Are you one of the many gun owners who don't carry their firearm regularly?
According to our surveys, most people who have concealed carry permits still don't carry concealed regularly. We've compiled a list of the reasons most often cited for not carrying regularly.
But we didn't stop there.
Under each “reason” section, we've included links to articles that provide information and help in overcoming the specific issue.
List of Reasons People Don't Carry Their Gun Every Day —
I Can't Find a Comfortable Holster
Even though there are thousands of holster companies, finding the right holster can be challenging. First there are different methods of carrying, and then different holsters and made of different materials and configurations. Below are links to content that can assist you in finding the right holster for your needs:
- 10 Criteria for Choosing a Holster
- 1 or 2 Clips on Your Holster?
- Sweatguard on Your Holster?
- Troubles with Sidecar Holster?
- Should You use a Cheap Holster?
- Gap Around the Trigger Guard?
- Choosing the Best Type of Holster Clip
- 4 Things every Appendix Holster Should Have
I Can't Find a Comfortable Gun
Guns are expensive, and your choices abound. I don't think there is such a thing as a “comfortable gun” per se. However, some are certainly more comfortable than others. Some think the smaller the gun, the more comfortable. While this is somewhat true, size isn't the only consideration when selecting a gun for everyday carry (EDC).
- Selecting a Concealed Carry Gun
- Determining What is a Reliable Gun for everyday Carry
- How Many Rounds for a Concealed Carry gun?
- Tips to make carrying more comfortable
My Employer Doesn't Allow It
Most of us spend about 36% of our waking hours at our job. If your employer doesn't allow firearms that can be a very legitimate concern.
Too Many Private Businesses I Frequent Prohibit Guns
Does it feel like everywhere you go is another anti-gun business? It can take a lot of work to find the businesses that support your rights and often can create an inconvenience to frequent them. We get it.
It Doesn't Support My Style Or The Way I Dress
Guns are big and bulky and unlikely to ever conceal well in tight fitting clothing but if you think there is no way to look good and have a gun I think you are mistaken. The key here is being willing to make some changes.
I Don't Know If I Could Kill Someone
Honestly, this is going to sound like a cop out but I promise you could. If the situation were dire enough… if it was about you or someone you love living or dying you could take the life. Consider also that just because you shoot to stop a threat doesn't mean you will kill people. Modern medicine is fairly impressive and people survive gun shots all the time.
I Have Difficulty Concealing the Gun
Guns are generally not that easy to conceal and most gun owners feel strongly about ensuring others don't see or discern the weapon. Overcoming this issue could be the most critical factor in your personal defense.
I Have Fear of Legal and Civil Consequences
The world is full of sue-happy people and some politicians respect your rights about as much as they love taking a cold shower.
- Overcoming the fear of Civil and Criminal Legal Consequences
- Do I Need Concealed Carry Insurance?
- Concealed Carry Insurance Comparison Chart
- CCW Safe vs USCCA
It Conflicts with My Social Life
It may be time to decide what is more important to you. Being prepared to safe lives or having a few drinks with friends.
I Couldn't Make it a Habit
We are all creatures of habit and learning to make your carry gun part of your life is tough.
My Risk is Too Low to Justify It
History has proven repeatedly that evil people commit their deeds anywhere, and upon anyone. Consider listening to the bi-weekly Concealed Carry Podcast. Once time a month, we dedicate an entire episode titled “Justified Saves.” to stories of people defending themselves with firearms.
I Never Leave the House
Really? Well, even if you stay home, depending on your risk assessment, you may consider carrying your firearm, or at the very least, having it close by.
I'm Afraid it Could Be Used Against Me
This is a legitimate concern, as sometimes bad guys disarm firearm owners and use their gun against them. However, it is typically an issue for those who have limited training.
I'm Afraid of Dealing With Law Enforcement
Generally, if you obey the law, then you shouldn't have a lot of law enforcement encounters. Even when they happen, a prepared concealed carrier should know what to expect and how to proceed.
I'm a Student, or I Work at a School
If you go to a school every day that doesn't allow firearms, that is a tough issue to overcome. While not the ideal situation, find out if you may store your firearm in your car and consider that it would be better than leaving it at home. Determine if you can legally carry a less-lethal force option.
I Only Have a Gun for Home Defence
You will use a firearm to defend yourself and loved ones while at home, why would you decide not to defend those same people when you leave the home?
My Spouse or Friends are Armed So I Don't Need to Be
Each of us needs to take responsibility for our own survival.
You can't honestly say that you are ALWAYS with someone else who is armed. Furthermore, if that someone else is injured, out of ammunition, killed or has a firearm malfunction you are now both in serious trouble.
I Don't Go Anywhere Dangerous
You are at risk everywhere you are and everywhere you go. There are no safe havens. The terrorists, attackers, criminals, and idiots are everywhere, and they love nothing more than finding people who are unsuspecting and feel safe. You need to be pro-active if you want to avoid being a victim.
I Travel on Airplanes A Lot
Even if you could make the argument that you spend more time away from home (via airplane) than you do at home, that still wouldn't be an excuse to not carry when you are not traveling. Further, you can check guns on airplanes, you know? Almost all airports make it relatively easy.
I Have a Physical Disability
Are you tired of your disability getting in the way of doing what needs to be done? While everyday carry may not be a possibility for you, you may need to approach it with the attitude of “how can I” and not “can I.”
My Work Uniform Makes it Too Hard to Conceal
Hard or impossible? With many ankle and tuckable holsters on the market, it's likely that you just haven't tried enough options. Also consider that a smaller gun is generally easier to conceal.
I Don't Always Take my Purse / Bag with Me
Off body carry systems come with that very issue. Where possible, you need to find and use a holster system that is attached to your body. Otherwise you need to change your habits since being without that gun is the worst idea you could have.
- Off-Body Carry Considerations
- Doing Off-Body Carry Right, with Beth Alcazar
- Guide to Conceal Carry with a Purse
Keeping Track of the Laws is Too Hard
Laws are always changing, but that doesn't mean you can't stay up to date. We've put together the most comprehensive resource for state and federal laws affecting concealed carriers. It is available in a digital or physical copy and is updated when laws get changed.
My Family Members Don't Support Me
If you don't think you can or should “conceal” it from them, it's time to have one of those hard conversations about why this is important to you. Education, both yours and theirs, are the keys to removing the emotional and mental barriers.
Getting a Permit Will Put Me On the Grid
A concealed carry permit doesn't mean you own a gun or guns (in most states). But I understand the reasons someone may not want to tell the government they are “pro-gun.” However, ask yourself if it's worth being on “the grid” so you can legally defend yourself in a life-threatening situation? I would say it is.
I Don't Know How to Respond to a Threat
It takes a lot of forethought and training to be prepared to take action. One thing that is certain is that if you don't have the firearm, you have fewer options. Start with that first step and seek the training to prepare you for the next step.
I Don't Have An Attorney To Represent Me
Get one. Ask your instructor and gun club for recommendations and make that happen as soon as you can.
There you have it. We hope we provided some help in overcoming the primary reasons people don't carry a firearm with them. Let us know what reasons you had to overcome when you first started carrying your firearm.
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