There are many reasons why people are increasingly choosing to conceal carry firearms. This is entirely a personal decision and differs from person to person. However, since there are laws that we have to follow and these laws differ from state to state, it is important to understand how to get a concealed carry permit for all States for your gun.
The exact application process for obtaining a concealed carry permit will differ accordingly to the state you live in, but there are certain general guidelines for obtaining a permit.
1) Eligibility Requirements:
There are certain basic requirements that you have to meet in order to apply for a concealed carry permit. These specific requirements do vary from state to state (like minimum age limits) but generally include the following:
- Minimum age
- Proof of Residence in the state
- Training certificate on use of firearm
- Background checks
- Individual should not be a convicted felon
- Mentally competent
2) Firearm Use & Safety Course:
As a responsible gun owner you should understand and follow general firearm safety practices. Having basic knowledge about the operation and handling of your gun helps keep you and those around you safe.
In some states use of firearms and gun safety is covered under statutory laws. Therefore it becomes necessary for an individual to enroll and pass the firearm course to obtain the certificate. For example in California, a concealed carry permit requires a minimum eight hour firearms training course which also included a “live fire” exercise.
Even if the state you live in does not require a certificate knowing how to handle firearms, it would be a good idea to enroll in such a course. Going through a basic firearm handling course can help you avoid expensive future lawsuits, keep you and those near your safe and also will gives you confidence whenever you have to reach for your firearm in emergencies.
3) Complete & Submit the Application along with the Fees:
The final step is the filling out of the concealed carry permit. You need to submit the permit along with the necessary documentation like a copy of your state ID/ driver’s license, training certificate and the processing fee. Again the processing fee varies from state to state. It can be as low as $ 67 in Ohio and up to $ 300 in California.
The turnaround time for processing a concealed carry permit varies from state to state but is approximately 50 days. Depending upon the state you live in, it could take even longer so you need to be a bit patient. Do not conceal carry your firearm until you receive your permit. A concealed carry permit is normally valid for 5 years. You need to renew it so you can legally keep carrying your gun.
It is important to point out here that even after you get your concealed carry permit, many states do not honor other out of state concealed carry permits. If you are planning a road trip and intend to carry your gun, you need to check out which US States allow open carry of guns.
4) Don’t forget to buy your gun holster:
The last and most important point is after you get your concealed carry permit, you need to find a gun holster. Gun holsters are a necessity for those who carry a gun and there are many benefits of using a gun holster. There are many types of gun holster made from different materials. You need to give some thought into what type you need depending upon your use.