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.