What do you do when you spot a concealed carrier?

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I have talked in the past on this here gun blog about the fact that when I am out-and-about I like to play the game “spot the concealed carrier“. Its a fun way of “people watching“, and I have found that it is also a good way to increase your situational awareness skills too.

I have “made” people from time-to-time, but honestly I have never gone up to them and told them they are printing or that their shirt is rising up or anything like that. I have always felt like the whole “ummm… its no big deal, but I thought you should know that…” conversation would probably do more harm than good – especially if other passers-by heard the whole thing.

What do you do when you spot someone? Do you say something? How do you say it?

For the record, I really, really like this approach that is used in the first example given at the Triangle Tactical blog. Great way to handle it IMHO, and I think I am going to start using it in the future.

  1. If a concealed carrier is doing it properly, you’ll never know he or she is carrying. Here in Pennsylvania there are over 800,000 citizens licensed to carry concealed (which works out to 9.2% of the 21-or-over population), as of 2012. The 2013 stats aren’t out yet.

    Bottom line? Concealed Carry is no big deal here. Open carry is no big deal here.

  2. I manage an ice rink in Florida, and one day this guy says to me “You carrying?”. I smiled and replied “Nope.”

    He smiles and says “Bullshit. T-shirt, untucked button down, and I saw a clip from your IWB on your belt.”

    So I pulled my shirt back to show an empty IWB holster. “I don’t carry in the rink” and he says, “Why not?”

    “Three reasons. One, Florida carry laws say you cannot carry in a professional or school sporting event, and while we don’t have either, I don’t trust a LEO to know the finer points of the law, and don’t need an incident at work. Two, there are a lot of kids around, and half the time I’m being bumped into or bending over tying skates. Three, I often walk on the ice, and falling on top of my Glock will either break my hip, break the gun or both. I leave the holster in because I feel naked without it. I lock the gun up where I can get to it quickly if needed”. He laughed and said, “I knew you were a carrier, though”

    Like the customer, though, I find myself playing “who’s carrying” when I’m out and about. I do not approach someone however, unless they’re showing and do not realize it.

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