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Tips for Getting Your CCL

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Yesterday, we talked about why getting your CCL (concealed carry license) is a good idea. Here’s that article in case you missed it.

With all the violence and terrorism in the news lately, there’s really no excuse not to arm and prepare to defend yourself — and getting your CCL is the first step toward doing that.

Imagine being caught in the middle of an active shooter scenario like the one in San Bernadino, California. Would you rather hide out and pray that the authorities arrive quickly and are able to subdue the killer…or take matters into your own hands?

A concealed carry permit will allow you to have a weapon on your person almost any time and anywhere. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that you’re willing and able to defend yourself and those around you at a moment’s notice.

Here’s what you need to know to get your CCL.

  • You must be at least 21 years of age
  • You must apply for a permit in your city or county of residence
  • You must complete a safety course (this can be done through your state or county game department, the NRA, local fire department or online courses. Click here for more details.)
  • In most states, you must pay a fee to obtain your permit
  • You must renew your permit every so often (varies by state)

Click here for information on your specific state’s CCL laws.

Who isn’t allowed to get a permit?

Laws vary by state, but in general the following individuals are banned from obtaining a concealed carry permit.

  • Individuals with restraining orders against them
  • Anyone who has been convicted of two or more misdemeanors within a five year period
  • Drug addicts
  • Fugitives
  • Felons

Where am I not allowed to concealed carry?

Unfortunately, even licensed gun owners are not exempt from “gun free zones.” Here are some places where carrying a concealed weapon is often prohibited.

  • Federal or state government facilities (including government buildings, parks, military bases, etc.)
  • Some educational institutions (laws vary by state and jurisdiction; click here for more information)
  • Hospitals
  • Houses of worship
  • Mass transit
  • Airports
  • Aboard an aircraft or ship
  • Amusement parks

As always, you should familiarize yourself with your state and local laws to make sure you are always carrying legal.

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