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Guide On How To Gain A Permit For Concealed Carry

Having a firearm in dangerous situations can be a life saver. With the increasing terror attacks, robberies, car jackings, etc. most folks are concerned about their safety. Whether it is merely for personal protection or for the protection of your loved ones, carrying a concealed firearm help provide you with a feeling of security and power.

However, with that being said, in order to carry a concealed weapon it is vital that you apply for a legitimate permit in the US. These permits are either issued by the state you belong to or the county of residence. If you have not done proper research, the process can be confusing, time-consuming and lengthy.

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When talking about getting a concealed carry permit, the procedure can vary from state to state. Stated below are some important guidelines that will help you get started:

What Is CCW

CCW is the abbreviation for Carrying a Concealed Weapon. CCW is the practice of carrying a weapon, typically for self-defense, hiding the gun from sight. The laws of CCW can be different in each state additionally, not all types of arms falling under the CCW laws are lethal.

For example, you require a CCW permit for carrying more than 2 oz. of pepper spray whereas a smaller amount can be legally carried without a CCW permit.

Types Of Jurisdictions That Issue Concealed Carry Permits

Before you get started, it is essential you gather more information about state laws where you live. We recommend you talk to somebody who has recently gotten a permit. Also, do not forget to speak to local law enforcement agencies. These professionals will able to guide you through the right direction, ensuring your application process goes smoothly.

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It is also integral that the person is a responsible individual and is familiar with using firearms safely before obtaining a permit. These are the 4 jurisdictions-types that are responsible for issuing concealed carry permits:

  • May-Issue - This type of jurisdiction requires individuals to gain a permit for carrying concealed weapons. However, the issuance of this permit strictly lies on the discretion of that particular establishment. You will have to meet their specified criteria and state a good cause for wanting to carry a gun. May-issue states do not just consider self-defense as a justifiable reason to issue permits. Additionally, the state also has the authority to deny your application without stating a reason. States that require a May-issue include Maryland, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Hawaii.
  • Unrestricted - These states allow residents to carry concealed weapons without a permit. This includes Arkansas, Arizona, Wyoming, Vermont and Alaska.
  • No Issue - This type of jurisdiction is quite strict and does not allow private citizens to have concealed carry weapon permits. The District of Columbia is the only place in the entire US that have this no-issue jurisdiction. However, most may-issue states can also be assigned to this category as a majority of these permits are routinely denied by states such as New Jersey, Hawaii, Maryland, etc.
  • Shall-Issue - This type of jurisdiction grant permits to carry concealed arms as long as you meet their specified criteria. Unlike May-issue states, you will not be required to show “good cause” to gain a CCW permit.

Steps For Getting A CCW Permit

Irrespective of the jurisdiction in question, individuals will need to follow certain steps if they want to start the application process for the permit, with the exception of Washington D.C.

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Follow the below mentioned guidelines:

  • Fill out the required paperwork. Double-check reach document before sending it. If you don’t fill the form accurately or fail to mention important details, your application will be delayed or it can result in an outright denial.
  • Along with the documents, you will also be required to pay a certain fee. This fee is considerably lower for residents living under a particular jurisdiction. So, to avoid paying extra, apply to the appropriate jurisdiction.
  • It is advised you enroll yourself in training course for using firearms and other lethal weapons safely and responsibly. Some states may ask you to clear a training course in order to be deemed eligible to carry a concealed carry weapon permit. Follow the instructions carefully and ensure you have completed all the important and pertinent courses before sending your application.

Remember, Concealed Carry Means Concealed

Most new permit holders have the irresistible urge to show other people that “they have power.” This is practice common among rookie cops and fist-time carriers who often tend to be young folks. This trend should be avoided for several reasons.

In most countries, the general public is only comfortable seeing a gun in the arms of a uniformed official. This includes people such as security guards and police officers. Walking around with a gun in your hands won’t make you many friends and you will most likely frighten other people. This can lead to all kinds of unpleasant confrontations.

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Additionally, a harasser who has been following you around and knows you carry a gun may create a situation, claiming that YOU have threatened him with a weapon. This can especially be a problem if there are no witnesses present since it will be your word against theirs.

This is a serious felony, which is termed as Aggravated Assault. Pointing a gun at somebody can make their lie more believable to the ears of the jury and judge.

Restricted Premises

While a permit allows you to carry a concealed weapon, the state can restrict its access in certain premises. This typically includes:

  • State and local government facilities
  • Businesses that sell alcohol
  • Federal government facilities
  • Venues for political events
  • Hospitals
  • Non-government facilities with heightened security measures
  • Municipal mass transit vehicles or facilities
  • Public places whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Educational institutions
  • Professional sporting events and Public interscholastic
  • Amusement parks, fairs, parades and/or carnivals
  • Churches and other places of worship
  • Aboard aircraft or ships
  • Private property
  • Sterile areas of airports


Getting a CCW permit comes with many responsibilities. Ensure you are aware of the safety guidelines before applying for a concealed carry permit.

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