When to Carry a Concealed Weapon?
Is there a right or wrong time to carry your concealed weapon?
While many people understand the arguments for carrying a personal-defense weapon, there's not enough discussion about when you should carry and when you shouldn’t carry the handgun.
Carrying a concealed handgun is a deeply personal choice, but these factors can help you make the right decision for yourself and your family...
Carry Only When You Won’t Be Entering a Guns-Prohibited Area
We can debate all day about the practicality (or lack thereof) of gun-free zones, such as a court house or public buildings, but the fact remains that if you are entering one of these areas, you absolutely should not carry your weapon. Maintain respect for the law (after all, legal gun ownership is a pillar of concealed-carry advocates) and don’t carry in gun-free zones, no matter how unwise they might seem to you.
Never Carry When You Are Drinking
It’s simple: if you plan on having a drink, don’t carry your firearm. If you’re carrying your firearm, don’t drink. There is too much risk, both from a safety and legal standpoint, to mix your concealed weapon and alcohol, so choose one or the other, but never both.
Carry Where Your Are Comfortable With the Firearm
If you are entering any area where you feel uncomfortable, for whatever reason, carrying your weapon, it’s best to leave it at home. For example, perhaps you simply don’t like having your weapon on you when attending church. If that is the case, leave it at home and enjoy the service. Your weapon will be waiting for you throughout the rest of the week, and you can then carry it in areas where you are comfortable.
Carry In Areas Where You Feel Vulnerable
If you work in a down-trodden neighborhood or a high-crime area, maybe you feel the need to carry your weapon. If this is the case, assuming you are properly permitted, you have every right to carry your weapon, and should do so at your own discretion.