Carrying a deadly weapon in public comes with great responsibilities. Sounds familiar, eh? You might think it’s funny, but this statement is absolutely true. Let’s say you have decided to exercise your 2nd Amendment rights. You have already purchased a really nice gun, you even took lessons on how to use it, and you have already secured your concealed carry permit. So what to do next? Proper concealed carry equipment, attire, and the practice with both in various situations will go a long way towards preventing accidental exposure or indicators that you are carrying. In this article, we won’t tell you WHAT TO DO, instead we will give you advice about what NOT TO DO when carrying concealed. Don’t be confused. Remember, DO-NOT-DO-THESE. ?
1 Printing – Allowing the outline of the weapon or accessories to show through the concealment garment or device.
2 Exposing – Allowing the handgun, holster, or an accessory to unintentionally exposing part or all of it in plain view in public. Be cautious when reaching upward, leaning forwards or sideways, kneeling down, or reaching for anything in your pockets.
3 Touching – A habit of touching or repositioning the handgun, holster, or an accessory in plain view. If this must be done, do it from a concealed location.
4 Looking – A habit of looking at your concealed gear to verify if its there or if it is still concealed. Especially avoid this if someone is staring at you. Learn how to subtly screen your movements or distract the on looker so that the possibly exposed item can be turned away from their view.
5 Telegraphing – Giving away the fact you might be carrying or preparing for action through either:
6 Active telegraphing – Body language and motions such as getting into a combat stance without the need to. This might also include noise that your weapons make during carry such as loose ammunition in a magazine, a squeaky holster, or other noises.
7 Passive telegraphing – Clothing or items worn which might indicate that you are carrying or that you are involved with firearms. It is not recommended to wear hatpins, lapel pins, tie-tacks, jewelry, logo clothing, or other adornments that might indicate you are a “gun person”. In some cases the wearer may be subject to an on looker who will see the original indicator, then looking you over until they locate where you are carrying.
8 Bumping/Sounding – Making contact with an artificial surface or when bumping into someone. The weapon may make a sound or someone may feel it. Very few things a person would carry feel or sound like a weapon. Be aware of items that make unnatural sounds as well what will give you away will also give others away.
9 Forgetting – Forgetting that you are carrying concealed. This is certainly possible when carrying a very comfortable system, or one that is small or lightweight. It is also possible when the user has not developed a sound concealed carry regimen or is used to carrying. Responsibility mandates that you not let this happen.
10 Dropping – Dropping an item, such as a magazine, or worse your weapon from concealment. Often due to equipment that does not adequately retain the item, not re-securing the item following a change. In positioning of concealment gear or wardrobe, this can be cause by activities like: a visit to the restroom, exiting a vehicle, getting up from a chair, or not being aware of changes in body position and activity can affect the concealed carry system.
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Locations to perform checks and rearrange you gear:
Locked room – Bedroom, office, single bathroom, etc.
Restroom stalls – It is recommended to have a plan for this and avoid very public restrooms, especially those with stalls that are open on the bottom and may or may not have doors.
Inside Vehicle – Look around first before you start arranging your gear. This will include looking for people in your immediate area and beyond. Also be aware that when in public parking areas you could be on a security camera that could be monitored.
Dressing Room – Look for those that are completely in closed and do not have one-way viewing glass or hidden cameras.