Hi everyone, my name is Quenton Smith, and I am from Lincoln, NE. I recently received my CCW permit, but before I carry everyday, I want to make sure my bases are covered legally. I know the law, but should I meet with a lawyer? What else would be a good idea? Thanks for the help in advance.
Quenton as well as training SWAT teams I also train CCW people. The prime error I see new CCW people make is not understanding thet a concelead weapons permit is just that, a lwfull license to carry concealead. If the gun can be seen or any part of it then you are in violation of the law
If a person sees the gun in public they might get on their cell phone and then without a doubt you will soon be confronted with officers with their guns drawn. Here I want to state the obvious, put your hands in plain sight and away from your body, announce you have a CCW and ask them what they want you to do next and how.
I had some Swat members at my training comnplex here in Colorado sevral weeks ago, the stories they tell will make you wonder how some people geta CCW without understanding thsi critical point. I have cards printed up explaining this and hand them out to people I see carrying, if I can see it its not concealead. If two calls come in in many jurisictions they take your CCW and you will never get one again.
I totally agree with the meat of what you are saying however Texas law is a little different.
"A license holder commits an offense if the license holder carries a handgun on or about the license holder's person under the authority of Subchapter H, Chapter 411, Government Code, and intentionally fails to conceal the handgun."
While I agree that causing a panic is not good, both printing or accidentally revealing your gun are not criminal offenses. This is why it is key to know the law IN YOUR AREA.