By SM via americanconcealed.com
If you’re carrying concealed, or just thinking about it, you should be prepared for anything. You have decided to protect yourself and others with your handgun should the need arise, so it pays to be sure you know what it takes. Every gun owner should be able to answer these three questions without hesitation . . .
1. Where can I carry concealed?
The more often you carry concealed, the more comfortable you’ll be. But you can no longer just grab your gun and go. Depending on where you live, there are a variety of places where your guns are forbidden. Know your state and local laws about schools, college campuses, and government offices, where the “gun free zones” in your community community are.
You never know just what situations you might encounter during the day. But, you should prepare as best you can. While you can never predict where you may encounter trouble. think about the stores you’ll be shopping in during the day and the types of people you’re likely to encounter. Be aware of your surroundings and situations that might require you to protect yourself.
2. Do I know the state and local laws concerning transporting and carrying my concealed weapon?
There’s a lot more to carrying concealed than a handgun and a good holster. You must also have a good understanding of the laws and regulations that apply to you as a gun owner. Become familiar with the laws concerning guns and concealed carry where you live. Find out how to transport your gun in your car when you’re going to and from the range. Regulations vary from state to state as to where it can be kept and how the gun should be secured.
We’re all taught that members of law enforcement are there to protect and serve, but carrying concealed can add a different element to the conversation. Whether it’s during a routine traffic stop or, if need be, after you’ve used your firearm for self defense, you need to know how to conduct yourself and what phrases to use when you come into contact with law enforcement. Become familiar with your legal rights and just what you can say and do when police officers are present. It may end up saving you from lots of frustration and thousands of dollars in legal fees.
3. When was the last time I practiced shooting, loading, and cleaning my handgun?
Keeping up with regular cleaning and maintenance of your firearms has a lot of benefits. Regular cleanings obviously keep your handgun in peak performance by eliminating any dirt that naturally results from frequent carry. It also helps you to become more familiar with the mechanics of your gun so that you’re better able to fix minor problems yourself and teach others the same skills.
Regular practice is an essential element of gun ownership. Practice keeps your confidence high and your physical skills sharp. When a situation calls for armed self-defense, your handgun should be an extension of yourself. Regular trips to the range, alone or with friends, are the only way to keep improving your aim, draw, and technical skill. One good training tool to stay on top of your game is the American Concealed Handgun Safety Training DVD.
If you had any trouble answering any of these questions, take some time and get familiar with the facts. Get yourself out to the range and put some rounds on target. Responsible and trained citizens, armed for self-defense, make our communities safer places to live and help secure our right to keep and bear arms.