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Should you carry your firearm while at home?


I often get asked the question by friends who know that I carry: “Do you carry even when you’re home?” It’s a valid question I suppose, and my answer is always “**** YEA I DO!”

My reasoning is simple and can be broken down into a few important points:

  • Although a break-in while at home is rare where I live, there’s always a chance
  • I’d only have seconds to act if someone were to break into my home
  • I carry all day anyway, why make an exception while I’m home?
  • When I get dressed, my firearm is a part of my daily attire

Bullet Point #1 Explanation:

I’ll just use the fire extinguisher example. We all have them in our homes in case of a fire. We rarely have fires and hope to never have a fire but if we do, we have a remedy to attempt to stop that fire in it’s tracks before the unthinkable happens. The same rule applies to my firearm.

Bullet Point #2 Explanation:

If I’m in my family room at 10pm watching TV and someone kicks in my front door, I’d have to run by the intruder to get to the location where I usually store my firearm when it’s not on my hip. Why not have it right there, ready to go if it’s ever needed.

Bullet Point #3 Explanation:

It seems silly and unnecessary to remove my firearm and holster from their position just because I am at home. My holster is so comfortable, I forget it’s even there. Unless I’m doing my business or sleeping, it’s on my hip where it belongs.

Bullet Point #4 Explanation:

Along the lines of #3, my rig is a solid part of my daily attire. If I got dressed without putting my wallet in my pocket, it’d be the same feeling of nakedness if I did the same thing with my firearm.

In closing, we all carry to be prepared. Being prepared in your home is no different than being prepared away from your home. Crime can occur anywhere and unless you have a Gun Free Zone sign on your front door (obviously, this is a joke), your home is no exception. So, my advice is yes, you should carry while you’re home.

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Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Glock 27 that holds Hornady…

Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Glock 27 that holds Hornady 165 gr FTX Critical Defense rounds, and rides comfortably in an Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 holster.

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  • Ben Grimm

    Man, I carry my gun every day. I’m at work right now and it is on my hip. Why? because I’m not home and the whole San Bernadino thing has made me extra cautious these days. However, it is paranoia (not preparedness) to carry my gun inside the house on my hip. That’s freaking ridiculous. Is there a chance of home invasion? Yeah, sure. There’s also a chance that a meteorite is going to crash through my roof and kill me. The reasons given are ridiculous. Yeah, I have a fire extinguisher at home in case of a fire but I don’t carry it around with me. If things are so bad where I live I’m worried someone is going to kick in my front door, I better move to another neighborhood or get a better front door (one with a better locks or one that swings out and not in). A holster is comfortable? No it’s not. It brings me comfort to have my gun with me when I’m out, but it isn’t comfortable. It’s part of my daily attire? So are my tie and shoes, but I take them off when I get home. Should I leave my shoes on until I go to sleep in case I have to run for help in case of a home invasion? After all, the first rule of protecting yourself is not confrontation, but leaving if you can.