Concealed Carry: The Dos and Don’ts

Carrying a concealed firearm is a great way to feel safe; however, if you are a person who does not have good judgement or restraint, then concealed carry may not be for you. Although this is a right granted to us, we still must exercise this right responsibly. There are things that you should always do with concealed carry, and on the other hand, there are things that you should always avoid. By doing both, you will be a responsible citizen when it comes to concealed carry.

Things You Should Do

  • Be aware

You should always be aware when you have a concealed firearm. With being aware, you are ensuring that you are alert, willing, and have a good attitude. When you are alert, you are ready for any trouble that may come. It also means that you are willing to survive, and you are ready to protect the lives of those around you. If you are alert and ready, then carrying a concealed firearm is for you.

  • Be Invisible

Although you cannot literally be invisible, you can keep from drawing attention to yourself. You should not broadcast that you have a concealed firearm, and you should dress in normal clothing. Being invisible also means that you stay away from places that are known for trouble. Don’t go anywhere with your firearm that you wouldn’t go without it. Drawing your weapon should be a last resort.

  • Understand Your Firearm

Knowing your firearm is of the utmost importance. You should make sure that you understand your firearm, your holster, and all other equipment that comes with your gun. By knowing your firearm, you will be able to operate safely if you have to engage the gun. It is important to practice all possible scenarios before you begin carrying your firearm with you.


  • Know the Laws

Ignorance of the law is no excuse when it comes to concealed carry. You should understand the gun laws wherever you go. Gun laws in one state may be drastically different from another state, and it is your responsibility to know these laws. Failure to know these laws can land you in jail and cause you to lose your gun rights.

Things You Should Not Do

  • Be Impulsive

Once you pull the trigger, you cannot call the bullet back; therefore, it is important to not act on impulsive. You must be able to control your aggression before carrying a concealed firearm. If you cannot control your temper, then carrying a concealed firearm is not for you.

  • Advertise

No one needs to know that you are carrying a concealed firearm but you, so it is important that you do not let people know that you are carrying a gun. When people are unaware, then they cannot get the upper hand on you. It helps you maintain the element of surprise on potential attackers.

  • Misplace Your Gun

Knowing where your gun is at all times demonstrates responsible gun ownership. When you misplace your gun, you risk the gun getting into the wrong hands. This could be small children or criminals. By having a secure holster, you reduce the risk of ever losing your gun. If you ever have trouble with your holster, then you can also consider carrying your firearm in your pocket.

  • Be Complacent

You should never become complacent if you carry a concealed firearm. Complacency is the silent killer and can lead to lots of problems in a dangerous situation. You should always practice safety, and you should always ensure that your firearm is ready to be used if you need it. Keeping your firearm are ready means that it is cleaned, oiled and you’re trained to use it.


Carrying a firearm is a right that everyone should practice; however, if you are not willing to practice this right safely, then it may not be for you. There are things that you should do and things that you should not when it comes to concealed carry. Knowing all of these will keep you and those around you safe.

Drew Bishop is a contributing writer and media specialist for Galco Gunleather. He regularly produces content for a variety of gun and personal safety blogs.

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By Michael Kurcina

Mike credits his early military training as the one thing that kept him disciplined through the many years. He currently provides his expertise as an adviser for an agency within the DoD. Michael Kurcina subscribes to the Spotter Up way of life. “I will either find a way or I will make one”.

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