Should You Carry At Home?

Should You Carry At Home?

When you get home after a long day at work, if you’re anything like me – you take your concealed carry pistol and holster out and put them in a safe place.  Who wants to walk around the house with a pistol on?  Surely – if you can’t relax at home, where can you?

Did you know that the biggest chance you have of ever needing to use that pistol is probably within the radius of your home?

In 26.7% of home invasions, the victim was home at the time.  Just about a quarter of those burglaries resulted in violence (26%) against the victim.  So a quarter of a quarter is a very small amount — but still significant.  (Source: Victimization During Household Burglary, Bureau of Justice Statistics, pg 1, 2003-2007)

And despite what you may think, it’s not always in the early morning hours.  Home invasions can occur at any hour in the day.  Intruders will be looking for the most opportune time to break in with little resistance – but that gives them the choice.  One of the things about being on the offensive side of operations is you get to choose the hour and manner of your attack.  It’s the defender’s job to be prepared at any hour.

For single females, they experience the highest rate of being home during an unlawful entry – on average 22.6/1,000 households.  (Source: Victimization During Household Burglary, Bureau of Justice Statistics, pg 3, 2003-2007)

And above all – you’re more likely to know the person that’s burglarizing your home than it to be done by a total stranger.  

“On average, household members became victims of violent crimes in about 266,560 burglaries annually. Offenders known to their victims accounted for 65% of these burglaries; strangers accounted for 28%.”

U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Special Report, National Crime Victimization Survey, Victimization During Household Burglary, September 2010, NCJ 227379, Shannan Catalano, Ph.D., BJS Statistician

Scenario Driven Exercises To Find Your Best Home-Carry Solution

Okay, so we’ve established that being armed at home is probably a good idea.  Because nobody has come up with the magic algorithm to determine who’s house is next for a burglary, preparedness at the home isn’t the worst solution.

This gets more complicated in households with small children and a need to secure firearms.  Obviously, when your three-year-old comes running up to you, you’d rather direct your attention thataway.  And it’s not exactly like you can leave your firearm resting on the coffee table while you both settle down to watch some children’s cartoons.  

The best method for situations like this is to simply keep the concealed carry firearm in its high-retention holster.  This enables you to go about your daily routines – cooking, cleaning, family time – without worrying about the security of your firearm.

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And what about for couple’s night?  On the occasion you get to just eat a meal in peace with your significant other, you’re probably not interested in keeping your firearm attached to your hip the entire time.

Okay, and let’s discuss game day.  Buddies are over and there’s a 6-pack out while you watch the New England Patriots get stomped by the Miami Dolphins.  Alcohol and firearms don’t mix – so what now?

There comes a trade-off at some point.

You have to determine that trade-off.

Whether it’s being responsible and putting the firearm in a safe or keeping it attached to your hip the whole time – you have a multitude of options.  The basics are always this:

  • Keep loaded firearms away from children
  • Secure your firearms when not in use
  • Know your own limits — if you’re going to have a beer (compromise your judgement), the gun should go.

Ultimately, you’re in charge of your household.  No matter if you’re a single mother just trying to keep safe in her apartment or a guy with roommates or the head of a household of a significant other and two children — you have to find the perfect balance of security and relaxation at home.  

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  • BenAround

    The secret to concealed carry at home or in casual situations is comfort and concealability. I carry a subcompact (you know the brand with both grip and trigger passive safeties) with a 13 round 9mm magazine (plus one, of course) in a Kydex trigger guard holster–several brands are available–that just loops onto the belt with a nylon string. The trigger guard holster provides adequate security and adds practically nothing to the thickness of the pistol. In fact, since the trigger guard snaps on before inserting the pistol IWB, there is virtually no chance of an accidental discharge either while holstering or while carrying. I carry frequently with only a T-Shirt as cover.

  • A couple years ago on a quiet sunny Saturday afternoon while watching my kids “toddlers” some sketchy character came up my driveway and nocked at my door I answered the door with my ruger sp101 357 snub nose in my back pocket. I have alarms that tell me when anyone drives up the driveway so I was able to retrieve it from its locked case easily and have on hand when this guy in his crappy auto looking like a meth head showed up at my door acting like he was trying to do some kind of door to door sales and then wanted me to open the screen door for my “free gift” which looked like some cheap bottle of power steering fluid from the corner gas station for 3 bucks. Needless to say I didn’t open the screen door and he looked frustrated. I told him he was free to make a living but not to come round any more. I’m sure he was an oportunist thief scam artist or some combination, point is, layer your defenses and don’t answer the door and be surprised, be prepared instead.

  • Mikial

    First, we have no children and don’t plan to have any, nor do we live in a Nazi state, so we have several guns stashed around the house that are ready to pick up and pull the trigger. Second, I am pretty much carrying at all times at home, generally in an OWB. I am wearing my G21 as I type this. Occasionally I am not carrying in the house, but am in a room where there is a gun close at hand. I am always carrying when I’m outside such as mowing the lawn, BBQing or even going up our long drive to the mailbox.

    When I’m not home, my wife is always carrying her Beretta around with her, locked and loaded. We do not take chances. The world is filled with foul people, and we will not be helpless victims. They may end up getting what they want from us . . . but that’ll be after the fight.

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  • Sir TuberKopf

    Several recent home invasions in my area.

    One gang would ambush people getting their mail, taking the trash cans out, or going for a walk. They were armed and wanted people home so they could pistol whip them to open the safe or show where the family jewelry is hidden.

    Another group would bang on the door and push their way in when people answered the door.

    Latest one screams and pounds on the front door. He was apparently thinking people would answer, and when terrified people didn’t answer he’d kick in the door thinking the house wasn’t occupied.

    There have been other serial robberies in the area but home invasion is the high risk many people are armed for.

    I particularly like sticky holsters for around the house, you can tuck it between pillows in a sofa, between mattresses, and if the door bell rings just tuck it in your waste band, in the small of your back. You can carry a full sized handgun this way, and I do like a forty five. I also have a Kydex tuckable inside the waistband for a smaller 9mm that retains well for all kinds of adventures, but I just don’t want wear it in the evening.

    I also really like outside motion detectors that announce people are present. It’s so much better to know someone is creeping around outside, before they come inside. So far all it’s detected though is dozens of shrub eating, white tail trespassers!

  • My gun is either on me or within grabbing range, always one in the chamber. I do have small children, so I do keep the guns locked and away at night with the exception of my carry gun that I have mounted to my bed frame. I always try to be ready, but some of you mentioned alarms and motion detectors around the driveway, which sounds brilliant.

  • Mruss

    Of course I can relax at home while carrying… and don’t call me Shirley. (someone had to say it)

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