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Five Rules for Concealed Carry

1. Your concealed handgun is for protection of life only.
Draw it solely in preparation to protect yourself or an innocent third party from the wrongful and life-threatening criminal actions of another.

2. Know exactly when you can use your gun. A criminal adversary must have, or reasonably appear to have:
* A. the ability to inflict serious bodily injury (he is armed or reasonably appears to be armed with a deadly weapon).
* B. the opportunity to inflict serious bodily harm (he is physically positioned to harm you with his weapon), and
* C. his intent (hostile actions or words) indicates that he means to place you in jeopardy -- to do you serious or fatal physical harm. When all three of these "attack potential" elements are in place simultaneously, then you are facing a reasonably perceived deadly threat that can justify an emergency deadly force response.

3. If you can run away -- RUN! Just because you're armed doesn't necessarily mean you must confront a bad guy at gunpoint. Develop your "situation awareness" skills so you can be alert to detect and avoid trouble altogether. Keep in mind that if you successfully evade a potential confrontation, the single negative consequence involved might be your bruised ego, which should heal with mature rationalization. But if you force a confrontation you risk the possibility of you or a family member being killed or suffering lifelong crippling/disfiguring physical injury, criminal liability and/or financial ruin from civil lawsuit. Flee if you can, fight only as a last resort.

4. Display your gun, go to jail. You should expect to be arrested by police at gunpoint, and be charged with a crime anytime your concealed handgun is seen by another citizen in public, regardless of how unintentional or innocent or justified the situation might seem. Choose a method of carry that reliably keeps your gun hidden from public view at all times. You have no control over how a stranger will react to seeing (or learning about) your concealed handgun. He or she might become alarmed and report you to police as a "man or woman with a gun." Depending on his or her feelings about firearms, this person might be willing to maliciously embellish his or her story in attempt to have your gun seized by police or to get you arrested. An alarmed citizen who reports a "man with a gun" is going to be more credible to police than you when you're stopped because you match the suspect's description, and you're found to have a concealed handgun in your possession. Before you deliberately expose your gun in public, ask yourself: "Is this worth going to jail for?" The only time this question should warrant a "yes" response is when an adversary has at least, both ability and intent, and is actively seeking the opportunity to do you great harm.

5. Don't let your emotions get the best of you. If, despite your best efforts to the contrary, you do get into some kind of heated dispute with another person while youre armed, never mention, imply or exhibit your gun for the purpose of intimidation or one-upmanship. You'll simply make a bad situation worse -- for yourself (see rule #4).
 

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Good write up Jerry...
 

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Excellent post.


I would only add that some states (such as NC have open carry as well as CCW carry) and just "seeing" a gun may not be an issue. Tracy
 

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Yep, it's impossible to have a set of these to cover ALL states but these are excellent for MOST states. I also did not come up with them, they are in many places on the net.
 

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Even if standing your ground is legal it still can become a "one word against another" situation as to who was actually the aggressor. It's still in ones best interest to avoid conflict if possible, if not possible it's another thing altogether but I still agree with the statement "Flee if you can, fight only as a last resort".

If a guy pulls a knife on you and you shoot him and you are the only witnesses it then becomes a court case to prove it was a good shoot and even if you were "standing your ground" you have to prove it happened that way. He could claim you were trying to rob him and he pulled his knife, that could possibly bite you in the but by anti's in the jury. So some may consider it optional, but I still consider it valid.
 

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El Pistolero said:
...Flee if you can, fight only as a last resort...
I agree completely -- not only because
El Pistolero said:
...If a guy pulls a knife on you and you shoot him and you are the only witnesses it then becomes a court case to prove it was a good shoot and even if you were "standing your ground" you have to prove it happened that way. He could claim you were trying to rob him and he pulled his knife, that could possibly bite you in the but by anti's in the jury....
At the very least, you'll wind up spending a lot of time talking with the police. It's likely that your gun will be taken in evidence, at least until things are sorted out. Your CCW might be suspended during the investigation. You may need to hire a lawyer.

You may well be completely exonerated -- maybe even get a key to the city. But you'll probably have to put up with a bunch of hassle before then. "No need to retreat" and "castle doctrine" laws can be a big help and substatially improve your chances for a favorable after action outcome. But they are not free passes.
 

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Thanks Jerry.

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In Ohio we can open carry. During our CCW class our instructor explained to us that if you fire a round from your weapon in self-defense there are two lawyers on that round. You lawyer and whom ever you hit. On my opening page of my cell phone I have the following listed as a daily reminder: 1. Ability/Means 2. Opportunity/Proximity 3. Intent/Jeopardy 4. Preclusion and 5. It's OK to run.
 
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