What You Should Know Before Leaving Home with Your Gun

what gun owners should know before leaving home with a gun

Those who are relatively new to concealed carry and gun ownership tend to ask lots of questions, which is great! How else would it be possible for you to learn all that you need to know without doing so? Many times, questions come up regarding where one is or isn’t allowed to carry their concealed handgun, how much firearms training is necessary and other similar topics. However, there are still some points, obvious or not so obvious, that every person with a concealed carry permit should be aware of before leaving home with a gun in tow.

Our member report, “The 7 Things You Must Know Before You Leave Your House With Your Gun,” developed by USCCA staff members and concealed carry experts, addresses several of the points all gun owners should be aware of. Below is a look at a few of the things you must know before you step out the door with a gun.

When can I shoot? vs. When do I have to shoot?
“When can I shoot?” isn’t really a bad question, but Don Stahlnecker writes that the better question is “When do I have to shoot?” In short, the answer to that question is if you must shoot, shoot. He notes the latter is a more tactically sound question, as it implies you will avoid shooting unless it is absolutely necessary.

Training for the draw
Kevin Michalowski writes that training for the draw is just as important as practice firing sessions. The first step in learning to effectively draw a concealed gun is to learn how to clear your cover garment and subsequently get a good grip on your gun. From there, you must learn how to get on target. His best suggestion is to carry the same gun in the same place every time, as repetition builds skill.

Handgun Retention
If you encounter a situation in which an attacker or intruder decides to get physical, retaining your gun in a fight is a must. Massad Ayoob breaks it down into a few “layers of protection.” The person carrying the gun must be aware that someone could attempt to take their gun and therefore, should be on high alert so they can react to a situation quickly. This way, they’ll be prepared to “disarm” the attacker or draw a secondary firearm.

These are just a few of the extremely important points any gun owner should be aware of before leaving home with their gun. If you are interested in reading more on this topic, join the USCCA today to receive access to this special member report, as well as other reports and articles designed to help you become a more equipped, educated, and responsibly armed citizen.