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I have a question about the “Bootlegger’s Draw.”

For those unfamiliar with the term, it is when you draw your firearm or otherwise retrieve it from where it was safely stored, and hold it in your hand but behind your thigh or the small of your back so as to be hidden from sight. You may do this without knowing the terminology whenever you answer the door either not knowing the person knocking or at least suspicious of their intent. You keep the firearm in your hand, behind the door or behind your back, while you determine if there is any threat. Maybe it’s just someone with a survey or maybe it’s a would-be home invader.

My question is specifically, is this concealing the firearm in the sense that you need a CCW? What happens if I step outside my home with my firearm in hand, but behind my back? Is it now more or less legal? What about those who live in an apartment complex, both inside their apartment and stepping outside of it?

Basically, I’m wondering if this protects you from breaking brandishing laws or just puts you firmly in the hot seat by concealing a firearm (which would be illegal without a CCW).

I’m sure this seems like semantics, but as a legal gun owner, I am borderline fanatical about making sure I don’t break any gun laws, intentionally or otherwise. I don’t operate under “It’s only illegal if you get caught.” I want to be in compliance at all times.


I have a unfounded restraing order 13yrs old in state of Maryland what do I need to do to get gun rights restored?

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Please be VERY careful how you phrase things. As responsible firearm carriers, our goal is to stop the threat. We make the decision to shoot in our self-defense realizing that our shots may kill, but our goal is always to stop the threat, not to kill.

If we draw and the attacker stops attacking or turns and runs away, do not shoot. Ensure you’re safe (check your surroundings and/or leave the immediate area to a safe location), and call the police to report what happened. Be the first to call the police.


Welcome to the Community @Howard15. I would start with the the court clerk in the jurisdiction where this occurred. It may be a simple process but it could also be pretty complicated. If the clerk’s office can help you, you may be able to do it yourself. If not, you will need to contact an attorney licensed in Maryland to assist you.

You might want to look at the information in this link with respect to enpunging and sealing records.

Thank you but Do you know of any attorney that can get my gun rights restored? Thank you

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You’d have to check local attorneys to find out if they’d be able to assist you. If you’re a USCCA member, you can look at the USCCA Attorney Network to find a self-defense friendly attorney in your area. USCCA Member benefits would not be able to assist you with that type of a case.

If you’re not a USCCA member, check out the different attorney referral websites - is one that is pretty well known. You can find out about different attorneys and their specialties as well as attorney reviews on some of those sites.

Sorry I don’t have a specific name for you, @Howard15. Hopefully those resources will guide you in the right direction!

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I am a member and I applied with legal defense foundation and they have a benefit to help with unfounded restraining orders I would like to know if I can call direct to find out status of inqury Thank you

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I’m sorry but I don’t know any Maryland Attorney’s. As @Dawn mentioned, As a member you can check the Attorney network by state.

Oh, yes! I totally agree, and I’m not trying to be controversial. I was just trying to convey the level of threat that I personally require for me to draw my weapon and that I would have to be willing to accept the consequences of those actions.

I apologizes for the misunderstanding .



Now that more than half of Oklahoma has been reconsidered an Indian Reservation. Where can I find new gun law resources and how does this change Oklahoma gun laws?


Welcome to the community @Kelby

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It’s $1.99 and I find it worth it, but wanted to call that out. (no I don’t get paid for this) :grin:

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Can I carry a firearm at my business without a concealed carry license?

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Here in Texas, yes. But, @Leonardo2 you would have to obtain permission from the company.

The business I own here, I encourage the employees to carry at all times while at work. When we all pack up and head off for a fun lunch, the guys/gals who DO NOT have a Texas LTC, store their firearms in their car/truck and do not bring them into the restaurant.


I am the owner of the business

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Is it private property? Or do you lease the building/land?

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@Leonardo2 it would depend a lot on what state you are in and where your business is located and any prohibitions that may exist. In most states, business owners can keep firearms at their businesses. However, if you are in a shopping mall, they may have restrictions that may or may not apply depending on the state and possibly local laws.

Thanks you guys for the help this is a question I’ve been having trouble have answered. It’s a brick and mortar I’m on lease. As far as I know there are no prohibitions and I’m in Florida


I do not believe Florida has any laws that would prevent you from carrying on property that you lease.

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@Leonardo2 But do check the details in the lease you signed. My lease has a firearms clause.


If your in police custody after a self defense incident. (Let’s assume you asked the police if you could leave and they said no which means your in custody)

The cops are asking you questions and you reply with " I need my attorney to be present before I answer any of your questions"

I know this invokes the Sixth Amendment but my question is

Do the police have to stop asking you questions after you tell them you need to speak to your attorney or can they keep badgering you?

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