Are You Ready To Conceal Carry?

By CTD Suzanne published on in Concealed Carry

The number of first-time gun owners has steadily increased over the last year. Over half of all gun owners report the primary reason for owning a gun is for self-defense. The majority of gun owners believe their right to defend themselves extends beyond their home. If you are considering joining the eight million Americans who hold concealed carry permits, there are a few questions you need to ask yourself before proceeding.

All states differ in their requirements in issuing a concealed carry permit.

All states differ in their requirements in issuing a concealed carry permit.

Federal law recognizes our right to defend ourselves with a gun; however, at the state level carrying a gun is a privilege. In regards to whom and how one can carry, the states are may-issue, shall-issue, no-issue, or states that do not require a permit at all to carry.

  • A may-issue state issues permits on a discretionary basis.
  • A shall-issue state will issue you a permit if you meet the requirements.
  • A no-issue state does not allow anyone to carry a gun. There are only two states where concealed carry is illegal—Illinois and Washington D.C.
  • Arizona, Vermont, Alaska and Wyoming do not require a permit for legal citizens to carry a gun.

All states differ in their requirements and fees when issuing a concealed carry permit. For example, Texas requires a 10-hour class before allowing you to get a carry license, while Washington does not. USACarry.com is an excellent resource by state listing all requirements.

Further, each state differs in the laws regarding how, where and when you may carry. The required class in Texas goes over these laws. In states that do not require a class, you need to familiarize yourself and know your state’s specific laws. The NRA-ILA has a website detailing each state’s gun laws.

Becoming a concealed carry permit-holder is a great responsibility and often requires a lifestyle change. I say this because there is no point in getting a permit if you are not going to carry. There is a plethora of information on what gun to purchase for concealed carry to what type of holster to buy. These decisions will help you pick the right gun and the right holster so you are comfortable enough to carry every day.

On that note, you must ask yourself:

Am I going to carry my self-defense gun every day?

Unfortunately, the potential for a life and death situation to occur is possible anywhere you go. You are not prepared to protect yourself and innocent others if you do not carry.

Am I ready to take another human life?

I have read that it is not our instinct to kill another human. When the time comes, will you be able to pull the trigger to save your life or the life of another? Settle your spiritual conflictions first before getting a concealed carry license.

If you frequent places that do not allow firearms, you will need to reconsider where you hang out.

If you frequent places that do not allow firearms, you will need to reconsider where you hang out.

Am I willing to change my lifestyle?

When you conceal carry, it is highly possible you will have to change your wardrobe. Concealed means concealed. It is illegal in many states to brandish your firearm. Many people wear a cover garment to make sure their gun never shows. Next, there are places where it is illegal to carry. The majority of states do not let you carry into a bar. If you frequent places that do not allow firearms, you will need to reconsider where you hang out.

Am I competent shooting my gun?

You should be a proficient shot and confident in your abilities to hit your target. Can you draw from a holster safely, quickly and effectively? Do you know how to clear malfunctions quickly? You should know your gun inside and out. Knowing how to shoot and grip your gun well requires practice and training. Taking the time and dedication to take classes, range trips and dry firing at home keeps your skill level up to par. If you do not enjoy shooting, or never practice shooting, you may possibly may end up dead because you could not work your gun.

Am I hot headed?

Part of the responsibility of carrying a concealed weapon is to diffuse a potential dangerous situation. This means you avoid or leave situations that could escalate into a fight or confrontation. You must remain even-tempered and calm. If you are the type of person who sees red quickly, you probably need to work on your anger before getting a concealed carry permit.

Choosing to carry a gun for self-defense is a noble and honorable responsibility. Don’t let my recommendations frighten you. Millions of people carry every day—safely—and never have to use their gun. I just want you to be as prepared as possible if you ever have to.

Are you considering getting a concealed carry permit? If so, what are your reservations? Share them with us in the comment section.

 

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Comments (27)

  • Guy

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    in response to:’Pete in Alaska’
    I read your blog 3 times, and obviously you are well spoken. But you really REALLY need to get away from that word ‘PRIVILEGE’ Have you actually read the 2nd amendment? I don’t intend to insult you but what part of “THE RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR” do you NOT understand ?
    Just to clarify things…
    There is NOTHING in the 2nd that says we can exercise that right, but only in our home.
    There is NOTHING in the 2nd that says we can exercise that right if the state we live in lets us.
    There is NOTHING in the 2nd that says we can exercise that right if buy a permit to carry concealed
    There is NOTHING in the 2nd that says we can exercise that right if carry open

    I am NOT a lawyer, and certainly NOT an expert on the English language.. But come on all those lefties out there.. the words a VERY simple: The ‘RIGHT’ to keep and bear arms shall NOT be infringed…
    It’s a RIGHT…
    NOT a privilege….
    And as with all right comes the personal responsibility or doing it correctly and not abusing it.

    We could save a lot of time and effort and All this controversy and legal maneuvering if the left just proceeded in a straight forth manner.. Use the means that our founding fathers provided and start the process to have the 2nd repealed. I can be done, History shows us that when the prohibition amendment was repealed. The PEOPLE of our country realized that that amendment was NOT in keeping with what our society preferred and they dumped it. So, you you lefties are so hyped up and doing things legally, start a movement to repeal the 2nd. If successful, than only the outlaws will have guns (they don’t give a hoot what the law says anyway). If your repeal attempt fails, it will only serve to serve to (hopefully) silence all this unnecessary BS (legal and otherwise) and we Americans can get on with making our livings, providing for the health, welfare, and PROTECTION of ourselves and our families.

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    • James Cobb

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      We have many “rights”, but big government and bullies with a badge, even though they are just doing their job, have done much to curtail those rights. Case in point, any traveler following the interstate could wind up with felony charges and a ruined life for merely driving through Illinois, Maryland, DC and other states while lawfully carrying a firearm, EVEN THOUGH THE FEDERAL LAW SAYS THEY CAN DO SO. Maryland, for instance, may issue a few carry permits to friends of select polititians, but woe to the carrying driver who crosses from Virginia through Maryland to Pennsylvania even though those bordering states both allow licensed concealed carry.

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  • NorthWoods Chuck

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    In NH, a person may carry openly without a permit. However, if the day grew cold and you put on a jacket that covered your pistol, then it is concealed and for that, NH requires a permit. The good news is that NH is also a shall-issue state and within two weeks after filing an application along with three references and with a clean record, you will have yourself a concealed carry permit that costs only $10 and is good for four years.

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  • John

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    in response to Morgan (response 20). If you are happy being Australian, under a government which does not offer the liberty we Americans enjoy through our inalienable rights, then good for you. As an American, and grateful for the liberty that is mine as an American, I cherish my rights which so many Americans have fought and died to preserve. I for one will not give up my rights, and as they are inalienable, cannot be taken from me a “benevolent” government. Only We the People can give away our rights. We must remain vigilant and vocal.

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  • Pete in Alaska

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    Hey Shawn,
    Dont want to get into a pissing match here but I have to disagree with you on the issue of this being JUST a RIGHT. We, as citizens of this Republic are privliaged to have been born, live, work, and have freedoms which a great deal of the remaining world dont have nearly in the abundance that we do. There are those of us who have served, are serving, and will serve in the future that did so to support this privlage. Its is our responsibility to maintain the high standard of that privliage. We are not just given these Rights, we are required to earn them. We must care for them and reconize that they are a living documents, designed to be flexable and allow for their defination to evolve. CCP are not a right. THEY are a privliage. In some places more than others but a privliage non the less. be angery for the right reasons, speak your opinion from a foundation of fact and knowlage. Choose to stand for what you are able to support and be willing to risk the consquences should your stand falter or fail. Have a plan B, a fall back position. Dont repeate what sounds “good”. Repeat the facts that are based in knowlage, defend the Rights of those that disagree with you. Don’t yell . . . I know ya want to, so do I, BUT the quiet yet powerful voice is the voice that is heard and remembered. If you must fight, fight them on their ground not yours or bring them to ground that is to your advantage. Sun Tzu is a good read for this kind of battle. Its the Grass Roots that will make the differance on this issue. You, Me, one voice at a time, standing for the Privliage to have the Rights we have. We must convince those who see “gun-control” as the path to security that its, again, only a band aid and does not address the real issues of Mental Health, Crime, Gang Violance, to name a few that are the heart of the problem. The knee jurk reaction sweeping this country will have a rude awaking because their solutions WILL NOT STOP the next hanious incedent or national outrage were firearms are involved. At some point the discussion must be placed on the stage of real solutions to the actual problems. Reality really is to a great degree that that its about the PEOPLE not about the WEAPONS THEY CHOOSE. SOLVE THE PEOPLE PROBLEMS AND YOU SOLVE THE REAL ISSUEs. until we face that we accomplish nothing more than dividing the country further and giving away our power as a people to an very small elected minority with there own adjendas that have little to do with real issues and their solutiuons. My thoughts, My opinion. I stand by them and support them. Hope you listened and understood my point of view. thanks for reading.

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  • shawn

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    Sound like Arizona, Alaska, Vermont, and Wyoming are the the only states that have it right. Carrying a firearm isn’t a privilege its are our right. Concealed permits are a cash cow for the states and a tracking device. I guess before long we’re going to have a permit to attend church. I’m sure in Illinois and Dc you want even be allowed to attend.
    America the great! more like the walking dead.

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  • Pete in Alaska

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    For those of you in New York State, New York City, Long Island, and other yellow or red states on the above map, I would suggest the freedom of Wyo or AZ, perhaps a western BLUE state.
    Should the adventure bug allow you to leave the wilds of upstae NY or the Big Valley of Fienstienland. I would suggest that perhaps you may wish to join those of us in Alaska which along with Wyo and AZ continue to view the ownership and carry of firearms as a responsibility of American adults, as a tools of our enviorment, who understand the privlige it is and needs no goverment to regulate lawabiding citizens to bolster their political record for reelection or to futher extreme political platforms. Well . . . . its just a thought.

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