my problem is i live on the KY-illinois border and venture in to illinois several times a week. well, i'm taking a pistol laws or not. this puts me in a bad position. I doubt i'm gonna put myself in a position to be searched. I haven't even had a speeding ticket in 20 years. But if i am, the smart carry has the best chance of going undetected. and the p3at is the better choice than the p9. Wish i had figured all this out before i bought the 9 and holster!