Many states have many different processes that someone who is applying for a concealed carry permit need to go through and it is important to cover more than just the basics of concealed carrying. When applying, the information supplied to you for applying for a permit is the bare minimum. The more knowledge you have about your firearm and the proper techniques to use it, the more you will be prepared to deal with different situations in the long run.
The top ten things you need to reflect on after you decide to carry a concealed weapon every day:
1. Storing Your Firearm: While you will not carry your firearm at all hours of the day and all events, it need to be stored in a secure place to avoid the firearm falling into the wrong hands.
2. Knowledge of State Laws: All states vary with their requirements for concealed carry of a firearm. It is critical to know what the requirements for the states you are carrying in and to research them accordingly. Following the laws at all times will help you to know where to draw the line in certain situations.
3. Being Aware Your Surroundings: Once you decide to carry, you are far from being involved in a crime free world. This is why it is always important to be aware of your surroundings and to know what is going on around you. Thinking ahead in social surroundings, will help you to be utmost prepared and provide you the opportunity to act if the situation ever arises for you to use your concealed firearm. It is always important to know a plan of escape and where the safest possible place could be. Always being on your guard will help you to react and remain as calm as possible should a life-threatening situation arise.
4. Avoiding Conflict: If you are aware of situation arising, it is best to leave the area if you feel uncomfortable or uneasy. Do not be embarrassed to avoid confronting an attacker and if you notice something out of the ordinary, it is okay to get help. Thinking ahead will help you to be alert and aware of your surroundings and potential conflict that could arise.
5. Deciding to use Deadly Force: If you have tried to avoid the situation and are forced to take action it is important to know the grounds for using deadly force. Once you have reached the point of an inevitable deadly threat, you may use deadly force with the use of your firearm. A threat that may cause death or bodily harm from a weapon or other means is grounds for employing the use of a firearm. It is important to identify your target, secure your target, and also that you responsible for the shots you fire. An accurate target is crucial in order to keep others safe and yourself safe.
6. Concealed Weapon Containment: Always have control of your firearm. An attacker may try to remove the firearm from your possession. It is beneficial to improve your ability to keeping your concealed weapon in your possession and practice these skills regularly.
7.Calculating Your Next Move: It is always important to find a place to protect yourself and find cover. Standing still in a situation where you are being attacked will most likely end deadly. As soon as a situation arises, move to cover and help others around you to do the same. Always continue to move if you see the chance because by deciding to not run and find cover will set you up for harm or even worse, death.
8.Accurate Shooting Skills: ALWAYS secure your target before shooting. As soon as you decide to draw your concealed firearm, you are putting everyone who is around you at risk for bodily harm or death. You do not want to hurt an innocent bystander who is fighting for their life to begin with. Remember that practicing your skills is essential to master carrying your firearm.
9. Taking Care of Yourself: When deadly force is occurring, it is easy to not recognize when you have been injured. Bullets could be flying through the air and strike you. Since this is such a high stress situation, you may not even know you have been injured. After using your firearm or any force, it is important to check for injuries and take care of yourself as soon as possible. You may also need to apply first-aid on innocent people around you, so it is a good thing to be trained in. It is unnecessary to provide assistance to the attacker because he/she may very well still be a threat to you and others. Contacting emergency responders will help the injured people involved get the necessary care needed. This is the opportunity to secure the scene and try to remain as calm as possible until help arrives.
10. What to Do After the Life-Threatening Situation: Once you have alerted the police, it is important to reflect on the situation and what you will say to help the police when they arrive. Some key components to include to the dispatcher include the location and request police and other emergency responders assistance. Make sure to describe in detail to the police how the situation went down and point out others who were involved.
There are many responsibilities that come along with carrying a concealed firearm. Training in self-defense and practicing with your firearm should occur frequently. Adequate training will be most beneficial once you have found yourself in a life-threatening incident.