Be a Good Witness

My question has been bothering me a lot since an incident happened in the super market parking lot the other day and I almost mistakenly got involved.

 

Question:

I saw a man and woman yelling at each other at the top of their voices and the man was trying to get the woman into a car that she didn’t seem to want to get into. It appeared that she was possibly being kidnapped or at least assaulted by a man twice her size.

I had my legally carried CZ 75 concealed and ready for action if needed, and was just getting out of my car to save the day for the lady when two guys appeared from around some cars to confront the man. As it turned out, the man was trying to protect the woman from the other two that showed up late.

The outcome was that after a little yelling and shouting, they all went on their way, none the worse for wear.

My knees were weak when I got back in my car and realized what a huge mistake I was about to make in getting involved in something that was not what it seemed initially.

What should I have done differently in this situation?

Answer:

In reality, by doing nothing you did the right thing. Your intent was honorable, but not prudent.

Just because you carry a gun legally, doesn’t make you the savior of the down trodden against their oppressors.

There is no way that you or anybody else could know all of the contributing factors to this situation as it was happening, so involving yourself wouldn’t have been beneficial to your well being.

In this case you should have been a good witness and had the police come and sort things out.

Question:

I was thinking of carrying my compact 9mm in a small-of–the-back holster but my shooting partner told me that if I ever fell on my back that I could be paralyzed or at the least damage my spine. Have you ever heard of that happening?

Answer:

Do small of back holsters cause back injuries?

Do small of back holsters cause back injuries?

In a word, no. I haven’t heard of anyone being injured from a fall involving a small of the back holster. It does stand to reason, however, that if you were to fall on the gun, it wouldn’t feel good!

Before you spend your money, I’d like you to consider a few thoughts that might be relevant to your carrying in a small of the back holster.

Have you tried to sit down in one, much less draw while sitting without covering yourself or somebody else with the muzzle?

How about reholstering with or without a cover garment?

The small of the back holster was designed for very specific applications of concealment and not for general everyday wear. I have several for demonstration purposes, but that is it.

Question:

I recently got my concealed carry license. It is hot where I live most of the year and I wear a pullover shirt to cover the gun. Even though the gun is covered, you can see it print through the shirt. Is this legal?

Answer:

Is it legal to cover, but not conceal?

Is it legal to cover, but not conceal?

I’m not sure why you would want to carry a gun covered, but not concealed. Concealed means without the knowledge of, or hidden from the view of, others in your surrounding area. The general intent is not to advertise that you are carrying, utilizing the element of surprise to your advantage should you have to defend yourself.

If your state allows open carry and concealed carry, you most likely have some legal ground to stand on. To be absolutely sure, contact the State Attorney General’s office to get an official interpretation of the law as it is written and how it applies to you. You should also check with your county or city attorney to make sure this manner of carrying a firearm doesn’t violate any local ordinances in your resident area.

 

[ George Harris has dedicated his life to the study and education of others in firearms and tactics training. As a military shooter he earned the distinction of becoming Double Distinguished with the Service Pistol and the Service rifle. George retired after 21 years as Co-Founder and Director of a well known firearms academy to continue the pursuit of his passion for firearms training and program development. ]

 

EDITOR’S NOTE:

This column from longtime writer George Harris addresses questions that concern new shooters and people just getting started with concealed carry. Email your questions to questions@usconcealedcarry.com

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