self employed carry?

This is a discussion on self employed carry? within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I'm self employed and I'm in other peoples house's all day. My clients are mostly "upper class" ,doctors etc. Many of my customers I've had ...

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 28

Thread: self employed carry?

  1. #1
    VIP Member
    Array kentuckycarry's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    kentucky
    Posts
    2,219

    self employed carry?

    I'm self employed and I'm in other peoples house's all day. My clients are mostly "upper class" ,doctors etc. Many of my customers I've had for 10-15 years, so its like i'm friends with lots of them. They stop and talk to me in Walmart etc. Its usually the wives that are home ( and only her, or her with the kids) if anyone is home at all while i'm there. I only began carrying last week, but know i can't carry in these peoples houses. If i were to be discovered carrying, it would probably ruin my business because nearly all of my business comes from referals which means its one friend refering me to another, news would travel fast. So i leave my gun locked in my truck.
    I remember about 9 years ago i added onto my house and the plumber ( kinda rough guy ) carried a 25 auto on his side under his shirt. i dont know if he had a permit , but i believe permits were available at the time in Ky. He said it was moslty for snakes under the house ( yeah right ), anyway Ididnt feel threatended by it at all and thought very little about it. But that was me, not a woman home by herself with me in her home. Wondering how many other people are in my situation. I've seen lots on here about taking guns to work, but nothing about my situation..

  2. Remove Ads

  3. #2
    Member Array houndawg75's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Tennessee
    Posts
    51
    I occasionally do some side jobs in peoples homes. I carry and keep it concealed. I understand your concern, but they have no business knowing what you are carrying whether it be a wallet or a gun. You mentioned that you just started carrying last week. That is probably some of your issue. It takes a good 6 months of constitent carry to really get used to it. I know I worried for the longest time that someone would notice, but nobody ever did. I think in reality most people don't really pay attention to what other folks are doing.

  4. #3
    VIP Member
    Array kentuckycarry's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    kentucky
    Posts
    2,219
    I could use my Smart Carry and get away with it I'm sure. But you are probably right about being a newbee to carry. Takes time to figure out how to carry properly whenever possible. Thanks for the comment.

  5. #4
    VIP Member Array JimmyC4's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Minnesnowta
    Posts
    2,036
    I'm wondering why it is that you would feel that you're somehow safer in someone else's house and not carry there. It would seem that in that environment you would want to be prepared.

    You don't have to worry about getting fired for carrying, since you're the boss, so I'd carry, and mention it to nobody. Even if you strike up a conversation with a customer who is a pro-gun shooter, don't tell.

    Carry discreetly and you'll be just fine with business, and be much safer.
    "It's a big gun when I carry it, it is also a big gun when I take it out” – Clint Smith

  6. #5
    Assistant Administrator
    Array P95Carry's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    South West PA
    Posts
    25,482
    I understand your thinking and it is probably to be expected at this stage. I am self employed but have the luxury of for most part working from office at home. If I do finish up in someone's house for some computer oriented matter - I will be carrying as usual and if I feel I might have to shed my cover garment will decide in advance to pack small in pocket.

    In your case - if you feel that you have the confidence and responsibility to be carrying in the first place then to quote the much used adage - ''concealed is concealed''. All that means is having a carry regimen that is as foolproof as you can make it.

    If you do not consider yourself a risk to third parties - even long time customers then - that is what counts providing your concealement is good. You trust yourself.

    Only exception that might apply is if for some reason a homeowner made it very clear they had no wish to have a gun in the house - in which case you should be considering honoring that.
    Chris - P95
    NRA Certified Instructor & NRA Life Member.

    "To own a gun and assume that you are armed
    is like owning a piano and assuming that you are a musician!."


    http://www.rkba-2a.com/ - a portal for 2A links, articles and some videos.

  7. #6
    Moderator
    Array RETSUPT99's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Central Florida
    Posts
    43,817

    Think Of The Challenge...

    Can you do 20 more years without anyone knowing that you carry? You might just save the life of one of your customers...that could actually be a word of mouth 'business boom'.

    Stay armed...

    OMO

    ret
    The last Blood Moon Tetrad for this millennium starts in April 2014 and ends in September 2015...according to NASA.

    ***********************************
    Certified Glock Armorer
    NRA Life Member[/B]

  8. #7
    Member Array tnoisaw's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Montana
    Posts
    205
    Maybe carring a smaller gun would make you fell better. As a former service plumber I was in about five different homes per day. Though I didn't carry at the time I would now but probably a little Kel-Tec or something simular. My G23 would probably be discovered sooner or later.
    Don't be a fool and die for your country. Let the other sonofabitch die for his.

    George S. Patton

  9. #8
    VIP Member
    Array kentuckycarry's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    kentucky
    Posts
    2,219
    [
    PHP Code:
    QUOTE=JimmyC;237589]I'm wondering why it is that you would feel that you're somehow safer in someone else's house and not carry there.  It would seem that in that environment you would want to be prepared.

    You don'
    t have to worry about getting fired for carryingsince you're the boss, so I'd carry, and mention it to nobody.  Even if you strike up a conversation with a customer who is a pro-gun shooterdon't tell. 
    '
    i understand being prepared, but i also understand the way some people freak out at the thought of a gun in their house. Some people will not allow it even for home protection. Some are totally and uncondionally against guns. I can just hear the response from some of them if i was discovered ," why would you feel the need to have a gun in MY house?, Get the hell out of my house". Its just the way some people are. Some people believe it will never happen to them or that if it does God will take care of them. Others just plain believe guns kill people.This is dealing with the general public in their beliefs and in their own homes.
    I do believe I can conceal well enough not to get caught, but the thought of being busted could really put a damper on my business if the right person discovered me..Alot of people just wouldnt get the concept..Guns are dangerous and thats all they know.....

  10. #9
    VIP Member Array farronwolf's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    4,714
    I am self employed and carry every day. Most of my new (good) business also comes from referals. I don't go to my clients home (well rarely do), but I do go into some of their businesses as often as weekly.

    I choose to carry an iwb tuckable holster that allows me to wear whatever I want all year round. No one can tell that I carry. I don't worry about what my clients will think because there is a 99.9% chance they will never find out about it.

    As for being fired, yes you can be fired, although not by a boss, but your clients can definately fire you for carry or whatever reason they see fit, some fail to realize that.

    Take your time, find a holster, or other method of carry that is comfortable, and not a blatant (i carry a gun) method for you. Wear it after hours, on the weekends etc, until your comfortable with it then work it into your workday routine.
    Just remember that shot placement is much more important with what you carry than how big a bang you get with each trigger pull.
    www.ddchl.com
    Texas CHL Instructor
    Texas Hunter Education Instructor
    NRA Instructor

  11. #10
    Member Array netmechanic's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    43
    I'm also self employed doing tech work and networking. While I work primarily for businesses I do the ocasional residentail but only for by business customers home systems. I wont think twice about carrying as most of my customers are hunters or into guns anyway. The owner of an Insurance ageny that I work with has his CCW and packs a 9mm with him, and I do work for the local Police Dept (Although I wouldnt carry while in there). Also I do alot of work for attorneys and judges and there into guns, One Judge keeps a .357 in his desk drawer just in case. My customers know that I'm pretty well grounded. My office is down in the rougher area of town and I'm there alot at night and do onsite work at night also. Knowing the reaction time of LEO around here I'd be dead and rotting before they showed up in an emergency. Once a customer left the alarm on when I was scheduled to be down there one night and it went off after I walked in. It was about 10:00pm and it took the cops 30 minutes to arrive. When they did show up I was standing out back and they pulled up and all I said was "I'm the computer guy and they forgot and left the alarm on, I've called them and there on the way to turn it off" The cops turned around and left . Dont sweat it, I think if you were discovered and explained to them that you had undergone training and had a permit to carry they'd be OK with it. If not just leave it in your car when at particular locations and hope for the best.

  12. #11
    Member Array denverd0n's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    388
    It's a decision that only you can make. What other people do or think is not really relevant. This is you, your clients, your business, your decision. If you are not comfortable taking your gun into a client's house then don't. If someday you feel comfortable doing so then do.

    It's up to you.

  13. #12
    VIP Member Array pogo2's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Southwest
    Posts
    3,149

    Off body carry in case?

    You didn't mention what you do in the clients' homes, but perhaps you are in a profession that requires you to carry material with you on the job in a briefcase, computer bag, or the like. If so, you could consider buying a bag with a hidden pocket or holster for the gun, so it would not be on your body where it could be more easily seen.

    I often carry a briefcase full of papers, pens, pads, glasses and other gear when I go out on business to call on somebody. I have a special leather briefcase from Coronado Leather that has a hidden pocket with a holster inside, closed by a velcro opening that is nearly invisible. I keep it near me at all times and can draw a gun from it in a couple of seconds - not as fast as a belt holster, but probably fast enough when inside an office or home. Nobody has a clue about the gun I hide there.

    Here is a link to the Coronado Leather page on such gear:

    Coronado Leather Cases


  14. #13
    Member Array Greg Dunn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    179
    I am self employed and never have to leave my shop unless I go out for lunch or supplies, I carry because I can.

    while making holsters I have guns all over the place as it is.

    My customers are looking for something to carry their gun in.
    Ranger Gunleather

    If light rails were needed on handguns John Browning would have included it on the 1911.

  15. #14
    VIP Member
    Array kentuckycarry's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    kentucky
    Posts
    2,219
    As far as carrying in a bag or something, the gun would have to be on me.In the summertime I'm down to shorts and a tee. After thinking about it and reading the responses I'm sure i can "smart carry" it, with no problem. All my clients trust me, many arent even home and leave the door open for me. So I'm sure the ones that would understand about carrying would be fine if they busted me.
    Someone mentioned carrying a smaller gun, I carry a 642..Thanks for all the comments.

  16. #15
    Senior Member Array dunndw's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Nashville
    Posts
    1,123
    Greg you cheat :-)
    I run a computer repair/networking company as well. The only time I'm NOT ccw'ing is at one of the two schools I support. One of them I really should carry
    (bunch of troubled kids who think jailtime will make them "hard")
    Other than those two places, If I'm there...so is my protection.

    I have one client that INSISTS that I carry "as many as you can" when I run calls there. They've been robbed @ gunpoint more than once.
    Last time I had both 1911s, spare mags and the P3AT on person, and the Glock 30 with two spare mags in my laptop bag....and still ended up calling the cops on some vandals

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Similar Threads

  1. Employed again!
    By Squawker in forum Bob & Terry's Place
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: July 5th, 2010, 10:56 PM
  2. I'm employed again!
    By Arko in forum Off Topic & Humor Discussion
    Replies: 73
    Last Post: October 19th, 2009, 06:57 PM
  3. Employed at a Tennessee Park
    By Agave in forum Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: September 7th, 2008, 02:11 PM
  4. Carrying where you used to be employed?
    By friesepferd in forum Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions
    Replies: 27
    Last Post: January 12th, 2008, 02:53 PM

Search tags for this page

briefcase for self employed
,

carry gun self employed vehicle

,
coronado leather nra briefcase
,
i am self employed can i carry my pistol
,
im self employed, can i carry a gun to and from work
,
self employed allowed to carry gun
,
self employed carry gun without cc
,
self employed gun carry
Click on a term to search for related topics.