Concealed Carry Permit
So you’re thinking about getting your concealed carry permit so you can start carrying a firearm around with you, huh? If you are unfamiliar with firearms, this can be a daunting task, but one that could prove to be the best decision of your life, literally. I tend to use the philosophy that I’d prefer to always carry a gun and never need to use it, than need to use it but not have it. This is what I think about every time grabbing my pistol seems like an inconvenience while I’m rushing out the door to go somewhere. Odds are you will never need to use your firearm in self-defense, but a small chance, no matter how small, is enough to make me run back in the house to grab my pistol before heading out with my family.
Getting your concealed carry permit is not terribly difficult, but if you are new to firearms, and have never been through the process before, it may be like learning a new language trying to figure out what you need to do to obtain one! You will ultimately need to check with your individual states requirements, however the information below is what a resident of Utah will need to do in order to get their permit. I am using Utah as an example because this is the state I live in, but requirements may vary slightly from state to state and I wanted to give an example of the types of things you’ll need to provide.
Along with a completely filled out application (which can be filled out in your concealed carry class with the help of your instructor, as outlined below):
- A photocopy of your state issued Driver License
- A current passport quality photo – Generally I would recommend just having Walgreens take your passport photo for you, and then submit this with your application. Alternatively you can have the Bureau of Criminal Identification office take your photo for a small fee. Lastly, you may be able to have your instructor in your weapon familiarity certification (concealed carry class) provide this for you. When I did mine they did fingerprints and photos after class for $20 total.
- Fingerprint Card – Your local law enforcement agency should be able to provide this for you, possibly for a small fee. Mine were included with my $20 fee for a passport quality photo and fingerprint card package at the end of my concealed carry class.
- Weapon Familiarity Certification – You need to take a course to ensure that you are familiar with when a firearm is acceptable to use in situations that may arise. The class will go over current state laws and will give you a great general understanding of what it means to own, carry, and use a firearm for personal defense. Many classes charge a fee, but I was able to find a class offered for free in my area.
After paying the application fee, getting my passport photo and fingerprints, and taking the weapon familiarity certification course I ended up spending approximately $79 to obtain my concealed carry permit. It took approximately 60-80 days or so to receive my permit in the mail and it’s good for 4 years. The renewal process is very simple and doesn’t require much money to keep it active.
I am very happy that I obtained my permit, and love knowing that I can protect myself, my family, and others in the event that I need to. It’s a funny thing, however, when you don’t have a permit you’re not necessarily as concerned when you head out, but after getting your permit you are constantly worried that if you don’t bring your pistol with you somewhere, that’s when you’ll need it.
If you have any questions or concerns specifically relating to the concealed carry process, please contact me and I’d be more than happy to give you helpful feedback and non-legal advice that I can.