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I have been doing some research on firearms law lately, and have run across a lot of people using the phrase "conceal carry" to describe people carrying a concealed firearm. In my opinion, this should be "concealed carry", since if asked the question "how are you carrying your firearm?" I would reply, "I'm carrying it in a concealed fashion," not "I'm carrying it in a conceal fashion."

Still, am I wrong? Would it be equally correct to use the phrase "conceal carry" in some circumstances?

  • You are right. There are many examples of this. Using "concealed" carry shouldn't cause any issues... People get along fine saying both "ice tea" and "iced tea". – Catija May 19 '15 at 13:11
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You are correct. "Conceal carry" is simple verbal laziness, along the lines of dropping the "g" in the "ing" suffix. It is also (for now) a purely verbal phenomenon enter image description here

https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=conceal+carry%2C+concealed+carry&year_start=1800&year_end=2000&corpus=15&smoothing=3&share=&direct_url=t1%3B%2Cconcealed%20carry%3B%2Cc0

since the ngram shows no instances of "conceal carry" at all.

But rest assured that it's only a matter of time.

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