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3 Concealed Carry Tips For People With A Disabilities

I was diagnosed and treated for a rare muscle tumor when I was 17. The cancer was so rare that I was only the 7th person diagnosed with it and the first person to ever survive it. I was sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN which is an awesome hospital and I strongly recommend that you help support they hospital with donations or fundraisers.

I spent 6 months in treatment and have been in remission since December of 1997. Eventually the side effects of the radiation treatment set in and the scar tissue in the radiation area set up like concrete. I reached the point where I couldn’t move my left hip or knee. I walked with a very pronounce limp.

In March 2010, I broke my bad leg. My femur snapped where the good bone and the irradiated bone met and the bad bone shattered into 3 pieces. Two years, ten months, two surgeries, a bone graft and two titanium rods later (the first non-slip rod slipped), and I am still on crutches and will be for the foreseeable future.

The bone started mending after the second surgery but the healing is slow due to the poor circulation in the radiation area and also due to the poor condition of my femur bone. The doc was shocked when what looked like dead bone started healer. I guess it was just mostly dead. Thanks to God for the miracle of the human body.

I’ve told you all of that so that you can know that I know what it is like to live with a physical disability. As you know from my previous posts Crutching Around With A CCW and 3 Problems With Carrying A Gun While On Crutches I now have a concealed carry permit and have been working out the best way for me to carry a concealed weapon.

Here are 3 Tips for folks with a disability that conceal carry:

Don’t Let Someone Else Tell You What Is Best For You – talk to people, get opinions but when it comes down to it, you need to carry what works for you. Don’t let someone tell you that you should be carrying a .45 for the stopping power when your arthritis will barely let you use a .22. The choice of a carry pistol has to be what works best for you.

When is comes to how you will carry concealed, you will need to figure out what works best for you with that too. In your case, a lot of the recommended conceal carry techniques and holsters may not work for you. Don’t let someone else tell you what is best for you. You need to work it all out in a way that best suits your needs.

Practice Your Way – Once you have the best method that fits your situation, practice, practice, practice. This applies to everyone but more so to someone with a disability that might impede their ability to draw their weapon. Sorry but that’s just the way it is.

Don’t Carry a Gun – I know that sounds radical but hear me out, if your disability doesn't allow you to draw or shoot your pistol or allows an attacker a more than average chance of taking your pistol away from you, don’t carry one. You are responsible to be able to defend yourself and your loved ones. If your disability makes carrying a pistol a danger to others either by your inability to fire the weapon safely and accurately or by the potential of your weapon being used against others then you should seriously consider not carrying a pistol.

Instead, you could carry a knife and tactical flash light. In a pinch, those two items are quite effective. I am not sure where I heard this saying but is has stuck with me (I am paraphrasing): Someone can take a gun away from you without getting shot, but no one can take a knife away from you without getting cut.

What do you think? Anyone else have some tips that you want to add?

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yes, use your best judgement. and,do what is best for you.
Posted @ Wednesday, February 06, 2013 1:19 PM by les rnehart
After having my left leg amputated below the knee I find myself spending most of my time in a wheelchair while I await the possibility of getting a prosthetic leg. I agree that practice, practice, practice is needed to make sure you can successfully deploy your weapon of choice without putting yourself or those with you in danger. Thanks for your advice!
Posted @ Wednesday, February 06, 2013 2:21 PM by PC
I have COPD so my breathing does not allow me to fight them off by hand , that is why I carry . Besides the 2nd Amendment is what gives me the right to carry and protects the 1st amendment that gives them the right to say I can't . With out the 2nd the rest fall apart . HAPPINESS IS A WARM GUN .
Posted @ Saturday, February 09, 2013 2:04 PM by Thomas Davis
Crutching with a concealed weapon is no walk in the park! As a former concealed carry instructor I can tell you that a summer weight Cross-Draw vest under a shirt or jacket works great for this! Access is extremely quick and your torso bears the weight of the weapon and spare mags. Another option is the "Scotty Vest", which is just a jacket or vest with lots of internal and external pockets.
Posted @ Wednesday, February 13, 2013 10:09 PM by Igor
I broke my neck in 2006 and also had spinal cord damage. I sometimes walk with a limp and I can not fight off an attack. I found myself as a target after my injuries. That is when I began to carry and yes I practice often. Great advice for any new comers to the reality that being disabled can make you a target. We have the right to protect our self thanks to the second amendment! I have also taken the time to write my representatives on this matter.
Posted @ Wednesday, February 13, 2013 10:11 PM by AB
I was injured a few years ago which resulted in a broken femur and damaged knee. After 5 surgeries, I walk with a limp and cannot run. I carry my Beretta PX4 .40 in a inside the waist band holster on my right hand side. Since I cannot run, I will draw as soon as I feel trouble. I was held at knife point a few years ago before I started carrying, and I could not run. Luckily I was able to scare the guy. I will not be a victim again.
Posted @ Tuesday, March 19, 2013 3:50 PM by Shaun
I am disabled with a back injury. The one thing that is easy for me to do is carry concealed. I have several ways I carry but usually in a belly pack. With practice you can draw and shoot just as fast as you would with a holster. I am not in a wheel chair and can walk some distance. I find that I am now more aware of my surroundings and what is happening around me. It took a little practice but even as a healthy person you need to practice. The post about the vests were interesting and I am going to check them out. Good shooting and God bless.
Posted @ Tuesday, March 19, 2013 9:47 PM by Joseph Jr
Thanks for all the comments! Since I posted this, I have been carrying a .380 in my pants pocket or a 9mm in a IWB holster. Both have their places depending on what I am wearing and where I am going to be.  
Shaun - I too feel that those of us who are unable to get out of a situation are going to be forced to draw a little sooner than others.  
Regarding the vests, I am all for them. Although when I see a person wearing a vest, I automatically think that they are carrying a weapon. Wearing a vest could let people know you are carrying which can be good or bad depending on where you are.
Posted @ Wednesday, March 20, 2013 9:17 AM by Jason Parks
After 40 years of marriage, my tall and large husband has become disabled. So, I am now the CWP holder. That's what partnership is all about. He had my back, now I have his.
Posted @ Sunday, August 25, 2013 6:40 PM by Tituswoman
I would disagree on the knife. Unless you are trained to use one, you should NOT depend on one in a fight. Yes, the bad guy may get cut, but he won't get stopped; and he can take that knife from you and slit your throat. If you *cannot* carry, you can rely on all the other things that keep us out of trouble in the first place: situational awareness is most important, don't "look like food" (even if you're disabled or like me, in a wheelchair, look like you're someone nobody really wants to mess with). Condition yellow, always. Go out with a group (preferably a packing group!) or at least a packing friend whenever possible (that's good advice anyway). Hope you heal well and quickly.
Posted @ Sunday, August 25, 2013 7:02 PM by Janet Pedersen
I have MS and live alone,I have a .22 and 9mm..I do use a cane at times,but the .22 is what I keep in the house,and the 9mm,but I need to practice with it some more.
Posted @ Sunday, August 25, 2013 7:28 PM by Tracie
1. If you're in a power chair w/toggle control, practice controlling the toggle w/your elbow. An unexpected rapid swing or ramming can do wonders. 
2. A BIC pen, w/the breathing hole near the blunt end covered is a wonderful stabbing weapon. 
3. There's a martial arts weapon that looks like the letter "F" w/the upright extended beyond the crossbars. It is set up to be used as a key ring, the ring's on the bottom. You grab the upright w/the crossbars sticking out between your fingers [like brass knuckles]. You can swing back + stab w/the base of the upright, forward to hit w/the top. A jab w/your fist to the throat or eyes is a sure stopper. 
And a 5'2" arthritic woman can do all of the above because I have, in practice.
Posted @ Sunday, August 25, 2013 9:44 PM by Carol
You TOTALLY make sense.
Posted @ Sunday, August 25, 2013 9:45 PM by Jo
Finally a well and very wonderful allocation you did here about Concealed Carry Tips For People With A Disabilities and I think among all of the points (Don’t Carry a Gun) is very much vital and I hope that through reading out in such allocation everyone will able to understand what is the real things. Thanks :)
Posted @ Wednesday, December 11, 2013 10:35 AM by Evan M
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