January 18, 2022

So, you just got your concealed carry license, and you can't wait to start using it. Before you do that, you should know the primary dos and don'ts for large firearm concealed carry.

Learning the basics will help you stay out of trouble and respect others when carrying concealed. After all, with great power comes great responsibility. Thus, it's crucial to be a responsible concealed carry license holder.

If you aren't sure what the unwritten rules are for concealed carry, don't worry—you're in the right place. Read the details below to learn what you should and shouldn't do with your large, concealed firearm.

Do Carry Your License Everywhere

There are only a handful of states that have Constitutional Carry. For this reason, it's vital to keep your concealed carry permit on you 24/7. To avoid trouble, make it a habit to have your permit and a photo ID on your person no matter where you are.

Do Research About Where You Can & Can’t Legally Carry

Even with a concealed carry license, there are still areas where you can't bring your gun. Common places you can't bring firearms include schools, government buildings, churches, state parks, and more. Further, take time to learn local concealed carry guidelines before taking your gun somewhere new.

Also, if you ever see a sign banning guns, do not enter while armed. Even if you suspect that the sign doesn't carry the authority of law, you should assume that it does.

Do Get a Quality Case

Large firearms are unique because you can't conceal them in your clothes. As a result, you need a discreet rifle case for concealment. Luckily, these bags don't distinctly look like rifle cases, which is a plus.

Don’t Display Your Firearm

You should never show your firearm unless you intend to use it because the sight of your gun can frighten civilians, which can lead to a panic. Moreover, you should never try to intimidate someone by showing your weapon. Such actions are known as brandishing, which can land you in serious legal trouble.

Don’t Consume Drugs or Alcohol While Carrying

Your permit is not a license to do what you please with your gun. While reading up on gun laws, one of the many things you'll learn is that you must carry responsibly—a simple yet critical rule. So, if you're carrying while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you might soon find yourself in jail.

Key Takeaways

As you can see, the dos and don'ts for large firearm concealed carry aren't minor guidelines. After all, it's crucial to carry responsibly and keep your gun hidden. Suffice it to say that it would help if you never displayed your rifle to intimidate, nor consume drugs or alcohol while carrying. Now that you know the essentials, you can be a better firearm owner and can help novices learn the ropes in the future.

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