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3 November 2017 by Online Carry Training

1. Not Getting the Proper Training to carry concealed

While every state has different requirements for obtaining your CCW permit, before using your firearm, you should complete a proper training program. Using a firearm is not as easy as it looks like on TV or in the movies. You need to learn the correct methods of handling a firearm, how to properly draw, aim and shoot to hit your target, safety procedures so you do not injure yourself or someone else when you practice, and how to maintain and store your weapon.

2. Not Carrying your Gun Everyday

Having a CCW and not carrying it everyday is taking your safety for granted. That’s when your guard is down, you are defenseless and you can become the victim. Don’t risk yours or your family’s safety. Carry everyday.

3. Not Carrying Your Gun on Your Person

Always secure your weapon. You never want to leave a loaded weapon lying around the house because children or some other unauthorized person could get ahold of our gun and a tragedy could occur. If you are traveling in your car, putting your gun under the seat or in the glove box does not give you ready access to your gun. If you are in a car jacking situation, while you are reaching for your gun the bad guy could get to it first and use it against you.  If the gun is not on your body, it needs to be secured under lock and key.

4.Not properly concealing your firearm

There is a reason that people that own a firearm keep it concealed. When an ordinary person sees a person carrying a gun, their first though is to panic and run away screaming “He’s got a gun!” thereby inciting a riot. Someone will make that 911 call. Next thing you know, the police are chasing you with guns drawn and you find yourself arrested and explaining what happened at the police station. This can all be avoided by making sure your firearm is concealed by wearing the proper clothing and that your gun is secured to your body.  

5. Not Heeding State-Mandated Signs

When it comes to private property or a business, most states acknowledge that the property holder has the right to discriminate against law-abiding concealed carry license holders. And that sign, so long as it is visible, is your first and perhaps only warning you’re heading into some place you’re not welcome. If you’re in a state that requires very specific signage, such as the Texas 30.06 signage, you’re risking your permit and potential criminal charges should you choose to violate that sign’s warning

6. Not Carrying Your Gun in an Appropriate Gun Belt or Holster

Using a normal, everyday belt will either cause the gun to sag or it will cause it to fall forward, which leaves your gun exposed and unsecured. In order to properly holster your gun and ensure that it will stay close to your body at all times, look into purchasing an inside the waistband or outside the waistband concealed carry holster that is fit to your carry gun.

7. Not paying attention the environment around you.

It does you no good to carry you concealed weapon if you are not attuned to what is happening around you at all times. That might mean eliminating distractions like headphones, smartphones etc. in order to be able to see, hear and react to defensive gun situation.

8. Not Practicing Your Gun Handling Skills

Every concealed carrier should regularly practice drawing and reholstering their firearm. Make sure you choose a safe place in your home or garage and remove the rounds from your gun’s chambers to avoid an accidental discharge of your weapon. Every so often you should plan to go to a shooting range and practice drawing and firing your weapon so you can use the full extent of your firing skills to scan, aim, engage the target, and then reholster your weapon.  In order to be fully prepared to use your gun in a defensive situation, you need to practice regularly.

9. Not Abstaining from Alcohol and/or Prescription Medications When Carrying Your Weapon

Guns and Drinking and/or Drugs do not mix well. Alcohol and Some Prescription Drugs can put you in a altered state of mind that can cloud your perception of your surroundings, judgement, reasoning and slow reaction time in a defensive situation. In some states it is illegal to carry a firearm while under the influence of alcohol and/or prescription medications. Don’t Drink or Take Prescription Medications While Carrying a Firearm.

10. Not Renewing Your Concealed Carry Permit Before it Expires

Every state has different requirements for concealed carry permits. Some like Indiana and Tennessee have lifetime handgun permits, some don’t even require a permit. For the majority of states, though, a permit is generally good for one year. Failure to renew your permit might result in late fees, having to start the entire CCW permitting process all over again from scratch, or being arrested for carrying a firearm without a permit. You can avoid these unpleasant consequences by simply marking your calendar and renewing your permit on time.

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