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Qualifying for a Concealed Carry Permit

In recent years, many states have legalized concealed carrying, enabling gun owners to wear hidden weapons on their person in public with use of a belt holster or other concealment holster. However, obtaining one of these permits isn’t as simple as filling out an application. Although there’s no national consensus, the qualifications for a concealed carry permit are fairly similar from state to state. If you’re interested in obtaining one of these permits, odds are you’ll need to tend to the following tasks. 

Taking a Class

In most states, concealed carry applicants are required to complete an accredited course in gun safety within six months of applying for a permit. Even if you have considerable experience with firearms, attending one of these classes can serve as a good refresher. Fortunately, classes of this type can be found in virtually any city or township. In addition to walking you through the basics of gun use and maintenance, these classes will teach you about concealing your firearms with a belt holster and other concealment holsters. Keeping your firearm in a belt holster, or other concealment holster will not only protect you, but it will keep your firearm safe from harm.

Providing Proof of Citizenship

The vast majority of states that issue concealed carry permits decree that all applicants be legal U.S. citizens. That being the case, when applying for your permit, you’ll likely be asked to produce proof of citizenship. If you’re a natural born citizen, a copy of your birth certificate and/or photo I.D. should do the trick. Alternatively, if you immigrated to the U.S., copies of your citizenship papers or green card may be requested.  

Being Thorough

Take care to leave no stone unturned when completing your application, as most states will not process incomplete or unsatisfactorily filled-out applications. Many states also refuse to refund application fees for errors made on the part of applicants, so if you’re not a fan of wasting money, it’s in your best interest to be thorough. 

States don’t hand out concealed carry permits to just anyone. In order to be approved for one of these permits, you’ll need to meet a number of criteria. Gun owners hoping to get their hands on a concealed carry permit would be wise to learn the qualifications for their respective states.  Keeping your firearm in a belt holster or other concealment holster is a great way to protect your firearm, and an even better way to keep you safe. If you need a belt holster, hip holster, or other concealment holsters, Hardcore Gun Holsters has a great selection to choose from. Shop our selection of concealment holsters today.