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postheadericon [READER QUESTION] Carrying Concealed During Car Accident — What To Do?

Reader: “During this past Christmas, I was driving home from the in-laws with my wife and my son in the back. We’ve been getting hit with a lot of snow where I live. It was snowing pretty hard (6-8”) and the roads were only semi-plowed.

We were on the highway and I noticed the car in front of me slam on his brakes. I hit my brakes and felt them lock up under my foot. I was only going 30 mph and just narrowly managed to stop before hitting the vehicle in front. The truck behind me slammed right into the back of our Civic. That knocked us into the vehicle in front of us and sent the car careening off into the highway median. Our car ended up skidding, too, but I managed to pull us into the breakdown lane.

The truck pulled off to the median and stood by for police to arrive. State Troopers showed up within 15 minutes, alongside an ambulance and fire truck.

My family was fine but I busted my nose on the steering wheel and was bleeding pretty bad. The medics came over and I told them I had a gun on me. One of them waved over a Trooper who started asking me questions. He asked if I was a felon and I said I wasn’t. He then ran my plates and license.

Overall, I didn’t have any problems but I was just wondering how do you recommend handling a car accident while carrying concealed?

If I had been knocked unconscious or severely injured, how would First Responders know I was armed?

Could I have recovered my gun from police if it had been knocked out of the vehicle?

DISCLAIMER: I’m not an attorney and I’m not giving legal advice.

GH: First off, I’m glad you and your family are alright. I hope everyone else managed to do the same. I know we got socked in with snow over Christmas and thankfully I didn’t have to leave the house.

In regards to the first part of the question, I think you handled the situation pretty well. You were injured but still conscious and you let the First Responders know you had a gun on you.

Car accidents are incredibly common. Concealed carry incidents or injuries significantly less so. In fact, the average concealed carrier is far more likely to be in a car accident than he will ever use his gun in self-defense.

It’s only natural, then, that we should focus on concealed carry habits during an auto accident.

First Responders Will Quickly Determine You Are Armed

Of course, if you are knocked unconscious or rendered unable to speak or communicate, there’s not much you can do. The medics pulling you out of the wreckage will likely quickly determine you’re armed. Even more likely, though, is that they’ll see your holster and nothing in it.

At high velocities, boots come undone, bodies twist, and all sorts of wild crap happens. Even a high retention holster may inadvertently release your pistol and let it go flying inside the driver’s compartment.

I have yet to read a news story of a victim of a car accident getting shot by a pistol that flew out of a holster. Let me know if you’ve run into one in the comments section below. Until I see some stats on that, I’m going to say that for the majority of gun owners involved in car accidents, their guns are not discharging themselves due to violent impact.

Once You’ve Regained Consciousness, Contact Police

If police recover your firearms, they’ll likely confiscate them temporarily. If you want to retrieve your gun from the police after you’ve gained consciousness or recovered, you’ll need to get in touch with the police department that oversaw the accident. If you have the name of the officer present at the scene, he or she may be a good resource to find out what happened.

Because of the wide array of injuries — some long lasting and others brief — it’s hard to say what each concealed carrier will be able to do after an auto accident takes place.

In general, if you trust your family to know you’re armed, let them know. If one of them is conscious and able to speak, he or she can relay the information to First Responders.

Outside of getting your pistol back after the accident, it’s also nice to know that there is a loaded pistol somewhere in vicinity of the accident and it shouldn’t fall into the wrong hands.

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postheadericon How To Hug Someone When Carrying Your Firearm (Seriously)

By Luke McCoy via USA Carry

This article topic comes in by special request from a Facebook reader who wanted to know how to handle a hug while carrying a concealed handgun.

Summer barbecues, family gatherings, church functions — these are all times people just walk up to us and give us a welcoming hug. It’s to be expected. And just because you’re a concealed carrier, you can still have social interactions with people.

Lean in with the side opposite of where your handgun is holstered.

If the holster is located 2-5 o’clock on your body, just slightly lean into the hug with your left hip. Most people who aren’t your spouse or significant other won’t notice or mind and it keeps from having the outline of your handgun pressed up against them.

Or you can put your hand out for a handshake before they go in for a hug.

Here’s another thing: most people probably won’t notice even if you do hug them and the gun touches them at some point.

So long as the gun is properly holstered in a high retention holster, there’s nothing to worry about.

What about children?

Children of all ages love to run up and give people hugs. And, as we’ve discussed in previous articles, leaning down or reaching up can expose the hip line and show everyone who’s paying attention that you’re carrying a concealed handgun in your waistline.

Squat down to give a small child a hug so that the gun stays concealed and there’s less chance of them running into it.

And because people are rarely predictable, there’s always the chance that someone comes flying up and hugs you because they miss you or are just happy to see you. So long as the other person doesn’t appear to notice your handgun on the waistline, nothing further is required on your part.

Common excuses we’ve heard from some of our readers include:

  • “It’s a phone case.”
  • “Oh look, it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…”
  • “Are those new shoes?”
  • “Man, those burgers on the grill smell amazing.”
  • “What’s that smell?”

Okay, all jokes aside, it just usually comes down to common sense and a bit of finesse. Between those two things, you should be able to get through most social interactions — let alone people hugging you — just fine.

The biggest thing we always need to be cognizant of is that the handgun is secure in its holster. A cheap Uncle Mike’s is probably not going to cut it. Get something with a bit of retention. The biggest threat to someone getting close is that he or she will accidentally knock the gun out of the holster. This is pretty much impossible if you use a decent holster.

And if it’s a person you don’t know — just stiff arm them and tell them they smell funny. This works in 99% of all the field tests I have my staff writers at USA Carry go through. They say it works with startlingly good efficiency.

And, when all else fails, just tell people you have a hug allergy, it’s severe, and any and all contact with other people will have to be restricted to a small list that probably includes your spouse, kids, and Taylor Swift.

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postheadericon Why We Carry At Home: Homeowner Attacked While Doing Yard Work, Luckily He Was Carrying His Gun

TULSA, OKLAHOMA — A man was outside his home doing yard work when he was approached by an intoxicated man who began to assault him. At the same time, police were driving around the neighborhood in search of a person’s “very intoxicated friend who was causing problems.”

During that talk, police heard a gunshot.

When police got to the home they saw the homeowner applying pressure to a gunshot to Claunch’s neck. The homeowner, who is in his 70s, told police the man approached while he was doing yard work and punched him in the back of the head.

The homeowner said the man continued to beat him and even “mounted” him to hit him.

The homeowner, in his 70’s, was carrying his firearm and shot the man in the neck, identified as Lance Claunch. After the event, Claunch was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Before ending up at the 70-year-old’s home, Claunch was seen acting strangely around the neighborhood.

Police responded to a call where a woman told them someone was acting oddly on her property – rolling around in the yard and pounding on her door. Another 911 caller said a man, who appeared to be very intoxicated, was hiding in one person’s bushes and knocking on another’s door.

Alcohol or not, Claunch assaulted an elderly man and paid the price as a result. This is a perfect example of why we encourage folks to keep their firearms on them even while at home. The last thing this man thought would happen … did happen. And on his own property as he did routine yard work.

And, carry on.

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postheadericon Concealed Carrying California Man Stops Knife-Weilding Robber

FRESNO, CALIFORNIA — A concealed carrier got more than his fair jolt of adrenaline when a crazed man with a knife charged him as he tried to get out of his truck. According to the victim, he pulled up to a gas station when he saw a man approaching him. When he asked the man’s intentions, the man allegedly took out a double bladed knife and charged him. The concealed carrier quickly closed the truck door and the knife got embedded in the frame and snapped. The attacker wasn’t phased. He went to pick up the pieces and press the assault.

Thankfully, the concealed carrier remembered to carry everyday. It could be the single thing that saved his life.

Via ABC 30 Action News

“I got out and I asked him ‘hey what are you doing?’ He looked at me and yelled and came at me with a knife, and I jumped back in my truck and he stabbed my door. The knife broke and he picked up the blade. When he picked up the blade, I rolled my window down and pointed my gun at him and told him to back off. He just looked at me, turned around, and took off running,” said the concealed carrier.

His alleged attacker, Jason Gonzales, took off running down the street. He was later apprehended a quarter mile down the road by deputies and charged with possession of his broken knife alongside assault with a deadly weapon.

It was nothing the concealed carrier was preparing to deal with when he woke up that morning.

“I’m still shaking. Like I said, it’s something you don’t wake up thinking you’ll going to have to do.”

This is a situation that happened in broad daylight, out in plain view. If this concealed carrier had not been prepared to defend himself, it’s very likely he could have been severely injured or worse. It’s a situation none of us want to be faced with but it’s also the reason why we have to carry every single day.

“The way things are going now, I’m not going to let someone take me away from my kids just because they are on drugs or want $ 20 or whatever’s in your wallet.”

It’s not just about feeling safe, it’s about actually being able to protect yourself when someone — for whatever reason — decides he wants something you have and isn’t afraid to hurt or kill you to take it. That’s a lesson first and foremost in the minds of any concealed carrier and we hope it’s only more reinforced by this event.

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postheadericon Is Carrying Two Pistols Better Than Just One?

By Luke McCoy via USA Carry

Some concealed carriers swear by it, others call it excessive. Carrying more than one handgun for personal protection has some distinct advantages and disadvantages. Do you pack more than one pistol when you head out into the world? In this article, we’re going to take a long look at the benefits and limitations of carrying a backup concealed carry handgun.

Theory: If One Gun Jams, You Have A Backup

No matter how ready we think we are, there’s always a lingering doubt that we’ll run into the dreaded “click” when it comes time to pull the trigger. In those situations, we can practice for action drills to remedy a misfire or failure to fire. However, some concealed carriers prefer to just jump to a second pistol. If you’re equipped for it, that’s certainly an option.

PRO: Immediate follow-up to a malfunction.

CON: Failure to remedy the malfunction through remedial action.

Practice: It may just make more sense to practice more with the equipment you use on a daily basis so you can develop a baseline of expectation for what that pistol is capable of. If it’s not up to your standards, perhaps consider switching to a more reliable gun.

Theory: If One Gun Runs Out Of Ammo, You’re Covered

This can especially be true for revolver lovers. When that first cylinder is expended in a gun fight, there’s not a whole lot of time to fumble around with a speed clip or a moon clip. Sometimes you want to be able to immediately stay in the fight. Having a secondary gun can definitely be a great boon.

PRO: Staying in the fight just a bit longer.

CON: It may be better just to carry spare magazines and spend more time practicing combat reloading.

Practice: There’s no way of knowing how long a self defensive gun use situation will last. It may be five brief seconds or fifteen minutes. Chances are good that if the fight goes on longer than ten to fifteen minutes, you’re going to need to have the option of reloading or switching pistols. It might just make more sense to stick with the same pistol you’re using and simply reload.

If you’re worried that one extra magazine isn’t enough, it’s still more expeditious to carry another magazine than carry a whole other handgun.

Theory: Can Hand Off A Gun To An Ally

Dire situations can make strange bedfellows. Who knows who the man or woman to your immediate left or right may be when a bad situation strikes. In a defensive gun use situation, you may feel compelled to offer aid or assistance to those nearby. Having two people equipped to handle your opponents may up your chances of surviving. Having a backup gun means you can turn one good guy into potentially two.

PRO: Immediate force multiplier.

CON: Uncertainty in tactics and training.

Practice: If you’re willing to trust a complete and total stranger with one of your firearms, then you’ve made up your mind. However, if you don’t know or are not confident in that person’s abilities with a firearm (or their understanding of firearm safety), you may be creating another liability for yourself in the short term. It may be more useful to help those in your vicinity properly use cover and concealment until they can flee than surreptitiously handing out your own lifeline.

In conclusion, carrying a backup handgun in either an ankle holster or a secondary holster isn’t the worst idea in the world but it may be a bit impractical in a defensive gun use situation. You’re probably better served training to reload, fix malfunctions, and practice tactical handgunnery than carrying a secondary gun you may never get the opportunity to use.

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postheadericon Why I Prefer Concealed: Man Robbed Of Gun He Was Openly Carrying

NEWPORT NEWS, VIRGINIA — A 37-year-old man was pushed to the ground last week and had his openly-carried firearm stolen right from it’s holster by two thugs. According to, the man was walking across the street after visiting with … Continue reading
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postheadericon Concealed Carrying Texans: Will You Start To Open Carry On January 1st?

In just a few days, open carry in the State of Texas will become reality. With mixed thoughts and opinions on open carry in general, many will opt to continue with their concealed carrying ways. And of course on the … Continue reading
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postheadericon Are You Carrying The Right Self-Defense Ammo?

When a bullet strikes a living thing, it creates a pathway for blood and bodily fluid to flow out.  That’s what inevitably causes death – outside of direct hits to the brain, heart, or other vital organs.  When blood pressure … Continue reading
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postheadericon There Is A Reason That We Talk About The Importance Of Carrying At Home All The Time

The topic of carrying at home is one that I cover a lot. Probably on a weekly basis. There are stories in the news that show just how important it is to keep our firearms in their holsters and on … Continue reading
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postheadericon Concealed Carrying Jogger Stops Attempted Car Burglary

WEST JORDAN, UTAH — A man about to head out for a jog was interrupted when a clueless burglar didn’t realize the man was still in his vehicle before he tried to break in. The armed citizen, known only as … Continue reading
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