With the new reciprocity bill in the Senate, the future of concealing and carrying guns is uncertain. The Democrats might be able to kill the bill, but we also might be looking at an entirely changed landscape in terms of our right to bear arms. Before the can of worms is opened, you can jump on your chance to get a carrying license and be grandfathered in to the system.
The chance that applications might get stonewalled or more expensive is real, and background checks are also under scrutiny at the moment. If you want to guarantee your right before things start changing, then you’re in the right place. This short list will take you through the things you need to get your concealed carrying license in any state that offers one.
Check Your State
The first step in this journey is to check your state laws. Since they’re at least subtly different for each state and just plain crazy for a few, you want to have an idea of what you’re getting into. If you’re stuck where concealed carry is a suppressed right, there’s no point in investing the time and money. In some cases, you might be able to get a license in a neighboring state; just make sure you don’t get careless and accidentally get yourself into trouble.
When you’re looking up your state’s regulations, you want to pay particular attention to whether you are in a shall issue or may issue region. Shall issue regulations mean that anyone who meets the base requirements will be issued a license. May issue takes every case individually. In these places, citizens who have broken no rules and are not automatically disqualified from concealed carrying may be denied a permit request. You’ll be completely at the mercy of the government in such a case, so prepare yourself before you commit to large fees and long application processes.
Find Your Course
Again, this will be different for each state, but in most cases you will have to take a test and pass a course before you will be eligible for a concealed carry license. For honorably discharged veterans, military weapons qualifications can replace taking the course, with some exceptions. When you are exploring qualification options, it’s important to compare more than just prices. What does the course cover? Many trainers will teach far more than is necessary to get the license. This can be a great opportunity for less experienced participants who would like to learn more about using their firearms to the utmost. You can also assume that your course will include several hours of practical shooting time, and there is typically an ammo fee or requirement to consider.
Consider Your Firearms
All things being equal, it’s best to take a qualifying exam on a weapon you’ve used extensively. That isn’t always a possibility for concealed carry courses. Many enthusiasts lack the resources to spend enough time with the weapon they ultimately want to carry. If that’s you, then your course might be a good chance to get familiar with new guns. While it’s great to take advantage of the opportunity, remember that concealed carry permits only work for one weapon. Whatever you use for qualification is what you get to carry. Take your time exploring options, because requalifying on a different firearm can get expensive.
You checked the laws. You searched for the perfect gun, practiced diligently and passed your exam. It is at this point that things only just begun. Carrying responsibly is a lifelong commitment, and it’s why you went through all of the trouble in the first place. To be permitted to conceal and carry, you will have to demonstrate that you understand which situations merit pulling your weapon.
Living by those principles is another matter. Just as you need to constantly practice to stay proficient with your gun, you also need to practice your mindset to make sure you make the right decisions when the time comes.
You’re a red-blooded American. Bearing arms isn’t just your right. It is your responsibility. We all take this matter seriously, and that’s why we fight so hard for these rights. You can join the millions of Americans who have stood up and armed themselves against the countless threats against peace and freedom. See what it might take and get started on your path to advanced self-defense.
~ American Gun News