Guns should be well concealed and secure.
Read Gun Digest book of Concealed Carry by Massood Ayoob for tips
Erik Scott, a 38 year old concealed weapon holder was killed by police in Las Vegas outside a Costco. He had been seen carrying a gun in Costco. Was asked to leave. Refused. Costco called the police, who confronted him as he left. Reports vary at that point, but police claim he reached for his pistol. And he was shot and killed.
By all accounts Mr. Scott was a great American. His unfortunate death does highlight the risk of taking on the responsibility of carrying a weapon.
I hold a CCW permit and carry every day. Until Nevada stopped accepting Utah licenses, I carried in Las Vegas frequently.
My thoughts on this unfortunate event:
a) Costco handled this wrong
b) the police handled this wrong
c) but mostly, Mr. Scott handled this wrong.
Of the three, I’d say Mr. Scott is mostly to blame. As much as I want to support a fellow gun owner, fellow former Army officer, and by all accounts a great guy, he just did not handle the responsibility of gun carrying well on that day.
At least not based on the reports I’ve read.
He should have carried his gun in a more concealable fashion. He should have left when Costco asked him too – after all they have property rights. And he should have followed police instructions precisely.
Now maybe they shot him with his arms up. Maybe the police are lying. That does happen (a lot). But maybe they aren’t. We don’t know yet. But what we do know is this… he should have just left when instructed. It never should have gotten to the point where a line of police were aiming guns at him. He had that responsibility, to himself, to his family, to the police, the public, and to fellow CCW holders.
I’ve got plenty to be irritated at police about, but them being jumpy about a guy with a gun not following their instructions is low on that list. If he had behaved responsibly, it wouldn’t have escalated.
I carry every day, and nobody knows it as I walk around. I keep it that way. But if a property owner does notice, and they ask me to leave, I will. That’s just the way it is. I have my rights, they have theirs. We honor and support both.