…“They see guns put there in the movies, it’s ‘cool,’ and
they can easily show their buddies or enemies that they’re armed. One city law
enforcement agency conducting their own study noted that of the 1,301 guns
confiscated from suspects, only seven of them were wearing holsters. The
second most common hiding place is the small of the back – but it is a distant
The reality of our work is that there are evil people out there who will kill us if given the opportunity and situational awareness is the greatest tool investigator may employ to identify danger before it is too late. Visual weapons screening is an easily learned and valuable skill that helps bail agents during an apprehension (or others with security concerns) spot individuals who deserve closer attention and, when appropriate and lawful, a physical search.