Carrying a Firearm (Open or Conceal) is the tip of the Iceberg

A day doesn’t go by where there isn’t an article or blog post talking about the pros and cons of either “open carry” or “concealed carry” and  which is better. Government officials are on both sides as well as the public. The conversation just keeps going on and on…and will for some time if not forever.

But whether your state is strict or liberal when it comes to gun laws, this is still only the tip of the real iceberg in front of you.

Let’s say you have invested in getting yourself trained with how to properly use your firearm (which I highly recommend everyone do no matter how experienced you are)…are you ready to start carrying it with you and possibly using it? After you have figured out if you can even carry your weapon openly or concealed, this is a life changing event. Carrying gun around the house and gun range is very different than carrying one in public.

This is the “tip of the iceberg” because the real training and situation comes after you decide to use your firearm against someone. This is where the law (and police) really becomes interested. Carrying your gun around so you feel safer and more protected is great and can help alleviate some fear.  But now you have a whole new set of anxieties to plan for when you have a firearm with you. More training is definitely necessary when you have moved into this situation.

Here are some things to consider if you decide to carry a firearm…

  • Have you been trained on how to get it out, have it loaded and ready to fire?
  • Are you aware of the 21 foot rule of attack?
  • Do you understand the “brandishing” laws so you know when you can pull your firearm out to show someone else with an intention of force?
  • Are you ready to actually pull the trigger? If so, under what circumstances? If not, why not and should you even be carrying a gun if you aren’t?
  • Do you know exactly what to do if you do end up firing your weapon or showing it in front of someone and the police arrive?

These are just a few of the questions I hope you think about because they can significantly impact your life forever. And depending on how you are trained and how you are prepared, it can change how you react and how you plan for carrying and using a firearm. My point is that there is a lot more than just deciding to carry a firearm…lots more. I want every gun owner to enjoy shooting and to be safe…both physically and in regard to the law.

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