What do you need to know to get your concealed carry permit? How do you even start? What government agency do you start with? Obtaining your concealed carry permit is a monumental, multi-step process. But there’s no need to be intimidated. Here we break it down for your ease.
While there is no federal statutory law concerning getting your concealed carry permit, all 50 states have passed laws allowing qualified individuals to carry certain concealed firearms in public. So depending on state law, or local jurisdiction, you can carry either without a permit or after obtaining a permit from a designated government authority at the state and/or local level.
States have varying permitting policies which may hinder your ability to acquire a permit. Unrestricted Jurisdiction means that a permit is not required to carry a concealed handgun. A Shall-Issue Jurisdiction requires a license to carry concealed, but the granting of permits is subject to the applicant meeting requirements determined by law. A May-Issue Jurisdiction requires a permit to carry concealed and the granting of permits is at the discretion of governing authorities; in theory you may obtain a permit, but they are often exceedingly difficult to get. A No-Issue Jurisdiction is just that—private citizens are not permitted to carry concealed, though there may be limited exceptions.
Simple Steps to Get Your Concealed Carry Permit
- Once you identify the legality and requirements of concealed carry permits in your state or local jurisdiction, request the application. Some states will require a class or some level of training, so be sure to take this into consideration as you may need to submit proof of training along with your application.
- Be diligent when completing the paperwork. Mistakes can cause problems in processing your permit.
- Be sure to have the required documents and identification at the ready.
- There will be fees associated with your application, so be prepared and have the proper method of payment.
- Even if you know your application has been approved, do not carry until you have received your permit.
State and local statutes are easily found online, so start by familiarizing yourself with the law. The local sheriff’s office website is a good place to look online or give their office a call and they can most likely tell you specifically where to go to get more information in your state.