As a responsible gun owner that is committed to your own safety and that of your family, you’ve completed all the requirements to be able to conceal carry your gun. Now that you’ve completed your concealed carry class and received your permit to carry, there are a few simple things to keep in mind in order to keep yourself up to date as you concealed carry:
Always practice the use of your weapon. It’s important to visit the shooting range regularly and to go as frequently as you can. Many civilian gun owners don’t get the practice that they need in daily life in order to be able to use their weapon most effectively if and when it becomes necessary. Regular practice at the shooting range will keep you comfortable with your firearm and ultimately knowledgeable about its use and operation. You’ll consistently improve your usage and accuracy, making you a stronger and more effective gun owner and concealed carrier.
- Know Your Gun
This goes along with your weapons practice! Even if you own a number of firearms, there will always be one gun that you turn to for concealed carry; one that fits your holster or other body carrier and that you use and practice with most regularly. Get comfortable with this gun! It’s important not only that you get shooting practice generally, but also that you know how to load, prepare and shoot the gun that you concealed carry regularly. When you intimately know the gun that you’re concealed carrying, you’ll be better prepared to protect yourself and your family safely and effectively.
- Know When You Can Use Your Gun
Concealed carry can be important for your protection and the protection of your family. Your gun should be used when you’re facing a deadly threat. You don’t want to run afoul of the law by pulling it too soon, even if you’re in a situation that concerns you but that doesn’t rise to the level of a deadly threat. It’s also important to know when you can use your gun so that you’re ready to confront any serious threat that does arise. The best advice is to be fully aware of your own state’s laws in this regard.
- Know Your State Laws: When and Where You Can Carry
Most states have varied provisions in law about when and where you can conceal carry your gun. Many states restrict concealed carry in police stations, government buildings, schools and even universities. Some workplaces, like power plants or aerospace industry facilities, may also be off limits for concealed carry. And you already know how important it is to be aware of firearm laws at the airport! It’s also critical to be aware of state laws regarding your gun during traffic stops. Protect yourself and your continued ability to concealed carry by being fully educated about the laws in your state.
With these simple steps, you’ll be well-armed to continue to concealed carry and keep yourself and your family well-protected and secure.