Concealed Carry Weapon (CCW) Laws and Permits

Concealed Carry Weapon (CCW) Laws and Permits

In most parts of America, a CCW (Concealed Carry Weapon) license is required to legally carry a concealed firearm. In some parts of America, these licenses are not available to citizens without significant political connections!

It is completely unreasonable that you should be required to obtain permission from the government to exercise rights guaranteed to you by the United States Constitution, but that is the way it is. It is disgraceful how we have enabled our government to make subjects of us all.

Packing.Org

Home of the CCW Database. A great place to find out how to legally carry a concealed weapon, if it is possible in your state.

Equal Rights for CCW

In California, a CCW (Carry Concealed Weapons) permit allows you to legally defend your life with a gun outside of your home or business. To get one, you need to pass a background check and get trained. No problem there. The problem, and the reason there's only about 39,000 permits in the whole state, is that you also have to get the personal permission of your police chief or sheriff, who decides on your good cause for issuance. For some reason, wealthy major campaign contributors tend to have more good cause than others. And minorities consistently have none.

Yahoo Group: concealedcarry

This club is for the discussion of carrying a concealed weapon. The topics can range from choices of firearms, ammunition, methods of carry, the Second Amendment, laws and restrictions pertaining to carrying concealed, or whatever else comes to mind - it's basically an open floor. So grab a cup of your favorite beverage, pull up a chair, stretch out your typing fingers and enjoy the club.


Arms in the hands of citizens (may) be used at individual discretion...in private self defense... -- John Adams, A defense of the Constitutions of the Government of the USA, 471 (1788).

Books on Concealed Carry

The Concealed Handgun Manual: How to Choose, Carry, and Shoot a Gun in Self Defense
The Concealed Handgun Manual: How to Choose, Carry, and Shoot a Gun in Self Defense

Intended to provide instruction on using handguns to prevent gun owners from becoming the victims of a criminal or terrorist attack, this comprehensive handbook contains information on current state regulations, beginning and advanced shooting instruction, and updated safety advice. Advice for selecting and buying a handgun, discussions of the importance of self-protection, and methods of concealing weapons accompany a discussion of the mental attitude required in case of an armed encounter. In light of the current problem of violence in schools, this edition also offers detailed instruction on how to avoid violent encounters entirely. Information on the psychological consequences of shooting in self-defense is included, as are actual stories of incidents of concealed handgun self-defense.

Concealed Carry: The Shooter's Guide to Selecting Handguns
Concealed Carry: The Shooter's Guide to Selecting Handguns

Once you have made the all-important decision to get a concealed-carry weapon permit, you face a dilemma - how to determine the perfect carry piece from the dizzying array of choices available in modern handguns. Before you invest your money in and trust your life to one weapon, get the opinion of an expert - someone who's personally tested handguns from every major manufacturer and experimented with models, calibers and types of ammunition, all with the specific needs of concealed carry in mind. Contains in-depth analyses of small, medium and large pistols and revolvers by makers such as S&W, Glock, Colt, Ruger, Taurus and more.

Handgun Combatives
Handgun Combatives

This is a very good book about using handguns in combat. In the book, the author not only tells about the technical stuff (correct grip, stance and so on), but he discusses the tactis and mental aspects as well. The author has reviewed many established models of operation, and has found that the most common way is not always the best way to conduct business. ... Spaulding also gives answers to questions raised, ... In the book, Spaulding goes though the usual stuff of selecting the handgun and holster, but in my opinion, Spaulding gives advise that is a way above average. Usually, in similar books they only advise which guns and accessories are good, but Spaulding advises how to select gear that is good FOR YOU. In other words, he tells how to select gear that is both of good quality, but is also suited to your individual needs and physique. It is odd though that after the chapter on gun selection, there is seven chapters (about 50 pages) before Spaulding goes to holster selection. Spaulding does a good job of presenting proper shooting stances (actually combat stances, because shooting a gun in a range is a totally different ball game than shooting in combat), getting a good grip (he gives an interesting trick that helps you to determine the proper grip that was totaly new to me), and so on. He also discusses extreme close quarters shooting, shooting in the dark, the problems with automobiles and so on. He also stresses that your practice should reflect the conditions of real life, not those of a shooting range.

The Practical Pistol Manual: How to Use a Handgun for Self-Defense
The Practical Pistol Manual: How to Use a Handgun for Self-Defense

Drawn from the training course the author developed for the state of Connecticut for citizens desiring to obtain "concealed carry" permits for handguns, this book covers everything a person will need to know about using a handgun for self defense. Includes Chapters on safety, defending yourself in court, psychology, and when NOT to use a gun in self defense. More than twenty states now permit concealed carry so citizen education in the safe and effective use of handguns is essential.

The Handgun in Personal Defense
The Handgun in Personal Defense

A well-researched, common sense guide to carrying concealed firearms. It's a good resource for the armed citizen.

Effective Handgun Defense
Effective Handgun Defense

Personal protection is a hot issue in today's changing world. Currently, 42 states have some form of concealed-carry legislation. Now holders of concealed carry permits, law enforcement officers, security personnel and anyone interested in real world defensive tactics can find all the historical, safety and legal information they need in Effective Handgun Defense. Beginning with an exploration of the history of self-defense handguns, the book gives readers a thorough understanding of how the guns have been used through the years. A detailed discussion of today's most popular concealed carry handguns and holsters follows, aiding readers in selecting the best handgun for their personal needs. Additional chapters cover safety recommendations, fighting calibers, service revolvers, 9mm pistols and the 1911 pistol.

Snubby Revolver: The ECQ, Backup, and Concealed Carry Standard
Snubby Revolver: The ECQ, Backup, and Concealed Carry Standard

At a time when the semiauto pistol has become the issue handgun for our police and military and the handgun of choice for a lot of citizens, the snubby holds its own. It is available in a wider range of calibers, weights and finishes than at any time in its history. It continues to serve as a dependable backup weapon for the police officer, and it is a highly popular choice with the legally armed citizen. In this book, former CIA operative and longtime Combat Handguns columnist Ed Lovette pays homage to the short-barreled revolver, or snubby, holding it up as the timeless standard in concealed carry, backup and extreme close quarters (ECQ) defensive weapons. He also addresses the four most common complaints about the snubby - grip, front sight, trigger and ammo capacity - and presents viable ways to remedy those issues based on his personal experience. Lovette devotes the second half of the book to defensive tactics, running the gamut from basic personal defense to strategic planning for extraordinary situations such as surveillance and carjackings to considerations specific to the use of the pocket revolver. This book is a must for anyone seeking objective, practical insight into the snub-nose revolver's enduring value.

Essential Guide to Handguns: Firearm Instruction for Personal Defense and Protection
Essential Guide to Handguns: Firearm Instruction for Personal Defense and Protection

"Essential Guide to Handguns" is written to ensure that every gun owner is prepared to safely meet the responsibilities that come with gun ownership. From choosing the right handgun and accessories, crucial tips for thorough firearm maintenance, tactical concealed carry options and safe storage, to expert guidance for training and instruction in armed defense tactics--both mentally and physically--this valuable guide will serve to ensure that you are prepared to enter the ranks of responsible, law abiding gun owners. The Second Amendment affirms the right of law abiding citizens to keep and bear arms--in the event that a firearm may be necessary for personal protection. This book provides a one-stop-source of information for the new or experienced gun owner. It provides a comprehensive look at the modern defensive handgun.

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