Owning and using a concealed carry weapon is a big responsibility. It is important that anyone who takes this responsibility upon themselves do whatever they can to keep themselves and others as safe as possible. Below are a few helpful tips to keep in mind.
Do Use a Holster
Using a holster is the safest way to carry any concealed handgun. There are a variety of holsters to choose from that can be worn on different parts of the body, that fit different types of guns, and that are made out of different materials (for both style and comfort). Some of the most popular holster types are worn on the ankle, attached to a belt, or strapped to the waist. Most types of glocks, pistols, and other similar guns should be able to fit in the average holster.
Is it illegal to wear/carry a concealed weapon without a holster? Not necessarily. However, it is more dangerous. This is because a gun is more likely to accidentally go off if it is kept in a pocket or a bag, rather than if it is safely secured in a holster. So, for both your protection and the protection of those around you, make sure to keep your gun safety on and keep your weapon in a holster unless you are using it.
Don’t Forget to Register (If Necessary)
The rules about whether a person needs to register their weapon or register to be a concealed carrier mainly depends on the state that you live in (if you live in the USA). These rules/laws can also change over time, so it is best to keep up to date on the rules. Gun owners can check out the NRA website to get information on concealed carry laws by state. Generally speaking, states do require gun owners to register their guns, but not all states require that people who are using concealed carry need to register as such. You do not need to be a member of the NRA to own to conceal carry a weapon.
Once you have completed all of the necessary tasks to legally carry a concealed weapon, it is best to keep your documentation on your person whenever you are carrying your weapon (in states where registration is required). This way, you will have proof that you have done everything legally if a police officer asks you about it.
So, always remember to use the safety on your weapon and keep your weapon in a holster when it is not in use. Remember to register any weapons and register yourself as a concealed carrier before you carry your weapon in public. Both of these things can help to keep yourself, and everyone around you, safer.