It’s the walk, not the talk: Behavioral indicators of concealed and unholstered firearms carrying

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It’s the walk, not the talk: Behavioral indicators of concealed and unholstered firearms carrying

Category: Behavior, Concealed Carry|Journal: The Police Journal: Theory (full text)|Author: A Garinther, C Strange, N Meehan|Year: 2020

This article identifies a set of behavioral indicators associated with the carrying of concealed and unholstered handguns. Using qualitative data collected from interviews and focus groups with veteran law enforcement, we outline a variety of cues that, when used appropriately, can help authorities identify people who may be concealing handguns. This work provides a systematic means of assisting the police in identifying and safely interdicting persons who might pose a threat to police or the public. The cues described here contribute to a lexicon that may also serve law enforcement communication, training, and research.

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