Talking about guns in America right now can be overwhelming, to say the least. With political parties weaponizing platforms over the use of the Second Amendment and once-friendly neighbors and coworkers making divisive comments about personal freedoms, you can be exhausted before you even start your research.
We believe if a person so chooses, they should exercise their right to lawfully carry a firearm. Sometimes, it’s necessary to take carrying one step further and obtain a permit to carry concealed. Here are five reasons you may want to consider when deciding if concealed carry is something you should pursue.
You Find Yourself in Potentially Dangerous Situations
When I started my career, I sold residential and commercial real estate. I enjoyed my time in the industry, but my days consisted of meeting strangers in vacant buildings or unoccupied homes full of valuables. Each showing was a risk to my personal safety. Concealed carry allowed me to go into showings knowing I could protect myself with force should the need arise. (It also helped me create our original holster, which you can read more about here).
Other professions that may benefit from added security: automotive sales or anyone offering vehicle test drives, contractors visiting unfamiliar locations, private security, social work and more.
You Want to Purchase a Gun Without Needing a Background Check
In 1994, the government passed the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, which requires federally licensed firearms dealers to conduct background checks on all potential firearms purchases. However, it comes with a provision that allows concealed carry permit holders to bypass the background check requirement in 25 states. The following states allow concealed carry permits to act as background checks as long as the permit is valid and issued within the last five years: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming.
You Volunteer Your Time as a First-Responder
While there are career emergency medics and firefighters with specialized defense training, many small towns and rural communities are protected by volunteers. These first responders have the necessary training to assist in emergencies, but for many, they volunteer their time as a way to serve their communities. When they’re dispatched, there’s no guarantee of what the scene may reveal. It could be an act of domestic violence, a situation where a weapon may have fallen into the wrong hands, or a dangerous scenario with wildlife or animals. A concealed carry permit allows volunteer first responders an extra layer of safety; however, this is not the case for all organizations. We recommend becoming familiar with the legislation of your town and the policies of your department before carrying concealed on duty.
You Want an Added Peace of Mind
I’ve held a concealed carry permit since 2015, but I remember the uneasy feeling when finding myself in less than ideal situations. We’ve all been there — filling up the car at a gas station in the middle of nowhere or on a hiking trail when you feel like something has its eyes on you. Not to mention the times I’ve heard female friends talk about feeling frightened by unwanted attention during what’s supposed to be a fun night out. Carrying concealed gives us the confidence to know we can protect ourselves and our families from harm.
You Aim to Be a Responsible Citizen
When we carry a concealed weapon, we are reminded that avoidance is the most effective option in tense situations. No one wants to deal with the emotional, financial or legal strain that a self-defense shooting could place on a person. Understanding that you carry the power to end human life makes you aware of the things that really matter and that walking away from a situation before it escalates is always the best choice.
Whether you’re just buying your first firearm or you have been a collector for years and want to add peace of mind, concealed carry can be a beneficial option for you. We’ve broken down the steps to acquiring your permit here.
Concealed carry doesn’t have to feel intimidating or exclusive. Here at Harry’s Holsters, we believe concealed carry can be a great way to get involved in the firearms industry and educate others on lawful self-defense. (And it doesn’t hurt that we make the most comfortable inside-the-waistband and outside-the-waistband holsters on the market).