Have you ever been out in public and had the unfortunate encounter with someone you know who decided to discuss—very loudly—the fact that you were concealed carrying a gun?
Not the Time or Place
This is one of the unspoken rules of concealed carry—because there is a place and time for that discussion. Not in the middle of a crowded diner or local restaurant. Having this kind of conversation (especially depending on where you live, and/or who may be listening) can lead to unwanted attention that can be potentially dangerous for the person concealed carrying.
Many of you already know this, but maybe you know someone who needs to read this (feel free to send it to them).
When we say that it’s best to keep a low profile, we mean that. Hanging out with people who attract unnecessary attention and purposefully instigate aggressive conversation is not a good idea and should be avoid by a concealed carrier. Why? Because it could potentially create a situation that might require self-defense.
If you, as a concealed carrier, find that you are hanging out with people who talk loudly about concealed carrying, starts fights, and makes a spectacle, then you might want to reevaluate.
The first thing we’re taught is to avoid confrontation, attracting attention, or creating havoc. (Now, I want to interject here, that there are plenty of ways to have a good time, carry responsibly, and keep a low profile. Everyone should practice that anyway because it’s more fun for everyone.) The second thing we’re taught, if a situation arises, is to try every possible way of de-escalation and that our CCW is a last resort—always.
Reevaluation & Approach
I just want to touch for a minute on some of the ways to “feel-out” others before you engage in a conversation about concealed carry. First of all, if they instigate a loud conversation about it, don’t participate—in fact, change the subject because engaging in that moment is counterproductive.
Allow that person to calmly bring up the subject of guns—preferably not in a crowded establishment. Then decide based on their opinions and that discussion whether trusting them with the knowledge that you concealed carry.
Well, what do you think? Have you ever encountered this situation? If so, how did you handle it?
Hannah Staton holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Rhetoric and Writing from the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith where she also is a Writing Tutor. She was issued her Concealed Carry License in 2016, but has grown up around firearms her whole life. She is a Contributing Editor and Copy Writer for Clinger Holsters. She is an artist, cigar enthusiast, poet, and an avid shooter. She resides in Van Buren, Arkansas with her dog, Sunday and spends as much of her free time either with her family or making art. You can find her on Instagram @hr.staton or reach her by email: firstname.lastname@example.org