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Is it Legal to Carry a Concealed Weapon?

Whether or not it is legal to carry a concealed weapon depends on the law of each state. The majority of states allow persons to carry concealed weapons on their person, in public, under certain circumstances.

Generally, states that allow persons to carry concealed weapons require them to get a permit before doing so, such as Texas and California. Some states' laws require that the state issue a permit if the applicant meets all the legal requirements. Other states' laws give local law enforcement discretion over whether to issue the permit, even if the applicant meets requirements under state law.

The requirements to obtain a permit to carry a concealed weapon will vary by state, but generally a person must be over the age of 18 and not fall under a class of prohibited persons, such as felons or persons with a history of mental illness. States will run background checks on applicants before issuing concealed carry permits.

What Do Concealed Weapon Permits Allow?

In addition to allowing a person to carry a concealed weapon on their person in public, carry concealed weapon permits exempt persons from federal background checks when purchasing firearms.

What States Do Not Issue Concealed Carry Permits?

Only Illinois and the District of Columbia do not issue concealed carry permits. Vermont, on the other hand, does not require persons to have permits in order to carry concealed weapons.

Do I Need an Attorney with Experience in Gun Possession?

If you have been charged with violating gun possession laws, it would be wise to speak to a criminal defense attorney with experience in firearm laws. Gun possession is regulated by federal, state and local laws and an experienced attorney is the best person to advise you about your rights and defend you in court.

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Last Modified: 04-12-2018 11:28 PM PDT

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