|How prepared are you... on duty and off?|
J. Kevin Kimsey
PoliceOne Member, Georgia
In the comments to my last P1 Member tip the subject of conversation became primarily about the off-duty carry of a handgun.
So, I thought I would put in my two cents worth here.
I carry every day, on duty and off. There are several different opinions on this subject, the only one of which I totally disagree with is the officer who NEVER carries a weapon while off duty — because they feel that they would be perceived as paranoid, they feel as though that act is “extreme,” and so on.
My feelings on the subject are the following:
1.) It would REALLY STINK to need one and not have one;
Hopefully, at least one of the above reasons are enough to persuade you to carry a handgun while off duty. At a minimum, I hope to encourage you to be mentally and physically prepared, because there is more than enough violent crime occurring to justify it.