This is a discussion on Spousal Support for Concealed Carry within the CCW forums, part of the Firearm Forum category; I consider myself very fortunate that my wife enjoys shooting, has always supported my decision to carry and while she hasn't taken the steps to ...
I consider myself very fortunate that my wife enjoys shooting, has always supported my decision to carry and while she hasn't taken the steps to get her permit yet, I think 2011 will be the year as she has decided that her Christmas present will be a M&P 9c. I was curious how the spouses (or significant others) of the members here view guns and concealed carry, so I thought a poll would be in order
My wife does not carry but has no problem with me having a gun on my hip at all times. She has, at times, expressed an interest in CC but has yet to make the leap. I haven't pushed the issue because she is the one that has to want to do it.
My wife initially mocked me when I started carrying but as incidents of violence increased she started to realize that is was the smart thing to do. Now she seems relieved at times when I am carrying and is supportive. She even talked about getting her own license but hasn't followed through and I haven't pushed as I don't expect it will happen.
She did'nt know for 2 years until we stayed a night at a hotel and she moved my pants and "she said what do you have in here"[ LCP because it was at wedding} It's kind of growing on her now. She even asked me a few times when in certain areas if I have a gun.
My Spouse (significant other) does not carry but is completely neutral about the fact that I do
Would have been the accurate choice for me. She accepts that I carry, doesn't mind and expects me to carry, but has no interest in carry herself. She neither encourages nor discourages though we do talk through scenarios wherein she wants to know if she should run with the kids, take cover with the kids, & identify what is actually cover rather than concealment . . . she doesn't want to be a liability. So I'd say she is a neutral as neutral can be.
My answer is very close to number six as well. My wife does have her permit and does carry just not all the time. She is a good shot and doesn't mind me carrying. IMHO it should not matter if your significant other cares if you carry or not. ESPECIALLY if you were carrying before you met each other. I am a LEO so she understands that its part of the job and that "off duty carry" is just as important. I carry all the time, especially when her and I go out with the baby.
My wife found shooting after she married me. Took me two years to get her to shoot a gun, and now she enjoys it as much as I do. She has not decided to get her CPL, but we discuss the issue quite often and she is 100% in support of me carrying my gun, and just assumes that if I'm awake, there is a gun on my hip, or in my pocket. It's not a big thing here.
However, she has expressed an interest in getting a SD gun for herself to use at home when she is alone. It has been my experience that the desire to carry outside of the home soon follows when you buy a gun for home defense. I forsee that she might start carrying in the not too distant future, as her gun ownership evolution continues onward.
Last week a woman and her two kids were cross country skiing in a Mpls. park. Four feral youths robbed them (of nothing) at gun point, then sexually assaulted the mom after pulling her ski pants down while searching for loot. Mom started resiting when they made moves to sexually assault the 10-year-old daughter and assaulted her younger son.
The animals then left and abducted two girls in an alley (16/18 YOA) and began to sexually assault them in a garage. The cops tracked them to that location and arrested them.
Don't mean to get off topic, but I wonder what impact this incident might have on spousal concealed (or open) carry on those otherwise against it? I know nothing about the victims and wish them well. Their honest views on this topic would be quite interesting ...
It was wisely said earlier that it's the spouses' decision to make. However, this horrible story should even convert Sarah Brady.
ps. They had a candlelight vigil last night to "take back the park." Didn't look like many NRA supporters there ... I hope they feel safer.