How often, if ever, are you concerned about printing?

How often, if ever, are you concerned about printing?

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  • I never am concerned about printing. I open carry.

    1 0.52%
  • I concealed carry and never worry about printing.

    43 22.40%
  • I rarely worry about printing.

    103 53.65%
  • I frequently worry about printing.

    22 11.46%
  • I don't recall the last time I worried about printing.

    12 6.25%
  • Other.

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  • What's this printing of which you speak?

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    How often, if ever, are you concerned about printing?

    Like most people new to concealed carry, I was very concerned about printing when I obtained my first permit. Living in Southern California, however, made it a continuing concern due to the anti-gun sentiment that inflicts most of the population there. If your pistol is exposed there you can be charged with brandishing, even if it stays in the holster. You certainly don't want to be charged with being the "man with a gun" in that environment.

    Since moving to Utah, I have rarely been concerned about printing since carry permits and gun ownership is so common here. Open carry is legal. "No firearms" signs do not carry the force of law in Utah (although you can be asked to leave). Every hardware store, pawn shop, and sporting goods store (except Dicks!) sells guns. More than half the elderly women who belong to the local quilting guild my wife attends have a carry permit and carry their guns in their quilting bags. You get the picture....

    Yesterday, we took a hike at a beautiful state park and planned to do some grocery shopping afterwards at a big box store. When we left our home at 5300 feet of elevation it was in the high 30s, but by the early afternoon it was in the low 60s at 3000 feet of elevation. I stripped off my top two layers of sweatshirt and shirt and was down to my base layer black synthetic turtleneck shirt. I took a look at things a couple of times to decide whether my pistol was adequately concealed. I realized it was the first time I had thought about whether or not I was "printing" in a long time.

    So, I ask you, do you ever worry about printing where you live?
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    In my large metropolitan area, I donít want any printing.
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    Open carry is legal here so no worry.
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    I rarely worry about printing.
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    I rarely worry about it. Besides, the only people that notice printing are other CC'ers, like me.

    I saw a guy open carrying a Glock in Target a while back. I was probably the only one that noticed.

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    If you wear the right clothing and gun you will not print.

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    I make a casual printing check before I leave the house, and that's about it other than making sure my shirt hasn't gotten hung up when I get out of restaurant booths, etc.
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    When not at work, I rarely worry about printing. At work, I can NOT print. So, I frequently worry about printing and pocket carry an LCP due to that issue.
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    I'm so used to it on me I'm more worried I forgot it than printing. I've already dealt with the printing by my clothing and holster selection.
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    Unless I'm in a known sensitive area, which is rarely, Printing dosn't cross my mind.
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    While I conceal carry, I never worry about printing as long as I'm in TN where printing and open carry are legal with a Handgun Carry Permit. Were I to venture into a state where it is not permitted, I might be more circumspect about printing and would ensure I had cover garments that would effetively mask the firearm.
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    In Virginia open carry is the normal mode of carrying a sidearm, whereas concealing it is the exception or abnormal mode. So printing is not a concern with the general public. For 7 1/2 years, between 2007 and 2015, I open carried on a regular basis and most of the time, people didn't even notice my sidearm. It was rather nondescript* and certainly didn't scream GUN! And when seen most people who said anything at all thought I was in some area of law enforcement.

    When I travel to other states with reciprocity, I use my "vacation" gun and holster and make sure my clothing disallows any printing.


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    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    I make a casual printing check before I leave the house, and that's about it other than making sure my shirt hasn't gotten hung up when I get out of restaurant booths, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PPS1980 View Post
    When not at work, I rarely worry about printing. At work, I can NOT print. So, I frequently worry about printing and pocket carry an LCP due to that issue.
    This^^^^Except I don't change guns. My EDC is M&P9c OWB, untucked.
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    I open carry and don't give a squat who sees I have a gun. Those who don't like it can do the same thing I do when I see their tats, their piercings, and their fat printing through their Walmart pajamas they wear in public..... just don't look.

    But.... doesn't printing negate that super secret ninja element of surprise that "concealed means concealed" is all about?
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