This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Concealed Carry V. Home Defense/ Duty

870 words - 3 pages

Napoleoni 1
Jaime Napoleoni Jr
Professor Brunk
ENC 1101
8 March 2014
Handguns: Concealed Carry v. Home Defense/ Duty
In an age where gun sales and gun ownership in America are at an absolute high, you
may eventually find yourself buying very own pistol. Whether you are an avid collector of
handguns, or seeking your first pistol for means of protection, it is important that you have a firm
grasp on the intended use of the firearm. When acquiring a handgun, understanding the features
and limits of it, will simplify the decision process by allowing you to match what that handgun
has to offer with what you actually need it for. Some handguns are small with few features and
are simple enough for just about anyone to handle and conceal. Other handguns are large, heavy
and have features that allow customization for optimum defense. The key is to coordinate your
needs with the features that the handgun offers.
With the proper permit, many states allow for weapons to be carried on a person as long
as it is concealed. With carrying a concealed weapon increasing in popularity, many gun
manufacturing companies are making handguns that are more suitable for concealment. This
means more small, lightweight and easy to manipulate weapons are being produced. The most
common method of carrying a concealed weapon is with a holster on the waistline of the owner.
There are other methods like ankle holstering or inside a bag or purse, but carrying on the
waistline seems to be the most common due to the accessibility being much faster that the other
methods. When carrying a handgun on your waistline, it is important to keep the size and weight
manageable. A heavy pistol will cause your pants to sag and will be uncomfortable. If the pistol
is too large, it will show through clothing which defeats the purpose of having it concealed.

Napoleoni 2
Having a smaller and lighter weapon aids in comfort but also has its downsides. Smaller
handguns normally have a lower magazine capacity. Sub-compact pistols normally carry five to
9 rounds of ammunition. This may be more than enough to some, considering that they are
carrying a pistol is for self defense purposes only. A high caliber pistol usually has a lower
magazine capacity, due to the individual rounds taking space in the magazine. This forces many
people who prefer the stopping power of a high caliber, to reconsider their preference. Smaller
handguns usually have very few features. Most sub-compact handguns do not have manual
safety switches. It is argued that manual safety switches calls for an additional step in between
un-holstering and firing your weapon. In a self defense situation, every second is crucial,
including the extra second it takes to switch from safe to fire. To substitute their lack of a manual
safety, most gun manufacturers equip there pistols with a 'double-action only' trigger. According

Find Another Essay On Concealed Carry v. Home Defense/ Duty

Concealed Carry Bills Essay

1953 words - 8 pages visible from three points of view. In order to attain a concealed carry permit, an individual must attend one or more classes taught by a certified teacher. Handguns, or pistols, are used more commonly for concealed carry because they are small enough to conceal, and they cannot utilize most powerful cartridges (Ellerman). Concealed carry is used for the sole purpose of self-defense. The amount of CHL’s (Concealed Handgun License) is accumulating

How Gun Control Affects Us All

2029 words - 8 pages people have a right to be in an area outside of their home and defend themselves without having a duty to retreat (FindLaw, 2014). Eighteen other states allow justifiable homicide only after they cannot retreat to safety and as a last resort. When it comes to the United States in general, it has been reported that people use a gun in self-defense more than 2.5 million time a year, according to a report published by Gun Owners of America in 2008

"Gun control vs freedom", how Americans view their right to own guns; some web links which deal with various gun and crime statistics first language

1277 words - 5 pages Amendment, and the right many claim to hunt, protect the home, or for defense against potential militias or government overthrow. The motive behind proponents of gun control on the other hand, is to restrict accessibility to guns to prevent violence and death in their society. My position is neither an attempt to persuade or convince anyone to use guns nor to control and restrict them.The Second AmendmentThe Second Amendment to the United States

Gun Control

993 words - 4 pages do not carry handguns illegally? If those who abide by the law cannot protect themselves, criminals are assured unarmed targets who are strictly at their, the criminals, mercy. In these cases a concealed handgun acts as an equalizer for those overpowered or outnumbered. The department of Justice states that eighty-seven percent of all violent crimes occur outside the home and concealed handguns are the only defense. Maybe Denver talk-show host

America Needs More Guns: Say No to Gun Control

2737 words - 11 pages year -- or about 6,850 times a day (Fact Sheet: Guns Save Lives). This proves that concealed carry would be an effective form of protection against criminals. In late February there was an incident at a gas station in Illinois involving an off duty police officer and three robbers, one being armed with a gun. Because of the Law Enforcement Safety Act, off duty police officers are allowed to carry their handguns. The off duty police sergeant was

Gun Control

1145 words - 5 pages vs. Heller that individual citizens have the right to keep and bear arms for self-defense in the home; two years later in McDonald vs. City of Chicago, the court elaborated on the ruling by stating that the Second Amendment applies to state governments as it applies to the federal government. In 2012, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Moore vs. Madigan that people not only have the right to bear arms in the home, but in public as well

Gun Control in Wisconsin

1682 words - 7 pages . Such as at any law enforcement buildings, jails, prisons, secured places, courthouses, on school grounds, or within 1000 ft of school grounds. Also, a licensee cannot carry their gun when they are drinking alcohol, pass checkpoints at airports, where they are specified they are not allowed, or at colleges that specify that they are not allowed. One case in Wisconsin that occurred before we had concealed carry laws was State V. Fisher. This

An Act to Revise the Arizona Concealed Weapon Carry Age Restriction

1710 words - 7 pages and since the United States allows citizens to fight with weapons at age eighteen therefore providing sufficient amount of need to amend the Arizona state law that prohibits those under twenty one but eighteen or older from exercising the right to concealed carry. In the United States we allow anyone eighteen and older to fight for our country, training them to use weapons in the process. Yet, when they come back to home in Arizona they cannot

Should You Be Able to Carry a Concealed Handgun?

845 words - 4 pages training and obtain a permit should be able to carry a concealed handgun. “Their best defense against injury is to put no defense and give them what they want” (Kates). Critics may argue that concealed handguns are not an effective form of self defense. To the contrary, robbery and assault victims who used a gun were less likely to be attacked or suffer injury, “Neither a martial art skills nor chemical sprays provide a real option for victims

District of Columbia v. Heller: The Use and Permit of Handguns

1955 words - 8 pages he wanted to keep at home. Heller was authorized to be able to carry his hand gun during his duty, but he cannot register for a license to keep a handgun at home. By being denied from owning a gun for self-defense, even with gun training like the military have, it encored him to take his case to the court and it soon ends up made it to the U.S. Supreme Court (Carter 234). While it sounds strange that an important issue that dealt with the Second

Title: Gun Control, this essay is about the right to carry concealed weapons for the right of protection

595 words - 2 pages Studies across the U.S. show that "1% increase in a state's gun-ownership rate has also been associated with a 3% decrease in violent crime." ( Lott 1) Many states have adopted concealed carry laws over sixty years ago. No state has ever taken out the law, and no state had ever made its law more restrictive. Some opponents think that the solution to crime is stricter gun control. The truth is that the right to carry concealed weapons enables law

Similar Essays

The Right To Carry A Concealed Firearm

2535 words - 10 pages they saw fit. As the civil war was drawing to an end soldiers formed of mostly civilians and freedmen who had previously needed their guns to even make it home from the war safely suddenly found they did not have much need for their firearms ("The History of Concealed Weapons Carry"). This lead to legislation which was made to stop concealed carry. However this legislation outlawed it entirely ("A Short History of Concealed Handgun Permits

Concealed Carry For All Essay

2014 words - 9 pages private citizens tend to have a lower crime rate. The government cannot guarantee the safety of its citizens. Protecting oneself and family is a personal duty and the government should not impede the ability of responsible adults to defend themselves and their families. Allowing strictly active and retired law enforcement officers to carry a concealed firearm for self-defense is unfair to the remainder of law-abiding citizens who are stuck with no

Concealed Carry On Campus Essay

1754 words - 7 pages and areas that have fewer restrictions against concealed carry permits, have actually shown a decrease in violent crime rates. (Kopel) In June 2008, the United States Supreme Court ruled in its decision of District of Columbia v. Heller, that “the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms for the purposes of self-defense”(Scalia). Then in 2010, the Supreme Court again extended the scope of this ruling when it decided

Concealed Carry Essay

1033 words - 5 pages concealed handguns because guns are an effective form of self defense. The state and federal laws should allow concealed handguns carry for personal protection. The laws frequently restrict concealed carry in schools, government buildings, and establishments where alcohol is one of the major revenue generators. The government should allow guns in Schools and federal buildings if the individual meets the qualifications and pass strict tests that