Most of us don't go to a doctor's office with great frequency and may not consider changing our concealed carry method or not carrying at all based on that environment. Lets dive into this in more detail.
The Doctor's Office is Private Property
Unless your doctor's office is for some reason located in a school or other government building you could probably assume that the office is private property. In most states the law allows that private property owners, like a Doctor's office, can restrict or prohibit firearms if they chose. However, I've never seen or heard of a doctor or dentist or chiropractor that restricted firearms. Check for signs at the entrance and be sure to read the disclaimers and other agreements you may have to sign at the office.
Doctor's Feel Around
Depending on why you are visiting the doctor, you may assume that the doctor is going to be feeling around. The last time I went to the doctor for a sinus infection she lifted up my back shirt to place the stethoscope on my back to listen to my breathing. If I had been carrying concealed in my normal holster she would have seen it and perhaps even brushed it with her hand.
The Doctor's Office is Open to Public and Poorly Secured
I've never visited a Doctor's office that had any remote physical security. I don't see security cameras, secured or badge entry, security personnel, etc. In addition some doctor offices may have medicine on site that criminals may feel has good street value. Other risks could include something as simple as a disgruntled patient. Either way it doesn't sound like a good idea to leave my firearm in the car and go into the doctor's office completely unprepared.
Alternatives Means of Protection
I don't generally carry “off-body” but at the doctor's office that is my general action plan. I use the Covrt 18 5.11 backpack and place my firearm in it when I go into the doctor's office. This keeps my firearm in relative reach while allowing the doctor to do any poking around necessary without putting the doctor into a panic attack upon discovering my gun.
Other people I know choose to carry a small gun in their front pant pocket. Whenever carrying a gun in a pocket, you need to use a pocket holster, so keep that in mind. A small pocket pistol in a holster won't even look like a gun, and could pass off as something else.
I also think it would be appropriate to consider additional and/or alternative defense tools like a good pocket knife or tactical pen.
The doctor's office has it's own unique challenges. Think and plan ahead and you will be prepared for any situation. What is your preferred method of carrying at the doctor's office? Let us know below, and make sure you sign up for our FREE Concealed Carry Newsletter to stay up to date on breaking firearms news, Justified Shooter stories, and other gun-related goodies.