How To Handle Concealed Weapon Check Points
It's probably a matter of time before you go to an event or encounter a situation where people are being checked for weapons. It could be somewhere as simple a state fair ground or perhaps a sporting event. So long as you know you are legally allowed to go into that place, it may become necessary to check in with police and get your concealed carry permit verified.
In this article, we'll discuss some strategies to getting through this process and making it as painless as possible.
Step 1: Look for Signs
The biggest element that's going to help you when getting checked is information. Are there any signs around that designate an area as a legal “gun free zone”? We all know gun free zones don't mean criminals can't or won't attempt to carry – but as responsible concealed carriers, we have an obligation to maintain situational awareness.
Situational awareness, in this case, means observing not just for threats but also for messages. Now, be careful about the specific wording of the signs. Signs that say “no unlawful firearms” or similar do not necessarily preclude you, the concealed carrier, from entering or attending.
Step 2: Ask Security
Before you go through the security line, consider approaching security first. If they discover you have a handgun in your inside the waistband concealed carry gun holster and you haven't told them, there may be some confusion. It would probably be better to inform them first, if possible. You can be discrete and simply approach a member of the security team or even a police officer. This will likely prompt a law enforcement interaction. That's okay.
Step 3: Staying Calm and Polite
No matter your particular views on the justification for search, it's better to stay civil and stick to the point. There's a place or thing you would like to do and, as a law abiding concealed carrier, you are allowed to do it.
Step 4: Follow Instructions
If you get into a law enforcement interaction, be civil and wait for the officer's instructions once you have informed him you are carrying concealed. He or she will then advise you to remove your permit for inspection. Depending upon state and locality, the police officer may request to take custody of your gun for the duration of the interaction. If this is the case, allow him or her to lead that dance. If the officer feels comfortable enough for you to remove your gun from its holster and hand it to him, let him be the one to tell you to do that. Otherwise, simply follow his instructions.
In most cases, as long as you're not doing anything wrong, most police probably have absolutely no problem with you attending an event where you're allowed to carry. Discretion, being polite, and following instructions are all important pieces to having a good interaction with law enforcement and security. You'll likely find getting verified for your concealed carry permit can be a painless process.
About The Author
James England (@sir_jim_england) is the contributing editor for Alien Gear Holsters. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and private defense contracting in Afghanistan.