Guest Post by Sam Bocetta
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There are an abundance of articles that cover the best types of guns to have and use during an SHTF disaster such as a power grid down scenario where chaos results and angry mobs and looters take to the streets.
Is this an important subject? Absolutely.
Nonetheless, equally as important as your weapons choices during a major disaster will be knowing how to carry and use those guns. Many people have this idea that a major disaster or catastrophe is going to result in a ‘Wild West’ scenario where no rules apply and where everyone is walking around with a pistol on their hip and a rifle slung over their shoulder.
While that’s certainly one possibility for what may happen, the truth is that you will actually need to be more careful about how you carry and use firearms during an SHTF disaster than you may realized.
Here are the top five considerations for carrying and using a firearm during an SHTF disaster.
Guess what: the authorities and law enforcement most likely aren’t going away when disaster strikes, and that means that the laws are not going away anytime soon after. This means that any laws that currently apply to you at the Federal, state, or local levels will still need to be followed by you. Otherwise, you can run into serious trouble with the authorities.
For example, what are the open carry laws in your area? If open carry is currently not allowed, just because a major disaster occurs doesn’t mean that it’s suddenly going to become legal or acceptable.
Here’s another question to ask yourself: in your state or city, under what circumstances is it legal to use a firearm in lethal self-defense? Even if your home comes under attack, for instance, you may have a duty to retreat before you can fire a gun in lethal self-defense.
In the midst of an SHTF disaster, it will always be wise to keep a handgun on you at all times (assuming it’s legal, because as we just went over you will still need to follow law) so you always have a defensive tool on your person that you can draw and fire if need be.
That being said, it will also almost always be preferable to conceal carry this firearm rather than open carry it. This is because open carrying a firearm is going to draw to you lots of attention, not only from other people around you but from any military and law enforcement units nearby as well.
This isn’t something that you want because one of the keys to survival in a disaster scenario will be to ‘fly under the radar’ and blend into the crowd rather than stand out like a sore thumb.
Even though you would be wise to carry a sidearm on your person at all times for quick and easy access during an SHTF disaster, at the same time, it should be noted that a handgun should never be considered a primary combat weapon.
A handgun can be an effective defensive tool, but at the end of the day, it’s really a last resort weapon or the gun that you use to fight your way to your rifle.
In other words, in an SHTF disaster, don’t treat your handgun like it’s the primary weapon you’re going to use to defend your home and family with, because it’s not.
You need to have a defensive long gun (preferably a semi-automatic rifle) that you can use for this task, and you’re going to want to keep that rifle loaded and within relatively easy reach while also keeping it out of sight from other people.
This will largely depend on whether or not martial law is declared. However, martial law being declared as a result of a significant enough disaster is a very real possibility that you may face.
When Hurricane Katrina struck the coast of Louisiana in 2005, the government declared martial law, which essentially means that ordinary law is suspended as the military and/or law enforcement takes direct control over local civilian affairs.
As a result of martial law, the government will take action to control the civilian population, and part of what they will do to aid in that control is to confiscate as many firearms as they can. This is exactly what happened after Hurricane Katrina when military and law enforcement units went from door-to-door confiscating all kinds of firearms – rifles, shotguns, handguns, you name it.
The lesson learned here is that your firearms may not even be legal, meaning that you could be taking a major risk just by conceal carrying a pistol. It also means that you will likely need to take steps to keep your firearms hidden as well.
Last but not least, maintenance of your firearms will be of the utmost importance following disaster to keep them in good working condition over the long term.
Keeping a firearms cleaning kit with all the essentials – such as cleaning rod, gun oil, and cleaning patches – will undoubtedly be an absolute must.
But at the same time, you will need to actually take action to ensure that your firearms remain in good working condition. Inspecting your firearms carefully and conducting detailed maintenance will be important.
Keep in mind, some of your firearms can and will take a serious beating, especially if you have to pack them consistently and perhaps even use them. You’re going to be using them a lot more than simply taking a trip or two a month to the shooting range.
All in all, these will be the top five considerations for you to follow with carrying and using firearms following a major disaster.
If there’s anything that you learn from this article, it’s that whether it be an EMP attack, an economic collapse, or a natural disaster or whatever else, you need to be very careful and cautious about how you go about packing heat.
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