Carrying concealed at its most basic means that you simply have a firearm in your possession. The advantage of concealing the firearm is that you don’t freak people out who are scared of guns and you don’t immediately draw attention to yourself from any bad guys. By having a concealed weapon on your person, you will be in a position to defend yourself if necessary. All the guns in the world don’t do you any good if you don’t have one when you need it.
Carrying concealed will cause you to notice your surroundings more and observe things like people, their reactions and exits. I don’t know if it is the weight of the firearm that you constantly feel regardless of where you choose to conceal this on your body or the simple awareness that you have a responsibility and the ability to step into action if the need arose. Carrying concealed places you in a mindset to act that you weren’t in before when the gun stayed at home.
Along with the awareness in reason number 2 and because of reason number one you will be more confident when you carry concealed that you will be able to defend a life. As long as you are comfortable with the operation of your chosen firearm and have trained yourself how to shoot effectively, having a weapon will empower you to act in defense of a live.
I like to take walks at night as the temperature is cooler but my husband was always a little concerned that I was going out into the darkness without any protection besides a wicked ability to scream that would rival the best horror movie star and maybe a flashlight. He would often give me his concealed carry weapon, but now that I can legally carry and do, he is more comfortable. I know this might not be a benefit to you, but it will give your loved ones peace of mind. Its a fringe benefit.
With your concealed carry license you no longer have to lock your weapon up in the trunk or glove-box when you are driving. With your concealed carry license, the old rules about transporting a weapon in the car no longer apply. You do have to be mindful if you are traveling to other states though to ensure you aren’t breaking another state’s laws. If you do plan to take a trip, consult the Concealed Carry Reciprocity map before you leave.