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Old March 19th, 2017, 04:10 AM   #1
 
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Concealed Carry at Beach or Pool

Would like to hear your opinions on this. First let us start with some basic premises: 1). On body Concealed Carry is better than off body. 2). Carry is better than no carry

Then, what do you do when swimming at the beach or pool?
A). Don't swim
B). Off body carry in a bag but need to keep a very watchful eye, tie it to a table, take turns swimming with trusted partner, etc. when swimming.
C). Don't carry. Leave at home or car.
D). Other choice?

I have never carried to the pool so far, but weighing the pros and cons of B).



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If you need a gun at the beach or the pool, you need to find a better beach or pool.

What are you going to do, swim with the gun? Leave the gun unattended with your stuff?
Do you expect to employ deadly force in the water?

Seriously, if you're that concerned about your safety in that environment, you need to avoid that environment.

Carrying a gun while walking on a beach is one thing. Introducing a gun to an environment where you cannot keep constant control of it is something entirely different.

There ARE times that a firearm is inappropriate and those times often include sporting activities.

You have to use some common sense.
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If you need a gun at the beach or the pool, you need to find a better beach or pool.

What are you going to do, swim with the gun? Leave the gun unattended with your stuff?
Do you expect to employ deadly force in the water?

Seriously, if you're that concerned about your safety in that environment, you need to avoid that environment.

Carrying a gun while walking on a beach is one thing. Introducing a gun to an environment where you cannot keep constant control of it is something entirely different.

There ARE times that a firearm is inappropriate and those times often include sporting activities.

You have to use some common sense.
I will take this as a vote for C) leave at home or car. Which is my choice to date. Thanks.
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Yeah, there's times when you really don't need to. as said, if you're going to a pool/beach that you feel the need, find a new place to go.
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I wouldn't give someone a hard time for wanting to carry at a pool, beach, lake, etc. There has been at least one terrorist attack at a beach, in Europe, but still. If I wanted to carry, I wouldn't swim. I don't really count off body carry as a reasonable option, there are far too many variables. Carrying a gun is not convenient, sacrifices must be made. Swim, have fun, drink a beer.....no carry.
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"Find a new beach or pool"......Thats funny

Why not find a new restaurant, or find a new grocery store, or find a new college, or find a new movie theater, or find a new church. You never know where you will need to defend yourself.

I commend your inquisitive question.

Personally I have a firearm concealed in a backpack zipper pocket. My wife and I have small children still so we rarely swim together, and if we are swimming together, we'll be at the beach with friends.
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This started out as a legitimate question but it's morphed into a debate about whether or not the beach is an appropriate place to carry at all. That's fine but I sense a bit of an edge creeping into the tone. Carry on, but politely please.
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I exercise walk and in the cold months it is on the beach in TX or FL. I use a Pistol Wear belly band type holster for a small revolver.

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At the pool I bring a towel as I am not going to risk having a loaded gun where kids may get at it. If you swim at the beach then my advice is the same as the pool leave it locked in your vehicle.
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Sometimes its better to just find a different pool, or skip swimming that day.
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Or... Front pocket carry something small, wearing baggy cargo shorts, and don't go in the water past your knees.

Never "B".
If it's not on my person, it's locked in the car (Not the best choice in an unsecured area.) or left at home.
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Interesting question - I'm going to go with D) - but I'd have to buy a little NAA .22 5-shot revolver. Then, I have a couple of ... ahem ... rolls that I could hid it in ... The only scary thing is I might not notice if it falls out. But, back on topic and serious, I would seriously entertain one of the NAA Mini's if I had to make an occasional beach trip. Put it in little snack baggie and ... uh ... well ... place that baggie in my shorts...
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When I go to the beach, I carry, but don't swim. In the warmer months, I carry in a fanny pack holster and, if I'm going in the water (which isn't often, here in Oregon - the water temp is in the high 40s to low 50s), I hand the fanny pack off to my wife.

I can't think of any handgun I'd willingly take into the water, especially seawater. Even "stainless" steel will rust like crazy on exposure to salt water, so you'd have to completely disassemble the gun, clean it and oil it after every trip. Even then, it would probably rust.


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Since I started carrying in 2004 and haven't been inclined to swim since my last trip to Hawaii in 2003, that is a question I've yet to ponder. It does bring up some interesting questions (and mental images) though
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The only good way would be off body.
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If you really need protection at the beach a large dog would be a possibility.
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