Here are seven signs that a person is armed:

  1. Security check - Gun violators in particular will typically touch and/or adjust the weapons concealed on their bodies numerous times during the day. This may be a gentle and difficult to observe bump with the elbow, wrist or hand.
  2. Unnatural gait – persons may fail to bend their knees because of weapons in their pants. They may also walk uncomfortably because of weapons in their boots or shoes.
  3. Jacket sag – when you place a handgun in a jacket pocket, that side of the coat will hang lower than the other side. In addition, you will often see the fabric pulled tight from the weight of the weapon and the weapon may swing as the violator walks.
  4. Hunchback stride – when trying to conceal a shotgun, rifle or submachine gun under a coat while walking, the butt of the weapon will often cause a noticeable bulge behind the armpit. Additionally, the jacket does not move naturally because it is supported by the outline of the weapon.
  5. Bulges and the outline of a weapon – watch for the telltale bulge of a weapon or even the distinct outline of a handgun, knife or brass knuckles in the violator’s pocket, purse, book bag or other hand carried item.
  6. Visible weapon – some states allow open carry of a weapon.
  7. Palming – Most often observed with the edged weapon but occasionally seen with guns, palming behaviors often indicate imminent danger. This behavior uses an arm or leg to conceal the weapon from frontal view.
  • Discussing weapons or bringing them to the campus;
  • Displaying overt signs of extreme stress, resentment, hostility, or anger;
  • Making threatening remarks;
  • Sudden or significant deterioration of performance at work or in classroom;
  • Displaying irrational or inappropriate behavior.