1. We don’t carry firearms so that we can ignore other basics of
personal safety. Every permit holder that I know realizes that almost
all dangerous situations can be avoided by vigilance, alertness and
by simply making wise choices about where one goes and what one does.
We don’t walk down dark alleys. We lock our cars. We don’t get
intoxicated in public or hang out around people who do. We park our
cars in well lighted spots and don’t hang out in bad parts of town
where we have no business. A gun is our last resort, not our first.
2. We don’t think we are cops, spies, or superheros. We aren’t hoping
that somebody tries to rob the convenience store while we are there
so we can shoot a criminal. We don’t take it upon ourselves to get
involved in situations that are better handled by a 911 call or by
simply standing by and being a good witness. We don’t believe our
guns give us any authority over our fellow citizens. We also aren’t
here to be your unpaid volunteer bodyguard. We’ll be glad to tell you
where we trained and point you to some good gun shops if you feel you
want to take this kind of responsibility for your personal safety.
Except for extraordinary circumstances your business is your
business, don’t expect us to help you out of situations you could
3. We are LESS likely, not more likely, to be involved in fights or
“rage” incidents than the general public. We recognize, better than
many unarmed citizens, that we are responsible for our actions. We
take the responsibility of carrying a firearm very seriously. We know
that loss of temper, getting into fights or angrily confronting
someone after a traffic incident could easily escalate into a
dangerous situation. We are more likely to go out of our way to avoid
these situations. We don’t pull our guns to settle arguments or to
attempt to threaten people into doing what we want.
4. We are responsible gun owners. We secure our firearms so that
children and other unauthorized people cannot access them. Most of us
have invested in safes, cases and lock boxes as well as other
security measures to keep our firearms secure. Many of us belong to
various organizations that promote firearms safety and ownership.
5. Guns are not unsafe or unpredictable. Modern firearms are well
made precision instruments. Pieces do not simply break off causing
them to fire. A hot day will not set them off. Most modern firearms
will not discharge even if dropped. There is no reason to be afraid
of a gun simply laying on a table or in a holster. It is not going to
discharge on its own.
6. We do not believe in the concept of “accidental discharges”. There
are no accidental discharges only negligent discharges or intentional
discharges. We take responsibility for our actions and have learned
how to safely handle firearms. Any case you have ever heard of about
a gun “going off” was the result of negligence on somebody’s part.
Our recognition of our responsibility and familiarity with firearms
makes us among the safest firearms owners in America.
7. Permit holders do their best to keep our concealed weapons exactly
that: concealed. However, there are times with an observant fellow
citizen may spot our firearm or the print of our firearm under our
clothes. We are very cognizant that concerns about terrorism and
crime are in the forefront of the minds of most citizens. We also
realize that our society does much to condition our fellow citizens
to have sometimes irrational fears about firearms. We would encourage
citizens who do happen to spot someone carrying a firearm to use good
judgment and clear thinking if they feel to need to take action.
Please recognize that it’s very uncommon for a criminal to use a
holster. However, if you feel the need to report having spotted a
firearm we would ask that you please be specific and detailed in your
call to the police or in your report to a store manager or private
security. Please don’t generalize or sensationalize what you
observed. Comments like “there’s a guy running around in the store
with a gun” or even simply “I saw a man with a gun in the store”
could possibly cause a misunderstanding as to the true nature of the
8. The fact that we carry a firearm to any given place does not mean
that we believe that place to be inherently unsafe. If we believe a
place to be unsafe, most of us would avoid that place all together if
possible. However, we recognize that trouble could occur at any place
and at any time. Criminals do not observe “gun free zones”. If
trouble does come, we do not want the only armed persons to be
perpetrators. Therefore, we don’t usually make a determination about
whether or not to carry at any given time based on “how safe” we
think a location is.
9. Concealed weapon permit holders are an asset to the public in
times of trouble. The fact that most permit holders have the good
judgment to stay out of situations better handled by a 911 call or by
simply being a careful and vigilant witness does not mean that we
would fail to act in situations where the use of deadly force is
appropriate to save lives. Review of high profile public shooting
incidents shows that when killers are confronted by armed resistance
they tend to either break off the attack and flee or choose to end
their own life. Lives are saved when resistance engages a violent
criminal. Lives are lost when the criminal can do as he pleases.
10. The fact that criminals know that some of the population may be
armed at any given time helps to deter violence against all citizens.
Permit holders don’t believe that every person should necessarily be
armed. We recognize that some people may not be temperamentally
suited to carry a firearm or simply may wish not to for personal
reasons. However we do encourage you to respect our right to arm
ourselves. Even if you choose not to carry a firearm yourself please
oppose measures to limit the ability of law abiding citizens to be
armed. As mentioned before: criminals do not observe “gun free
zones”. Help by not supporting laws that require citizens to be