Carrying a concealed weapon requires more than just a quick application, purchasing a holster and maybe some clothes, such as concealed carry coats and jackets, and carrying when you feel like it. Properly carrying concealed has a few requirements you need to know.
Each state has different concealed carry permit requirements. For example, some states only issue permits to residents, while others issue to nonresidents. In addition, some states believe you have a constitutional right to carry concealed, so they don’t issue permits at all, while other states do not allow private citizens to even own handguns, much less to carry them concealed.
These permits also have minimum age and federal requirements. You must also be able to prove that you are a resident of the state you are applying in. Most states require gun safety training, and some require advanced training. Fingerprinting and background checks are also required.
You Have Responsibilities
Before you apply for a concealed carry permit, you should understand your responsibilities. First and foremost, you need to be even tempered. Drawing a weapon during minor arguments creates dangerous situations. You need to be disciplined enough that you only draw in life-threatening circumstances.
In addition, learn about gun safety and know how to safely operate your weapon. This often requires advanced training and practice at gun ranges or tournaments. You are also responsible for securing your weapon both on your body and off.
You Can’t Carry Everywhere
You may think that your permit allows you to carry anywhere at any time, but this is not the case. For example, you cannot carry in government buildings, schools, theaters and bars. Therefore, you need a gun safe in your vehicle, so you can secure your weapon if you are entering a gun-free zone.
Also, your state’s permit may not be valid in other states. Therefore, if you are traveling, learn whether your permit is valid where you are going.
Strive to become a responsible gun owner. Learn your rights and responsibilities and secure your weapon properly.