Many of our students take our class to obtain their concealed handgun permit. Below are some carrying tips to make the transition a little easier. Always remember, carrying a concealed firearm can be a burden. There will always be places where local laws prohibit you from going. It is very important to always be aware of your local and state laws.
You must understand your local laws before carrying a concealed firearm. To best understand local laws, visit the state website for the state in which you live or contact a member of your local law enforcement. Here are a few tips if you choose to carry concealed:
Know your carry firearm inside and out. This includes how to clear jams in the case of a semi-automatic.
Know your carry holster intimately. Practice drawing from it often.
Only pull out your firearm if you intend to use it. The general rule is, only pull the trigger if you are in fear of your life and have nowhere to retreat to. Again, check local laws. As another general rule, the less people who know you have the firearm, the better.
Never carry while under the influence of alcohol or any drug (including prescription drugs).
And, of course, know your local laws!
The photographic depiction below was designed by a Law Enforcement Officer in New York City where it is generally illegal to carry a firearm in a concealed manner. It was originally designed to help train new recruits to spot illegal concealed handguns but is just as useful to train legal carriers to keep their firearms hidden.