Conceal and carry is the process of having a gun on your body in a discreet manner allowing it to go unnoticed.
In Missouri, a legal gun owner over the age of 19 can choose to conceal or open carry with or without permits as of a law change in 2017. Missouri is one of 12 states that allow permitless carry. This means that no regulation is mandated on gun owners who choose to conceal their weapons.
Shop owners and government buildings have the choice to post “no carry” signs in their front window removing the permissions of patrons to carry in their buildings. This doesn’t limit permit carriers.
Conceal and carry has its faults. For one, the carrier may not appear 19 which can lead to confrontation if that weapon is seen by a police officer. Second, people often believe that having a gun makes them invincible, leading to confrontations. Finally, the carrier may be flashy with their “concealment”.
Police can stop people who they believe may be breaking the law even if they aren’t positive. They may stop anyone and ask for ID. If the person is of age they will be let go and no harm is done. However, if they are belligerent and refuse to comply with officers, the situation can escalate much quicker than anticipated.
Another important point is the misfire of weapons. If the carrier is not properly trained to holster and unholster their weapon they can easily fire it by gripping it incorrectly. The misfire could just graze them or do major damage. This could, in the worst cases, kill the carrier, frighten nearby civilians, hurt the carrier or hurt someone around them.
The final idea of people being flashy with concealment is simple. If a person has their gun in an abdomen conceal under their shirt is fine. However, the moment they flip their shirt up to reveal the weapon it’s no longer concealed carry.
While concealed carry is better than open carry it still has the potential to become a danger to the carrier and those around them.