10 Things That Don’t Mix With Concealed Carry

10 Things That Don't Mix With Concealed Carry

The act of carrying a concealed pistol necessitates that the person takes on specific responsibilities he may otherwise not. One of those responsibilities is conduct. Our daily concealed carry practice demands good conduct. In order to maintain good conduct, I made a little list of 10 things that can adversely affect it.

You may not agree with all 10. You may have your own. Read through, check what applies, and make sure to put down what made your list in the comments below.

#1. Drinking

If I’m drinking, I’m not carrying. If I’m carrying concealed, I’m not drinking. It’s a trade-off, and it’s a risk. However, I can’t risk my impaired judgment assessing a situation as a lethal threat when it’s not. Heck, even if I correctly assess it, I can’t guarantee my reflexes will be the same as if I was sober.

#2. Drugs

While marijuana is widely accepted as a drug that the DEA should never have placed as a Schedule I drug, it still affects judgment, motor skills, and reaction times. And, while it’s in the process of being decriminalized on the state-level in quite a few places, the federal government can still prosecute.

Did I also mention it’s still a question on the form we all fill out when we purchase a firearm?

If you are a person, who has a legitimate medical need to take marijuana, be mindful and don’t carry. Not only could you set yourself up for big trouble if the feds show up, but you’re also not doing yourself any favors if you need to fight.

#3. Prescription Drugs That Impair Judgement Or Motor Skills

It’s hard to say where the line exists for impaired judgment from prescription medications. There’s a whole range of drugs, and many of them have intended and unintended consequences. The general rule of thumb, I think, is if you can’t safely operate a car while under the influence, you shouldn’t carry a gun under the influence.

#4. Insomnia

Sleep is the mind’s best way to rejuvenate. A lot of good stuff happens when we hit consistent sleep schedules. When people get good sleep, most feel better, happier, are more alert, and calmer with social interactions. When that sleep cycle is interrupted or doesn’t exist, people tend to get more irritable. Arguments break out where there was no need before. If I can’t sleep, I know my judgment is affected. If my judgment is affected, I don’t know how well my motor skills, reflexes, and mindset will be affected. It’s a call you need to make for yourself but it’s something that I’ve found doesn’t mix well with carrying a concealed handgun.

#5. Severe Emotional Distress

In everyone’s life, a little rain must fall. If you find just too much is falling in yours, maybe it’s time to give yourself a rest. When bad things happen in life — or just stressful things — we don’t always have the luxury of stopping the world from spinning so we can process. However, if you feel severely emotionally and physically impacted by external stressors (loss of a job, loss of a loved one, etc.), don’t be afraid to get counseling and figure out some ways to address those problems.

#6. Federal Property

Most federal property — like the post office and federal courthouses — don’t mix with concealed carry. It’s against the law for just about anyone to carry onto properly marked federal buildings.

#7. Amtrak

Amtrak trains even discriminate against off-duty police officers. There’s a firm no tolerance policy in place for concealed carriers. If you’re boarding an Amtrak train, be careful and know that it’s very legally risky to do so while carrying concealed.

#8. Commercial Airliners

Private jets? Sure. Check their policy. But before you board that Delta flight, please, please, please don’t carry or put a handgun in your carry-on bag. Checked luggage isn’t a problem so long as you follow the rules. There’s just no way — at present or the foreseeable future — that concealed carriers will ever be able to board a commercial airplane with a handgun on their person.

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#9. Jail (or Prison)

Jail and concealed carry never mix — unless you’re a bad guy, sadly. If you’re in jail, chances are pretty good that you can’t legally possess a gun when you get out. If you’re visiting someone in jail or prison, you definitely can’t carry a gun on you unless you’re an on-duty corrections officer that’s been expressly authorized to carry or a member of law enforcement who has authorization.

#10. Schools

Most states have laws explicitly forbidding anyone with a gun from entering onto K-8 school property. There can be exceptions. And, of course, there are concealed carriers who pick up their kids from school. However, do not walk into a school zone with a gun on you unless you are expressly authorized by the administration, law enforcement, or state codes from doing so.

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I’m sure I’ve missed a few things that will get pointed out in the comments. And that’s good. I hope I touched upon some topics that jogged your mind about what goes with your own concealed carry practice. You don’t need to agree with me on every single thing but just remember that your responsibility to be a law-abiding citizen does require you to maintain good conduct and firm regard for your safety as well as those around you. Carry on!

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  • Gloomsinger

    You forgot Stupidity. There are a lot of stupid people carrying guns. Working at a gun store, I encountered them on a regular basis.

    • TCDrDave

      Problem is that the stupid ones do not care about restrictions like this.

    • bjensen

      Not for nothing (and not a shot at you) there are plenty of stupid people who work at gun stores as well.

      • Gloomsinger

        Good thing we had a good team, but you’re right. I’ve met a few of them as well. So, Stupidity is officially #11 on the list of things that don’t mix well with guns.

        • G50AE

          And #12 would be wearing your CCW Badge because we don’t need no stinkin badges.

      • G50AE

        Law Enforcement is another profession that seems to attract stupid people. Google the name Eddie Compass. Maybe one day he will move to DC and run for mayor, I am sure former mayor and convicted crackhead Marion Berry will vote for him.

  • Unfortunately, stupidity is not yet illegal. Stupidity abounds, whether one is driving on our public roads, or even at a high school sporting event. The best defense is awareness, recognition, and anticipation.

    • G50AE

      You know it’s funny, this past Black Friday I went into Lowe’s and asked if they sold a tool called a stupid wrench. The lady indicated that they had to take that tool off the market due to a false advertising lawsuit because people were using the stupid wrench to try and fix stupid and we all know that you can’t fix stupid.

      Point taken. If you are looking for a stupid wrench, it’s available at Home Depot in aisle zero right next to the sky hook, the board stretcher, and the concrete softener.

  • Russell Buck

    Seeking help for depression or mental issues, in many states, may cause the patient to (at the least) have to remove all firearms from their house, for a period of time at least. Some states are very touchy on this.

    • That’s not true – this would only be an issue if you’re sent to therapy by law. They won’t take your guns because you talk to someone about anxiety or depression, and spreading the idea that they will can cause a lot of people to not get help when they need it.

  • Bryan

    Funny thing happened to me after I began carrying concealed over 8 years ago. I completely quit drinking. Then 4 years ago I completely quit smoking. Quitting smoking was easy after I no longer used alcohol. Second to improving my health was growing my shooting interests. Surprising how many more guns, accessories and shooting essentials I have been able to add to my arsenal from just the savings from not drinking and smoking. From taking a couple of guns to the range once a month I now take on average of 4-5 from my 10-15 each week. Wish I had quit years ago!

  • Iowa10

    Imagine this scenario: you have a cc permit (why you need a permit to exercise your right to BEAR arms is beyond me) and you are complying with the law at a school affair with your kids. Then some turd who doesn’t obey the law opens fire. Everyone who is being goody two shoes and is complying with the law can then run, hide, scream, get shot, etc.–all because some liberal dufuses in the state legislature say you have to render yourselves (and others who don’t even own a firearm–like KIDS–the very ones that the libs purport to care about) basically useless, just like them. Folks, put pressure on your elected reps to change these nonsensical laws.

    • bjensen

      There are plenty of States that allow all of those places to dictate if you can carry in those places or not, in some you can be charged with a felony, in others simply be asked to leave and be charged with trespass if you don’t.

  • Pistolero

    So if I have one or two beers or glasses of wine with dinner, and I am still perfectly in control, I should forfeit my right of self defense?

    • Pretty much, yes. In most states any alcohol consumption while carrying a firearm is illegal.

      • bjensen

        Not true, plenty of States recognize your right to self defense even if you’ve been drinking, as such they go with the legal limit(s) imposed on driving.

  • Pistolero

    Two things:
    1. In Texas you can drink while carrying as long as you are not intoxicated.
    2. The author didn’t say anything about breaking laws, he simply stated that he doesn’t carry when he drinks. I guess he goes out and drinks to the point of impairment.

    • mikey2046

      Just because you can legally have a beer or two, or a glass of wine while carrying doesn’t mean it is a good idea. If you’re involved in a incident and there is alcohol on your breath, a prosecutor or the perp’s lawyer will try to make the case that you were impaired to the point that you were irresponsible, and it’s up to you to prove you weren’t.

      • Pistolero

        I would rather be alive and have to prove my case in court, than be dead because I chose not to be armed. If you choose death and defeat, that is your choice and I will not argue with it.

        • Jim L

          Maybe your choices are poor to drink and have to be armed in the first place.

          • Pistolero

            Only if you cannot drink and remain in control of yourself.

          • Jim L

            you make poor choices

          • Pistolero

            I have done well without your pompous advice for many years. I’ll be sure to let you know when I need a drunk’s opinion about good choices.

    • Jim L

      I would posit that most states aren’t like Texas, thankfully. Some places just admitting you drink means you are legally impaired. I wouldn’t drink and carry anymore than I would drink and drive.

      • Pistolero

        Apparently you have examined your life and determined for yourself that at any level of alcohol consumption you are impaired. In that case I agree that you should neither drive nor be around guns.

        • Jim L

          apparently I have better judgement than you. I avoid potential problems.

          • Pistolero

            How godlike of you. Going through life always knowing in advance where problems might arise. Pardon me for not praying in your name

          • Jim L

            There’s no god to be like or otherwise.

          • Pistolero

            I now know more about you than I ever dreamed. And I know of my need to pray that your eyes are opened to God’s truth