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A Right to Concealed Carry Laws

6 Aug
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Set forth by the Constitution, we are not simply offered the option to bare and carry arms; we have a right to concealed carry laws. The laws should reflect this right in every way possible and yet, so many states have laws in force that fall short.

In an article on USConcealedCarry.com, author Robert H Boatman thoroughly covers the research showing that the second amendment was written the way that it was because it protects the citizens of this nation.  It clearly states:

“The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

This sentence and the meaning behind it have been twisted and fear has been placed in its stead.  So many different studies and hours of scientific research have proven over and over again that when people have the option to carry a gun, without hassles, the crime rates drop and the community in general enjoys a more peaceful everyday life.

That said, it is not just a right for those that understand the law to carry a weapon — it is a responsibility.  And it is not a right that should be taken lightly. The ironic part is that those most likely to apply for and obtain a license to carry concealed are those that understand this right the most, not the petty criminal, taking advantage of the law. Responsible citizens will help not only themselves, but the community at large.

A Right to Concealed Carry Laws

“That loaded pistol in your holster is a powerful expression of your Constitutionally guaranteed liberty as an American citizen, your recognition of the solemn duty you have to your fellow man, and your willingness to accept the full weight of a life-and-death responsibility.

When you are prepared to defend yourself, you are equally prepared to defend all of society and all of its guiding principles. Your responsibilities are therefore many – moral, legal and tactical. That is why most people, including lifelong gun owners, experienced hunters and competitive shooters, even in states that freely issue concealed carry permits, do not choose to carry a gun.”(More concealed carry info here )

Men like Gary Kleck and John R. Lott, Jr researched and published findings that showed beyond a reasonable doubt that those societies that are armed enjoy far less violence, and yet, the millions of crimes that are thwarted each year by armed citizens are rarely covered in mainstream media.  You might ask, “Why?’ but if you pay any attention to political propaganda, you will soon discover why.

We have a right to concealed carry laws, but we must continue to protect that right. This means informing yourself as to what your state laws are – and making your own decision as to what you are going to do in reference to those laws.

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Concealed Carry Laws and Police Interactions

25 Jun

Most of the time, dealing with police is a non-issue.  Rarely (if we are lucky!) does the question even come up as to what to do in regard to the concealed carry laws and police interactions.handcuffs

There are states, however, that mandate the citizen inform a uniformed officer upon contact that they have a concealed weapon.  These states lay out the proper protocol as to what should be said and what should happen – and that’s good. But many states do not, and that brings up the question as to what to do in those instances.  The article in USConcealedCarry.com by Duncan Mackie explores the question of disclosing your CCW license or not in routine traffic stops and other encounters.

Concealed Carry Laws and Police Interactions

Cops see themselves as the good guys. They are sworn to protect, serve and arrest; they are trained and experienced; they have uniforms, badges, and guns. A legal presumption of good intent and proper action cloaks much of what they officially do. As legally-armed citizens, we know we are certified good guys, too, because we went through training and at least two criminal background checks to get our guns and carry permits. We can unconsciously bring that “good-guy” attitude into our interactions with police. I think we need to be careful with that. (Full article)

As Mackie points out, the problem can begin when we assume that the police agree that carrying a concealed weapon is a ‘good guy’ thing to do.  We feel that we are exercising our rights, know the law in order to obey it, and have undergone training as mentioned above.  To us, it’s a no-brainer that we have done these things in order to protect ourselves and our loved ones in accordance to the law.  We know what we are doing and we assume that police see it this way, too, and that’s where problems can arise.

It would be great if we could know that the police always see the situation the way that we do, but that’s not the case. It’s important to maintain calm, keep your hands in plain view and never reach for your weapon.  When it comes to concealed carry laws and police interactions, it doesn’t matter if you voluntarily disclose your CCW immediately (although you should if it’s the law in your state). Remaining polite and non-argumentative will go a long way, no matter what.  Keep your wits about you and you will likely keep yourself from any issues regarding your concealed weapon.