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Why Concealed Carry Permits Trump Constitutional Carry (For Now)


The Second Amendment ought not be abridged or hacked up into bureaucratic little pieces.  Like it or not, the Constitution specifically states that this right ought not be impeded.  And either we revise the Bill of Rights to amend that to “shall be issued a concealed permit to bear arms only when it’s convenient for the State to do so” or we’ve got some serious work to do.

Here are the top three reasons being issued a concealed carry permit is the way to go… For now.

Reason #1:  Permitless Concealed Carry Hasn’t Caught On – Yet

That said, the concealed carry permitting process is more advantageous than constitutional carry – right now.  At present, there are six states that have mostly unconditional permitless concealed carry:

  1. Alaska
  2. Arizona
  3. Arkansas
  4. Kansas
  5. Maine (pending Governor’s signature*)
  6. Vermont
  7. Wyoming (resident only)

*While Maine has legally pushed through its version of permitless concealed carry, it cannot go into effect until the governor of Maine signs it.  So until then, sorry.

NOTE:  There are a lot of states where permitless concealed carry has advanced in the legislature but has not been completely successful and there are other states which have forms of permitless concealed carry but have very specific restrictions.  At the time of this article, there are only six states which allow their citizens to carry a concealed, loaded firearm without a permit.

Six out of fifty states have permitless concealed carry.  In order to leave the state with a concealed carry firearm, you have to apply for an equivalent of such a permit from the issuing authority.  If your daily commute involves crossing state lines or you frequently travel out-of-state, this can quickly become a royal pain.

Reason #2:  National Reciprocity Hasn’t Caught On – Yet

Think of all the restrictions you’re faced with taking a simple road trip from one side of the country to the other with a concealed firearm on your person.  There is no state-issued concealed carry permit (that we know of) that covers all fifty states and the District of Columbia.


That means in order to travel, you have to know which state acknowledges your resident state’s concealed carry permit.  It’s much more convoluted than you think!  And for those states that absolutely refuse to acknowledge any other state’s concealed carry permitting process – New York, California, and New Jersey being chief amongst that pool – there’s no good way of getting through.

So, for those being issued a concealed carry permit, at least they have verified proof at least one state found them fit to carry a concealed firearm.  And it also familiarizes the person with his own state’s process – which can sometimes be helpful when applying for non-resident concealed carry permits from other states.

Reason #3:  No Permit?  No Luck!

In the grand majority of states, carrying a concealed firearm without a permit is a crime.  More importantly, it can potentially incriminate an otherwise honorable and law-abiding citizen.   The worst part of this is that for those traveling between states and unfamiliar with their specific statutes, the definition of a concealed firearm can be very devious.  In states like New Jersey, simply transporting the firearm in a glove box can be construed as concealing it.  And for states like California which don’t issue non-resident concealed carry permits (and rarely issue resident), law abiding citizens can get caught up into a whole bunch of legal mess and even see their firearms entered into the civil forfeiture process.

Thus, for those traveling around, it’s always a good idea to maintain a concealed carry permit – even if your state doesn’t require it.  Until we have national reciprocity (which may unfortunately come with national standards), we can’t expect any reasonable degree of leniency from non-resident states.

Get Coverage – Carry Concealed In 28 States

In the meantime, many have taken the route of obtaining a Virginia Non-Resident permit that allows them to carry concealed in 28 states. Also, because we’re awesome, you can follow the link below and use coupon code CN15 to get 15% off.

Get your Virginia Non-Resident Concealed Carry Certificate

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James England is a Marine Corps veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and has served as a defense contractor in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His daily concealed carry…

James England is a Marine Corps veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and has served as a defense contractor in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His daily concealed carry handgun is a Glock 36 in a Lenwood Holsters Specter IWB or his CZ-75D PCR in an Alien Gear MOD holster.

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  • dragos111

    Your phrase “Get Coverage” caught my attention, but for a topic not within the context of the article. I would really like to see some discussion of Concealed Carry insurance coverage, what truly reparable companies offer it, comparisons, prices, pros and cons, etc. I am new to the subject, and am just trying to find my way through all the questions.

    Any info you or others could provide would be much appreciated!

    • James England

      You asked for it and we’ll cover it. Give us a bit of time to do some investigating and we’ll do our best to give you a good answer.

      • dragos111

        Thanks much! My note said Insurance Coverage. I think what I was really asking about was coverage for legal stuff, if that makes a difference.

        Thanks for putting the time into ConcealedNation. This is a great site with some very useful information. I check it regularly. In fact, I check it too regularly. The comments after the articles are part of the good info. If you check it too soon, you miss the comments!

  • Redline

    As of now, in most states,you must have a license or permit to carry. Much along the lines of a drivers licence or marriage license. Due to that, with the recent supreme court ruling about gay marriage, and the fact they used the 14th amendment as their anchor, my permit should be valid in any and every state.
    Though I don’t agree with the permit process. It’s a constitutionally guaranteed right and with that in mind, it’s a given. Only to be lost due to neglect.

    • beswald

      Careful comparing driver’s and marriage licenses to ccw. Whereas other states accept those without question, ccw across state lines is a convoluted mess that can easily trip you up.

      I agree though, my ccw should be good everywhere and hope for national reciprocity someday. In fact the 2nd amendment should be my ccw but I digress.

  • Mike Howard

    Good info…I have a California CCW …. But I also carry under LEOSA in case I wander into neighboring states.

    • Rick O’Brien

      Ex cops ALWAYS get their ccw’s,Mike …regular,law abiding people in Kalifornia, not so much, UNLESS you live in Mendocino County.

  • LowHand1954

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    Unless we can get Our Illegals Voted out of America, we will see the wolf at our doors,as Marshall law will be the Norm as we see now in NYC,NY and Boston,MA After SAN Berdo Cal,Islam is not a religion our Constitution dose not Recognize at all. Military bases are now On Alert ! in Calif,As All bases across America are on Alert. WW III is On with Russia and Turkey and US.

    Like 9/1/1 I bet we will see the same,an all a False Flag Event like Sandy Hook,CT as Obama is demanding to Overthrow the defunding,and give more Power to the now armed IRS. of the AHC ,but it will go broke in 2016.and last but not least to bring in the Caliphate across America.. ” GUN CONTROL BY FORCE .” ! If you do not know Your history WW II fail not to defeat Fascism, but we let it live Korea and Vietnam we will repeat it,but this time with Nuclear dire Consequences !

  • Bolt Upright

    If it’s concealed, how does anyone know?

  • 6ix Xes

    We really need licenses for speech and religion . What’s the difference ?