ealing with a concealed carry firearm in a public restroom may seem like a laughing matter—at least at first. In fact, I’m exercising every single iota of willpower I have and can borrow not to stuff this article chock full of puns and juvenile wisecracks. I’ll apologize in advance for any jokes that slip through my admittedly slack screening process. However, before blowing off the topic as comical and irrelevant, consider these true stories and the gravity and potential consequences of leaving you gun behind in a public place: A Florida man…yes, I know. A Florida man. Sigh. Anyway, this guy left his Glock in a public restroom at the Deerfield Beach International Fishing Pier. Apparently, he put it on the rail on the interior wall of his stall where he left it. A drunk homeless guy came in, found the gun, and said to himself (we’re making some assumptions here), “Hey, I’ll bet it’s a good idea to pull the trigger!” The drunk fired the gun in the bathroom and fortunately did not hit anybody or innocent toilets. While there are no confirmed reports, his actions may have helped others along with their, umm, business.
- Ankle holsters are as easy as it gets. By definition, you're wearing long pants that will bunch up and hide your gun with no effort required.
- Off body carry methods like packs, purses, and briefcases have the same risks in the bathroom as everywhere else. Your gun isn't attached to your body, so it's up to you not to leave that bag unattended anywhere—ever.
- Shoulder and undershirt holsters rarely require any movement or relocation, thouch some shoulder holsters may require you to detach them from a belt. Depending on your personal movement style, you might need to be cautious about leaning forward. Enough on that.
- Fanny packs and similar carry methods will usually have to come off. Just as with a loose handgun, never leave it on a shelf or hang it on a hook. Better to pile it up between your feet on top of your pants or skirt so there is no possibility of forgetting it.