It happens to us all sooner or later. You are out in public somewhere and for some reason or another someone spots the gun that you were trying to carry concealed. So what do you do now? Try and explain or split before the cops arrive?
As long as you are carrying a legal firearm and not in a place like a government office like the Post Office or a Federal building than you have no reason to fear the fuzz. Now that does not mean you might not have to do some explaining, but I am getting ahead of myself.
The first thing I will tell you not to do is to take off. Nothing screams suspicious behavior like a guy just seen packing iron and now taking off for the hills. Try to be calm, I know this is going to be tough, but you really do need to act that way. I will tell you the story of my first time unintentionally brandishing a firearm while still in its holster.
I was nineteen years old, I had just gotten my pistol permit and I knew very little about carrying a firearm concealed. I had a Ruger Blackhawk .357 in a cheap Uncle Mike’s holster because at the time it was all I could afford. It was in the fall so I was wearing a heavy flannel jacket that normally covered the gun well. What I didn’t realize was that when I had gotten out of my truck, the jacket got pulled up over the grip of the gun in that crappy holster. I was walking across a parking lot and into a gun store of all places when a family of four came walking down the sidewalk. The father literally freaked out, grabbed the kids and wife and ran–and I do mean ran–in the opposite direction. It took me a few seconds to figure out why, but then I got the message. Luckily none of the local constabulary ever arrived, but that was quite a few years ago and times are not the same now.
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