Carrying a Firearm…It’s a Lifestyle

When someone decides to either open carry or concealed carry a firearm, their life changes.

It is a huge commitment for someone to decide to arm themselves on a regular basis for the potential of a deadly force attack. It isn’t something that should be taken lightly or casually.

And it seems like there are a whole host of reasons someone would decide to carry a firearm…more than you might think. But besides the many issues to deal with, knowing the law and your legal rights should be paramount and critical to this decision. Regardless of whether you ever have to use your firearm (and hopefully that is never), knowing the laws in detail could be one of the most important things you do for yourself and could keep you out of jail.

There was an interesting article and video put together by FOX News talking about such a commitment and how it changed this lady’s lifestyle. The story, “Actress Kelly Carlson: Owning a firearm was life changing,” is about an actress, Kelly Carlson, and her reasoning for carrying a firearm on a regular basis.

Her story starts with her being stalked. Yea, I know what you are saying, “Doesn’t everyone in Hollywood get stalked at some point or think they are being stalked?” And for the most part you are probably correct. This was different. She was not just stalked, she had people sneaking into her house and placing bugs and surveillance and audio equipment on a regular basis. It was getting weird.

She decided to not only get some martial arts training but to get firearm training as well. Because she realized there was only so much she could do with her physical stature if for some reason she was under attack. So she got trained in the use of firearms and also counter-surveillance to combat what was going on in her house. As she put it…

“Owning a firearm…was life changing for me because women for sure, but even men too can be in a very, very vulnerable position with no options if you have intruders or any scenario where you’re being dominated physically. A firearm is the only equalizer you have.”

“If this happened to me, it’s happened to millions of women. I have the responsibility to educate people about firearms and also share my story. I’m not telling people to just go get a firearm, they’re not for everybody. While my message is supportive, I also very much emphasize on training and safety because it is a dangerous weapon. It’s a lifestyle and it can save your life.”

It doesn’t matter whether you are in the limelight in Hollywood or just in your neighborhood…a threat is a threat. Being prepared to handle this threat is not an insignificant decision. And if you make this “lifestyle decision,” by all means also get “trained” in the law…the legal aspects of owning, carrying, and firing a weapon. The law can be your friend or foe depending on whether you understand it or ignore it. As an attorney, my personal and legal advice is to talk to a lawyer and get the legal details. Do it before you decide to invest in all the training because you might find that the laws are not what you want to support and owning a firearm must be done within the law. My advice…Legal first, Training second.

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