Citizens in all 50 states in the U.S. have rights to carry concealed weapons, even though laws vary by state. As a result, it’s very likely that an escort will encounter a client who will be sporting a hidden firearm. Because it is not illegal (most probably) for him to carry a weapon, you will have to find methods of dealing with a client who engages in this practice.
Several considerations need to be made about clients who carry concealed weapons. Escorts put themselves into extremely dangerous positions by meeting with clients privately as is, without any additional threat. When a concealed firearm is factored in, escorts must know how to react. The following guidelines may prove useful:
- Know how to detect a concealed weapon. People who carry firearms often give off signs that will clue you in to their secrets. It will be extremely helpful for you to be able to identify a client who arrives with a hidden gun, even if you can’t do anything to disarm him. Signs include:
- Recognize asymmetrical movement as an indicator that a client may have a concealed weapon. Unless your client is carrying a gun in a holster, his firearm is probably tucked into a waistband or in a pocket. As he carries his gun, he will probably walk with uneven steps. His strides will be shorter on the side the gun is on due to weight and restriction.
- Notice a clipped arm swing as a sign your client may have a weapon. When a client carries a gun on one side of his body or another, he may limit the movement of his arm on the gun side as a way to stabilize his firearm. Additionally, if he has it in his pocket, his arm swing will be different from the other arm, due to avoiding bumping the gun. Also, a client who keeps his arm tucked in closely to his body may be showing signs of carrying a gun.
- Pay attention to a client who consistently shifts one side of his upper body away from you. Instinct pushes a person to turn away from someone, in a further attempt to conceal the firearm. If he repeatedly turns his body away from you, he is hiding something.
- Catch a client unnaturally touching his pockets or shirt/coat and it may be a sign he is packing a gun. Because the gun repositions itself as a person moves around, your client may pat or touch himself in seemingly strange places as he attempts to ensure his gun is still in place properly.
- Think about a client’s inappropriate clothing. An escort who notices that her client arrives wearing a heavy overcoat when it is warm outside or a terribly mismatched jacket from his outfit may be in the company of someone carrying a concealed weapon. People use heavy jackets or coats to carry around their guns, often forgetting how out of place they look, especially depending on their other form of dress or the weather.
- Notice if a client’s jacket fails to hang properly. When a gun is inserted into a coat pocket, that side of the coat will hang lower, because the gun is heavy. Sometimes, that side of the coat will swing more than the other, too.
- Pay attention to any unexplained bulges you notice underneath your client’s clothing. Even if you don’t detect a bulge as your client simply stands, one may become apparent if he bends over or extends his arms.
- Keep in mind that if a client exhibits any of these signs, it’s not a surefire way to detect that he is carrying a gun. But, as an escort, it can alert you to look for other clues or to flat-out ask your client if he is armed.
- Establish your own firearms policy for clients. Even though your state may have laws allowing citizens to carry firearms, you don’t have to allow it on your own private property at your incall. Additionally, you may want to create general guidelines for clients regardless of whether you meet them in your incall or during an outcall. A general blanket statement about your preferences for clients to leave their guns at home can be included in your profile. Some escorts group it with drugs and say, “No drugs or guns during our encounter, please.” Other escorts don’t emphasize the issue in their online profiles, but they may warn a client not to bring a firearm to the booking. Some don’t care either way, but they do create some kind of protocol for how they deal with clients who show up with weapons.
- Require clients to leave their guns or weapons at the door. If you choose to allow clients to bring weapons to encounters with them, you should insist that they put them down at the door. Because you are not a threat, your clients shouldn’t object to disarming themselves when they arrive. If they put their weapons at the door, they are far enough away from you during the rest of the encounter that they are out of reach in case you and your client disagree on something and a fight results. The gun is not within proximity that it could be picked up easily and used in a fit of anger. (However, it’s still accessible when it’s on the premises, so it doesn’t ensure your safety.) Additionally, putting it in a different room from where the encounter will actually occur will avoid any mishaps with it. For instance, a handgun that falls off of a table or a bed could accidentally misfire, injuring one of you.
- Take the clip or ammo from your client. Even though you may have asked your client to disarm himself, that doesn’t disable the gun from use. Putting the firearm on safety doesn’t decrease its threat as a weapon to be used against you, either. The only way you can ensure the gun is not a threat is to ask your client to hand over bullets or the clip. Without ammo, the gun won’t operate. Well-intentioned clients should have no qualms about handing over these items. After you get possession of the ammunition, put it in a separate location away from the gun, so that it takes more time for the gun to be assembled for use. Despite the fact that this isn’t a surefire way to avoid the firearm’s use against you, it will slow your client down if he has harmful motives. Willingly return the items to your client at the conclusion of the encounter.
- Discuss your concerns with a client who doesn’t volunteer that he is carrying a concealed weapon. When you are meeting up with a client privately, you are putting yourself at risk. He should understand that it’s your right to know from the “get-go” that he is armed. If you suspect that your client has a gun, ask him to show his weapon. Avoid being confrontational or accusing as you ask him to fess up. Feel free to inform your client of any policies you have concerning the prohibition of firearms during encounters or any other guidelines you implement about them. After you’ve told him your policies, encourage him to tell you anything that you should know. Most of the time a client will come clean about the gun he is packing, unless he is carrying it for reasons other than self-defense. Another way to discover whether your instinct is right about your client concealing a handgun is to hug him, intentionally touching where you suspect the gun is hidden. Once you feel it, ask your client what the bulge/bump/etc. is.
- Screen clients properly. Because you know that any client may arrive (legally) carrying a firearm or other weapon, it is essential to exercise diligence when researching your clients. Check their criminal records, make sure they are who they say they are and exert any other efforts you need to in order to ensure that your clients are not safety threats. Doing your homework will reduce the chances that a client will be a threat. When a client shows up for a booking with a concealed weapon, you will feel less alarmed when you know that he came up clean when you researched his character. (However, even the best screening efforts may fail to flush out a violent client from time to time.)
- Alert your security partner if your client has a weapon. When you realize that your client is carrying a gun, take a few moments to notify your security person about the presence of a firearm. If a client doesn’t intend to use the gun against you, he should have no problem with you informing your back-up. However, a client who has bad intentions may attempt to dissuade you from doing this or use his gun at that very moment. Either way, it’s important for your security person to know that a gun is in the room when/if an incident occurs. Having that knowledge upfront may change how he reacts to any requests for help you issue or anything else that seems awry with the encounter as it progresses. It also provides the security person with a head’s up to protect himself if he needs to enter the room to defend you in the case of an encounter gone wrong.
- Realize that your client’s gun can be purely for personal security. Most clients who arrive carrying a handgun or other weapon are doing so only for their own protection. For their own reasons, they are comfortable carrying a weapon with them wherever they go. Many of them don’t even think about the weapon being an issue with an escort, until it comes time to undress and the gun is revealed. Because it is a legal right to carry a concealed weapon, many clients fail to understand why an escort would be alarmed by a gun. Additionally, some clients who tend to identify with more masculine traits find that carrying a gun makes them feel more manly. They carry the gun, not so much for protection, but as a way to boost their own egos and make themselves feel powerful. Often, this kind of gun owners doesn’t possess the nerve to use his firearm, even when necessary.
- Look for signs that you should be worried when a client enters carrying a gun. Any client who arrives for an encounter and exhibits erratic, paranoid or aggressive behavior should be closely watched. You should immediately put up your guard if the client seems ill at ease and over-protective of his firearm. Any client who has a violent criminal history and is in possession of a weapon may be a threat. Additionally, if a client arrives for a booking and is high or intoxicated, while carrying a firearm, you should simply ask him to leave. Booze or drugs and a gun don’t mix well. A client may use unsafe gun-handling methods if his judgment is hindered, or he may use it against you due to his impaired reasoning skills. Drugs and alcohol can cause a client to act in ways that he would never consider if he were sober, and a gun gives him another tool to act out his irrational aggression. Finally, a client who doesn’t seem to know how to handle his firearm is a risk, too. Unsafe gun handling techniques can cause the gun to off accidentally, injuring one or both of you.
- Leave if you feel threatened. If a client arrives with a firearm and you feel unsafe at any time, flee. Even if you haven’t received your fee. Even if you have to leave your belongings behind. Even if you are naked. Even if you’re at your own incall. The point is to get out of your client’s presence and seek safety as fast as possible. When a client possesses a handgun or other firearm, he can injure or kill you from across the room. He doesn’t have to physically be near you to harm you. When you feel that your safety is at risk, get out. Don’t think twice, and don’t worry about what your client will think. Protect yourself at all costs, with no regrets.