Oh man, I hate to hear about this stuff happening on tn public. Things might have gotten worse if you had a concealed carry and pulled it out. I'm glad you are safe, I think you made the right decision.
From what I understand from the conceal carry class I took is that even if you are acting in self defense, you can still end up being sued by the dead criminals family. You will be detained, on trial take time off, have to pay for an attorney and it will likely be a long drawn out process. I got my concealed carry back in February and was skeptical about toting my pistol everywhere, at first.
Nothing has ever happened before so why would I need it now? Truth is, I've had it with me a lot, just because I can and I don't ever know if I need it.
My carry pistol is a sub compact 9mm with a clip on it that fits well tucked in my pants above my wallet. I don't have a holster, under normal circumstances it rides fine. I was cussing it yesterday and today because the grip and magazine rides and catches against my deer stand.
I was thinking on my drive home this afternoon about starting to leave my pistol in my truck when I went into the woods. After reading what happened to you, I'm convinced I will find a spot for it and continue to carry while on public lands.
That incident alone would be enough for me to Check into a concealed carry class. It will allow you to legally carry year round while on twra land and most refuges. The class is easy enough and very informative but it has fees and a trip to the dmv.
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