Defense Tactics

Drawing Your Gun The Wrong Way Will Land You In Jail


You’ve sat through a Conceal Carry class from a state instructor and you’ve learned a lot.  In fact, it can be a bit daunting because of information overload.  Yet, when the sheriff issues you a conceal conceal permit, you are held responsible for comprehending and applying every bit of the information you received during that class.

Drawing Your Gun The Wrong Way Will Land You In Jail

In Missouri concealed carry classes are mandated to last 8 hours. My classes run between 9-10 hours because I give each lady personal attention when we get to the “hands-on” section of the training.  I want to make sure no one leaves my class without fully understanding the law, gun safety and how to select the right gun for themselves (not what their husband or boyfriend thinks they should have). 

I also tell my students at the beginning of class to relax and take a deep breath.  The more relaxed you are during the learning process, the more information you retain.

Then I tell my students to come to this blog regularly because I’ll cover different aspects of the training over and over and in different ways to drive home some very important legal aspects of owning and carrying a handgun.  Here are two scenarios that all conceal carriers should take to heart.

This first scenario was done absolutely, 100% wrong across the board.  I don’t know of one state that would advise, approve or sanction this type protocol of any law-abiding citizen.   This happened in Waco, Texas.

When a man tried to steal the purse of an 84-year-old woman near a Walmart, many customers in the immediate area took action to try and stop him.

The man, identified as 27-year-old Andre Dawson, found himself in the middle of an angry group of people. A struggle ensued as he tried to get away, and then he was finally able to break free.

What he may have failed to realize at the time was that an armed woman was pointing a gun at him. As Dawson tried to run away after breaking free, a single shot can be heard on the video. Dawson, phased by the shot, falls to the ground but is not struck by the bullet.

The group of concerned citizens catches up to Dawson and restrains him until police arrive.

While we “hurrah” the crowd for getting involved and helping the elderly lady, what the lady did would’ve gotten her in real big trouble if anyone had been shot by a bullet from her gun.  Why?  I’m so glad you asked.

  • Pointing a gun at the crowd who is subduing your purse thief is irresponsible. An accidental discharge hitting innocent people is negligent.
  • Discharging a shot toward the perp running away from the scene is illegal – in most states.

The minute the perp starts to run away from any crime scene is the exact moment you are no longer in any danger.  To run after the perp or fire a shot in the direction he/she is running and hit them will get you put in jail for negligence.

You can read more about this story from our friends over at Concealed Nation.

Now, here’s the right way to draw your gun and fire a shot at a perp.



  • I enjoy reading your articles. Can you tell me the best hand gun for a older lady? I am 63 and rather short, 4 ft 6 in tall. So a large hand gun is out and I would rather not have one with a hard kick.
    I charge a AR-15 that I love and did have a colt 45 persuasion hand gun that I let my brother have to use. So I am use to firearms.My father taught us gun safety and how to shoot. He was a sharpshooter in the war.
    Thank You for all you do
    Kathy Lawson

    • Thank you, Kathy, for contacting us. There are so many to choose from and so many variables to consider but I think you’ve hit on a few that are well thought out. Though I’m not quite your youthful age yet, I am about the same in size and I’d also prefer a handgun I can control and shoot accurately without the recoil jumping the muzzle all over the place. A Sig Sauer P238 is easy to carry and conceal on your person. I use it most everyday myself. It’s made of all metal so the recoil is very little. Plus, it’s a lot of fun to shoot which says a lot for learning to manage what little recoil it does have. It comes in a lot of different colors & styles, too! Watch for sales! Let me know what you decide. I wish you all the best in 2016!

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