Who/What first introduced you to Concealed Carry?

I was at a party a few years ago, and a friend who had been drinking A LOT staggered over to me and handed me his holstered pistol. “I’m drunk, stick this in your waistband” was all that was said. So, I placed the IWB inside my waistband, and it felt… right.

Who, or what event, introduced you to concealed carry?

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What introduced me was the fact that the state I am living in was making it legal to carry concealed. Now it has been legal for a few years, and I just recently “Finally” got off my butt and got my CCW! I have to say @ Micheal you said it best sir. It feels right carrying it in public now, and knowing that I can protect my loved ones and myself with an extra tool. I do not leave my home without my EDC! It just does not feel right not carrying my EDC even to work.

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Soon after it became legal to CC in the state of Wisconsin I applied, received and started to carry. Laws are the only reason I was not doing it sooner.

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I was always into guns since as long as I can remember. I was involved with the open carry.org before concealed carry was legal here in Wisconsin. Once I went concealed, I never went back to open carry.

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I did and still do occasionally open carry in Wisconsin. In fact every time I mow my grass I open carry. Things have stopped finding legs from my yard since I started this practice.

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I’ve always carried where I legally could. As soon as Texas went to CC I got my license. I think that was 94.

Prior to that handgun carry in public wasn’t legal at all but it was tolerated as long as you were a generally law abiding person and got along with the local LEO’s, particularly if you owned your own business etc.

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About three years ago, my daughter wanted to take the CC class and asked if I would consider going with her. I did and it was great to sit in class with her. Neither of us knew anything about guns except how to spell the word GUN. Now, I’m hooked and have become a handgun enthusiast.

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@Patrick3 very cool that your daughter is the one who introduced her father to firearms … that’s not a story I hear very often :smiley:

I’ve owned a handgun since before I met my husband 20 years ago but never considered carrying until I met him. He always carried at home, but outside home… well… it wouldn’t have been legal, just for the record. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen him without a knife except when we fly and that makes him very uncomfortable.
Missouri being constitutional carry, he always does. I started after we moved to MO.

When I was about 7, I remember my dad showing me his belt knife… the kind where the buckle end of the belt is actually a sheath and the buckle pulls out to reveal a 2 1/2" double edged blade… he showed me how to hold it in my fist with the blade out between the ring and middle finger. Pretty sure that wasn’t legal where we lived.

I think he would have liked to teach me self defense and how to shoot, but my mom was pretty hysterical about it.

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My son. He’s a cop.

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I walked up on a fellow robbing my truck.he shot at me and missed.that will never happen again.

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Pretty eye opening I’ll bet.

Damn… that would have gotten my attention too. Welcome to the community - you’re going to be happy that you’re here!

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[For the record, I was not raised around firearms.]

The reason starts with why I have guns.

In Peru while serving a religious mission, I and a few other missionaries were robbed at gunpoint by five men. I had been released from the mission and was heading home, so the men focused on me, because, well, I had travel money, passport, etc. When I finally got my bearings, they had lined up and just looked at us on our knees, our hands up. We were in a home of a member of our faith. I yelled at the five to leave: “Ustedes han hizo su maldad. Vayan!” They wouldn’t look at me. Was I brave? I believe I know what you’re thinking.

I was sighted and shot at while hunting. (BTW, they were “warning shots.”) I was sighted in at an open range.

I got my first CCL in Boise, ID. The cops – mind, I love cops, just some are… – there were a little over the top. It was said that even if you have a firearm in the car seat next to you in plain sight, they would that it was concealed, because they could see the other side. They did NOT like the CCL laws. I liked shooting at the range, and I didn’t want to deal with such nonsense. No, I didn’t carry a piece on me; it was merely for potential pullovers.

In Utah, I my CCL in 2014, I felt that I needed to expand the skills I was learning. It took a lot of soul -searching. Years. Wholly unsupportive family (father and sibs). I felt that I needed to be the protector for my family. I have an amazing wife and likewise impressive children. I began carrying. Without telling Susan. Stupid. So, we had a “chat.” She supported me. Months later, I asked each of my kids how they felt about my carrying, almost unanimous: “I feel safer.”

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