U.S. Law Shield and Texas Law Shield members asked the program attorneys questions about “failure to conceal”: Q: Is seeing a bulge under your shirt failure to conceal? — rb5531 Law Shield responded: No, a bulge showing from under your shirt would not be considered failure to conceal. Concealment is keeping the handgun or any part of the gun from becoming actually visible. Seeing an outline, “printing,” or anything else is not considered failure to conceal.
Q: Is “printing” illegal in any states (Florida)? Depending on my pants, I will wear a pocket holster, put that holster in my front-left pants pocket but put something (ex. cell phone) in front of the gun so there would not be any printing. — shorthairptr Law Shield responded: Keep in mind that this answer only applies to Florida. We have researched this issue and have not been able to find any case law that addresses the issue of printing. We do not believe it is illegal for printing to occur. All of the case law we are aware of involves a physical portion of the firearm actually being visible. As a practical matter, if printing is occurring, probably the best thing a person can do is to work on his or her concealing technique to avoid any potential negative consequences.
After doing additional research, we found a case that says that a completely revealed firearm is not concealed. The case also says that to be concealed, the firearm need not be completely concealed. Hope that makes it clearer.