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Concealed Carry Tips: 7 Deadly Sins and Don'ts

If you carry, or if you're considering to carry, a concealed firearm for personal defense and protection, heed this list of common mistakes – concealed-carry don'ts – to avoid; they are deadly sins because some of them could get you seriously injured or even killed

Concealed Carry Tips: 7 Deadly Sins and Don'ts
Preventing serious injury or death should be a top priority when practicing proper concealed carry. (Ed Head photo)

1. Failing to carry your firearm

Once you have made the commitment to carry a concealed firearm, you need to do it all the time. It’s impossible to predict when you might need a gun to defend yourself or family, nor can you be assured that you’re going to be safe. Good people have been attacked at work, in schools, at church, while shopping or minding their own business at home. Pistols are defensive tools to meet sudden, unexpected, violent attack. Carry your pistol.

2. Concealed Firearm Printing

The idea of concealed carry is just that; your pistol should be concealed. Printing means letting the outline of the pistol be seen through your clothing and it’s as much a give-away as letting part of the pistol be seen. In some places it’s against the law for your gun to be seen and you lose a huge tactical advantage if folks can see that you are armed. Dress to conceal and don’t print.


3. Failing to control your firearm


How often do we hear about guns left lying about, sometimes with tragic results? Guns are deadly weapons and you owe it to yourself, your family and the community to keep them secured and out of the hands of the wrong people. Is your pistol secured in a purse or fanny pack if you set it down and walk away from it? Left in a car? What can happen if your pistol falls out of a pocket or insecure holster? Maintain control of your firearm at all times.

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