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Ahoy folks, It's been quite a while since I have logged on here, I've been real busy at work. My CCW came in yesterdays mail & I need a little help with concealed carry laws in Louisiana. Is there any laws on the books regarding carrying with a round chambered? I couldn't find anything about it on the web. I carry a Springfield XD-40 subcompact, which unlike 1911's does not have a thumb safety (it does have a grip safety & trigger safety), I'm also wondering about the safety factor of having a round chambered in this type of pistol. Above ALL else, my goal is to be SAFE! I also just received my Crossbreed Supertuck with spare mag holders. SWEET rig!! Anyway, any help I could get from the knowledgable members here would be greatly appreciated, THANKS!

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Old 03-13-2013, 06:40 PM   #2
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I have the same gun have carried it a lot until I got my XDs with one in the chamber... I've also carried my 1911 ... IMO the grip safety and trigger safety are more than efficient to prevent accidental firing... because as you probly know both safety's must be engaged at the same time for your weapon to fire... as far as laws about loaded chamber... here in Utah the ccw holder is exempt from the empty chamber law

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I always carried my XD40SC with a round chambered. Having never carried before, it was a bit daunting at first, to me at least. But you'll adjust.
BTW, if you haven't, buy a good quality gun belt for it. It's makes it more comfortable. Comfort adds confidence when your not always adjusting yourself.

http://www.handgunlaw.us/
http://www.handgunlaw.us/states/louisiana.pdf
http://www.concealedcarryoflouisiana.com/louisiana-laws.html

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There shouldn't be any opportunity for that gun to fire unless your hand is on the grip and finger on the trigger. And if I'm not mistaken there is another safety mechanism in the striker that prevent accidental discharge if dropped. I cArry my XDS with a round in the chamber and I strongly belive that if the time come that I need to use my firearm even the most practiced person would not have time to rack the slide and chamber a round before the aggressor attacks first.

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I always carried my XD40SC with a round chambered. Having never carried before, it was a bit daunting at first, to me at least. But you'll adjust.
BTW, if you haven't, buy a good quality gun belt for it. It's makes it more comfortable. Comfort adds confidence when your not always adjusting yourself.

http://www.handgunlaw.us/
http://www.handgunlaw.us/states/louisiana.pdf
http://www.concealedcarryoflouisiana.com/louisiana-laws.html
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That's pretty much the go to site for gun laws, they do a good job keeping it updated as the laws seem to be constantly changing...



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Ahoy folks, It's been quite a while since I have logged on here, I've been real busy at work. My CCW came in yesterdays mail & I need a little help with concealed carry laws in Louisiana. Is there any laws on the books regarding carrying with a round chambered? I couldn't find anything about it on the web. I carry a Springfield XD-40 subcompact, which unlike 1911's does not have a thumb safety (it does have a grip safety & trigger safety), I'm also wondering about the safety factor of having a round chambered in this type of pistol. Above ALL else, my goal is to be SAFE! I also just received my Crossbreed Supertuck with spare mag holders. SWEET rig!! Anyway, any help I could get from the knowledgable members here would be greatly appreciated, THANKS!
Your XD is fine for "condition 1" carry. Negligent discharges occur with any pistol and IMHO they are always due to user error.

The most dangerous opportunities for it to occur are usually:

1. Reholstering... particularly with an IWB holster. The act of griping your XD will deactivate the grip safety and "reholster ND's" happen because clothing or worn out equipment enter the trigger guard and depress the trigger.

For anyone new to CC I'd suggest putting on your "holstered gun" rather than your holster, then your gun.

Nothing should be able to act upon your trigger while the gun is in the holster and though I don't own a Super Tuck, I do believe they completely cover the trigger area... which is what you want.

Some advocate carrying with NO round in the chamber for awile... at least until you become more comfortable with it. IMHO this is a personal choice and a "comfort zone" you'll need to decide for yourself.

Good luck.

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Your XD is fine for "condition 1" carry. Negligent discharges occur with any pistol and IMHO they are always due to user error.

The most dangerous opportunities for it to occur are usually:

1. Reholstering... particularly with an IWB holster. The act of griping your XD will deactivate the grip safety and "reholster ND's" happen because clothing or worn out equipment enter the trigger guard and depress the trigger.

For anyone new to CC I'd suggest putting on your "holstered gun" rather than your holster, then your gun.

Nothing should be able to act upon your trigger while the gun is in the holster and though I don't own a Super Tuck, I do believe they completely cover the trigger area... which is what you want.

Some advocate carrying with NO round in the chamber for awile... at least until you become more comfortable with it. IMHO this is a personal choice and a "comfort zone" you'll need to decide for yourself.

Good luck.

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Great advice Tack! Yet, I personally feel that you should always have a round in the chamber. This is no different then having rounds in all the chambers of your revolver. We are talking precious seconds trying to put a round in the chamber. The draw should be smooth, quick and unhindering right to the point of firing the weapon. Most people will look down to pull back on the slide, which means losing sight of the target. That loss of target is all I would need to draw my weapon and fire. I recommend to practice at the range drawing and firing your weapon with dummy rounds to get use to carry with round in the chamber. Please talk to a qualified instructor if you are not sure of how to draw and fire from CC. I would explain it, but it is better in person. Use live rounds at the range when you feel comfortable. Carry your weapon unloaded around the house and do everyday chores to get use to CC. Please warn your family though. This basic training should not take very long, because you will see very quickly that it is safe to have a round in the chamber. I guess it is best to not have a round chambered until you feel comfortable and capable. Oh, there are great classes to help you with these and other skills. Please utilize.
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Yeah I agree... ya know when I started not so long ago carrying I ejected my magazine... holstered my gun then put my magazine back in.... carried empty chamber... but as I got more comfortable with my gun and my confidence grew I now carry locked and loaded... just take your time bro... find your groove... we all had to at some point

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Great advice Tack! Yet, I personally feel that you should always have a round in the chamber. This is no different then having rounds in all the chambers of your revolver. We are talking precious seconds trying to put a round in the chamber. The draw should be smooth, quick and unhindering right to the point of firing the weapon. Most people will look down to pull back on the slide, which means losing sight of the target. That loss of target is all I would need to draw my weapon and fire. I recommend to practice at the range drawing and firing your weapon with dummy rounds to get use to carry with round in the chamber. Please talk to a qualified instructor if you are not sure of how to draw and fire from CC. I would explain it, but it is better in person. Use live rounds at the range when you feel comfortable. Carry your weapon unloaded around the house and do everyday chores to get use to CC. Please warn your family though. This basic training should not take very long, because you will see very quickly that it is safe to have a round in the chamber. I guess it is best to not have a round chambered until you feel comfortable and capable. Oh, there are great classes to help you with these and other skills. Please utilize.
I agree with ALL of ^^this^^ and always carry in condition 1... but I recognize that my 6 years of Infantry service and my 17 years of EDC give me a comfort zone that a person new to CCW might not share yet...

...and I'd hate to see a new "carry guy" get scare off after zinging a round through there thigh or azz cheek!

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Louisiana is NOT a empty chamber state!!

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