Wikipedia: Concealed carry or carrying a concealed weapon (CCW) is the practice of carrying a weapon (like a handgun) in people in a hidden manner, either on one’s person or in close proximity. Not all weapons that fall under CCW laws are lethal. By way of example, in Florida, carrying pepper spray in more than a specified quantity (2 oz.) Of chemical requires a CCW license, whereas anyone may legally carry a smaller,”self-defense chemical spray” device hidden on their person without a CCW permit. As of 2017 there have been 16.3 million concealed weapon licenses issued in the United States.
There is no federal statutory law concerning the issuance of concealed-carry permits. All fifty states have passed laws allowing qualified individuals to carry certain concealed firearms in public, either without a permit or after obtaining a license from a designated government authority at the state or local degree ; however, there are still many states that, even though they’ve passed concealed carry permit laws, they do not issue licenses or make it extremely difficult to obtain one. Be sure to check your local laws.
A comprehensive 2004 literature review by the National Academy of Sciences concluded that there was no evidence that concealed carry either increases or reduces violent crime; some individual studies suggest that CCW reduces violent offense; others suggest that it increases violent crime.
OK, now we’ve got the definition of CCW but how can we FEEL about it and is it right for you?
Statistics show that more guys own & carry guns in comparison to their female counterparts but that could easily begin to change considering girls have much more to worry about when it comes to their safety. Women are more likely to be targeted on the streets as we are considered less threatening. We also carry a purse that’s much easier to catch than getting to a wallet that’s pushed into a men’ pocket. So if you decide to carry, look at purchasing a cross body conceal and carry handbag. It is much more difficult to take from you which give you access to your weapon.
When you hear a news story of a citizen who protected a person or a group of individuals because they were a”good man” with a gun, when a”bad guy” was attempting to inflict injury, how does that make you feel? I for one feel proud that we as a nation are allowing us to adjust the odds. We don’t always have to feel we’re at the mercy of a thug with a gun or left waiting for the police to react… which can feel like a life in these circumstances.
Another aspect to consider is where you work and live. If so you may need to consider protecting yourself more than a stay at home mom that lives in a low crime area. Do you work late nights? Again, you might need more protection than someone that works in an office during the day.
Do you need to carry a gun or is pepper spray or a stun gun all you really need to feel safer? Regardless of which device you decide on, you still need to feel comfortable using it and have easy access to it. Be aware of your environment so you are not caught off guard!
As soon as you decide if carrying is right for you, learn what your local laws are. Do you need to take a required class (some countries do not need it), are you really familiar with your weapon, do you have a character which may make you more likely to engage in confrontation knowing you’re armed?
These are simply a few things to consider before taking the leap. Even if your state doesn’t ask that you take lessons, if you aren’t an avid gun user, I highly suggest taking classes. The last thing you want is to be in a situation where you will need to defend yourself and you don’t have the skills to do so.