Concealed Carry or CCW (Concealed Carry Weapon) is the art of possessing a weapon on your body in a concealed fashion. In North America, 48 states allow lawful residents to carry a firearm / weapon in a concealed manner and only 2 states allow open carry of a weapon. To obtain a permit to carry a weapon in public, you have to file an application with your local state or law enforcement agency and have no criminal past. If you are to carry a weapon concealed, the law does limit places that you can carry guns / weapons. It is important for you to find out what your resident state/area laws are. For the most part, Federal Buildings, Government Buildings, Courthouse, Police Stations, are just a few places that carrying a weapon is not allowed. Once again, please be sure to check your states concealed carry laws and fully understand them.
Carrying a lethal weapon such as firearm in public places requires a higher level of responsibility. Firearms and dangerous weapons should only be handled by calm level headed individuals. The consequences of drawing or firing a firearm in a public setting can be very harsh unless your actions were justified according to the concealed carry and gun laws of your state. Also, firing your weapon and striking an unintended person will surely land you in very hot water. If you are to discharge your firearm at anytime, it is sure to result in a case that will end up in court. In court, the judge and jury will determine if your actions with a firearm / weapon were justified according to the laws of your state. Everything that led up to and after the event in which you drew your weapon or fired a shot will be reviewed in court of law to determine if you were justified in doing so.
As mentioned before, you need to understand the laws of the area you live in and train your mind for different self defense situations that include the laws into your training. Here is an example of the difference in concealed carry and gun laws between different states. In Florida, there is a law that states you can stand your ground in an altercation. This means that if an attacker is to approach you, you could stay exactly where you are and defend yourself by any means possible. Keep in mind your lethal defense actions still need to be justified. In other states, you must retreat first then if you have no means of escape you are then permitted to use lethal force for self defense. If you are to be involved in a self defense shooting, laws such as this will be taken in to consideration.
Another important law that all states share is that you cannot use lethal force towards a retreating attacker. An example would be if an attacker approaches and you feel that an attack is imminent so you draw your weapon. The attacker sees your weapon then decides to flee the scene. In that case, you should not fire a shot or try to attack because you are no longer in danger. In theory, you would then be on the offense not defense if you were to strike a fleeing subject, which would not be in your favor in court.
It may seem like you could get into more trouble defending yourself, but keeping yourself and your family alive is more important than anything. There have been many cases where the concealed carry and gun laws have been broken, but due to the situation and circumstances they were overlooked. A jury of lawful citizens reviews self defense cases and takes all factors into consideration including practicality and common sense.
Posted on Sat, October 16, 2010
by Scott C. filed under