Editorial entry. The article is written by an American, about Americans and for Americans. Nevertheless, intelligent thoughts that even we can use are there.
Concealed Carrying Firearms in public places – a great strength and, at the same time, a big responsibility. And those who exercise this right legally understand this very well. And those who are only going to join this should start by studying what the more experienced comrades have long understood.
1. If you wear – carry with you ALWAYS
There is a fundamental difference between a criminal and a law-abiding civilian. The offender takes the gun only when he plans to let him in the case. He chooses where and when to do it, searches for the target himself, and attacks himself. And he does not need much self-defense cares.
The civilian, on the contrary, has no idea when and where he will be attacked. And whether to attack at all. Therefore, you need to be prepared constantly. And this is not so easy. At a minimum, you need to spend a lot of time adapting to the holster, to the very hidden wearing weapons, to the new clothes, which this wearing facilitates. It can take from several days to several weeks. But as a result, the weapon will become just a part of you. Invisible. but always ready to use.
2. Do not wear if not ready to use
It is very ironic that most of the pistols used in self-defense are never used for their intended purpose. If you try to analyze different episodes of application concealed firearms in self-defense, you will see that the offender is more likely to prefer to flee or surrender than to be shot during the collision.
If a person is ready to kill for self-defense, then it is he who most likely will never happen to do it.
The main thing is that firearms are a deterrent, and this is possible only because it can kill.
Believe me, criminals are not afraid of weapons in themselves – they are, in fact, a subculture, where it is the norm. But a determined-minded man or lady who takes aim at them and is ready to shoot at any moment is another matter. Here you can draw an analogy with predators who are very sensitive to the possibility and desire of the goal “to give change” and to resist to the end. And no, it’s not possible to imitate, since criminals read “body language” quite well.
If you have a gun – be prepared to use it for its intended purpose. And if you are not ready and hesitate, it will be fine for you and your behavior noticeably in a critical situation. And the criminal will definitely try to either disarm you or start shooting first.
3. Do not let your weapons control you
In 1970, a certain Richard Davis, a man who legally owned a firearm, invented the so-called “Second Chance Vest”. Or lightweight body armor, which the police could quietly wear under the uniform all the time. And immediately there were personalities who began to shout that this would make the policemen more risky and prone to radical actions. But the fears did not materialize. Conversely, such body armor began to serve as a constant reminder of the potential risk, which made the police officers more cautious.
Like a bulletproof vest, a personal pistol for a civilian should serve as a constant reminder of potential danger and of being careful.
This also applies to concealed weapons. Many believe that the “trigger will itself ask under the fingers” and that armed citizens will try to realize their deadly potential. But this belief is not justified by anything except the personal fears of the alarmists.
The collective experience of ordinary law-abiding civilians practicing hidden weapon, shows that such individuals will not go to a dark park in the middle of the night, only to provoke a robber. They understand that the presence of weapons requires a very special “standard of behavior and treatment.” And that a simple skirmish in a traffic jam can easily turn into a skirmish with a fatal outcome, if at least one participant has a weapon.
A pistol, like a bulletproof vest, should serve as a reminder to its owner of potential danger. As the writer Finn Aaagard said: “My gun is more than just a guarantor of my safety. Like the Yermolka of the Orthodox Jews and the Christian cross, it is a symbol of who I am, what I believe in, and by what moral standards I live. ”
4. Get a license!
As some individuals say, elevating the ownership of personal weapons to the absolute: “No government can forbid me to own a weapon! I don’t need their smelly resolution! My rights are guaranteed by the second amendment! ”
In general, it sounds like someone is asking for jail. Whether you like it or not, local laws in at least 46 of the 50 states require you to be licensed to carrying firearms. And in two states, it is generally forbidden to civilians to own a firearm. Realize that not all things are as we would like. And if it had always been like this, we wouldn’t need guns at all.
If you carefully approached the issue of obtaining a license to carry firearms and plan to go to places where civilians don’t rely on weapons in principle, then you can get out and do everything on legitimate grounds. Almost in 40 countries this can be a ride. Yes, it is difficult, expensive and tiring. But to sit for the illegal carrying of a seemingly absolutely legitimate cannon is even worse.
If you own a weapon – let it be allowed by law.
5. Know what you are doing.
You will not get behind the wheel of a car, having no idea about the rules of the road? So with the rules of the use of firearms in self-defense in the same way. It is a myth that you can shoot anyone who tries to enter your home. When in Florida they wanted to lift the restriction on shooting to kill, if you were attacked in a crowded area in broad daylight, the anti-weapons lobby (especially the Brady Center) started an advertising campaign in which they tried to convince everyone that now they would be allowed to shoot anyone who looks like on a suspicious person. This is, of course, complete nonsense, but many people believed in it. Why, because “they said it on TV and printed it in the newspapers!” And such delusions could well lead to the fact that someone turned out to be undeservedly shot, and someone unfairly, but absolutely legally, imprisoned.
A person who starts to shoot, but does not know how and why – is really dangerous for society.
To study the legal and practical aspects of shooting for self-defense is a personal responsibility and responsibility of everyone who is going to practice it. There are many schools where it is taught, and at least one author’s institute of the Lethal Force Institute, where they are specialized in teaching the rules of use of firearms. More information about it is available at www.ayoob.com. It is extremely useful to get a few lessons there to clearly understand when it is possible to shoot to kill, and when not.
Seriously, a person who starts shooting, but does not know how and why – is really dangerous for society. And note that you have to shoot under stress and under pressure. Therefore, very seriously approach the issue of training. Fast pulling out inconspicuous wearing, Holster selection principles – approach all these aspects as responsibly as possible if you are serious about protecting yourself and your loved ones.
6. Hidden – means hidden
Some people who have received a legal trunk for the first time cannot overcome the desire to demonstrate their new opportunities to others. Show that they now “have the power.” Not only youngsters fall into this trap, but also novice policemen. And this practice is best avoided, and here’s why.
The aggressor, who chose you to target and knows that you have a gun, can specifically adjust the situation in which there will be no witnesses. And here is just your word against it.
In our society, armed people are, first and foremost, persons with special powers, such as police officers or security officers. They have a special form, they differ from the ordinary person from the crowd. Therefore, if someone sees a person who openly demonstrates the presence of a weapon, but does not fall under the above-mentioned criteria, then panic can begin. Not only will you not find support among fighters for the right to carry firearms by civilians, you will also frighten ordinary citizens who will inform the police about the “man with a gun”. And this can lead to unpleasant consequences.
In addition, the aggressor, who chose you to target and knows that you have a gun, can specifically tune a situation in which there will be no witnesses. And make a false accusation. that it was you who threatened him with a weapon. And this is an armed attack under aggravating circumstances. And here is his word against yours. And the fact that you openly demonstrated your weapon will make it a lie in the eyes of the judge and jury much more believable than your truth.
MCRGO – The Michigan Coalition of Responsible Weapon Owners is directly responsible for reforms related to hidden wearing firearms in their state. They were the ones who led this trend in the struggle for the rights of armed citizens. In the diary of this organization, dated June 23, 2008, Steve Dyulan spoke out quite clearly about the open wearing of civilian firearms.
“Yes, according to the order of MCL 750.234d, it’s perfectly legal to open a pistol in crowded places. But the organization MCRGO itself did not express its official opinion on this matter. I think this is almost always a bad idea. You actually refuse to use the element of surprise if you find yourself in a really dangerous situation. Yes, and the police will receive more calls about the “armed man.” And I was present at routine police trips – this happens all the time. And it creates inconvenience to all interested parties. Therefore, I prefer hidden wearing. I have a license for hidden wearing pistol (Concealed Pistol License), inconspicuous holster, compact pistol and clothing that completely covers everything and does not interfere with quick snatching in the case when someone’s life depends on it ”.
And despite Steve Dulan’s rather convincing arguments, you should still have a license to openly carry a firearm. It is easier to get it, and if the wind accidentally opens the floor of the jacket and the people around you see a holster, then from the point of view of the law there will be no problems. So if you decide to purchase firearms for self-defense, you will first get a regular license, and then, when there is time for paperwork and other red tape, think about Concealed Pistol License.
7. Make the weapon your part
The more you work with a firearm, the faster and more accurate your reflex actions become in emergency situations and in compliance with safety regulations. If you have Remington 870 for protection at home, then when you go hunting or just practice shooting, give preference to shotguns of a similar design. If you are a professional shooter, and use single-action guns, then for hidden wearing it is better to use weapons based on exactly the same principle. Well, and vice versa, if you prefer double action revolvers, then for hidden wearing it is better to take them because you get used to them.
If you are going to use firearms for self-defense – be sure to attend shooting ranges and practical courses. The resulting skill can be easily adapted to concealed pistols, used to protect someone’s life and health. Plus, note that not all cartridges are the same. Although the skill of handling a .38 or .357 caliber is perfectly practiced on a .22 weapon. The more you train with similar guns, the easier it will be for you to deal with concealed weapon, even if you could not train directly with him.
8. Learn and understand the subtleties
Each state has its own laws about where you can wear a firearm, and where you can not. Somewhere it is illegal to bring weapons into places, the designation with the sign “Zone without weapons”. Somewhere it is just a sign that has no legal force. Somewhere you may be asked to retire if they see your weapon, and if you refuse, this may be a reason for detention.
In New Hampshire, for example, it is completely legal to come with a gun to a bar and sit down to drink. And if you do the same in Florida, then this could be the reason for the arrest. But it is quite permissible if you took an alcoholic cocktail and sit in that part of the institution, the income from which less than half is provided by the sale of alcoholic beverages (I don’t understand what the hell out of that law, right?). Translator. And North Carolina, you generally can not enter with a gun in an institution where they sell alcohol. And, most strangely, at the time of this writing, in Virginia you can’t be in a bar with concealed weapon, but with an openly demonstrated cannon — as many as you like.
In short, carefully study the weapons laws of the place where you plan to be.
9. Carry adequate weapons.
If you have a .22 single-shot pistol, then, according to the law, you are armed and very dangerous. However, this thing will not help you against several armed aggressors. Therefore, most experts recommend at least a five-charge revolver, in terms of the possible number of shots, and at least a .38 caliber in terms of effective stopping power.
When you find a weapon that can perfectly meet your needs, it’s a good idea to find something similar, but a bit different. So, just in case.
Spare gear is also a good idea. During the first skirmish, many very quickly discover that the cartridges have already run out, and the enemies are not there yet. Firearms without spare ammunition – only short-term assistance. In addition, some problems with semi-automatic pistols require a complete replacement of the store. Some fear that, because of the extra bullets, they will look paranoid in the eyes of other people. To which one can argue that in the eyes of such people anybody who has a pistol will be paranoid. In addition, the cops always have spare ammunition, so it will not hurt you.
A spare pistol can also save lives. If the main one is damaged by a direct hit by a bullet, if it was knocked out of your hands and ready to be used against you, if it ran out of ammo, and there is no time and opportunity to recharge … The list can be continued for a long time. As the writer Phillip Engeldrum said: “If you already need a gun, then you will probably need a second one”.
When you find a weapon that can perfectly meet your needs, it’s a good idea to find something similar, but a bit different. So, just in case. Suddenly, he would actually have to be used for his intended purpose – in this case, the cops would probably confiscate him and add him to the case. And a wounded gangster may have friends … Yes, and if the main pistol was simply sent in for repair, you absolutely do not want to feel defenseless, right?
10. Use common sense
A pistol is a force that sometimes makes the difference between life and death. And it is desirable that this force be in the hands of those who know how to calculate the consequences of their actions, respect human life and health, as well as safety. Hidden wearing firearms – a practice that is increasingly spreading among ordinary citizens. So use common sense. Required.
Source – 10 Commandments of Concealed Carry
10 commandments of hidden carrying weapons