Why More Sheriffs Advocate Concealed Carry
Concealed carry has gotten a lot of attention in this past recent year. Sheriffs and law enforcement officials have urged citizens to take up their lawful right to protect themselves with firearms. While not all sheriffs and police are as adamant about the right to defend one's self, there's a common core of logic running throughout most of these recent endorsements.
However, with the urge to get training, there is likely also the request to act responsibly. There is a deep responsibility in concealed carry and it is metered out through these things:
Concealed Carriers Practice Situational Awareness
Being aware of one's surroundings is key to reacting to them in an emergency. Paying attention to people, places, and things are all hints as to the advent of some looming emergency. This also means spending less time with one's face in a phone and more time casually looking around. Take a look, previously we wrote about how you can improve your situational awareness for concealed carry.
Greater Personal Responsibility
Having good, sound judgment can help a concealed carrier avoid a bad situation, know when to act if stuck in one, and keep people from getting needlessly hurt. It starts with keeping a clear mind, knowing when to de-escalate a conflict, and being able to walk away when there is no threat. It is also taking personal responsibility for one's own actions while armed. Keeping positive control over the firearm at all times, staying cognizant of where it is pointed, and using it only in direct danger are all inherent qualities to a concealed carrier who takes personal responsibility seriously.
Using The Right Tools For The Job
If your dentist showed up to clean your teeth and opened a pail full of plumbing tools, you wouldn't allow him to work on you. Similarly, if you are out in town with the wrong defensive tools for your needs, you won't be prepared to do your job should danger arrive. Take your choice in your gun and holster very seriously. These are the tools that will enable you to act if you need to. Here are some things I wish I knew before I bought my first holster.
Train, Learn, Improve
We have no idea what the future may hold. While we can't predict what happens in the future, we can prepare for likely scenarios. That includes taking a serious commitment to train regularly. Just the simple act of practicing your draw from your inside the waistband concealed carry holster to marksmanship at the range can improve your concealed carry experience. It can also save your life in a defensive gun use situation.
Learn The Law Of The Land
A concealed carrier has a legal right to defend his life with his handgun. This sets him apart from many people who, unfortunately, do not have the right to carry a concealed handgun on their person without a permit. In addition to this right, he is also responsible for obeying the law. This includes knowing where he can and cannot go with his concealed carry gun on him. It also includes knowing when the appropriate time is to use a gun. A loudmouth shouting in the parking lot does not necessarily constitute a deadly threat. A federal courthouse is not a place to walk into idly with a concealed handgun. These little details, however small, can save a concealed carrier significant amounts of time and legal costs.
As sheriffs, deputies, and law enforcement officers individually promote the practice of lawful concealed carry, it's also important for concealed carriers to be active good examples.
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.