When making the decision to carry a firearm there are several things you should consider. First and foremost, you need to realize that what you are actually considering to carry is a holster full of consequences. When you decide to carry that firearm you will need to change the way that you approach every encounter. From the moment you leave your home with that gun, every encounter is now an armed encounter. I don't say this to deter you, I say this so you can prepare your mindset accordingly. You need to understand that you are not a law enforcement officer. You are not carrying that firearm to enforce the law. You are carrying that firearm so that you and/or your family can get back home safely. You need to make sure that you understand your State's laws. You may reside in a "Constitutional Carry State" but you still need to understand the laws. In Alabama, for example, it is legal to open carry a firearm without a permit. However, you cannot transport a loaded firearm in your vehicle without a concealed carry permit. What does this mean? This means that I can walk around with a gun holstered on my hip and I will not be in violation of the law. However, if I get into my vehicle with that gun loaded and holstered on my hip without a concealed carry permit, I am in violation of the law. This is why it is important to understand the laws in your State and States that you may visit. Now that we understand that we are not law enforcement, and we have researched the laws.....What is next? Now you need to make an investment in training. You need to train with the firearm that you are going to carry. Most local gun shops and ranges offer safety and training classes. You need to continue to train and visit the range on a consistent basis. Shooting is a learned and deteriorating skill. The hope is that we never need to discharge our firearm, but we need to be prepared if the need arises. If you don't train with your firearm, you are a danger to yourself and those around you. What we need to consider next is "What if?". A law enforcement officer that discharges their firearm in the line of duty will come under tremendous scrutiny, and they will be subject to numerous investigations. Understanding this, consider what you will have to go through should you need to discharge your firearm to dispatch a threat. You will, at the very least, be handcuffed and taken into custody. You will potentially face criminal charges and if you are cleared of any criminal wrong doing there is still the potential for civil lawsuits. Employing deadly force comes with a laundry list of potential consequences. You need to take this into grave consideration before ever carrying a gun. As I stated earlier, a gun is a holster full of consequences. This is strictly my opinion and should in no way be considered as legal advice. If I can leave with one last consideration, research insurances as well. If you are involved in an incident that results in the loss of life or injury and you are cleared of any criminal charges, you may still find yourself facing a costly civil lawsuit. As always, thanks for checking us out at Rocket City Tactical. Please leave comments, opinions, and don't forget to share.