Off Body vs On Body Carry

As a professional, you may be looking to not only protect yourself, but also those around you during work or personal activities. Having the option to carry a concealed weapon (CCW) is tremendously beneficial, but legal policies, accessibility concerns, and basic comfort all play a role in whether or not you have your weapon on your person or in another location. If you’re trying to decide if conceal carry on- or off-body is the best choice for you, here are some things to keep in mind.

Legal Concerns

State and local laws vary widely, so it’s important to know what is allowed in a given environment before you make a decision regarding on- or off-body carry. Some offices explicitly prohibit carrying on-person; others permit off-body carry in a briefcase, for example. Either way, you must abide by the rules.

State laws can also be problematic. Clutching a concealed weapon can be construed by some statutes as “brandishing.” For example, Arizona law forbids people from “placing [their] hand on a firearm” unless they believe “that physical force is immediately necessary” to prevent themselves from harm. Even in the absence of an immediate threat, gun owners may instinctively grab onto their CCW or tap on it, reflex gestures that carry significant penalties, including jail time and/or fines. 

Accessibility

If you’re carrying your weapon off-body in a backpack, briefcase, or satchel, you’ll lose valuable time acquiring your weapon and responding when needed. This becomes even more problematic when there are other items sharing the same space as your weapon because you’ll be unable to quickly and effectively draw it when necessary. Personal items such as briefcases and purses are also targeted by thieves, and if your weapon is inside, they’ll get it along with your laptop and daily essentials.

By opting for a Concealed Carry Blazer, you’ll have the assurance that your weapon is properly housed for quick precision access. The lining of the garment also serves as a tactical vest and has ample room for a firearm paddle, holster, and magazine holder. These garments also make it safer to draw your gun quickly because it will always be in the same exact position and location.

Comfort

Professional attire can be cumbersome all by itself. Add in the weight and placement of your firearm, and carrying it off-body sounds very appealing. In order for your CCW to be effective, it can’t be visible through your suit coat, nor should it attract attention by adding bulk, which can happen if it is placed in an awkward position.

Cacharme’s Exclusive 1 Concealed Carry Blazer gives wearers easy access to their firearms without sacrificing style and professionalism. These blazers offer both maximum safety and comfort.

The Takeaway

Ultimately, the choice will always be yours, but restrictions will often play a role on a day-to-day basis. While it may be difficult to draw your gun off-body initially, repeated practice and multiple strategies can ensure a rapid response in dangerous situations. You should also be mindful of the possibility that an assailant may gain control of your weapon if you can’t carry it directly. With Cacharme’s customized professional apparel, you’ll be stylish, comfortable, and most of all, safer with your weapon securely and discreetly stowed.

Concealed Carry in the Workplace

Given the recent rise in workplace violence, carrying a concealed weapon while at work can provide protection for yourself and others – adding security you are unlikely to have if weaponless. Concealed carry at work may also afford benefits over open-carry because a perpetrator is unlikely to know you have a weapon, giving you an edge. While concealed carry may have tremendous benefits, determining whether one can carry in the office is challenging because regulations differ by jurisdiction and workplace. Furthermore, and a means for safely and comfortably concealing your weapon can be difficult to find. Ahead are some strategies for learning your rights in the workplace as a weapon holder, and some thoughts on effective methods for workplace concealed carry.

Nearly every state in the U.S. allows a business to restrict firearms on its premises. However, leaving a firearm in your personal vehicle on workplace premises is acceptable in the majority of states in the U.S., so long as measures to protect the weapon from theft are taken (and all other state regulations are met). These measures vary by jurisdiction – so it is vital to check local ordinances prior to acting. While leaving a weapon in your vehicle is not the preferred option for self-defense, this adds some measure of protection and is generally acceptable because your vehicle is your property (and your property rights supersede the business owner’s property rights, in most states). That said, in some states, an employer’s property rights on the underlying land outstrip your vehicle property rights, and in these cases, the employer can restrict vehicle weapon storage. This is true in several states – check your local laws for clarity.

In states where offices can restrict weapons on the premises, businesses are sometimes required to clearly post if weapons are prohibited. This is the case in Minnesota, for example. In situations where postings are clear, you cannot carry in the workplace. Employers may also include weapons prohibitions in the employee handbook. If you break these rules, you could face legal repercussions and/or firing. Ultimately, the best way to determine if you can conceal carry a firearm at work is to first know your local laws, and second, to speak with your HR representative – he or she will be able to tell you if conceal carry is acceptable at work. If your workplace prohibits concealed carry, respectfully advocating for your right to bear arms could lead to change.

If your workplace allows concealed carry, there is still difficulty in effectively, comfortably, and safely carrying and concealing your firearm. A central tenant of concealed carry is discretion, both for your safety, and for those around you. In many cases, like a traditional office setting, wearing bulky or unprofessional clothing to cover your firearm is not an option. For those in this situation, Cacharme developed a tailored suit and proprietary suspension system that fully conceals your firearm without bulging or tugging – so you can look professional, fashionable, and functional while providing safety for yourself and others.

Disclaimer: firearm regulations are ever-evolving and highly complex. Cacharme Systems assumes no responsibility for error, misuse, or misunderstanding of/in the above material, which is for informational purposes only. Check with local officials and attorneys before making a decision about concealed carry.

Concealed Carry Best Practices: 5 Ways to Always Be Prepared

With approximately 16.5 million active concealed carry permits in the U.S.*, it can be argued that concealed carry has become an American way of life. From police officers, lawyers, and detectives, to street salesmen, chauffeurs and anyone in between, safely and effectively carrying a concealed firearm today is critical to everyone’s protection.

So, before you decide to conceal and carry a firearm, know the essentials and be prepared.

Here are 5 concealed carry best practices:

  1. The Concealment Holster: Regardless of your reason for carrying, the most important element of concealed carry is ensuring that the firearm is properly protected and secured. Before you hit the streets, consider your holster, its fitting, and its proper accessibility. Never use a holster that wasn’t specifically created for your personal firearm.
  2. Proper Clothing: Wearing baggy clothing or slightly larger pants or jackets can provide more wiggle room to conceal the appearance of your firearm. Steer clear of the bullet-proof vest look. This style is often identified with those who conceal carry and can immediate blow your cover. If baggy isn’t for you, consider a more professional look with a concealed carry blazer.
  3. The Right Gun: Choosing the right concealed carry handgun is a must. Everyone has different strengths, hand sizes, vision, and levels of accuracy. This is why you need to select a gun that is just right for you. For some people, it’s a Sig P226, for others, it’s a Glock 26. Take the time to find the right firearm that matches you.
  4. Keep Hush: Never announce the presence of your concealed firearm. Don’t assume someone will be amicable about your concealed carry weapon. And, you never know who might be listening – especially with technology today. Don’t adjust it in public or draw any attention to what you have on your person.
  5. Know the Law: Of course, concealed carry is no excuse to rise above the law. There are specific state and federal laws you should know before carrying, including, when deadly force is authorized, prohibited carrying places, definitions of threats, and threats of justifiable force. What’s permitted in Texas is entirely different in New York—know the rules!

Be prepared when you carry. Do it with Cacharme.

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For the professionals and executives who are required to carry on the job, we’ve created a sharp-looking concealment suit: the world’s first concealed carry holster system. Using a proprietary lining, concealed and constructed into a men’s blazer and combined with special inserts to secure the firearm, you can look good and enjoy excellent concealment, comfort and accessibility. Instead of giving yourself away by the presence of a vest or loose fitting jeans, you can confuse aggressors and other random citizens with a tailored coat that is custom refined.

* latest data from the Crime Prevention Research Center