I live in Kansas (no "Oz" jokes, please!) and while we experience "interesting" weather now and then, some of our gun laws are among the most free in the nation. While there are writhing pockets of Hoplophobic activity in the Kansas City and Lawrence areas, most Kansans seem to feel that carrying a gun is no big deal AS LONG AS you don't make a big-damn commotion about it in public! "Carrying-concealed" is just that; nobody but you is supposed to know you have the thing on you. Like all newbies, after I got my CCFL I was always adjusting and scrunching around trying to get it just right and generally looking like I had my undies crawling up my rear-end. I wasn't packing a cannon; just a S&W .380 Bodyguard in a Galco Tuk-N-Go which is one of the smallest, lightest reasonably effective guns you can find. After a couple of weeks of carry and learning to accommodate the gun to my clothing and learning that people don't really look to see if you are "packin' heat" (unless you make them through your actions), I simply forgot about it and now it goes with me out the door just like my wallet. Yes, there are times when I can't carry into a government building (the laws here are in flux about this) so I have an armored locker attached to the the under-frame of the passenger seat in my car that the Bodyguard fits in perfectly and stays safely hidden from view. Nowadays I also may carry a .45 caliber officers-sized 1911 as a carry gun and it is only moderately more noticeable to me (though much harder to conceal). Can I shoot to kill to save my life or the life of someone else in mortal danger? After long thought I decided yes I could and I try to make myself as prepared and trained for that possibility as I can. If you can't make that same decision, don't carry a gun.
"History teaches that war begins when nations believe that the price of aggression is cheap." - Ronald Reagan