One of the fundamental rights we have as Americans ( and as Californians too) is that of self defense. For those who choose to exercise this right by the use of a firearm, you must know that there are many considerations, perils, and pitfalls that you may face, and it will be your knowledge, wisdom, safety, and common sense that will make it possible to navigate through these deep waters. Our net this week will cover the subject of getting your concealed firearm permit (sometimes referred to as a CCW) and your responsibilities as a permit holder.
Since it needs to be said, I'll take this opportunity to begin the discussion with one of the most important things you will need to know - carrying a concealed firearm is NOT for everybody. There are many reasons why this is true and hopefully we will cover them during the net. And lest there be any doubt, this is a bridge you must cross before you make your decision to carry.
It won't be the purpose of this net to take you through the actual application process, mostly because it will vary from state to state, and sometimes locality to locality. But, regardless of your jurisdiction, you will need to meticulously comply with them all. In general, we will break the net discussion down into the areas listed below, although not necessarily in this order.
- Is carrying a concealed weapon right for you.
- Legal requirements
- Different means to obtain Permits
- Your responsibilities as a permit holder.
- Wise and safe practices of carrying
- How to protect yourself
- Holsters, clothing and firearms
- Should I talk to the police after a shooting