Printing....how much is too much?

hoytinak

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Mar 5, 2008
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I'll admitt, I know I've printed many times just tossing on a loose t-shirt to make a quick run to the store or something like that. But when does your printing begin to show too much? I was walking into Academy (about 1pm in Amarillo) yesterday and there was a guy coming out of the store that I knew he was carrying. I could tell he was carrying a fullsized SIG in a leather OWB holster and had on a tight t-shirt over it. I think that's where I draw the line at printing too much, when you can tell the gun and holster. I just had a t-shirt on myself with the HK P2000SK/VMII but I know I wasn't printing like that.

If you're reading this (the guy I'm writing about), you might wanna consider changing something in your carry rig. ;)
 

txinvestigator

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I'll admitt, I know I've printed many times just tossing on a loose t-shirt to make a quick run to the store or something like that. But when does your printing begin to show too much? I was walking into Academy (about 1pm in Amarillo) yesterday and there was a guy coming out of the store that I knew he was carrying. I could tell he was carrying a fullsized SIG in a leather OWB holster and had on a tight t-shirt over it. I think that's where I draw the line at printing too much, when you can tell the gun and holster. I just had a t-shirt on myself with the HK P2000SK/VMII but I know I wasn't printing like that.

If you're reading this (the guy I'm writing about), you might wanna consider changing something in your carry rig. ;)

The are 4 mental states of culpability in Texas; Intentionally, Knowingly, Recklessly and with Criminal Negligence.

The culpability required for failing to conceal is intentionally. The PC defones intentionally;

Texas Penal Code

Sec. 6.03. DEFINITIONS OF CULPABLE MENTAL STATES. (a) A person acts intentionally, or with intent, with respect to the nature of his conduct or to a result of his conduct when it is his conscious objective or desire to engage in the conduct or cause the result.
 

JKTex

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Mar 11, 2008
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Ya, I'd say that guy was over the line.

Please tell me you couldn't see the ripples in his big belly and naval? Academy has some pretty decent prices on casual wear, including shirts you can buy in a size that fits properly.

Just in case he's reading....
 

DoubleActionCHL

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Jun 23, 2008
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It's pretty easy. If the average person can look at the 'bulge' and make out the shape of a gun, you're printing. Levels of culpability notwithstanding, when you leave the house carrying a gun and wearing particular clothes, you are responsible for your appearance. It can be argued that you didn't 'know', but not knowing what you've got on your body, not taking 10 seconds to look in the mirror, could be construed as reckless, because you failed to exercise the standard of care that an ordinary person would exercise in a similar situation.

So, no tight t-shirts, and, for God's sake, no spandex!!! UGH! I lump or a bulge is ok. I gun-shaped lump is not.
 

txinvestigator

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It's pretty easy. If the average person can look at the 'bulge' and make out the shape of a gun, you're printing. Levels of culpability notwithstanding, when you leave the house carrying a gun and wearing particular clothes, you are responsible for your appearance. It can be argued that you didn't 'know', but not knowing what you've got on your body, not taking 10 seconds to look in the mirror, could be construed as reckless, because you failed to exercise the standard of care that an ordinary person would exercise in a similar situation.

So, no tight t-shirts, and, for God's sake, no spandex!!! UGH! I lump or a bulge is ok. I gun-shaped lump is not.
Reckless is not enough. However, I agree with you that wearing a tight t shirt or spandex would fit the requirement for intentionally.

spandex ***shudder***
 

Shorts

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So, how can one objectively judge if the gun prints too much if the person already knows he's carrying? Placebo Effect already tells you "gun".

Or it's like skinny girl saying "I'm fat" when in reality, she's perfectly fit but she only sees her imperfections rather than her as a total sum.
 

kingofwylietx

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Objectively, if you look at yourself and can't 'see' that you are printing during normal movement........you should be fine. If you are dead-set on wearing something that prints, then you can always change your weapon or holster.
 

Morgan

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It's pretty simple... if you see a lump, you're fine. If you see the outline of a gun, you're not.
 
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