Skip to comments.5 rules for (CCW) Concealed Carry Weapon
Posted on 06/28/2002 9:13:48 AM PDT by CHICAGOFARMER
5 Rules of Conceal and Carry (like a pistol)
[Someone sent us this; source is unknown. ]
* YOUR CONCEALED WEAPON IS FOR PROTECTION OF LIFE ONLY.
Draw it solely in preparation to protect yourself or an innocent third party from the wrongful and criminal activities of another.
* KNOW EXACTLY WHEN YOU CAN USE YOUR WEAPON.
A criminal adversary must have or reasonably appear to have:
A. The ABILITY to inflict serious bodily injury. He is armed or reasonably appears to be armed.
B. The OPPORTUNITY to inflict serious bodily harm. He is positioned to harm you with his weapon, and,
C. His INTENT (hostile actions or words) indicates that he means to place you in jeopardy - to do you serious or fatal physical harm.
When all three of these "attack potential" elements are in place simultaneously, then you are facing a reasonably perceived deadly threat that justifies an emergency deadly force response. Note that these conditions may be defined differently in certain circumstances. For example, a small woman may be justified in using deadly force with a handgun against a much stronger male who is unarmed and attempting to rape or kill her. For a male vs. male encounter the defendant probably would not be justified unless possibly if he was physically handicapped, elderly, etc. This is known as disparity of force.
3. IF YOU CAN RUN AWAY SAFELY- RUN!
Just because you are armed doesn't necessarily mean that you must confront a bad guy at gunpoint. Develop your situation awareness skills so that you can be alert to detect and avoid trouble as much as possible. Keep in mind that if you successfully evade a potential confrontation, the single negative consequence involved might only be your bruised ego, which should heal quickly with mature rationalization. But if you force a confrontation, and it escalates into deadly force, you risk the possibility of death or serious injury to yourself and any friends, family members, or innocent bystanders that may be present.
Also you face the possibility of criminal liability and/or financial ruin from a civil lawsuit as a result of your actions. Flee if you can - fight only as a last resort.
Naturally, there are circumstances in which you may be able to flee but it would not be in your best interest or judgment to do so. For example, a situation that you could easily flee from when alone may be difficult to safely avoid if your family was with you. Also it may be a judgment/ethics call on whether or not to fight or flee based on what is happening to potential victims around you.
For example, a gunman may be threatening the life of someone else and not even notice you. If you leave the scene, and go call 911 and just wait for the police to show up, you may have to deal with guilt and emotional issues that result if the gunman kills someone. In contrast, if you intervene, then you may risk your own life. Remember that self-preservation, and keeping your loved ones safe should be your first priorities. Always remember to stay calm and quickly analyze the situation at hand. Use good judgment on how you will react to any given circumstance.
4. DISPLAY YOUR WEAPON, GO TO JAIL.
You should expect to be arrested by police at gunpoint, and be charged with a crime anytime your concealed handgun is seen by another citizen in public, regardless of how unintentional, innocent, or justified the situation might seem.
Choose a method of carry that reliably keeps your gun hidden from public view at all times. You have no control over how a stranger will react to seeing (or learning about) your concealed weapon. He of she might become alarmed and report you as a "man or woman with a gun". Depending on his or her feelings about firearms, this person might maliciously embellish their story in an attempt to have your gun seized by police or in order to get you arrested. Even though your jacket only blew open for a moment, giving a brief glimpse of your gun, that person may tell the police that you were waving it around like a homicidal maniac. An alarmed citizen who reports a "man or woman with a gun" is going to be a lot more credible to police than you are when you are stopped because you match the "suspect's" description and you are found to have a concealed handgun in your possession. Before you deliberately expose your gun in public, ask yourself "is this worth going to jail for?" The only time this question should warrant a "yes" response is when an adversary has at least both the ABILITY and INTENT and is actively seeking the OPPORTUNITY to do you great harm.
Also, remember that proper concealment of a weapon is more than just covering it up so that it is not physically visible. You want to remove as much as possible any signs that you are armed. For example, you would not wear a tight T-shirt that shows the lines of your gun printing through it, especially if that T-shirt has a firearm related logo or statement on it. Also, a black nylon fanny-pack or a photographer's vest may, in certain areas or in certain modes of dress tell any half-educated person that you are packing a gun. It is also not usually a very good idea to let too many people know that you carry a gun. This fact should be limited to your immediate family and select friends who are "gun people" also. Please, for your sake and the sake of others around you - be discreet!
5. DON'T LET YOUR EMOTIONS GET THE BEST OF YOU.
When you are armed, you must realize that you just lost your right to initiate ANY type of confrontation that could possibly escalate into a violent encounter. You must now have a very mellow attitude on life and your fellow mankind.
You just lost the right to flip off the motorist who just cut you off in traffic. You have to ignore the scumbag who just "wolf-whistled" at your wife/girlfriend. If someone wants to pick a fight with you, you lost the right to respond in any way other than a kind, friendly manner while walking away. As an armed person you must be more likely and willing to avoid trouble that an unarmed person would be. You have the legal and moral obligation of de-escalating any situation that you are presented with unless you are faced by someone displaying all three of the "attack potential" elements. Carrying a loaded firearm among your fellow citizens is an awesome responsibility that is not to be taken lightly.
Remember, once you strap on your weapon, you must carry with it a great measure of discretion and judgment, along with an easy-going attitude.
Worth repeating friend. You have my vote for King of the World.
If everyone followed this simple sub-section of the golden rule, we'd all be using guns soley for fun and shooting sports. They would be regarded as one views a set of golf clubs.
Nice thought isn't it? It's sad that people choose to use them to violate one another.
This may be the law in some places, but it is BS. Most men are fully capable of killing each other unarmed, and some are no doubt sitting in prison and cemetaries because they found that out the hard way.
People who think this way have seen too many movies.
All an agressor who is attacking you should ever see if the application of deadly force is justified are muzzle flashes as you conduct a failure drill on their person (2 to the chest and one to the head as fast as one may apply it accurately).
A scornful look or sneer or being 6 feet four inches tall and 312 pounds is sufficiently intimidating.........not a firearm brandished. Which BTW may land one in the same cell of ones agressor in most cases.....
Stay Safe, carry intelligent , shoot smart as a last resort !
LOL ! .......Thank You Sir ! You ever get down to Reed Knights shop in Vero Beach ?? I come out to Melbourne this X-Mas to visit my Bro and his family I'll look ya up and we'll go window shopping down there........
Stay Safe !
Just got together for some range time with FReeper Joe Brower last weekend and had a nice time. I never miss an opportunity to meet others around here if I can help it.
Yes there is a duel standard.
Remember an unarmed subject is desired by politicans.
What part of "...SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED..." is not understood?
Why should I trust a citizen who doesn't believe in all the Constitution and Bill of Rights?
In the United States the Bureau of Justice research shows inmates serving time in state prisons during 1997 said they obtained their guns from the following sources in percentages:
Purchased from a retail store 8.3 percent
Purchased at a pawn shop 3.8
Purchased at a flea market 1.0
Purchased in a gun show 0.7
Obtained from friends or family 39.6
Got on the street/illegal source 39.2
* Well Damm there goes the gun show loophole argument*
Brandish is probably a better choice of words. As you can see the author is UNKNOWN. I am just moving the cause along.
Very good post thought.
This version will pass most all DA's, Shooting guidelines. Personal issues of size.
People who think this way have seen too many movies.
Agreed - remember the hockey-dad fatality. Had hockey fight VIC been packing, and shot his eventual murderer, he would have likely been sent to the graybar hotel for an extended stay.
Which probably would have been better than the extended "dirt nap" that he is taking now. "Better tried by 12 than carried by 6!"
Concealment would be the only problem.
BTW, can anyone tell me what that shiny revolver Miss Shagwell lugged -is?
It appears to be a 4-inch barrelled revolver, possibly a Smith and Wesson Combat Masterpiece or Combat Magnum- it's a bit difficult to tell if it's nickel-plated or stainless, and it might even be one of the larger magnum revolvers built on the larger *N* frame, such as *Dirty Harry's* well-known Model 29 .44 magnum, better suited to an Eastwood-sized San Francisco cop that to Ms. Graham's more compact but curvier bod. A pre-sellout used S&W M66 stainless .357 would seem a close starting point, but I'd have to review the movie to tell for certain- my glasses were broken the night I saw the film with friends, so I missed a detail here and there.
You're wrong about at least some smaller-stature women in chosing hardware from much of what I've seen, however. The most common reason for going to smaller handguns seems to be in hopes of finding a handgun well-suited to the smaller and daintier female hand, but that's not always the case. My own female partner through the days when Ms Felicity would have been at it was fond of the 9mm Walther P.38 military service pistol and noted that it was not only as easy to carry in her purse as a smaller shootin' iron, but was easier to find in a hurry amidst all the other
jun- necessities she kept in there. Likewise the wife of an Illinois State Cop pal not only herself carried a duplicate of her hubby's 9mm M39 service pistol, but carried 4 extra magazines for the two of them in the external pockets on her purse's outside. And I lost a fine old well-worn .45 Colt Combat Commander as a gift to a former co-worker upon her enlistment and subsequent commissioning as an officer and rotary-wing pilot and felt less bad about the loss after later hearing from her that it was the handgun she carried during her tour during the Gulf War. Not only can women get away with larger hardware carried aboard the steamer trunks that some use for purses, but since shot placement is not necessarily as critical with the more serious artillery, many concerns about less-than-perfect shot grouping become less worrisome so long as the target is at least generally centerpunched.
But a couple of other Felicity carry pieces are possible, and were I in her platform shoes, I can think of a couple that would work, though maybe not *pure* 1960s vintage.
So, am I a groovy boy?
It is also not usually a very good idea to let too many people know that you carry a gun.
When I started to CCW, "someone" gave me this bit of advice via private FReepmail. Up to that point, I had never considered this aspect of CCW. It has probably saved me a lot of hassles with former anti-gun co-workers. Most of them had already branded me as the resident right-wing kook, and I didn't need to give them anymore ammo...
Something similar happened to an acquaintance of my family. He was involved in a minor fender bender with someone angry and not very tightly wrapped. The acquaintance had a concealed hangun on him at the time and at some point in the incident the other person noticed the firearm (I think with all the confusion and fuss, the man's shirt rode up for a moment over the revolver grip protruding from the IWB holster).
So the angry motorist decided to tell the cops he was "threatened with a gun" by this guy. It was ugly for awhile, but fortunately it eventually got smoothed over (after a period of some uncertain weeks). Fortunately, there are usually witnesses to fender benders. If this had occurred in a situation without corroborating witnesses, it could easily have resulted in arrest and possible conviction.
Moral: you shouldn't HAVE to hide your gun in an ideal society, but it ain't an ideal society. There are just too many total butt holes out there just looking to make your life a living hell.