Posted:
07/07/14

How to Obtain a Concealed Weapons Permit

Depending on the state you live in, there are different rules and regulations when it comes to obtaining your concealed weapons permit. This is because gun laws vary depending on the state you live in. While this is true, there are some universal requirements that are needed no matter which state you live in. Learn these procedures, along with what is required in your home state.

Country Wide

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Unlike some other regulations, there isn’t a federal wide law that dictates whether or not a person is able to carry a concealed weapon. Instead, there are individual laws in place within every state that give citizens the chance to carry designated firearms in public. In 2013, Illinois was the last state to put a law such as this into place, thus allowing its citizens to conceal carry. There are different levels that can be carried such as a Concealed Handgun Permit, Concealed Carry Permit, Concealed Carry Weapons, License to Carry, and Carry of Concealed Deadly Weapon License. These will vary based on the state you are trying to receive your permit from. There are different levels based on the state on who can receive this permit, varying from:

  • Issue to only residents
  • Issue to residents and non-residents
  • May issue to only residents
  • May issue to residents and non-residents
  • Will not issue – there are no states where the right to carry is completely denied. Within the United States, this is only done by District of Columbia, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands.

Become familiar with the regulations within your area before seeking your concealed permit. Knowing beforehand will make the process easier to accomplish.

Obtaining the Permit

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Follow these steps when obtaining your concealed weapons permit. Once you know whether or not you can obtain a concealed weapons permit in your state, these are the next logical steps:

  • Go to your state’s government webpage and determine where your request will need to be sent. Determine what the age requirement is for your state as well.
  • Enroll yourself in a firearms safety course. Even if this isn’t required in your state it is better to be knowledgeable before carrying.
  • If you live in a ‘may issue’ state write a letter stating why you need a permit. The depth of this letter will depend on how strict your state’s laws are.
  • Fill out your application and pay any fees that are required.
  • Each state requires a criminal background check, along with fingerprints and a photo ID

When you do obtain your concealed permit, make sure you renew it before it expires. Keep your permit up to date, and know the responsibilities that come with this choice. By following the correct procedure, you will have a better experience.