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How to Get a Concealed Carry Permit

By Edited May 15, 2016 0 3

The second amendment in the Bill of Rights guarantees the citizens of the United States the right to bear arms. While it is illegal for that right to be stripped away by the government, it can be modified. As a result, if you want to carry a firearm on your person then you need to have a permit issued by your local government. Getting one of these permits isn't hard, but the qualifications may vary from one place to another depending on state and local laws.

Things You Will Need

Permit Forms



Clean Criminal Record (felony convictions are barred from gun ownership, much less carry priviledge)

Step 1

Go to your local police station. If you live in a city, go to the station that covers your address. If you live outside of any city limits then you will need to go to the county police in order to get your permit.

Step 2

Fill out the necessary request forms for a permit to carry a concealed weapon. You'll need to provide all of your personal information including your address, name, social security number and others. The purpose of all of this is for the government background check that's done so you can get your carry permit. Some states, specifically those that require you to have a permit just to own a firearm, will require that you show proof of this ownership as well.

Step 3

Have your fingerprints taken. In order to get a permit to carry a concealed weapon you need to get fingerprinted. You'll also need to pay a fee, which will have to be in the form of a cashier's check or a bank check, depending on the local and state requirements. Some states, such as Indiana, offer you the option of buying a lifetime permit to carry, in addition to a 4 year option.

Step 4

Turn in your paperwork. It will take several weeks to several months for your application to be reviewed and for your gun permit to be granted or denied. Getting a carry permit isn't a hard thing to do, but it does require you to put up with bureaucracy and red tape. Even in the most gun friendly states, this won't be a quick process.

Tips & Warnings

If you're not sure that you have a clean record, you might want to run a background check on yourself before you apply. Also, make sure you're familiar with your state laws so that you're well informed before you fill out the paperwork for your gun permit.


Sep 27, 2010 10:40am
Thanks for the information. I think that it is great for everyone to know what exactly is the best option thing that they can do if they are thinking of getting a permit. It might be one of the best decisions that you ever made. It could save your life! Just be sure that you feel comfortable about it before you made the final decision. www.safeorsorry.net
Feb 9, 2012 9:27am
In the two states I've lived in the first step is to take and pass a handgun safety and training course. Never needed to visit the police station either, this sounds like it would work for PA but you should check with state websites for accurate info on this.
Feb 9, 2012 2:22pm
Each state will have its own rules and regulations, but in many of the more gun-friendly states there is no safety class or test requirement. But the police station is the best place to ask about said permits, because they require a law enforcement background check to get.
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