There are always questions that I field, when talking with people in my community. Here’s a gigantic list to send to all your friends who always have a question about concealed carry with links and some of my personal favorites.
Please feel free to laugh, but also know that I mean these with all seriousness, as well.
Q1. Do you need to carry your permit on you at all times?
A1. Yes. You should also have your driver’s license, too. You went through the trouble of getting a CCL, why wouldn’t you carry it?
Q2. How much is it to get your concealed carry license?
A2. It depends on who you ask, who’s your instructor, etc. I paid approximately $400 for all of my training, the classes, and sending in my paperwork. This doesn’t include my firearm or accessories.
Q3. Is it worth it to get a concealed carry license if your state does not require it?
A3. Look, I get it. You don’t want to spend the money or send in your paperwork to the government—all the black helicopters and stuff. Listen, having the license means you went through training and another person, other than your dad, believes you are competent with your concealed carry weapon. In other words, it’s a bit less shady than just keeping a gun in your waistband.
Q4. Do you have to have your weapon on you at all times?
A4. No. Do you have to have your driver’s license if you’re not driving? It’s still good to have with you anyway (put it in your glove-box if you have to go into an establishment that doesn’t permit CCWs).
Q5. Do you have to have a CCL to have a firearm in your home?
A5. Haven’t you heard of the 2nd Amendment? Everyone should have, minimum, a shotgun in the house for home protection.
Q6. I’m wearing my CCW at the grocery store, what if someone sees my weapon?
A6. I wrote an article earlier in the year answering this one: An Honest Look at Printing. But, no one notices. And if they do, so what? I like to respond to this question with, “What are they going to do? Eat you?”
Q7. Should I defend someone with my CCW?
A7. Should you? That’s a question you need to determine for yourself. Keep updated on your states laws. Here’s a good website to get you started: handgunlaw.us. It’s updated regularly. Check out the NRA’s website, too.
Q8. Okay, I have my CCL, now what?
A8. Carry your CCW? I mean, why is this a question? Follow your state’s laws; carry concealed; protect yourself and your loved ones. That’s what. Also, remember to go to the range regularly.
Q9. Should I draw my CCW?
A9. This question is too broad. Check this post I wrote a few weeks ago. I’m not a lawyer. But yours will tell you that you shouldn’t draw your weapon unless you intend to use it. You should have tried every possible means of de-escalation before resorting to deadly force. Period.
Q10. What gun is best for concealed carry?
A10. Alright. This isn’t a fair question. This is like asking me if you should eat bananas for breakfast. Look, you need to carry the gun that you are most comfortable and familiar with and fits your physique. I can’t tell you what gun is best for you—only you can. I have small hands, so a double-stack .45mm 1911 isn’t going to fit me, but if you have big mitts, then it might. It’s all about what best suits your needs. Here’s a gigantic list of 50 of the Best CCW, though.
Q11. How often should I change my CC ammunition?
A11. I get this question, often. Check out this article if you want to know the logic behind my answer. In short, you should change your ammo every 4-6 months depending on the weather your CCW is subjected to.
Q12. What should I keep in my EDC (Every Day Carry) kit?
A12. My first question is, are you a man or a woman? Men can carry way more things in their pockets and on their belts than women (thank the fashion industry). Also, you encounter different things during the day, week, month, year, than I do, so this is just like the bananas for breakfast question. You need to do what is best for you. I will say that there are three things that should definitely be on your list: your CCW, your CCL, your driver’s license, a pocket knife, and an extra magazine. Here are two different articles: one for a Lady’s EDC and Carrying a Knife in your EDC.
This is not an exhaustive list, but this should answer all the immediate Conceal Carry Questions. My typical answer is, check out your states’ laws if you need to know legal information.
Was there a question I missed that really needs to make it to this list? Let me know in the comments!
Hannah Staton holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Rhetoric and Writing from the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith where she also is a Writing Tutor. She was issued her Concealed Carry License in 2016, but has grown up around firearms her whole life. She is a Contributing Editor and Copy Writer for Clinger Holsters. She is an artist, cigar enthusiast, poet, and an avid shooter. She resides in Van Buren, Arkansas with her dog, Sunday and spends as much of her free time either with her family or making art. You can find her on Instagram @hr.staton or reach her by email: firstname.lastname@example.org