I've been reading a lot of threads lately on this and other boards about "being made", and "printing" while carrying concealed. It got me to thinking about what the definition of concealed carry is. In going through the ATF State Laws and Published Ordinances manual I find a LOT of references to concealed carry, but did not find any definition of the term. The closest I could find was on the US Legal website under definitions: "62.1-04-01. Definition of concealed. A firearm or dangerous weapon is concealed if it is carried in such a manner as to not be discernible by the ordinary observation of a passerby. There is no requirement that there be absolute invisibility of the firearm or dangerous weapon, merely that it not be ordinarily discernible. A firearm or dangerous weapon is considered concealed if it is not secured, and is worn under clothing or carried in a bundle that is held or carried by the individual, or transported in a vehicle under the individual's control or direction and available to the individual, including beneath the seat or in a glove compartment."
Should we try for invisibility? If so, then a lot of us are over gunned size wise. Its hard to hide a P220 and carry extra weight. Is it that bad to "print" on occassion? If someone would ask me if I'm carrying and they are not a LEO, and I'm not breaking any laws, what business is it of there's anyway? Is it so bad that a bad guy might stop to think,"Is that a gun under that jacket or just a cellphone?" I also don't make a habit of looking at other peoples bulges and wondering if they are overweight,carrying, or both.(I'm both).
I sure don't know the answers, I'm just asking.