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    obvious gun bulge/ violation?

    Does a bulge in your clothing, which most would construe as a gun, violate the concealment law? I got out of my car the other day and didn't realize my holster was kind of pushed around and the handle of the gun was kind of sticking out into my shirt. Not visible, but anyone looking at me would know I'm carrying a gun.

    And then I had to adjust it there in the parking lot. I did it without the gun becoming visible, but again, obvious what I was doing.

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    I always do a quick check after exiting the Vehicle and ask my wife if I am not concealed well . Try doing a once over after exiting the car. As far as law check you state laws. Here is a good site Handgunlaw.us
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    Concealed is not defined and 'kind of concealed'...

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    Nope. You can bulge so much that it looks like you've stuffed a chair under your shirt and it should'nt matter.
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    A bulge is a bulge and only reveals that it is a bulge. A visible gun is a visible gun. A concealed weapon is a concealed weapon. Concealed is "hidden from plain sight".
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    All depends on state law. Some prohibit "printing." Others prohibit only "intentional display."

    If it is obvious that the bulge is a gun, it is printing. If it could be a cat, ....

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    A bulge on the hip is brandishing, just like a bulge "somewhere" else is lewd and lascivious. Yeah right.

    If someone can see that you have a gun and not a cell phone, you're wrong.
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    Depends on the state.

    In MN law, we can carry open or concealed with our permit. So concealed is covered in MN and does not matter if it bulges or even shows.

    Most people would not see a S&W 500 6" in an OWB on your side with a normal carry shirt because people are
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    Quote Originally Posted by HotGuns View Post
    Nope. You can bulge so much that it looks like you've stuffed a chair under your shirt and it should'nt matter.
    Agreed, and with lots of folks carrying cellphones and leatherman's on their belts, I can hardly see how anyone could prove a "buldge".
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    In agreement with Z&H, I see so many people with these huge cell phone clips and cases on their hips that it's almost too much. They'll tug their shirt over it and it looks like they're trying to cover a softball under their Tshirt. It would look better if they'd just let their shirt ride over the top of their phone, kinda tucked behind.

    So, no. A bulge, even to a fellow CCW'er, might hint that there might be a gun, but without seeing it, it's only a hunch. No one "knows" you have a gun.

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    I had that issue once. Was fueling a vehicle, and some guy was chatting with me. When I noticed a strange look on his face. He ended the conversation and walked away.

    It was quite funny at the time, but I am far more careful now days.

    I had a buddy ask what I had in my pocket one day. I just replied a wad of receipts I had finally remembered to take home, along with my cell phone.

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    it probably depends on your state law. some states require you to be concealed at all times, and others do not. if an obvious bulge is present, that might be considered non concealed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hopyard View Post
    All depends on state law. Some prohibit "printing." Others prohibit only "intentional display."

    If it is obvious that the bulge is a gun, it is printing. If it could be a cat, ....
    Which states prohibit printing, and can you provide references to the laws?

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    It all depends on your state (as already mentioned), in Utah, its not a problem.
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