Over the last couple decades concealed carry laws have become commonplace throughout almost every state in the country. Concealed carry is when a person is carrying a weapon, typically a firearm, on or in close proximity to their person. Concealed carry laws are for common citizens since police officers and other law enforcement can already legally carry firearms. All but two states have legalized at least some form of concealed carry, with most allowing any citizen who qualifies (no felony criminal record, meets a certain age requirement, and can qualify with a firearm) can get a permit.
There are many things to consider when starting to carry a weapon. The first thing to find out is how to get a permit. State laws govern concealed carry laws so you need to be aware of the laws in your state. In most states you need to take a class that will inform you of the basics of firearms as well as local laws regarding concealed carry. In a lot of states you will also be required to qualify with a firearm. These requirements vary anywhere from having to complete certain accuracy requirements with the same firearm you will carry, to just needing a certain amount of range time with any firearm, to not needing any shooting time to get a permit. Other requirements usually include fingerprinting, background checks, and photographs.
Once you have your CCW permit, weapon, and holster you are ready to start carrying. Head off to Wal-Mart and look around at all the faces staring at you . . . and then you’ll realize that no one knows you are carrying a firearm and you can stop pulling down your shirt and start enjoying the freedoms and protections that are offered by concealed carry. Good luck and stay safe–and carry often.