More and more often, as I do what “adults” do—I go into places where carrying a firearm is not permitted. Places like: the courthouse, the doctor’s office (one in particular that had a metal detector), the hospital, etc. You know the places I’m talking about. And there are even some of us that aren’t allowed to take our concealed carry weapons to work, either.
Well, alright—so I don’t have my pistol. Regardless of the place or establishment that doesn’t permit you to carry, there are a few things that you can do.
1. Stay alert
Yeah. Okay. But hear me out. This is the most important thing that you can do, because this influences many of your other decisions, options, and choices. Seriously—situational awareness is one of the greatest tools in your concealed carry arsenal because it can help you avoid situations that otherwise could put you in jeopardy. Which, in this case, avoid potentially dangerous situations should be at the top of your list.
2. Use words
Sometimes, things happen—maybe you bumped into the wrong guy at the hospital. Apologize. Or even get someone else’s attention. Your voice is just as much a self-defense tool as your CCW (which you had to leave in the car).
3. Find other means
Pull a fire alarm. Now, in all possible scenarios, you should try everything and anything else to get yourself out of a dangerous situation (if I’m not mistaken, you can be fined for pulling a fire alarm if there’s no fire…) before resorting to evacuating an entire building. There’s also furniture you can throw (if someone’s attacking you).
Now if you get the chance to prepare, I suggest learning how to defend yourself by other means as well regardless of whether you are a man or woman. Learn a martial art, some kick boxing, or even some basic hand-to-hand defense.
Hopefully, as you go about your business, you won’t need either your pistol or anything else. But it’s better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it.
Has this been something you’ve had to consider? Often, or not at all?
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