A Guide to Overcoming 27 Reasons You Don’t Carry Your Gun Every Day

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:

drawer full of holsters

Anyone who has been carrying for some time has a drawer of holsters. Some of them winners and some flops. But after collecting so many, is it is possible to have more than one favorite?

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).

The Most Comfortable Concealed Carry Gun

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.

Employer Doesn't Allow Guns


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.

Dealing with Gun Free Businesses

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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.

style and fashion concealed carry

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.

taking a life

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.

Gun Printing Shirt

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.

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.

guns and social life

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.

Glock 22 Olive Drab

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.

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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.

Answering the Door armed

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.

How Often Should I Train With my Gun

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.

tell cop you have a gun

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.

gun free school act permitless carry

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?

home storage of gun


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.

Couples shooting

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.

airport security firearm

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.”

gun owner disability

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.

carrying at work uniform

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.

concealed carry backpack

Keeping Track of the Laws is Too Hard

Here is a perfect time to remind you about the best legal resource that you can use to determine any state's firearm laws, and much, much more. Our App called Concealed Carry Gun Tools provides legal information for every state and DC.

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.

family of guns

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.

court room costs attorney

Closing —

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.

If you enjoy this content, please consider sharing it with those you care about. We want to help folks become responsible in their self-defense strategy.

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About Jacob Paulsen

Jacob S. Paulsen is the President of ConcealedCarry.com. ConcealedCarry.com provides in-person and online firearm training for American gun owners. The Company is currently teaching in-person classes in 25+ states with a team of more than 55 instructors. Jacob is a NRA certified instructor & Range Safety Officer, USCCA certified instructor and training counselor, Utah BCI instructor, Affiliate instructor for Next Level Training, Graduate and certified instructor for The Law of Self Defense, and a Glock and Sig Sauer Certified Armorer. He resides in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado with his wife and children.


  1. Charles F Widmer Sr. on April 24, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    Love your resolutions for the obvious. I have a license and have carried almost daily for many,many years. I only pulled it once and that was because of an agressive cow elk. I fired into the ground and they fled.
    Most people who don’t like or carry, are afraid of guns. They need free training for all aspects of being armed. Every cop i ever talked to was grateful for my abilities in maybe one day rendering him assistance. Go serious, go armed.

    • John DeMonte on July 15, 2020 at 7:30 pm

      Great article Mr. Paulsen:
      I have my CCW in Illinois, yet have only carried a few times. If my business takes me into a “high crime” area, I’ll carry. Most often, though, my travels are through stable neighborhoods. Well, your reasons #12 and #21 hit home. I looked more deliberately and found a holster that I am very comfortable with, I have two separate handguns (.380 and 9mm) that I train with regularly and now carry one or the other every place that local laws allow me to carry. Thanks for giving me a bump in the right direction to get off the fence on this much debated issue.

    • Champagne on July 20, 2020 at 4:09 pm

      I, totally, agree! I carry everywhere I go. If I have to go to the hospital campus here, I have a good place for it beside my seat. Ready to draw it, if necessary. Heck. I even carry while at home. Never know who might come to your door….

  2. Danofive0 on April 27, 2016 at 9:28 am

    This is all very well said….
    But remember one thing…..
    If you must use your gun, and shoot someone…
    When the police come. Stand still. Do not move. Have your hands out in front of you….
    And when they ask what happened. Just give your name. And say. I was in fear for my life. I want a lawyer. Say no more. Not one word until you have a lawyer with you. Nothing.
    Know your rights and use them. The police are NOT on your side when you shoot someone.
    They come after the fact. 98% of the time.. And one more thing.. Never fire a warning shot.
    You can go to jail for it… ……. In English the thugs have more rights then you do..
    Be armed. Be ready. Know your rights. And use them. And have a great safe day..

  3. James Loder on April 27, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    Very good article, well written! I, agree we should carry every day. However I, have a compact 1911 , .45 cal. Double stack single action. I, think it is too heavy. Need a good holster ISB.and am considering dropping down to a .9mm. American made. Also my wife has been through law suits with me and she thinks that I, feel like a big man, carrying. Nothing could be farther from the truth!!

    • Jacob Paulsen on April 27, 2016 at 1:33 pm

      James, I’m a little bias but did you check out the Brave Response Holster? You can find it in our online store.

  4. Mikial on April 27, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    Yeah, lot’s of typical BS excuses. And the material of regrets when the person making the excuses isn’t ready and something catastrophic happens.

    Natural selection, I guess.

  5. jim on April 28, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    yes the man with the 1911 45 i carry my 45 in a shoulder holster and it make,s it easy too carry

  6. larry martin on April 28, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    yes I carry a 45 double stack that I lock in my desk five days a week but carry a 380 on my ankle all day don’t go any where with out the one or two always even beside me when watching tv at night I live in a very scattered area

  7. Ted Goffinet on August 24, 2017 at 11:56 am

    I relate well with #20. With work and family time constraints, it took me six years from buying my first handgun until I was adequately confident to pursue my carry permit. I now carry daily and still use the range/training time to maintain my confidence.

  8. Kynn Morgan on January 22, 2018 at 10:11 pm

    I’m trying to figure out how to conveniently carry while wearing Suspenders. No luck yet. Help please!

    • Jacob Paulsen on January 29, 2018 at 3:37 pm

      Kynn, sounds like you tuck your shirt in yes? If you are looking to carry concealed then I would recommend a belly band or the Brave Response Holster as they are all fully tuckable. Try the appendix position.

      • Kynn Morgan on May 17, 2018 at 10:35 pm

        Thank you very much Jacob for the suggestions!

    • RJ Finley on July 13, 2020 at 7:08 pm

      Check into Alien Gear

    • Rick Bicknell on July 15, 2020 at 5:59 pm

      Amen brother . I have been carring since the 60’s . Some friends say they hide guns around their home . I laugh and just say wear one . Say you are in the middle of your room and you have a gun hidden in your couch . Someone kicks your door open and points his pistol at you . You are out of luck .

  9. Kevin Faulkner on May 18, 2018 at 9:40 pm

    I don’t know what to do when I go to the gym?So I end up leaving it in my vehicle or sometimes my gymbag?any other options?

  10. Shawn H on July 15, 2020 at 6:05 pm

    Carry a small duffle gag with your towel, water bottle and handgun in it. Gyms are places you feel very exposed

  11. David P Rasbold on July 15, 2020 at 6:36 pm

    I carry everywhere I go except on a Military reservation. I am retired military and carrying on base is illegal under feral law. Other than that, I would not leave home without it.

  12. Larry on July 15, 2020 at 7:48 pm

    If you are LEO or licensed CCW and don’t carry, you are one of the “sheep”. Become the “sheepdog” wherever you go.
    ( Thanks Col. Grossman)

  13. Robin Drummond on July 15, 2020 at 9:31 pm

    I went through too much training and qualifying in Sacramento County NOT to carry everyday. I am 5’3″ and weigh 105 lbs. I’m a retired LE chaplain with 13 grandGrandbabies and 65 years old. Although I have several firearms on my ccw, I carry my S&W M&P Shield 9mm in my carry purse. I will protect myself and my family. I may be in the grocery store behind you, but you’d never know I’m armed unless I was certain someone was threating my life or someone elses.

  14. JEFFREY L STOCK on March 26, 2021 at 8:21 pm

    I attained a CCW permit in my state of WI in 2012, since then I carry 24/7. I own my own trucking business, of the 3 states I currently travel in/through 2 of those states recognize my states CCW permit, the only exception is IL, in IL my CCW permit is recognized to “Transport Through The State Of IL” but I may not set foot on IL soil with my firearm, if I have to get out of my truck/vehicle, my firearm must remain in the vehicle inside a locked gun vault. I am a “Life Member” of USCCA, if you have a CCW permit, I strongly advise you to become a USCCA member, the training they offer is “Priceless”, and if you are ever forced to use “Deadly Force” 1 phone call to them and they will be there for you with an attorney to represent you. There is always a way to correctly address the issues listed in this article.

  15. luis Correa on May 7, 2022 at 4:33 pm

    I carry when I’m in my home state. But, being a truck driver , do travel thru IL, and the northeast. I do own my truck. How can work around this?

  16. JC Findley on May 8, 2022 at 6:04 pm

    I carry every day everywhere it is legal or won’t get me fired. At work I take it off in the parking lot and keep it in a truck vault until I leave work and strap on again.

    I agree with ALL of your logic sans one. If you live in an anti-gun state and can’t move for whatever reason a nonresident license will NOT help you. Anti-gun states like NY, NJ or CA don’t have good reciprocity laws and almost certainly don’t accept nonresident licenses. I have a non resident FL CCW and simply don’t travel to those states. Those include any state that touches the Pacicic and most in the NE north of Virginia.

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