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oneshooter
April 26, 2008, 03:14 PM
My nine year old knows I carry concealed. When ever we go out to the store he asks me if I am "dressed", a tearm we use for CCW.
Questin: Does your children know that you carry concealed? If not then when would you let them know?

My son conciders it a normal item for me and my Loving Wife to carry. He also knows that it's nobody elses business to know.

Questin: Does your children know that you carry concealed? If not then when would you let them know?

Oneshooter
Livin in Texas

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mavracer
April 26, 2008, 03:18 PM
yes they know,and know it's nobody else's buisness

possum
April 26, 2008, 03:20 PM
my oldest knows she is a little over 3, my youngest is only 9 months so that is the fartherst form her mind.

Chipperman
April 26, 2008, 03:33 PM
The Twins (6) know, but the Youngest (3) does not.
The older ones know they are not supposed to talk about it.

Dksimon
April 26, 2008, 03:34 PM
I dont have any kids yet but I will put in my 0.02.

I think they should know but only when their are mature enough to understand that it is noone elses bussiness.
I grew up anti-handgun (my parents never really said so but they frowned upon them) and I dont want my kids to grow up that way.

AK103K
April 26, 2008, 03:39 PM
yes they know,and know it's nobody else's buisness
Mine were the same way when they were little. Never once had any problems either.

rantingredneck
April 26, 2008, 03:39 PM
My daughter is 8. She knows. No mystery left about it. It's just normal everyday behavor for dad to be carrying.

My son, when he sees a gun will say "It's daddy's guns", but it's not like he runs around saying "daddy's got a gun". It's only when he sees one.

My wife is the one who sometimes asks, which is wierd because the answer is always the same. If we're out somewhere and she sees something sketchy she'll ask "Are you?" and that's all. My stock answer is always, "I'm breathing aren't I?"

Chipperman
April 26, 2008, 03:43 PM
If we're out somewhere and she sees something sketchy she'll ask "Are you?" and that's all. My stock answer is always, "I'm breathing aren't I?"


Sounds like she should be, too.

rantingredneck
April 26, 2008, 03:45 PM
I wish she would. We've not come to an agreement on that yet.

oneshooter
April 26, 2008, 05:58 PM
Exellent answers!!! Let's expand the question a litle.

Does your family know that you carry concealed?

Mine does, all are pro gun and both my Loving Wife and my Mom carry!:D

Oneshooter
Livin in Texas

tblt
April 26, 2008, 05:59 PM
No my wife doesn't even know when I carry.
If your kids know they might tell there friends.
Nobody knows when I carry it's better that way.

Dahwg
April 26, 2008, 06:21 PM
My kids know and my wife knows. When the ex-wife found out from my daughter, she flipped. Went on an anti-rampage. I quietly listened to what she had to say and when she finally stopped, I said "well then, it's a good thing you don't get a vote in what I do with my life, isn't it?":neener:

Moonclip
April 26, 2008, 06:33 PM
I'd generally not tell folks, especially very young children. You don't want them blurting out "daddy you have a gun, do something!" in the middle of an armed bank robbery or such while you still have the element of surprise and you are trying to assess the situation.

rbernie
April 26, 2008, 06:37 PM
Does your children know that you carry concealed? If not then when would you let them know?
No - neither my 7 year old nor my 4 year old have sufficient impulse control to NOT say silly things about it in public. They are exposed to firearms on a daily basis, but we don't talk at all about what happens to the firearms when they move out of sight.

The kids have articulated an expectation that I will use a firearm to protect them from the bad guys if it ever comes to that, and that works for now.

AK103K
April 26, 2008, 07:09 PM
I dont see how you can wear a gun and your wife and kids not know that you do, unless maybe you dont wear it all the time, and only sneak it on when you go out. I've always worn mine from when I get up till it comes off when I go to bed, its pretty obvious its there when your walking around the house. My kids always saw it from the time they were born, so they didnt know different and I simply told them it wasnt to be discussed with anyone outside the house and why, and that was that, never had a problem.

Didnt y'all give your kids the "NAZI" speech at an early age? Or are we to far gone from that now too? :)

Battlespace
April 26, 2008, 07:15 PM
My oldest is 33 and married and both her and my son-in-law carry. The next is 31 and he carries. The next is 25 and although she does not carry, she packs Fox OC as do the next two that are 20 and 16. Wife and I both carry and needless to say the kids all know we do. When we go out to dinner at Cracker Barrel there are usually five handguns and various containers of OC at the table.:)

misterwhipple
April 26, 2008, 07:17 PM
Didnt y'all give your kids the "NAZI" speech at an early age?

The which who?

CajunBass
April 26, 2008, 07:24 PM
I guess my kids know I carry, most everybody else I know, knows.

AK103K
April 26, 2008, 08:26 PM
The which who?
The speech about how the Nazi's taught the kids to rat out their parents and then they would come take the parents away and kill them and the kids would have to go live in an orphanage and be good little Nazi's. In other words, you NEVER tell anyone, especially anyone in authority ANYTHING about what goes on in your house...or the Nazi's will come!

I guess these days, its the Republicrats or Democans, same only different, a Nazi is a Nazi. :D

Moonclip
April 26, 2008, 08:30 PM
Nazi story is interesting! I agree though in this day and age of doctors and teachers and such asking kids if daddy has a gun in the house.

In some areas I've heard, even in areas as far south as Spain mothers still tell their naughty children "the Norweigian" aka a Viking is going to come get them if they don't behave!

I prefer the Nazi story!

Jimmy Dean
April 26, 2008, 08:32 PM
Don't have kids. The folks know...buit I OC though...so it is pretty darn obvious.

langenc
April 26, 2008, 08:32 PM
Way back in the 'good ole days' my 2 older sisiers amd Mom, used the term- "your snowing" to tell the other that their slip was showing.

My wife occasionally uses that term or a variety of it regarding my CCW.

doc2rn
April 26, 2008, 08:32 PM
Yes my daughter who is 6 knows I carry and that it is our secret. She has developed a respect for weapon systems.

springmom
April 26, 2008, 09:17 PM
Of course. So do most of their friends; and their friends' parents are glad to know that HERE, their kids are safe.

Springmom

Hokkmike
April 26, 2008, 09:19 PM
They don't know and don't care.

Floppy_D
April 26, 2008, 10:15 PM
My son has shown little interest in firearms (he's 3, bear with). He knows that they aren't toys, and that if he sees one, he should get me (not that I leave them out, but a good pre-planned response). As soon as he asks, and I think he gets the concept of "no-talky," he'll know. Until then, he gets to worry about other things, like Curious George and tadpoles and why ice cream isn't a valid breakfast choice.

craig
April 27, 2008, 11:25 AM
my 14 y.o. stepdaugher knows i carry, and that her mom carries too.:D

she also likes to shoot, so that tells you about my ammo bill.:what:

mgregg85
April 27, 2008, 12:17 PM
I've got no kids but I don't know that I would tell them until they were at least 12 years old or so. I would worry about them mentioning it to their friends or anyone else they wanted to scare/impress.

jmabbott888@aol.com
April 27, 2008, 12:26 PM
I don't have a ccw but if we go on camping trips, geocaching, anything in the great outdoors both my boys know I carry, usually concealed since alot of people we go with don't like guns. There are only a few true anti-gunners in the group but the rest get a little nervous knowing there is a gun around with kids there, I carry concealed to put their minds at ease by not seeing it hence not thinking about it.

Sato Ord
April 27, 2008, 12:39 PM
I'm still waiting for my license, but I carry my pistol in the glove box.

My son not only knows that I carry, he has helped me pick out clothing and design a Kydex holster so that I am ready when the license gets here.:D

moooose102
April 27, 2008, 01:55 PM
yes, my kids know. they also know not to say anything about it, and so far, so good. even my little 4 year old doesn't talk about it, which amazes me. i have just told them "the reason i carry a gun is to protect you, and if you tell other peole about it, we might get into trouble". we wont, but it keeps their mouths quiet. when they are really old enough to understand all the bad things in the world, i will explain it to them. until then, all they need to know is i love them and will protect them.

JesseL
April 27, 2008, 05:13 PM
Yeah, my son knows I carry. I don't think he quite grasps the significance of it yet - he just knows he's not to touch it.

http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m5/J_M_Lambert/Guns/OCatcarshow.jpg

I promise this is the last time I'll use this picture.:neener:

rhubarb
April 27, 2008, 05:39 PM
Today I bought my 5 year old a bright green plastic J Frame at the flea market. As we were walking to the car, I noticed an odd bulge in the front of his shirt. He was carrying A-IWB. Yeah, he knows I carry.

Mac45
April 27, 2008, 06:48 PM
No kids myself, but I do have 13 nieces and nephews.
All but a couple of the youngest know I carry.

jcramin
April 27, 2008, 06:49 PM
Yes they all know 7 year old daughter and both sons 12 and 16. Also all my kids have taken Safety and Marksmanship classes and they all have their own guns.

J

PennsyPlinker
April 27, 2008, 08:24 PM
My kids have known since they were little.

"Why is Daddy taking his gun?"

"In case he has to shoot somebody!"

The two who had that conversation when they were four and three years old are now adults. One is married with two step children and one of her own, and the other is getting married in June. The step grandchildren know that Grandpa carries, and the other(s) will as they grow up. There is no shame in bearing arms.

SSN Vet
April 27, 2008, 10:18 PM
Questin: Does your children know that you carry concealed? If not then when would you let them know?

No....

when there old enough to understand the serious nature of that information....

They're girly girls and though I hope they take an interest to shooting sports someday, it's horses and fairy princesses that capture their attention and imagination for now. They're smart as a tack, but they are "young" for their age wrt. innocense....and that's the way we want it to be, as kids 'grow up' way to early these days. I don't want to burden them with fear to know just how ugly the world really is......not yet at least.

They know what guns look like, know they are in the house, know not to touch them and what to do if they see a gun that is not "secure".

They roll their eyes when I pack up to go to the range....."Daddies going to shoot his guns again"

oneounceload
April 27, 2008, 10:23 PM
what does it matter if your young children, or anyone, know.....really.....

oneshooter
April 28, 2008, 07:27 PM
oneounceload what does it matter if your young children, or anyone, know.....really.....

Please feel free to expand upon this statement. I am somewhat confused.

Oneshooter
Livin in Texas

mekender
April 28, 2008, 09:55 PM
well, i open carry because i dont have my permit yet... so im guessing that its pretty obvious that i carry...

my 9 year old knows that its not a toy, and that he doesnt need to talk about it with anyone outside of me and his mom...

21H40
April 28, 2008, 10:22 PM
I don't want to burden them with fear to know just how ugly the world really is......not yet at least.

My daughter was 3 when I came back from deployment. She was full of questions about what soldiers do in the desert and why we were there (we still don't watch the evening news because the stock IED footage is too upsetting). After those issues, she just accepted that daddy SHOULD be armed.

In fact, one day I had been cleaning my rifles, and she decided that if a pistol was good to bring, then several rifles have to be better:D

Now my parents and in-laws?? They're better off wondering. They still can't fathom that someone might hurt them - just because they're there :banghead:

ArizonaTRex
April 28, 2008, 11:10 PM
Heck, not only do my kids know I carry...they know their Grandparents carry! Years ago I told my family I CCW. I felt it was important that my entire family understand why I carry, and then lo and behold Mom sends me a pic of her getting her CCW permit. So Grandma and Grandpa both CCW now. I am proud of MY parents. Most important reason to let the family know when your carrying-so when you hold hands with your wife/kids they know NOT to grab your gun hand. If you have ever had your little ones bump their head hard against your pistol you'll understand.:) My "little ones" are now old enough to ask to borrow the car keys.:rolleyes:

gtd
April 29, 2008, 12:41 AM
My wife almost never knows. I'm not hiding anything from her . . . she's just not looking.

My son -- age 17 but since about age 11 -- knows about my "little lawyer gun" but doesn't really seem to take much of an interest.

????

Sir Aardvark
April 29, 2008, 12:53 AM
Yeah... they know.

They know not to ever mention it.

It's kinda hard to hide when you've been doing it for a few years.
The kids walk in on you when you're getting dressed, and they aren't blind or stupid.

Once, I had my 7 year old daughter turn around real suddenly and she walked right into my hip, smacking her head on my SIG 229 - it nearly knocked her out.

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