How to Cultivate the Right Concealed Carry Mindset

2020 was a record year for both gun sales and concealed carry permit numbers, which rose over 10% more than the year before. Arizona is a constitutional carry state, meaning you don’t need a permit to carry a concealed weapon in public. With a rise in people carrying concealed weapons, however, comes a rise in the importance of educating yourself on the topic.

Along with being skilled with your firearm, there is another aspect that is just as important when it comes to regularly carrying a weapon: the concealed carry mindset. Developing a concealed carry mindset will make sure you are both physically and mentally ready, willing, and able to operate your firearm if needed.

What Does Having a Concealed Carry Mindset Mean?

Knowing how to practically use a firearm does not also prepare you for what it will be like to use it for actual self-defense. A concealed carry mindset is the belief that guides the ways in which you handle certain situations – in this case, using your concealed weapon to protect yourself. It can be the difference between life and death when the moment arises.

The Concealed Carry Mindset

Protecting Yourself

To cultivate your concealed carry mindset, you’ll need to do a bit of introspection. First, ask yourself why you want to carry a weapon. For most people, this comes from a desire to protect themselves. However, desire is not always enough – you need to make sure you are fully committed to self-defense and everything that comes along with it.

Next, try to imagine yourself drawing, pointing, and firing your weapon at an attacker. If you are unable to do so, you might need a bit more time to work on your mindset. Lastly, ask yourself if you believe it is moral to fire your weapon to protect your life. It should never be your goal to use your gun to stop the threat, but if the need arises, will you be able to live with that decision?

Committing to the Lifestyle

Having a concealed carry mindset requires committing to the lifestyle of an armed citizen. This means making the choice every morning to carry your gun on your person because a self-defense situation can occur anywhere and at any time. It also means dealing with smaller hassles that come along with carrying a firearm, such as uncomfortable gear to hold it, avoiding buildings that do not allow guns on their premise, and dressing in order to conceal your weapon. Although some things in your life will be hindered by concealed carry, the safety and peace of mind it provides will outweigh those hassles.

You Always Win the Fight That Didn’t Happen

Firing your weapon in an act of self-defense is a life-changing experience that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Another necessary part of the concealed carry mindset is understanding that just because you are carrying a weapon, doesn’t mean you are obligated to use it. Your firearm should only be used as a last resort option in escalating situations.

It is important to be aware of your surroundings at all times, in case you can potentially deescalate a situation before the need for self-defense arises. One way to do this is to move away from the threat you’ve identified and stay behind cover.

Firearms & Training at The Hub

Once you’ve honed in your mindset, visit The Hub to purchase your gun for concealed carry. The Hub has locations in Lakeside and Tucson, as well as a full selection of products online. We also offer firearms training, including concealed carry weapon (CCW) permit classes.

Contact The Hub today to learn more about earning your CCW and cultivating the right concealed carry mindset.

Steps to Take After Using a Gun for Self-Defense

One of the most common reasons to own a gun is to protect yourself if the worst-case scenario ever occurs. We sincerely hope that you are never in a situation where you need to use your gun for self-defense but if you are, it’s important to be prepared. This includes training so you can use your gun accurately, but it also includes being aware of the steps you should take after you’ve fired your weapon to defend yourself.

A quick note: we are not legal professionals, and this article is for informational purposes only and is not legal advice. If you have questions about legal self-defense, contact an attorney, as we are unable to provide legal counsel.

Some of the steps to take after using your gun in self-defense include:

1. Call 911, If You Haven’t Already

In some situations where you need to use a gun in self-defense, you may already be on the phone with 911. In other circumstances, things may have happened quickly before you had a chance to call first responders. If this is the case, call 911 as soon as it is safe to do so.

2. Consider How Law Enforcement Will See the Scene

Law enforcement officers typically have only basic information before they arrive at the scene. If they get there and see you holding a gun and see that someone else has been shot, they could assume you are the bad guy in this situation. It’s essential that you take the necessary steps to avoid appearing to be a threat to the officers.

If you can safely do so, put your gun down in a place where it is visibly not in your hands. Holstering it may also be an option depending on the circumstances. This should be obvious, but do not point the gun toward the officers, or toward the entrance they will be coming through. For one, this is breaking the rules of gun safety since it means you are pointing your gun at someone or something that isn’t your target, and additionally, it’s likely to dangerously escalate the situation.

When the officers arrive, keep your hands visible and do not make any sudden movements. You have to keep in mind that law enforcement officers are frequently sent into dangerous situations and have no way of knowing that you are not the bad guy at first, so don’t give them a reason to be wary of you.

3. Be Polite, But Exercise Your Right to Remain Silent

As a law-abiding gun owner using your firearm for self-defense, you’re likely confident in your side of the story. However, no matter how clear-cut the situation may seem, it’s best to exercise your right to remain silent until you speak with an attorney. Anything you say can be held against you in court, and in a high-adrenaline situation, it’s easy to say something you could regret later. Be polite to the law enforcement officers on the scene, but only share as much information as is absolutely necessary.

4. Contact an Attorney

As soon as possible after a self-defense situation, you should contact an attorney. If you’ve planned ahead and have concealed carry insurance or otherwise have contact information for a lawyer, this will be a bit easier. In any case, having a professional on your side is important, as self-defense cases are complex. Your attorney will help you determine what to do moving forward and will fight for your rights.

Firearms Training

While this article focuses on what to do after you need to use your firearm, the truth is that preparation makes a big difference in the unfortunate event that you ever need to do this. Again, we sincerely hope that isn’t the case, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. The Hub offers concealed carry weapons (CCW) permit classes and other types of firearms training, and we also have an innovative MILO range at our Tucson location that allows you to act out real-world defensive scenarios.

Visit The Hub today in Tucson, Lakeside, or Phoenix.