Many people find comfort in carrying their firearms with them wherever they go. However, there are many laws and regulations that govern how and where a person can carry a firearm. There are also specific laws regarding concealed firearms. Each state has their own laws and regulations regarding concealed weapons. It is important to be aware of the laws within the specific state one plans to carry their weapon. One should also check the laws regarding any other state they plan to travel. These laws may be different and require different permits for the different types of carry. Not doing so could leave a person at risk for legal complications and possible charges.

Carrying a gun in public places is often restricted to only wearing a gun in a holster that is in plain view. Any carrying of a weapon where view is restricted, such as a purse or pocket, can be considered a concealed weapon. Many states require a special permit, background check and training before being allowed to conceal-carry a weapon. This process can make it difficult for a person to carry a weapon for their protection outside of their home. However, some states have begun to allow one to carry concealed firearms without such restriction. A recent change to Missouri law, for example, has lifted the restriction on the concealed carry of a firearm. As long as a person is legally allowed to own a firearm, they no longer need a concealed carry permit.

Other states, such as West Virginia, have enacted similar laws. Although it is legal to conceal-carry in West Virginia, to participate in the reciprocity the state has with Ohio regarding gun licenses, one must have a permit. This means that if one only plans to carry their gun inside West Virginia, no conceal permit is necessary. However, if planning to travel between Ohio and West Virginia, a concealed permit is still available. Kansas also has similar laws regarding conceal carry within the state. However, they must also go through the permit process if planning to bring the gun to another state that acknowledges Kansas permits. Unfortunately, not all states have the same laws regarding guns. This makes it vitally important for a gun owner to research all gun laws for any state they may travel to.

Although many states are lifting the requirements for owning and carrying a firearm, this does not remove the responsibility one must take when owning a gun. Training is no longer a requirement for concealed carry in many states. However, it is strongly recommended for a person wishing to own a gun. The training helps a person to understand the basic care and caution when using and owning a gun. It also helps reinforce responsible gun ownership. Learning proper care and usage of a gun is very important. However, proper storage of a gun is also quite important to gun ownership. Understanding the responsibilities of gun ownership can keep the owner and their family safe from threats and accidents, as well.

 

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