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Concealed Carry 101: Etiquette and Application

Concealed Carry Etiquette

The growth of concealed carry has been increasing throughout the United States. Regulation and permit policies in some states now allow permitless carry. If you’re an experienced gun owner, this may sound like good news. However, new gun owners might not know where to start.

If you’re a new gun owner and thinking about concealed carry, then this article will help guide you. We’ll cover concealed carry etiquette and the general application process. In part two of this series, we’ll dive into gun options and holsters.

Concealed Carry Etiquette

We’ll start off this article with concealed carry etiquette. Before applying for a permit, it’s important to understand what a concealed carry permit means.

A concealed carry permit gives you the permission to carry a handgun publicly while concealed. Some restrictions do apply. However, it does not allow you to use your concealed handgun. An unwritten standard of care applies to permit holders. That is, permit holders must take caution and be humble to avoid confrontations. In confrontations, permit holders must suppress the urge to threaten the aggressor with a concealed weapon. A concealed handgun is meant to be used as a last resort and as a means of self-defense.

Restricted Carry Areas

Be mindful when carrying. Opinions differ, and not everyone welcomes the idea of concealed carry. Some buildings and areas restrict the carrying of firearms. For example, government buildings, airports, and educational facilities legally restrict the possession of firearms within grounds. You could find yourself in legal trouble if you’re carrying in these areas.

Further, businesses and private property owners may not welcome the carrying of firearms within their facilities. Some states permit them to post signage, in which you are required to obey. In these cases, you may be able to conceal carry legally. In doing so, be respectful of the owner and their property.

Special Cases

In most situations, keeping quiet about your concealed carry handgun will keep you out of trouble. Don’t ask and don’t tell is the consensus among many concealed carriers. However, some states need you to inform officers as soon as you are pulled over. Handing over your concealed carry license or permit along with your driver’s license can help you avoid tough situations.

In most cases, concealed carry etiquette is common sense. Being respectful and understanding carry restrictions will help keep you and other’s safe.

Permits and Application for Concealed Carry

Since regulation and laws change, we encourage you to verify your state’s laws and policies about concealed carry. We’ll do our best to keep this information relevant. Be sure to visit with state officials who can inform you on the latest updates in concealed carry and firearms.

Some states allow permitless carry and permitless concealed carry. Others require an application process. However, firearm laws apply to all states. Some federal restrictions bar certain individuals from obtaining firearms and permits relating to firearms.

The first course of action is to check your state’s concealed carry requirements. General conditions among the states are to be 18 or 21 years of age or older, have a valid state issued ID, a clean criminal history (no felonies), and free from certain psychiatric illnesses.

Some states require a concealed carry course while others do not. For states that do require courses, the courses usually need to be taught by certified professionals. In most cases, it’s beneficial to take concealed carry courses to confirm any carrying etiquette questions you may have.

After meeting the legal requirements and completing required courses, you’ll need to fill out an application. Applications can usually be found at sheriff’s offices. In addition, you’ll likely be fingerprinted when turning in your application for further profiling.

Keep in mind that some states are “shall issue” and some are “may issue.” “Shall issue” means that if you meet the conditions and requirements of the state, you’ll likely obtain a permit. May issue states have further regulations and are overseen by certain state officials. In may issue states, it can take some time for you to obtain a permit.

There are more things to consider for concealed carry. From firearm registration to home defense, you gun hobby starts here. We’ll cover holster types and handguns in part two of this series later. Until then, check out our guide on self defense firearms here: A Complete Guide to Home Defense Firearms