Hello, everybody, Robert Trenkle back again. This month I want to talk about what to do if someone sees your concealed weapon in public and panics. Unfortunately, it’s still this case that some people react negatively, even though you are legally carrying your firearm.
Private Property and your rights
If you’re on a business property or at a private residence, the owner, or an agent of the owner has the right to restrict your right to carry on their premises. If you’re asked by an owner to take your firearm off the premises, you should do so immediately to avoid any problems.
On the other hand, if you’re carrying at a business that does not prohibit concealed carry, you have a legal right to carry and you are not responsible for another person’s negative reaction to you exercising your legal rights.
You may be approached by law enforcement if someone makes a complaint. Generally, law enforcement will simply want to make sure you’re legally carrying a firearm. Just produce your permit and identification, and most law enforcement officers will be apologetic and allow you to quickly proceed on your way.
Now, there may be some instances where you are in a public area, like a state rest stop or a state park, where you have a legal right to concealed carry, but an employee asks you to leave. You’re within your rights to politely explain to that individual that you have a legal right to carry in that area under state law.
Comply with law enforcement
If you’re erroneously asked by law enforcement to remove your firearm from an area where you have a legal right to carry, it’s best to politely comply and fight this action in court or later with the officer’s supervisor. It’s not a good idea to resist an officer’s orders, even if you were in the right.
While you may ultimately prevail, it is not worth you going through the hassle of being arrested or charged with an offense and having to defend yourself in court. The better solution would be to temporarily comply and later challenge the action in court.
Hopefully, none of you will be confronted with any unpleasant reactions when you’re exercising your legal and Constitutional right to carry. But if you’re unsure about your right to carry in a certain location, or you face a situation where you feel your rights were violated, call U.S. LawShield and ask to speak to your Independent Program Attorney today.