Understanding The Steps In Obtaining A Firearm Permit For Your Handgun

1 May 2023
 Categories: , Blog


Buying a handgun for protection or self-defense requires you to register the gun when you purchase it. However, if you want to carry a concealed firearm in most states, you must also apply for a permit to carry. The process is pretty straightforward, but there are some things you may need to consider. 

Permit Application Requirements

When considering carrying a concealed firearm for self-defense, you need to contact your local police department to determine what the requirements are in your area. The application for a permit to carry can vary from state to state, so it is essential to find out what your state requires.

In some areas, the application and a background check are all that is necessary. However, some states require a training course that prepares new gun owners for firearm carry and legal responsibilities.

Most states will require fingerprinting and will screen applicants for criminal convictions and other problems. Often anyone with a felony conviction can not get a permit to carry. Each state has its own standards, but your local police should be able to tell you what those are. 

Training Programs

If you live in a state that mandates a training program for anyone applying for a permit to carry, you need to find out what the requirements are and where you can attend the classes. Often, the state police can help you with that information and find you a training course in your area. 

Course costs can also vary, and in most states, you must find a state-approved instructor and training course. When you complete the permit to carry training, you must submit the certificate with your application, background information, and fingerprints, then wait to be approved. 

Legal Considerations

If you are applying for a permit to carry a gun, you need to understand the laws in your area that define when it is okay to draw and use your firearm. In most states, there are clearly defined shoot-and-no-shoot situations, and those are the laws used to determine if a shooting is justified. 

The general rule requires you to articulate a fear for your life or the life of another. However, because there are variations between states, your permit training course should cover these situations. 

In these situations, it's important not to rely solely on popular opinion. You need to know the law and when to use your firearm. Even with a permit to carry, there are some locations where firearms are prohibited.

Places like your local bank may not be OK with customers coming in with a gun, so familiarize yourself with these places and ask your instructor about them to ensure you are clear.