YOUR ID & YOUR GUN- How to carry

YOUR ID & YOUR GUN- How to carry

This is a discussion on YOUR ID & YOUR GUN- How to carry within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; In another section I had this ??? asked of me. So, I felt that I would reply here so others could comment. http://www.defensivecarry.com/vbulle...t-carry-6.html Originally Posted ...

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    YOUR ID & YOUR GUN- How to carry

    In another section I had this ??? asked of me. So, I felt that I would reply here so others could comment.

    http://www.defensivecarry.com/vbulle...t-carry-6.html

    Originally Posted by puffer View Post
    I just noticed a "CRITICAL ERROR", IMHO, in the "load out" of my sporran. The WALLET with the GUN. IMHO, that is a NO NO !!!

    Puffer
    Why?

    One of the Items I always cover when I Train others in "concealed carry" is where you should carry your ID/money etc, in relation to your firearm. My advise is carry your ID as follows
    1. If your gun is carried in a holster ( hip, back, shoulder etc ) then carry your ID etc in such a location that when you go for it ( ID etc ), you DO NOT expose your gun or "give the impression" that you are going for your gun.

    2. If you carry "off body" ( a purse, briefcase, sporran ( as pictured etc. either carry your ID separate, or be SURE that when you access your ID, $$$ etc, your gun is NOT exposed.

    WHY ???

    There are MANY reasons, but here are some thoughts.

    1. Public reaction = Neg. & possibility legal.
    Recent real occurrence - I was in a supermarket line & a man in front of me went to pay for his items. Suddenly the cashier turned white & SCREAMED. It seems that when he went for his wallet (in his rear pocket ) He not only exposed his cocked & locked 1911, but his hand swept right by it. ( I know, but what would you think if you were the cashier ?? ) Thankfully the man had the presence of mind to realize what had happened & placed his hands ( empty ) on the counter & calmly explained that he meant no trouble.It calmed down the cashier ( & us ) but the story was not over. Store security came up & got "involved" What a mess. Again, thankfully there was a "heads up " off duty LEO on scene & he took over. NOTE- HE did give the man a "short polite lecture" ( Basically, He was lucky in that the cashier & the store did not want want to press it farther. Could they have YES. In WA St. this "technically" would be under the category of "incidental exposure" of a concealed pistol" & not "technically" illegal" BUT, there is a "KICKER" there is a LAW called "INTIMIDATION" = If you draw attention to your pistol, either by action or verbally in a "PERCEIVED" threatening manner ( the KEY WORD is PERCEIVED" ) then you can be arrested & @ the very least have to appear in court

    2. POLICE - When asked for ID, not a good idea to even move towards your gun when going for your ID. (there is a long story of how I personally learned this lesson over 40 years ago ) I recommend that you keep your hands in plain sight, tell the LEO that you are armed ( DO NOT SAY the word GUN), tell the LEO where your firearm is & where your ID is & ask how to proceed.

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    If you carry your wallet on your strong side you should reach back and up under your cover garment to your back pocket. You could also carry the wallet in a front pocket. You should always be aware of exposing while carrying. I am suspicious of the reason for sweeping the cover garment back while reaching for a wallet, I always suspect it is to show the firearm, just my opinion.

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    Wallet with armed secuirty guard state id on one side and pistol permit on the other side in left front pocket for easy reach with support hand. Pistol IWB at 3:30-4:00 on right side

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    I had a little trouble following the OP's train of thought, but I think the thread is about using extra caution to not expose while carrying??

    I always carry my wallet in my back right pocket directly below my carry rig. Every time I reach for it, shirt stays down, wallet comes out, no problems in the few thousand times I have performed the maneuver.

    I would carry my wallet in a front pocket, but after my cell phone, keys, OC, Knife, Pen, I really have run out of room and it would be extremely inconvenient placing it in the front. When I travel and am in high risk pick-pocketing situation, I have special cargo pants that have zippered thigh compartments.

    Quote Originally Posted by puffer View Post
    2. POLICE - When asked for ID, not a good idea to even move towards your gun when going for your ID. (there is a long story of how I personally learned this lesson over 40 years ago ) I recommend that you keep your hands in plain sight, tell the LEO that you are armed ( DO NOT SAY the word GUN), tell the LEO where your firearm is & where your ID is & ask how to proceed.
    I don't understand this mentality at all, even though I have seen a few people on the forum talking about how this is your preferred method. This seems to me that you are giving the officer too much information that he doesn't need at that moment, and he doesn't know that you have a firearm with you. If I was OCing in the car and the officer could see it, I would then handle it this way . . . but seems unnecessary with concealed carry.

    Every time I have been pulled over, after initial greetings the LEO asks for license and registration. At this time I reach into my wallet (shirt is down over the rig the entire time, no way for the officer to see) and grab both my Driver's License and CHL, then hand them to him first. He asks if I have it (always) and where it is (on my right hip sir) . . . I then tell him that my registration is in the glove compartment and is it okay if I reach in there?

    Every LEO interaction during a traffic stop has gone EXTREMELY well for me, and one officer even went out of his way to thank me how I kept my hands on the wheel and acted in such a safe manner. I told the LEO: "Yeah, I bet it makes you nervous when you pull someone over and they go digging around in their glove compartment before you come up to the vehicle." He replied: "Yep, it sure does."

    The day an officer flips out on me and yells: "DID YOU JUST REACH NEAR YOUR FIREARM TO GET YOUR WALLET AND YOU DIDN'T TELL ME FIRST!!!" . . . I might change my approach. Till then a simple handing over the CHL when asked for ID seems the easiest approach for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nova83tx View Post
    I had a little trouble following the OP's train of thought, but I think the thread is about using extra caution to not expose while carrying??

    I always carry my wallet in my back right pocket directly below my carry rig. Every time I reach for it, shirt stays down, wallet comes out, no problems in the few thousand times I have performed the maneuver.

    I would carry my wallet in a front pocket, but after my cell phone, keys, OC, Knife, Pen, I really have run out of room and it would be extremely inconvenient placing it in the front. When I travel and am in high risk pick-pocketing situation, I have special cargo pants that have zippered thigh compartments.



    I don't understand this mentality at all, even though I have seen a few people on the forum talking about how this is your preferred method. This seems to me that you are giving the officer too much information that he doesn't need at that moment, and he doesn't know that you have a firearm with you. If I was OCing in the car and the officer could see it, I would then handle it this way . . . but seems unnecessary with concealed carry.

    Every time I have been pulled over, after initial greetings the LEO asks for license and registration. At this time I reach into my wallet (shirt is down over the rig the entire time, no way for the officer to see) and grab both my Driver's License and CHL, then hand them to him first. He asks if I have it (always) and where it is (on my right hip sir) . . . I then tell him that my registration is in the glove compartment and is it okay if I reach in there?

    Every LEO interaction during a traffic stop has gone EXTREMELY well for me, and one officer even went out of his way to thank me how I kept my hands on the wheel and acted in such a safe manner. I told the LEO: "Yeah, I bet it makes you nervous when you pull someone over and they go digging around in their glove compartment before you come up to the vehicle." He replied: "Yep, it sure does."

    The day an officer flips out on me and yells: "DID YOU JUST REACH NEAR YOUR FIREARM TO GET YOUR WALLET AND YOU DIDN'T TELL ME FIRST!!!" . . . I might change my approach. Till then a simple handing over the CHL when asked for ID seems the easiest approach for me.
    In some states, (such as NC), failing to inform verbally immediately upon being approached by LEO is a violation of the permit law. Handing your CHP to him with your license DOES NOT stisfy the notifcation requirement here.

    Additionally, outside of a vehicle, if an LEO were to ask me for ID and saw my firearm as I went for my wallet (strong side back pocket), it could get ugly quick if the LEO got a glimpse of hte gun and somehow felt I was going for it.

    By announcing the presence of the firearm verbally and the location of the wallet with a request for direction from the officer, has, in my experience, made th LEO slow down and THINK, before he reacts to anything.

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    I think that my fashion of carrying both firearm and wallet is a simple solution to this problem. I carry IWB right side on or behind the hip. I carry my wallet left side back pocket. My shirt never comes up on the right side except for the half an inch to get my car keys out of my right front pocket. Of course, maybe thats the wrong place to keep my car keys. Either way, my shirt NEVER comes up high enough for someone to see. Only time my shirt comes up is while I am in my vehicle. Nothing worse than the idea of fighting a shirt that is bound down by your seat belt while drawing your firearm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tflhndn View Post
    In some states, (such as NC), failing to inform verbally immediately upon being approached by LEO is a violation of the permit law. Handing your CHP to him with your license DOES NOT stisfy the notifcation requirement here.
    Yes, thank you. I should have said I don't understand this mentality in states where it is not a requirement to verbally tell an approaching officer.

    I still don't understand why people would choose a rig whose concealment would be compromised by simply reaching in a common pocket???
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    Prior to concealed carry, and since I am right-handed, I always carried my wallet in my right side back pocket. Since I typically carry OWB at roughly 4-o'clock, the holster naturally interferes with wallet retrieval as well as risking exposure of my firearm. Therefore, when I started to carry a concealed firearm, I switched my wallet to the left side back pocket. In addition to no longer risking exposure of my firearm during retrieval, it has the advantage of allowing me to (quite naturally) turn my left side toward a BG in an encounter while simultaneously concealing my strong side as I draw my firearm. My stance is also now in a fighting position for protection.

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    I offer the "advice" for 2 major reasons.
    1. General situations.= although most of us who carry, are careful about "flashing" we all have "brain lapses" & things happen as I posted.( I firmly believe the man in my example, DID NOT INTEND to show his gun. It Just happened. (Murphy's Law) So why not make it harder on the S*B to embarrass us ??

    As to the LEO situation, I am an ex LEO so therefor I am BIASED in this area.
    1. Unless the LEO is "brain dead" He/She is approaching every stop ( street or vehicle) on at least "yellow alert"
    2. Street stop = Even if you feel that you are VERY good @ concealing that you armed, ( & most are not) the LEO ( if competent ) is going to be watching you carefully. So why not do the LEO a courtesy & "ratchet down the "stress level" by letting the LEO know the situation ???
    3. Traffic Stops = IMHO, is "pucker time" ( or should be for the LEO )
    I have my own "ritual", but basically Present you DL & CWP & put both hands on the steering wheel. Notify the LEO you are carrying & where & ask for directions.

    I know some will say "I do Not have to do this", but I say, put yourself in the LEO's shoes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by puffer View Post

    NOTE- HE did give the man a "short polite lecture" ( Basically, He was lucky in that the cashier & the store did not want want to press it farther. Could they have YES. In WA St. this "technically" would be under the category of "incidental exposure" of a concealed pistol" & not "technically" illegal" BUT, there is a "KICKER" there is a LAW called "INTIMIDATION" = If you draw attention to your pistol, either by action or verbally in a "PERCEIVED" threatening manner ( the KEY WORD is PERCEIVED" ) then you can be arrested & @ the very least have to appear in court

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    What do you do in the case of changing from concealed to open carry?
    I think the more apt rule is the reasonable person would consider it a threat. a flash when getting your wallet would not qualify.

    Just where was the INTENT in your above example?


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    Quote Originally Posted by varob View Post
    Separate, very separate.
    I bought one of these to carry my ID and CHL in (Gander Mountain has them sometimes), along with pretty much everything else that was in my wallet (which was just a handful of credit cards and my hunting license basically).
    Gear Pipeline - Surfshorts Wallet

    Makes getting to the ID very easy and I always know where its at.



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    My right hand has nerve/muscle damage,so I use left hand for everything,my gun is never exposed when pulling my wallet out,and if I need to show LEO my ID I will state I have a gun on my left hip and I need to get my wallet out of my left rear pocket is that okay
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    Creds Wallet is in the rear pocket opposite the gun.

    The "normal" wallet is in the rear pocket the same as the gun. I do this so that if I ever need to draw my gun off duty I can also access my ID while still holding my gun. Not to derail the thread, but my cell phone is carried more midline, and can be accessed by either hand, much like my radio mic.

    Very good topic and one that I'm sure many people haven't considered.

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    I carry a 'paper thin' leather money clip with $$ and 4 pieces of ID. This is in my rear 'weak-side pocket. My ID and my firearm never have to see each other, but I can access both at the same time.
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