Knowing you State’s laws on concealed handgun permit training is your responsibility. This is not something in which you can plea ignorance. Carrying a concealed weapon can lead to serious charges and jail time if the laws are not followed.
The most important laws to understand fully are the self-defense laws of your state. There is often a big difference between the legal principles of self-defense and what your State defines as to what constitutes legal use of force
Legal precedent and self-defense
When it comes to the law covering self-defense cases in your State you need to find the controlling case in which the precedent originated. In simple terms, judges will compare a current case against any similar cases in the past. If a past judge ruled a certain way on a case that is similar to yours than the judge will rule the same. This is legal precedent.
Knowing and understanding the case law in your State will help you make better decisions if the time every comes that you need to draw your concealed handgun. These past cases is what the court will reference when deciding if you handled yourself in an appropriate manner. Failure to act in a manner that the court has deemed acceptable could land you in jail and/or with a major lawsuit.
Proper training can help protect you
Getting proper training on carrying a concealed handgun is critical to your safety and the safety of others. There are lots of great resources available through books and courses that you should take advantage of. The more continuing education you do as a registered concealed carry person, the better protected you will be.
Taking classes on how to verbally communicate events that occurred is a great way to ensure that you re-cap events in a clear and understandable manner. Having an accurate recall of what was said, actions taken, and movements made is very important when a law enforcement officer is filling out his/her report.
US Concealed Carry Membership
When you do get a permit through your State to carry a concealed weapon it is a good idea to look into insurance and memberships options. The US Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) offers memberships that include insurance, hardship money, psychological support, daily living money, bail bond money and many more benefits.
If you do have to use your weapon, there will be legal ramifications. While you may have been 100% compliment with the laws the legal fees of hiring an attorney to properly state your case and explain the situation is a must. Having insurance will help cover these costs up to two million dollars.
You don’t have to be wrong to get sued
The USCCA published a story on how a mentally handicap 15-year-oldoy was waving around a daisy air rifle in a mall. A registered concealed carry person fired two rounds hitting the boy and causing non-life-threatening injuries. The parents of the boy sued the person and ended up settling for $80,000 out of court. Just because you feel your life is being threatened, you can still be in danger of lawsuits.
One of the common judicial trends is that the applied force in self-defense is reasonable to the danger present. Meaning, if someone is threatening you with a feather duster, you cannot retaliate the attach with a 12-guage shotgun. Similarly, if there is a way that you can remove yourself from the situation safely, the court will expect you do this rather than engaging.
Don’t go looking for trouble
As a licensed concealed carry person, you are licensed to carry a handgun for self-defense reasons. Self-defense is not running across the street, gun in hand, to stop someone from breaking into your neighbor’s car. This is a job for the police and they should be called in this scenario.
In the scenario above, if you were to discharge your weapon and injure or kill the perpetrator you can (and likely will) be charged with attempted murder or manslaughter. Remember that the defense needs to be appropriate to the danger that is present. Being inside your home, while a car thief breaks into a car across the street does not put you in danger.
Furthermore, if you were to leave your house and engage the criminal, the court would likely view that you were looking for trouble. Even if the car thief pulled out a bat and threatened you, using your handgun in this scenario could land you in jail or being sued in court.
Why? Because you did not (and should not of) put yourself in the situation. And, just because you were getting threatened by a dangerous force that is justifiably meet under other circumstances with drawing a firearm, you provoked the attack and therefore not seen under the same eyes of the law as someone purely acting in self-defense.
Find a reputable concealed carry instructor
The better educated you are the better you can protect yourself. Find a good instructor in your area and ask a lot of questions!