As an American citizen and your Second Amendment right with the United States Constitution, you have the right to keep and bear arms to protect yourself, your family, and your property. And along with a right to bear arms, you can also carry your firearms with you in a concealed manner, but only with the right permit to do so. The following provides you guidelines to help you in preparation for and to complete a firearm training and a permit to carry class so you can carry your firearms on your person without them visible to others.
Understand the Requirements
At the start of your qualification process to get a concealed carry permit (CCW), there are going to be different regulations and qualifications based on the state you are a resident of. Each state has its own evaluation and approval process, and some are easier than others to get a permit. So start researching your state's regulations to find out what the minimum requirements are for you to apply for a permit. This can include being a minimum age, such as 18 or 21, and being able to pass a background check and meet the federal regulations.
If you need to take a training class for your concealed carry permit, you will need to find a local class that teaches the requirements for you to qualify. They will usually provide you with a certificate of completion once you have attended the class and taken any required testing at the end. You may also need to submit a fingerprinting for your background check and prove that you are a resident in the state in which you are applying for a CCW permit.
Be Comfortable With a Firearm
If you are interested in getting a concealed carry permit, you have likely already been around firearms and understand how they work to some point. You may already have a firearm you have used at shooting ranges and for target practice. However, if you are not well practiced with operating a firearm or you don't have a preferred firearm yet, you should select one and purchase one that you will use and carry with you.
Choose a firearm that is comfortable enough that you don't struggle to hold it or aim it at a target. If it has too much kickback when you fire it, you need to get used to it or find one that is easier for you to manage. Otherwise, select one along with a holster or carry harness that you will want to use on a daily basis. Then, you can practice shooting your new firearm and you will be ready for any target training or testing you will encounter in a firearm class.