How To Deal With A Hug While Carrying Concealed

How To Deal With A Hug While Carrying Concealed

This article topic comes in by special request from a Facebook reader who wanted to know how to handle a hug while carrying a concealed handgun.

Summer barbecues, family gatherings, church functions — these are all times people just walk up to us and give us a welcoming hug. It’s to be expected. And just because you’re a concealed carrier, that doesn’t mean that you can’t still have social interactions with people.

Lean in with the side opposite of where your handgun is holstered.

If the holster is located 2-5 o’clock on your body, just slightly lean into the hug with your left hip. Most people who aren’t your spouse or significant other won’t notice or mind and it keeps from having the outline of your handgun pressed up against them.

Or you can put your hand out for a handshake before they go in for a hug.

Here’s another thing: most people probably won’t notice even if you do hug them and the gun touches them at some point.

So long as the gun is properly holstered in a high retention holster, there’s nothing to worry about.

What about children?

Children of all ages love to run up and give people hugs. And, as we’ve discussed in previous articles, leaning down or reaching up can expose the hip line and show everyone who’s paying attention that you’re carrying a concealed handgun in your waistline.

Squat down to give a small child a hug so that the gun stays concealed and there’s less chance of them running into it.

And because people are rarely predictable, there’s always the chance that someone comes flying up and hugs you because they miss you or are just happy to see you. So long as the other person doesn’t appear to notice your handgun on the waistline, nothing further is required on your part.

Common excuses we’ve heard from some of our readers include:

  • “It’s a phone case.”
  • “Oh look, it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…”
  • “Are those new shoes?”
  • “Man, those burgers on the grill smell amazing.”
  • “What’s that smell?”

Okay, all jokes aside, it just usually comes down to common sense and a bit of finesse. Between those two things, you should be able to get through most social interactions — let alone people hugging you — just fine.

The biggest thing we always need to be cognizant of is that the handgun is secure in its holster. A cheap Uncle Mike’s is probably not going to cut it. Get something with a bit of retention. The biggest threat to someone getting close is that he or she will accidentally knock the gun out of the holster. This is pretty much impossible if you use a decent holster.

And if it’s a person you don’t know — just stiff arm them and tell them they smell funny. This works in 99% of all the field tests I have my staff writers at USA Carry go through. They say it works with startlingly good efficiency.

And, when all else fails, just tell people you have a hug allergy, it’s severe, and any and all contact with other people will have to be restricted to a small list that probably includes your spouse, kids, and Taylor Swift.

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  • tdg54

    Great article. I’ll add one more item. I got a hug a couple weeks back and the hugger wrapped her arms around me and gave a squeeze. While squeezing, she felt my XDs, then released her hug, stepped back and asked “what is that?” I gave a slight wince and said I had a brace on for a hip problem. Case closed.

    • Tom Hebb

      Probably made her feel terrible. ….lol

      • tdg54

        LOL. Yeah, I should stop the theatrics. I think Pat Fox and CIA have better input on the subject.

        • Tom Hebb

          Lmao….I don’t care if someone feels it when they hug me. If they hug me they already know….

  • cia1984

    I was just about to do a video on this subject! I now use a two-level retention holster if I’m going to be around children. In addition to “leaning-in” with my left hip slightly, I drop my strong-side elbow to “cover” the pistol. This maneuver also allows me to put my arm under theirs and raise it up away from the gun.

    • btstump

      Exactly what I do, put my arm under theirs.

  • Pat Fox

    Giving a “under the shoulders” hug from you, forces them to hug higher usually above or over your shoulders, which keeps their hands and arms away from your waste, works well, even with a shoulder holster.

    • btstump

      Exactly what I do, put my arm under theirs and hug.

  • mule man

    Anyone that I would allow to hug me is not someone that I am concerned about knowing I’m carrying 

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  • Byron Scott

    Who gives a damn ? ! Anybody that knows me well enough to hug me knows I carry a gun …

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  • Danny Emerson

    Just say “it’s my gun”, and I’ll use it to save your life if need be…

  • Walt

    For me the answer is that if I’m in a “hug appropriate” situation, I make sure I’m the hugger. That way I can express affection and control the point of contact. I’ve carried daily for 35 years and if somebody asks if ” I’m happy to see them” it’s because I am. Nobody has ever spotted the pistol unless they already knew it was there.

  • Bill

    Please stop with “what if” scenarios. It is impossible to cover every permutation of where your weapon is located, how it might “print” (my pet peeve is worrying about “printing”!!!!!!), who might touch your weapon, how they might touch it, see it. An entire article on “hugging”? For God’s sake, focus on safe handling and solid fundamentals.

  • CMac

    I get hugged all the time. I don’t care what you feel, it’s legal beagle. And for the old question, is that a gun in your pocket or are you happy to see me? Both!

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