Some states have rigorous training and education requirements for those citizens who wish to apply for and obtain a permit to carry a concealed weapon. Other states have no educational requirements; a person must only pass a background check and pay the licensing fee to obtain a permit to carry a concealed handgun. If you are thinking about obtaining a license to carry concealed weapons, or you have just applied for a first-time license, keep the following three pieces of advice in mind once you obtain your permit and are allowed to carry your weapon with you.
You should always be responsible when carrying a firearm. Never brandish your firearm in an attempt to intimidate others. Never utilize your firearm in a fit of anger. In general, never use your firearm unless you are forced to do so in an act of self-defense or in an attempt to defend others around you from an imminent threat of death or egregious bodily harm that can only be deterred by the use of your firearm. The laws in every state provide for stiff penalties for those who abuse the right to carry a weapon.
Know the Laws When You Travel
Some states have reciprocity rights for concealed carry permit holders from other states. Other states, such as Illinois, are very strict on their concealed carry laws for citizens of other states who are just visiting for a few days, or even just driving through the state on their way somewhere else. As the old saying goes, ignorance of the law is no excuse to violate the law. Research the laws of other states when you travel and know what is expected of you as a concealed carry permit holder in the places you visit. You can be fined, jailed and even lose your concealed carry permit if you are found in violation of any laws regardless of what state you are in.
Don't Abuse Your Privileges
Don't abuse your privileges. Don't allow others to violate concealed carry laws when they are with you. Don't use your permit to carry a firearm for someone who is not allowed to carry. Don't use your concealed carry privileges to intimidate or harass others. Not only can irresponsible behavior on your part land you in jail or cause you to pay hefty fines, you also give a bad reputation to all concealed carry holders and make it more difficult for those who do carry responsibly. Remember that your ability to carry a firearm is a privilege that can be revoked if abused.
For more information, talk with a company that offers concealed carry licenses, such as Chauncey's Pawn & Gun.