7 Reasons Why It Is A Bad Idea To Carry Concealed

7 Reasons It Is A Bad Idea To Carry Concealed

7 Reasons It Is A Bad Idea To Carry Concealed

As a concealed carry educational website, we encounter a lot of scenarios that we believe are not conducive to carrying concealed. We’ve surmised, as best we can, 7 reasons why it may be a bad idea to carry concealed.

1. You’re swimming in the ocean.

There are real limits to what a gun can and cannot do. One of those things will likely be defending you against a shark attack. If you’re more than waist deep in the drink, a handgun is practically useless.

2. You like to spend time hanging out in an MRI scanner.

Metal inside a magnetic resonance imaging scanner is not good. Sensitive magnets gently probing your cerebral pathways is one thing, but carrying a concealed pistol into one is not such a bright idea.

3. You’re in space.

In space, no one can hear you shoot. While Stephen Hawking has told us on numerous occasions that E.T. may not be so friendly if we ever met him in person, a handgun in space is probably not going to be that effective. For one, if you’re breathing air, chances are good a stray bullet in the space module is not doing anyone any favors. Second, you’re in an oxygen rich environment with combustibles — also not good.

4. You live in New Jersey.

Insofar as concealed carry is concerned, you may as well give up while the getting is good. New Jersey does not, in practice, issue licenses to carry a firearm to your average citizen. Thankfully, criminals don’t have to worry about that because laws don’t apply to bad guys.

5. You’re a bad guy.

Have you ever looked in a mirror and thought, “man, I’m going to mug so many people today!”

If you have, you may be a bad guy. While most bad guys probably don’t consider themselves bad guys, in general, that definition usually begins with recent prior convictions. But, hey, sometimes criminals can’t wait for priors to stack up and today may be your lucky day!

If you’re a bad guy, you’re probably not reading this article looking for tips. But for law-abiding citizens out there, be warned: bad guys don’t disarm.

6. Lightning bolts are strongly attracted to you.

If the odds are ever in your favor — or strongly against it — concealed carry may not be for you. If you find that no matter where you go, fights and mayhem tend to follow suit with abnormal regularity, you either may want to consider carrying concealed or consulting with a local voodoo doctor to see if you can get that curse removed.

7. You just got done telling people they need to disarm while you’re still surrounded by a dozen bodyguards.

If you’re able to squeeze out the words, “maybe we should consider gun control” while standing behind a wall of paid, armed security guards, concealed carry isn’t for you. If you’re into restricting people from their Second Amendment rights, you should put your money where your mouth is and stride through this world without any additional security personnel or private security watching you.

After all, when seconds matter, police are just minutes away. Comforting, no?

These are just seven reasons why carrying concealed may not be for you. Feel free to tell us some reasons why certain people just shouldn’t carry in the first place in the comments section below.

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Luke McCoy is the founder of USA Carry. In 2007, he launched USA Carry to provide concealed carry information and a community for those with concealed carry permits and firearm enthusiasts.
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It probably isn’t a good idea to carry concealed if you are concerned about offending Islamic Jihadis who find it inconvenient to attack people who can defend themselves.


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If you throw your coffee cup across the kitchen in a fit of rage for it ALLOWING you to burn your lips with hot coffee – EVERY MORNING – then you probably should not carry concealed.

Anne Brink

If you’re a social justice warrior who thinks that whites are inherently racist or blacks, women, gays, and Muslims all get free passes in life, you should not carry concealed.


You should not carry concealed if you are a prominent anti-gun activist because when you get arrested for carrying a gun on school property it might make your agenda look bad.

Michael Ejercito

Any examples?


“Dwayne Ferguson an African American community activist and vehement anti-gun campaigner who worked tirelessly for New York’s gun grabbing SAFE Act was arrested last week for carrying a concealed weapon into a grade school. He said he “forgot” he had the gun on him and wants to be given a pass on the violation.

Last week, Ferguson, the leader of the extremist anti-gun group MAD DADS, was the cause of a lockdown of Harvey Austin Elementary, in Buffalo, New York. Police responded to a call about a man with a gun on school grounds with their search ending when they found Ferguson’s handgun.”

Ferguson was a prominent activist in getting the NY Safe Act passed.


I liked number four. You might add a line about Hawaii as well. Hawaii doesn’t issue permits either.


95% of Kalifornika too!


Luckily I’m one of the 5%


Don’t forget the Kingdom of New York City either. Unless you’re a VIP who’s personally in good with their idiot politicians . . . you ain’t getting nothing!


Good point. NYC is different from the rest of the state.


Not much. I grow up in upstate New York and you couldn’t even own a handgun without more hassle and paperwork than it took me to get a carry permit in two other states.


Boycott (don’t visit) states like CA and NY.


Agree completely. I have to go to Maryland occasionally for work, and had to go to California last summer. Not fun, and I never travel anywhere for pleasure where I can’t carry.


Carry there anyway. Violating an unconstitutional law or statute makes you a patriot and them traitors and punk thugs (who have armed people do their bidding).


National reciprocity is coming.

Cheryl Sanford

why is it better to carry concealed than just open carry