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

Sanctuaries No More

Written by Greg Rocque, CEO Cacharme Systems

You’ve heard it before: “When I was a boy, I would go out in the morning and not come back ‘til dusk.” And for me, that was absolutely true, and I pretty much felt safe wherever I went – from riding my bike with friends along the tracks to exploring some backwoods corner of a local forest preserve. And of course, the last place I feared danger was at our neighborhood church.

But with high-profile church shootings in Texas (2017) and South Carolina (2015), and countless other less publicized incidents, times have officially changed. It’s clear that the very places that used to be safe havens, sanctuaries from harm, are increasingly becoming targets of senseless violence.

While this is public knowledge, it became even clearer to me last weekend at the USCCA Expo in Louisville, KY. There, Cacharme Systems was an exhibitor displaying and demonstrating our concealed carry Executive I men’s blazers. For those of you not familiar, the USCCA (United States Concealed Carry Association) was founded in 2003 by a visionary guy named Tim Schmidt. He had seen the tides turning in society and decided to create a voice for freedom and responsibility in the USCCA. And, if last weekend’s Expo is any indication, he was right and this community is solid and growing.

Now, being in the business of selling a fashionable concealed carry blazer, my associates and I probably saw a different slice of the record crowd than many of the other exhibitors. But this is what I discovered, as people would open up and talk about their lives with us: most of the attendees who visited our booth wanted our blazer to wear at church. Some of them carry regularly and want a nicer garment for their worship time. Some of them are on established or developing security teams at their church. Some were pastors who wanted to conceal better. But some 90% of our visitors were on a concealed-carry-at-church mission while attending the Expo.

The current generation is choosing to protect their local house of worship for the value it brings to their community. By my informal straw poll of attendees at the USCCA Expo, there was no sense of fear. No worry. No anger. There was merely a sense of times changing, and a sense of growing responsibility to face those changes – a responsibility to protect people in harm’s way and to preserve this important part of their lives. It’s clear that more people are taking on this mission for their congregations. As founder of Cacharme Systems, I can tell you we’re committed to serve these quiet, brave, determined servants of Christ – poised for action, praying always for more peaceful times.

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.

Cacharme Concealed Carry Suit Coat Perfect Fit for Glock 19

On January 24, 2018, Cacharme Systems announced that its Executive I Blazer will now accommodate the popular Glock 19 service weapon, in addition a wide range of concealed carry-sized firearms.

For men who regularly carry a concealed weapon, Cacharme System’s Executive I Blazer offers an outerwear solution that provides excellent concealment, extraordinary comfort, quick accessibility, and professional bearing.

One law enforcement professional said: “I’ve worn the Cacharme coat on the job as a bailiff every day on the job since purchasing it three months ago. I’m pleased by the comfort and fit, carrying a Glock 19. The coat is well designed for the Glock, and the custom holster insert works well in the coat, distributing the weight across the shoulders nicely.”

The Glock 19 is ideal for a versatile role because of its reduced dimensions when compared to the standard sized option. Chambered in 9×19, the G19 has found worldwide acclaim with both private and public security agencies. In addition to being used as a conventional service pistol, it is ideal for concealed carry or as a backup weapon.

“Each of our products is designed with the safety and security of the wearer primarily in mind,” said Cacharme president Greg Rocque. “The fit of each coat we manufacture is critical to the functionality of the product. Concealment, comfort and accessibility go hand-in-hand with each coat we create. Because our integrated system is sewn directly into the lining of the jacket, wearers never have to worry about printing.”

Cacharme Means Hidden Weapon

Cacharme – Hidden Weapon

By Mark Pixler

Carrying a firearm on a daily basis is no minor commitment, especially if it’s not part of your job description. In principle, I agree with firearms trainer Clint Smith’s quote: “Carrying a gun is not supposed to be comfortable; it’s supposed to be comforting.” In practice, however, if it’s not comfortable, most folks aren’t going to carry.

Experts agree that the best all-around method of carrying a firearm concealed is with it in a belt holster on one’s strong side, and wearing some kind of concealing garment. Given that, one has to wonder why there are things like shoulder holsters, bellybands, fanny packs, pocket holsters, small-of-the back holsters, ankle holsters, faux-phone-case holsters, concealed-carry shoulder bags and briefcases, et al. The reason is, no single method of carry works best for everybody.

Greg Rocque, founder of Cacharme Systems, LLC – after taking his first concealed carry permit class – set out to develop a concealment system that would be one of the most concealed, most comfortable and most accessible holstering systems available. With that goal in mind, what Greg came up with is his company’s Executive I blazer equipped with the Cacharme concealed-carry holster system.

It looks like a typical men’s blue (or black) blazer, but it’s equipped with a patent-pending suspension system designed to support the weight of a firearm, two magazines, and accessories like a folding knife, pepper spray container, tactical flashlight, and – for law-enforcement officers – handcuffs.

Integral to the system are patent-pending inserts that carry the holster and magazine pouches while distributing the weight evenly along the bottom of the pockets inside the jacket. Unlike the typical shoulder holsters worn by police detectives, etc., opening the jacket won’t expose the firearm – it’s well concealed inside the inner jacket pocket. In addition to the “special” pockets, the Executive I features the traditional pockets one would find in a blazer for your wallet, cell phone, money clip, keys, business cards, etc.

Cacharme Systems debuted the Executive I at SHOT Show 2017, and that’s where I first saw it. It made sense to me, especially for anyone who regularly wears a sport coat. It’s not at all uncommon to see people wearing sport coats with jeans, and it struck me as a lot easier to blend into a crowd dressed that way than running around with a photographer’s or fly fisherman’s vest (aka, the “shoot me first” vest).

The operative term in concealed carry is CONCEALED, and near as I can tell, this method appears to be one of the best. You can open up the jacket nice and wide, and nobody can see a gun. There’s no telltale tactical-looking fanny pack, shoulder bag, lump in your front pocket (Is that a gun in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?), or on your ankle (Dude, I know a doctor who can fix that…).

Greg says his ideal customer profile includes men who usually dress in a suit (a kit version of the patent-pending suspension system is available for those who want it in a custom-tailored suit), sport coat or blazer: judges, politicians, lawyers, doctors, law-enforcement agents, states attorneys, business owners, executives, security officers, and limo/taxi drivers. Again, I’d add that anyone who wants to blend into the “business casual” crowd would benefit from Cacharme Systems’ method of carry.

Cacharme Systems, LLC

Fountain Hills, Arizona

www.cacharme.com