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How to deal with situations where you are not allowed to carry concealed

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Law abiding concealed carry permit holders know it’s not always possible to legally carry your weapon with you. While many of us try to limit involvement at places and functions where we can’t protect ourselves, there are occasions where you have to go into a building or event where you’re not permitted to carry.

As you’re walking to and from your destination you can’t just turn off your situational awareness and training. You’re still keeping an eye out for possible threats. The problem in this case, when spotting a potential sticky situation, you can’t defend yourself like you're accustomed to. You feel a helplessness you know could be avoided.

When you’re in a situation where you fear for your life and feel the need to reach back and draw your weapon but are not in a place where you can legally carry ... How do you handle it?
    Knowing you are not going to be able to have your everyday carry weapon on your person leaves two choices:
  • Leave your gun at home.
  • Leave your handgun in your vehicle

Neither is ideal but it’s one or the other. Leaving your weapon in your vehicle is the what many of us do, but I am constantly worried someone will break into my vehicle and take my gun. However, I think this choice offers, depending on the circumstances, a greater likelihood of getting to your weapon if you needed it.

Leaving your gun at home locked in your safe has a greater chance of keeping your weapon out of the hands of thieves. The down side is, you have zero chance of getting to your gun if you need it.

Completely avoiding situations where you can’t legally carry your gun is not possible. Many times, you can carry non-lethal alternatives to at least help calm your nerves a bit. Anything you can do to create an advantage in your favor or buy time so you can escape is worth carrying in the absence of your gun.

Items you might carry could be a taser, pepper spray or even a tactical pen. Any or all of these might deter the assailant enough for you to escape. Also having something on your person to help you defend yourself will help set you at ease a little more.

What I have found is, when placed in a situation where I wished, even for a second, I had my concealed carry weapon on me, I pay more attention to where I go in the future. I schedule appointments and attend functions where I can carry. This includes shopping at stores and eating at restaurants who allow concealed carry.

Relying on the kindness of an assailant or the bravery of people working at most establishments to protect my life is not a habit I like to have. Being prepared is.

When you're presented with a scenario where you need your self defense weapon, will you be able to draw it and protect yourself or will you grab for it and wish it was there?

About The Author

Trevor Dobrygoski has been a freelance copywriter ince 2009. He has written about many different topics over the years. His 9-5 is outfitting police and other public safety vehicles with all of the equipment the law enforcement and other first responders need to save lives. When not working and writing, he is coaching, refereeing and playing soccer.