Concealed firearms are common across the country and while most people who carry such weapons do so for self-defense purposes, there are the few who have ulterior motives. Although the weapon may be hidden from view, there are five signs that can tell you someone is carrying a concealed handgun, shotgun, or rifle.
You Can See Part of It
Amazingly enough, many people who attempt to hide weapons on their person do a poor job of it which means that you can see the tip of a rifle or shotgun sticking out from below their jacket or the handle of a pistol protruding from their pocket. It’s something that they may not have seen or perhaps because their clothing shifted it suddenly sticks out. But this is a common warning sign.
This is arguably the most common sign that someone is carrying a weapon on their person. Someone who is wearing a jacket or coat on a warm day may do so to keep the bulge of the weapon from being noticed. However, keep in mind that a jacket or coat alone is not a guarantee that a person is armed, but it is a very important sign when you consider the other indications.
Unexplained Bulge from Jacket or Pants Pocket
Most firearms are not naturally shaped to be concealed, so even when they are held in a holster, you can see the bulge that they create. It will usually be in a place where the gun can be easily reached, such as from around the beltline or near the underarm where holsters are used. Plus, a gun in a pants, jacket, or coat pocket will tend to stick out and sag due to the weight.
Unless the weapon is secured in a holster, it is going to slide around on the person who will need to readjust it from time to time. When you see someone adjusting something that is under a bulky jacket or coat, that may be an indication they are carrying a firearm tucked into their pants. While you cannot prove that a firearm exists, there are very few other things that people keep in that location.
While everyone has their own unique gait and manner of walking, you’ll notice someone who is walking unusually because they may be concealing a larger weapon on their person or perhaps have a gun tucked in their boot. You’ll see a person trying to walk normally as if not to call attention to themselves, but then stop or shorten their gait as if something is not right. This usually happens when a firearm is slipping out of position and they need to get it back in place without being noticed.
If you see someone who appears to be carrying a concealed weapon in a place where it is not supposed to be, you should alert security in the store or location to the presence of the person. Do not try to confront them directly, but keep your eye on them until security can make their presence known.