10 Commandments of Concealed Carry

The 10 Commandments of Concealed Carry, by Massad Ayoob.

  1. If you carry, always carry.
  2. Don’t carry if you aren’t prepared to use it.
  3. Don’t let the gun make you reckless.
  4. Get the license!
  5. Know what you’re doing.
  6. Concealed means concealed.
  7. Maximize your firearms familiarity.
  8. Understand the fine points.
  9. Carry an adequate firearm.
  10. Use common sense.

There’s more to it than these 10 phrases, so click here to read the full explanation of each.

8 thoughts on “10 Commandments of Concealed Carry

  1. I have a lot of respect for Mr. Ayoob, and the man has probably forgotten more about firearms and the related topics than I will ever learn in my life, but I honestly have to disagree with him on a few of his points, and especially the way in which he presents them.

    First, permits. Yes, get the permit. Yes, they are (generally) required to be legal. But that is sure as hell not where it should end – his casual dismissal of “the Second Amendment is my permit” aside, that is the God’s Honest Truth, and we should be constantly working towards chipping away the requirements for permits in our respective states, not shrugging our shoulders and trudging on, as he appears to suggest.

    Which brings me to “concealed means concealed”… I love how he exclusively focuses on the potential (and all of them are potentialities, not the certainties he presents them as) shortcomings of open carry, without even considering the potential benefits – comfort, ease of access, deterrence (actually, that one was proved down at a Waffle House in Georgia), and normalization. I have only been openly carrying for a year, but I have never once, so far as I know, incited a panic or had the cops called on me (this is not to say it does not happen, it simply has not happened to me), but I have had more opportunities to spread the good word about firearm ownership and carrying than I could shake a stick at. To me, that is a win. …And do not even get me started on the whole, “they only open carry because they want other people to know ‘they’ve got the power'” bullshit…

    Mr. Ayoob is generally a tremendous asset for our side, and a bottomless font of useful information, but sometimes his arguments more-closely resemble those I would expect from the Brady Bunch.

    • On point one, I’m not sure we can fully deduce Mas’ stance on the issue from what he wrote. My read of what he’s saying is: hey, the law is the law, you need to follow it. Yeah, we might WANT to say God-given 2A right is all I need, but see how well that stands up before a judge. He does say: “Realize that things are not as we wish they were; things are as they are.” which implies that hey… wish we didn’t have to have a license, but that is how things are so you better color within the lines. So, there seems to be implication of “yeah, wish it was the other way”, but you’re right that he doesn’t further the statement with promoting “hey folks, we should try to change this”. But then, it could be argued that’s politics and outside the scope of the article. *shrug*

      I do know your stance on open carry, and yeah…. I can see why you don’t jive with what Mas is saying. He’s got a reasoned argument, but you know… this is all just back to the basic arguments of concealed vs. open carry. There are legal issues, there are public issues (“man with a gun”), there are context issues (e.g. in West Texas no one would care; here in Austin you bet a lot of folks would freak out), there are tactical issues. It’s really a complex situation. The best thing we can hope out of things like this is that it opens the discussion. I mean look… he wrote, you commented, discussion! It’s only a good thing for us to continue to openly discuss it (not concealed discuss it). 🙂

      And I will poke at you on one thing…. deterrence. That one was proved at the Waffle House. Well sure I see what you’re saying but… come on. You’re Mr. Pretty Charts and Graphs and understand something about statistics. One data point does not a case make. 🙂 I agree it’s a good data point, but still. 🙂

      • Yeah, I will grant that “proved” was a bit too strong – “demonstrated” may be better. On the other hand, can anyone actually cite any examples of open carriers inciting a panic?

        Regardless, I think Joe said it best a while ago – let us not be so stupid as to think that one answer will always work in all situations (paraphrased slightly). I still concealed carry when I feel like it (especially with the weather being absurdly cold this year), but I am definitely getting tired of the repeated, “ZOMG, if you open carry, you WILL get an asphalt sandwich” nonsense that permeates even the best of the minds amongst us… I guess I am doing something wrong. Maybe I should start carrying something in the 20mm range…? 🙂

        As for permits, it was primarily the whole “that is the voice of someone who wants to go to jail” bit that rubbed me the wrong way – sorry, Mas, but I have absolutely no interest in remaining behind bars, but I do have significant interest in getting rid of a permission slip for the exercise of my Constitutionally-protected rights. Politics may have been outside the scope, but that jab was generally unnecessary.

        • Inciting a panic? Well, define panic. I can’t recall the situations exactly, but I seem to recall there were a lot of “black man with a gun” calls against some guy that’s strong in the open carry movement. Not sure how much of a panic that is… not like there was rioting on the street… but obviously someone saw a black man with a gun and didn’t have a rational response to it (numerous times apparently).

          And maybe YOU can carry something in the 20mm range. I mean, you live in a colder environment and an appropriate cover garment wouldn’t look too out of place there. 😉

          As for Mas… I think it’s just writer’s poetic license. Heck, feel free to email him and get his straight stance on open carry. Might be interesting to find out, in light of that comment and phrasing.

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