I’m sure there’s a situation where off-body carry is safer than on-body carry. I can’t think of one, given that carrying your gun in a bag/case/backpack opens the possibility that you’ll leave your firearm somewhere you shouldn’t, someone will gain access to your firearm who shouldn’t, or someone will steal your gun-schlepping bag/case/backpack (who shouldn’t). Gun guru Kevin Michalowski understands the dangers, but reckons carrying a concealed carry bag with the strap over your shoulder makes it OK. Ish. In fact . . .
Strapping a bag to your shoulder transforms off-body carry into on-body carry. The bag becomes a giant holster. Just as a fanny pack is a holster – until you take it off. Unless you’re putting your gat away, starting training, safely sharing your gun with a ballistic BFF, cleaning your firearm or something similar, the second you remove a gun from your person, you’re asking for trouble – one way or another.
WHERE’S MY BAG? Ain’t nobody got time for that. Finding a discreet, comfortable and effective gun and carry system – or various guns and carry systems to suit your wardrobe and lifestyle – is time consuming, difficult and expensive. Off-body carry is a lot easier than on-body carry. But easier does not mean safer. Or faster. Unless you don’t have a choice, and I’d like to hear how that works, don’t carry off-body.