Five Problems Concealed Carriers Have That Other People Don’t

Five Problems Concealed Carriers Have That Other People Don't

I haven’t met a gun owner that’s bemoaned the fact he carries a gun. After all, it’s a voluntary thing. No one forces you to carry a gun. Every morning when you wake up, you make the conscious decision to be a law-abiding concealed carrier. That comes with added responsibilities. In this article, we’ll address five problems concealed carriers have that the average, unarmed Joe probably doesn’t.

#1: Stopping By The Bar After Work? Time To Lock Up The Gun.

In a lot of professions where people work close together, it’s not at all uncommon for a group to stop by a bar after hours and catch a beer together. Concealed carriers know alcohol and guns don’t mix. Some states outright prohibit a concealed carrier from entering an alcohol-serving establishment. Others prohibit a concealed carrier from having even a single drink while carrying a gun.

You know where you stand on that issue because you stay educated about your state’s laws. Unfortunately, for a majority of law-abiding concealed carriers, that either means locking up the gun in a safe at home or in the vehicle. People who don’t carry guns generally don’t have to think about where their gun is located. It’s secured somewhere. A concealed carrier always has to pay attention to where his gun is located, where he is, and what he’s doing.

It’s a responsibility we may not relish but we surely accept.

#2: Situational Awareness Isn’t A Part-Time Job For A Concealed Carrier

Everyone should pay attention to their surroundings. That would be ideal. But if you’ve ever sat on a bus or train or just walked down the street, you can see people with their faces pressed into their smartphones — oblivious to the outside world. A concealed carrier can’t fall into that sort of complacency. When seconds matter, a concealed carrier has to be aware of his surroundings so he can react in a safe, responsible manner.

Often times, that means we have to break contact from an interesting news article we’re reading or from a conversation to just pay attention to what’s going on around us. When our only early warning system is our own five senses, we need to keep those senses sharp and dialed in.

#3: Heated Arguments Need To Be De-escalated (And Sometimes We Get Called Names As A Result)

Whereas the average guy or gal has a choice of taking that heated argument to the next level, a concealed carrier does not. Just because you’re right doesn’t remove the responsibility you have to ensure violence is always a last resort. We are ethically and morally responsible for every bullet that leaves our gun. If we have the capability of assessing that a situation is getting heated, we have a responsibility to walk away. So long as our lives are not in direct danger at the time, we have the ability to walk away. And we should.

This means that when a guy cuts you off in traffic, you have to cool your jets. If you’re tailgating at a sports game and a group of guys want to start calling your team nasty names, you have to be the adult. When your buddy decides he’s had enough of another guy’s flak and tries to draw you into a potentially bad situation, you have to be the voice of reason.

It’s nothing to take lightly. It’s a responsibility we have as law-abiding gun owners and concealed carriers. Our lives are important.

#4: Crossing The Wrong State Line

The vast majority of Americans never think twice about driving over the line into another state. After all, we have this great system of roads, rails, and planes — why wouldn’t we answer the call to adventure?

As concealed carriers, crossing the wrong state line can result in felony charges. It doesn’t matter if the road only winds into New Jersey or New York for two miles, if you’re pulled over, you’re going to be charged with a crime if you’re not permitted to carry in those states.

This also applies to magazine capacity. As weird as it may sound, even if you’re permitted to drive over the line into a state like Massachusetts, you have to comply with Massachusetts gun laws. They have ridiculous restrictions like how many rounds you can have in your magazine. These are things an officer of the law will cite you for when charges come up. It’s important to remember that one wrong turn can lead to a lifetime of legal regrets.

#5: If Deadly Force Is Being Used Against You — You Can Fight Back

When an armed robber sticks a gun into the face of a cashier, clerk, or customer, they usually only have one choice: comply. He has a choice as to whether or not to shoot them. As a concealed carrier, you have the opportunity to exercise deadly force to defend yourself. That is one of the rarest things in the world for the majority of people on this planet. In almost every single country on planet Earth, might makes right. If a bad guy has a gun, he wins. Everyone else loses.

In the United States, a law-abiding concealed carrier can be in that special place where he can use his own gun to fight back.

That comes with its own risks and that’s something no concealed carrier takes likely. Just because you draw a gun doesn’t mean you win a gunfight. Just because you’re ready to fight for your life doesn’t mean you’re survive. It’s something that haunts the back of nearly every concealed carrier when he steps foot out the door: will I die trying to defend my own life or the life of another?

That unique predicament stems from one source: choice. And as you read the news and see what happens in the world around you, take a moment and appreciate that you have that choice… And the responsibility that comes with it.

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  • rammer

    I’m not a lawyer, but I’m not sure the author is correct about Massachusetts and travelers having to comply with magazine capacity restrictions, *IF* the traveler is complying with FOPA “Safe Passage” provisions. Discussion on that? I’m planning to travel through MA this summer, with an obvious concern on this subject.

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    • Steve

      Not a lawyer and not sure of the reliance one can put with FOPA. A capacity above 10 is illegal unless it is pre-ban. With AG Healey in power you might want to read her new interpretations and contact GOAL before you travel across our border.

    • Fred Miller

      MA is like NY (my state) and a few others. It doesn’t abide by the Safe Passage Act, and possession is a felony.

  • G50AE

    #6- Having to remember what I did with my stinkin CCW Badge.

    • Mwhals

      Unless you live in a no permit CCW state like Vermont or West Virginia along with several others.

      • G50AE

        That’s why I refer to Constitutional Carry bills as “We don’t need no stinkin badges laws.” It allows me to show support for the second amendment and at the same time make fun of CCW Badges.

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  • Robert Torbett

    Rammer. I believe the author was using Massachusetts as a hypothetical situation. He just as well could have used the “wonderful ?” state of California. It’s just a way of reminding you that you need to be aware of the laws of each and every state you travel through. One lapse of memory could put you in jail.

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  • Fred Miller

    This article is some very serious food for thought. I’m a NY CCW, and have been for a while. EVERY day before I holster my gun, I play out scenarios in my head.. kind of a mental “practice” exercise where I make certain it is really what I want to do. Honestly, I’m terrified at the possibility of having to not only pull, but actually use my gun. I hunt and have no qualms killing an animal for food. To imagine shooting another person, regardless of the circumstances, is one of the most horrifying and nightmarish scenarios I can think of. I constantly practice my drawing, shooting and reloading with all my guns to stay as proficient and accurate as possible, and know I would have no compunction or hesitation whatsoever to shoot should I believe it’s absolutely necessary, but I will take any option to avoid it. It does mean a certain amount of paranoia I live with (aka heightened awareness). I am so careful how I look and behave, where I am, where I go, what I do. I try to do nothing to attract unwanted attention when in public. The only time I am completely relaxed is when I’m with friends in a very familiar location or at the range. I never want to do anything which will put myself or my permit in jeopardy.

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