Avoid These Common Concealed Carry Mistakes
There are over 16 million active concealed carry licenses in the United States; almost 250,000 are Illinois licenses. With all of these licenses comes the responsibility to adhere to both local and state laws, without putting anyone in danger. Mistakes are common, especially in the period shortly following licensure. However, when armed with a deadly weapon, these mistakes must be eliminated or kept to a minimum. Concealed carry mistakes can be harmless, but they could also be fatal under the right circumstances. Avoid potentially severe implications by avoiding these common carry errors.
Exposing Your Weapon
Concealed carry is precisely that: concealed. Therefore, if you are wearing your firearm on your body, ensure it remains hidden at all times. Also, be cautious of printing, which is when a shirt presses against a weapon leaving a print, making everyone aware of the gun's presence. Although this mistake happens without malicious intent, it is best to avoid it. Most people are oblivious to their surroundings; however, if you bend over and your weapon flashes, someone may notice. When a person does notice, and it takes him or her by surprise, the following call to emergency services is likely panicked and will result in a swarm of police officers.
Checking or Touching Your Firearm
This mistake happens most commonly for those new to concealed carry. Touching, checking, or otherwise adjusting your firearm draws unwanted attention to the fact that you are carrying. The behavior can also make you look nervous, which may cause any potential onlookers to panic and thus leading to a frantic call to 9-1-1. If you are worried about if your gun is still there, you may want to find a more secure holster to secure your piece of mind; otherwise, break the habit to avoid conflict.
Learn More Than the Minimum Requirement
Illinois requires 16 hours of concealed carry firearm training from an Illinois State Police approved instructor. These courses are more thorough than many other states. However, you should make it a commitment to continue learning about new laws and requirements, as well as practicing safe handling of your weapon.
An Attorney Can Help
Shootings have become commonplace in our society. It is understandable why people feel the need to have a firearm for self-defense. It is also understandable why citizens become agitated when a gun appears in public. If you made a mistake while concealed carrying that resulted in charges, a Wheaton weapon charges defense attorney can help. The attorneys at Davi Law Group, LLC understand your situation and have the skill and experience to help guide you to a hopeful outcome. Let us help you defend your constitutional rights. Call us today at 630-580-6373 to schedule a consultation.