TX calls it a CHL (concealed handgun license). Because that's all it is while its sitting on your hip. Just a handgun. When you draw it if attacked...then you are employing your handgun as a weapon for defense.
So, if you are carrying a concealed handgun it is not a weapon?! What then is its purpose...ballast? That argument is exactly what makes us look like "that guy" in my opinion, and smells an awful lot like herring to me. I completely agree that we have a responsibility to conduct ourselves in words and deeds in ways that shows us to be responsible, intelligent, law abiding citizens. To try to convince anyone that a concealed handgun is not a concealed weapon lacks integrity IMO. If that opinion is an example of "military machismo" then I am guilty as charged.