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Since, if you are concealed carrying, does it matter if your gun prints some?
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Sure does matter, for several reasons. For one, your concealment is compromised. Secondly, there have been several states, namely Florida, where LEOs have been known to arrest printing carriers for brandishing or similar charges. I don't know if any charges actually stuck, but I'm pretty sure that getting arrested must suck pretty badly.
I don't worry about it. Who's to say its not my smartphone. Heck most people in my parts are so busy with thier smartphone I could walk by with a sawed off shotgun without a glance. I keep it concealed as in covered but don't worry to much about printing. I bet over half my local population has no idea CCW even exists and hence a gun is the last thing they would think of if they saw a bulge under the pants or shirt.
Mike1956 has one answer, based on personal preference. If you're asking about the legality of printing, that's a completely different animal and the answer depends on your own state's laws.
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If you can look at the print and go "thats a gun", its not a good idea. The concealed part is just as important as the carry part.
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My state allows open carry, so from a legal standpoint, it doesn't matter. I would rather the gun not print so I don't wear it under a skin tight T-shirt, but if there's an occasional shadow of an outline when I turn a certain way, I don't sweat it too much. I've seen people open carry in the store before and fellow employees wouldn't notice when the person walked right passed them. I think people call more attention to guns by constantly adjusting their clothes or "checking" to see if the gun is still there than an occasional glimpse of a print will.
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Unless you are totaly dressed inappropriately for your gun printing should not be much of an issue. I guess I don't worry because I dress around the gun, but the fact that I choose my clothing based on my gun does mean I worry about printing. Would I go out in a tight fitting tee shirt with my M&P IWB, NO.
With a good gun belt, holster, and approapriate upper garment I don't worry about a slight bulge. I've been carrying around my parents for 4 months and they have no clue. People are so self absorbed with zero SA these days I say most won't notice unless you make it obvious.
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If it's printing or your OWB holster is hanging out under your shirt or jacket, your open carrying.
If I open carry I make sure my shirt is pulled behind my pistol/holster. So there's no confusion.
Then when I conceal, better get an xray machine out!
In Montana there's no laws on open carrying except it's legal for anyone. And no laws on printing. However it's like wearing your pants around your butt with a belt on. Just tacky.
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In the vast majority of situations I just don't really care. If it's a situation where I do care, I'll take a bit more time.
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Two cares...individual state laws, and personal preferences...
Does it matter, I think it does!
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To folks who want to stay under the radar at all costs, sure.
For myself, I'm almost always carrying concealed, though I have carried openly quite a bit too. Depending on the venue/activity, I'm less concerned about total concealment than usual, but generally I prefer to be under the radar and "them" not to see my response coming. But that's just me.
...Denver has the right to restrict open carry more than the state law does...they excercise this in some areas of weapons carry...check out their laws as well as state laws before you relax...
Incidental showing if you shirt rides up or something is completely legal in Fl.