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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* latest data from the Crime Prevention Research Center

Hardening Targets?

Like so many of us, I was captivated and devastated by the news of the high school shooting in Florida. Calls for hardening schools, arming teachers, deeper background checks and greater gun restrictions continue to fill the news and headlines. These are “easy” actions that will appease many but, unfortunately, they will not likely change the trajectory of gun crime. That trajectory suggests that we will see more mass shootings in the future.

I recently read an article about hardening targets: We can’t stop gun massacres by “hardening” every target. (http://fortune.com/2018/03/01/gun-massacres-target-hardening/). I resonate with the premise that even if we could “harden” every school, we simply push the problem to the next soft target.

Further, there’s a call for allowing teachers to be armed. But, consider the following: It’s not just having a firearm and knowing how to use it that’s important. We have military veterans who come home with PTSD from the training and real life situations they have faced. Not every soldier gets PTSD, but to acquire the skills to be completely aware and competent in the midst of gunfire and not accidentally shoot one of our own comes from very intense training and practice. Where will teachers get that kind of rigorous training? A teacher in a crowded, chaotic hallway with a shooter and students trying to escape could easily result in losses from friendly fire.

Additionally, we hear about doing deeper background checks, and updating the NICS system more effectively. There are lots of apparent holes in the NICS system that may be allowing people to slip through. But, hearing about holes in our government systems is almost cliché. And, even if they work, it seems there is always someone in the government ranks willing to overuse or underuse the systems to achieve their own desired outcomes. We have laws that are being selectively followed, and systems, as well.

Finally, greater gun restrictions are suggested as a means to help stop gun violence. Really? Chicago is a city with the country’s strongest gun restrictions, and it has the most violent crimes involving guns. If you could take away all of the guns in Chicago, the violence would likely not stop. In these crimes, somebody feels they are owed something, and they are going to get it, or else.

Here is an interesting fact. There are more guns in the United States than there are citizens. It is estimated that there are almost 360 million guns in the U.S. and about 320 million citizens. In 2017, there were less than 12,000 gun-related murders. None of those are acceptable, and I do not mean to minimize any of them to a number. If a different gun were used in each murder, then 3.3 thousandths of a percent (0.0033%) of America’s guns were used in a criminal murder. So, how many guns need to be restricted in order to eliminate these murders? How many responsible gun owners need to be punished for the few? It’s probably not the guns, it’s the person holding them. And, if they don’t have a gun, it will be a knife, or an explosive device, or a truck or car or whatever.

The people committing these crimes have an agenda, and they are seeking their own justice. Maybe some of their issues are born of mental illness, or broken or dysfunctional families, or something else, but they often see themselves as a victim. Here’s an article written by someone who never carried out his intention to become a school shooter – an interesting read from the inside: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/02/20/man-writes-open-letter-after-parkland-massacre-was-almost-school-shooter.html There are clearly mental issues that need to be addressed, and our medical community should continue to refine appropriate therapies, and help prevent people in need from slipping through the cracks.

On the other hand, by my own observations, human nature does not cope well with being a victim for long. It is healthy to learn how to win and lose gracefully. Perhaps, we should not be exposing children to activities where everyone is a winner. There may be wisdom in learning how to win and lose gracefully. Yet, outside of kids play, how many areas of the country have we institutionalized being a victim? Not just once, but for years or even generations. I submit that if you keep telling someone they are a victim, they just might believe it. And, some victims, having lost faith in the system and the American Dream, will seek justice in their own way.

I am sure the conversations we are having in this country will move us to some sort of immediate action. But, I hope we keep our eye on the real root causes of these shootings and pursue solutions for those real causes. It is the only way to stem this kind of violence in the future.