Carrying a concealed weapon is a right many Americans take advantage of, depending on the state they live in. The reasons behind carrying vary greatly whether it is for protection or as an expression of freedom. Whatever your reason, it is important to do so safely. With that being said, there are some common mistakes that concealed carriers make all too often. Learn how to identify these mistakes, and the best way to avoid them for yourself.
Only Taking Advantage of the Minimum Training
Each state varies in how much training is required before a concealed weapons permit can be obtained. In many states, taking a hunter safety course is the only course required for obtaining a concealed weapons permit along with a background check of course. Even if this course is all that you need to carry a weapon, you should still take other courses, do your research, and learn as much as you can to ensure your safety and the safety of those around you. Don’t feel that the minimum requirements will be enough, keep learning as much as you possibly can. An increase of knowledge will only do you good in this case.
Most people who first get their concealed weapons permit are initially nervous, cautious in keeping their weapon from being seen. However, once becoming used to the addition for years, it is common to get complacent, not as paranoid about the gun accidentally showing. With the current ideas and fears surrounding firearms, it is smart to just take a little extra time and ensure your weapon is not showing. Wear the clothing you know will better cover the firearm, even if that means going up a shirt size. Keep those around you at ease by keeping your concealed weapon from being seen.
Checking in Public
Even worse than exposing the firearm accidentally though improper clothing choices, checking the gun can make people more uncomfortable. This mistake is commonly made by those who have just recently obtained a concealed weapons permit. This nervous habit can be overcome, especially if you have invested in the proper equipment. With the right holster, you can rest assured that your concealed weapon will still be there without feeling the need to check. Try to train yourself to stop doing this. Not only will this put yourself at ease, but those around you as well.
Not Learning All Firearm Laws
If you are choosing to carry a concealed weapon, it is your responsibility to become familiar with the firearm laws in your area. There are differences between the statewide and federal gun laws. As a gun owner, it is your duty to learn and practice these laws. In many cases, these are put in place to keep you and those around you safe. Knowing where you aren’t allowed to carry can help you avoid a potentially dangerous or uncomfortable situation.
Don’t carry a concealed weapon without the proper training and common sense. Think through the situation at hand, and avoid these four all too common mistakes. This will be beneficial to you as a gun owner, and those around you as well.