In today’s world, it is sometimes necessary to take self-defense matters into your own hands. Many people spend a lot of time to get essential training on how to use firearms for a situation that might demand it, as you never know when an attacker might strike. As we see with situations like the violent terrorist attacks in Paris, using firearms can be deadly but when someone is prepared to act, it can also potentially save many lives.
Concealed carry laws in this country differ depending on where you live, so it’s a good idea to read up on the subject should you have any questions about how to obtain registration and what kind of jurisdiction exists. Some states have different types of permits such as “unrestricted” or “Constitutional Carry” where no permit may be required to carry a concealed handgun. Know your rights but also know how to use the weapon. You should never choose to own a pistol or rifle if you do not know how to properly operate it. This includes all forms of gun and trigger safety which you should learn from a seasoned professional.
Many people are fans of IWB concealed carry holsters such as the Clipdraw due to it’s incredibly slim profile. Other’s prefer a traditional style holster that might be a little bulky but for some people, more secure. Regardless of which method you choose, there is no question that you want to also consider using a trigger guard whenever you carry the gun with you. No matter if you use a Glock, model 1911, or revolver, all pistol types have safety requirements and best practices.
In some states, applicants for concealed carry must pass a training course to confirm that they are proficient with the weapon. This can include both classroom and live-fire instruction that includes proper technique for holding the weapon, holstering, reloading, and more. Some states also have laws which govern where one is allowed to carry a weapon. For example, hospitals or churches might be off limits depending on where you live.
Penalties also vary from state to state, if you are carrying a weapon without the proper license. Some jurisdictions also permit open carry where the weapon does not have to be concealed. It can be a long and tedious process to gain the required training and permits required to holster your weapon in public, but if safety and security are your main concerns, then you should take the time to do it properly.
Always remember to check if the gun is loaded and never point it at an individual should you be showing it to them. Many lives have been needlessly lost when someone inadvertently fires the gun in a situation that is not life threatening. This requires prudence and care, but more importantly the right training from a professional. Never leave a gun lying around in the range of children and always remember to check to see if a gun is loaded before you take it in public or choose to conceal carry as the law properly allows depending on where you live. Many accidents could have been prevented if simple best practices were exercised at the right time.
Always consult your local law enforcement professionals if you are not sure if you can carry your weapon IWB style in your state or at an event that you are attending. It is always much better to be proactive and learn ahead of time before you get into a situation that could lead to harsh penalties from the law.