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Check out the map below for the requirements for each state to apply for a concealed carry permit or also known as a CCW.
What is Concealed Carry?
Concealed Carry is the act of carrying a weapon (normally a firearm but not always that case) in a concealed fashion. There are generally two methods of doing this. The first method involves the weapon being concealed on the body such as using a waist holstered weapon covered by an article of clothes or an ankle holstered weapon covered by an article of clothes. The second method usually involves having the weapon concealed in close proximity to an individual such as a loaded firearm in the glove box or a loaded weapon in any concealed location of a vehicle. These two methods are most common scenarios for the use of concealed carry.
Depending on what state you reside in, non-firearm weapons can be considered concealed weapons under state law when used in the manners described above. These weapons include but aren’t limited to knives, pepper spray canisters, blackjacks (palm sized clubs) and electroshock weapons (ie; tasers and stun guns).
This may sound obvious but normally your concealed weapon must be completely covered to be legal, this assuming you fulfill all the legal requirements to carry concealed in the first place. Not one centimeter of the weapon can visible. So if your shirt accidently rides up a bit and it exposes any piece of your firearm, you’re legally in the wrong. States that allow open carry, which means you can transport a loaded firearm on your body without it being concealed, require the same kind of thought process. Either the weapon is fully visible or fully concealed; nothing in the middle. The common sight of a “gun bulge”, the viable imprinted outline of weapon showing through one’s clothing, on someone carrying concealed is perfectly legal even if it reveals that the individual is carrying a concealed weapon. With that said, recently police officers have used “officer safety” rules to challenge a person with an obvious gun bulge.
Remember that the term “concealed carry” is a legal term which can be used to describe lawful and unlawful acts. It’s up to you to ensure you are carrying within the laws of your state and sometimes even your local governments. While we here at ConcealedCarryLaw.net try to be accurate and helpful, we are not without errors so check with your local government for the specific concealed carry laws for your area.