November 18, 2022

Requirements for receiving a concealed carry license or permit vary depending on your state, but some common standards apply to most situations. Here are five things you’ll need to get a concealed carry license.

1. Meet Applicant Requirements

Before applying for a concealed carry license, ensure you meet the age minimum and other permit requirements. In many cases, you’ll need to be at least 21 years old and a legal citizen of the US.

Other requirements often outlined by states include the following.

  • You must meet all qualifications to purchase a gun
  • You must not be a felon or fugitive
  • You must not be addicted to hard drugs or controlled substances

2. Pass an Approved Training Course

Another thing you’ll need to get a concealed carry license is proof that you’ve passed an approved training course. Your concealed carry course can cover information on how to carry discreetly, deadly force laws, and the potential effects of shooting in self-defense. The course prepares you for carrying responsibly.

In some states, you have many options when choosing an approved class. For example, you might be able to take a hunter education course approved by your state department of public safety. Check your state’s list of approved courses before signing up.

3. Demonstrate Proficiency With a Handgun

While your coursework introduces you to essential principles, you must also demonstrate your handgun handling proficiency. A certified instructor can administer the demonstration.

Depending on your state, you might need to shoot a minimum number of live rounds of ammunition. You will need to shoot from a designated number of yards away from the target and achieve a passing accuracy rating. For example, in Maryland, you must shoot from no further than 15 yards from the target and achieve 70 percent accuracy.

4. Complete the Application

Fill out your permit application completely and accurately. You will need to include your current address, contact information, and current employment. You may also need your residential history from the last five years and information regarding your psychiatric, drug, alcohol, and criminal history.

If you live in a shall-issue state, you will receive your permit if you meet the state and federal requirements for a concealed carry permit. In a may-issue state, your governing body reserves the right to use its discretion in issuing a permit, and it may deny you even if you meet the criteria.

5. Submit Supporting Documents

You will need to submit supporting documents with your application. Typical documents include a copy of your valid government-issued ID card (such as a driver’s license), a background check, fingerprints, and training certificates.

The process can take between a week to six months or longer. Do not carry until you receive your permit to avoid legal trouble and keep your application in good standing.

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Note: The information provided in this blog is purely for general informational purposes and should not be taken as legal advice. Readers should contact their personal attorney for advice regarding legal matters.

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