Everything You Need to Know
As a veteran, you have probably either considered getting a concealed carry permit for yourself or have friends that have done so. If you’re a recently discharged veteran, you may be particularly interested in a concealed carry permit as you have more acute experience with defending yourself and your family. Since concealed carry permits are of a particular interest to veterans and active servicemembers, this article will cover the things you need to know about concealed carry permits and links to more information on a particular aspect of them. We’ll explain exactly what a concealed carry permit covers and does not cover, the differences in permitting policies in various states, and how carrying concealed on a military installation works.
What Does a Concealed Carry Permit (CCP) Cover?
CCPs primarily cover handguns. At least, handguns are the most common item that CCPs are obtained for. Other types of weapons may require a CCP to wear concealed on your person, however, and these vary from knives of a certain length to pepper spray. These depend on your state, so if you’re wanting to carry something other than a handgun, you’ll want to check with your state to see if you need a CCP to carry it. Also, be aware that some states issue a CCP with specific license terms for what you are wanting to carry. You might see Concealed Handgun Permit, Concealed Carry Weapons, Concealed Weapon Permit, etc. depending on what you are wanting to carry.
Different State Permitting Policies
There are three different types of permitting policies that are actively being used in each state. They are “shall-issue”, “may-issue”, and “unrestricted” policies. There is also “no-issue”, which we’ll talk about a bit later, but since Illinois drafted laws allowing CC, no states currently have a “no-issue” policy. So, what’s the difference between the three? It’s a lot like it sounds. A state that has an unrestricted policy is a state that does not require one to get a permit to carry a concealed weapon. Some examples are Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Kansas, Vermont, and Wyoming. A state with a “shall-issue” policy requires people to have a CCP to carry, but the criteria for such is not subjective and is based solely on a predetermined set of criteria laid out in the law. As long as the individual meets the criteria, they will receive a CCP. A may-issue jurisdiction is one that allows permit applications to go through a subjective approval process, usually by the local police authority, but sometimes by the state police force. Often, may-issue states also have “good cause” or similar requirements for individuals applying for a CCP. If you want to know what policy your state has, you can check this wikipedia article.
Carrying Concealed on a Military Installation
For the most part, this is not an option. Each military installation has its own specific policies of concealed carry of personal firearms on base, but for the most part military bases have no issue policies, which means that no one is allowed to carry concealed and no permits are granted. Military bases also do not recognize state-issued permits, so definitely don’t try to get away with that. The military’s reasoning for these policies are known only to the military, but it could be that there are already enough government-issued firearms on the base that the goals that concealed carry is meant to accomplish are already taken care of, and so they’re left with nothing but the liability of people walking around with firearms that they don’t know about.
Some Tips that Will Make CC Life Easier
You need to know the policy of other states as far as recognizing the CCP you’ve obtained from your state. Some states recognize other states’ CCPs, but some states do not. Check ahead of time before you travel to or through other states while carrying. Another tip, if you are pulled over or otherwise confronted by the police, it is best policy to be upfront and directly inform the officer (in a non-threatening way, of course), that you have a CCP and are currently carrying. Consider handing the officer your permit at the same time as your driver’s license. Being open about it will help the officer feel safe and prevent anything nasty from happening if the gun is accidentally discovered.