry a concealed firearm is to have it on you all the time – in the house, on your desk at work, and in any other place where you are allowed to have it. As such, you need to understand how to prevent accidental discharge. Most handguns today come with manual safeties to help you stay safe. If your gun doesn’t feature a manual safety, ensure that you own a holster with a trigger guard. A modern handgun works like a charm with or without a manual safety.
Because your handgun is always loaded, keep it away from the reach of children. Even when you are going to the bathroom, hide away your pistol, or carry it with you – you never know what children saw on TV.
Where Do You Need a Handgun?
You never know where and when you will need to use a handgun. Matter of fact, you may never use your handgun at all in your whole life. A handgun is meant to protect you when your life or those of your loved ones are in danger, and the police are not there to help.
If you know you are going to a place where you might need a gun, you better avoid that place – better wait for the police or wait until it feels safe to go there. Even if you are trained and feel confident with your concealed carry, criminals do not play by any rules, you know. Because you never know when you might need a gun, carry it everywhere. However, you must know when and where to use your weapon – before using it, however, try all other means to diffuse the situation.
Carry Associated Gear
If you are in a dark alley and someone comes at you, how do you know if it is an old granny on her way home or a criminal with a gun? Again, if you are caught in a situation that requires you to use your handgun, how will you notify your loved ones of your safety if you do not have your phone? These associated gears such as a flashlight, a phone, tourniquet, and a first aid kit will help you in situations where you need to assess an area or offer first aid.
Just having a firearm solves one problem. Having a flashlight helps you decide whether to or not to use your gun.
Under what circumstances should you carry a concealed handgun in your state? Are you allowed to bring it to church or in schools? What will happen to you if you walk into a business that does not allow concealed carry? If you are not sure where or when to carry your handgun, take a class on CCW laws.
If you are already carrying a handgun, it helps if you know a lawyer who deals with self-defense and firearms law. This will bail you out of trouble if you are ever involved in a gunfight. Also, you might need legal self-defense insurance.
Lastly, let those close to you know that you carry a handgun at all times – they might not feel safe if they one day see it bulging from your coat, and you had not informed them.
Thank you, Josh!