- Can I really carry a loaded gun into the mall or other public area with one of these permits?
- Why do you think that people should carry or would want to carry a loaded gun around?
- Wouldn’t more people carrying around guns just cause more violence and crime?
- Do I need a permit to carry a weapon, and if so how do I get a permit?
- Can I travel with a gun?
- Which companies support gun rights or oppose gun rights?
- What are the Federal restrictions on where I can carry my gun?
- Can I transport my firearm between states in my vehicle?
Can I really carry a loaded gun into the mall or other public area with one of these permits?
Yes you can–depending on your state laws–carry a loaded firearm pretty much any where you go (there are obvious and not so obvious restrictions to where you can carry–check your state site for that list).
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Why do you think that people should carry or would want to carry a loaded gun around?
In light of the several mass killings including Virginia Tech, Trolley Square, the church shootings in Arvada, Colorado, and many other tragic and ridiculous murders people want a way to protect themselves and their families. A gun is an effective tool that, if used properly, can save someones life in many different situations or scenarios. Someone breaking into your house, someone stealing your car, someone trying to kidnap your child–these are unfortunately common experiences in our world today. What would you do in one of these situations? Would you just stand by and hope that the criminal doesn’t kill you or your family, or would you have one or more tools available to thwart those attacks?
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Wouldn’t more people carrying around guns just cause more violence and crime?
We believe that more law-abiding citizens with guns can have the opposite effect than you might think. By qualifying people to carry guns the state does allow more guns on the street–but all of the new guns on the street are held by law abiding citizens who have had FBI background checks, fingerprints submitted, and pictures taken and submitted to the government. This means that there aren’t more criminals carrying guns–that number remains the same, but there are more people with guns to thwart criminals. Criminals would not go through the process of getting a concealed carry permit which would make it easier for law enforcement to catch them. Criminals don’t follow the law–that’s what makes them criminals.
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Do I need a permit to carry a weapon, and if so how do I get a permit?
Every state is different–Alaska and Vermont do not require a permit. Illinois and Wisconsin do not allow citizens to carry a weapon at all–they do not have a permit of any kind. Every other state has some sort of a permit. These vary from easy to get a permit to very difficult to get a permit. It is common for a state to require a background check, a weapons familiarity and/or certification class of some sort, fingerprints, and a photo.
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Can I travel with a gun?
Yes–the laws are different in each state so be sure to understand your state’s reciprocity agreements and the laws of the state(s) that your are visiting.
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Which companies support gun rights or oppose gun rights?
What are the Federal restrictions on where I can carry my gun?
There are a number of restricted areas:
- Secure areas of the airport
- Federal Buildings
- Court rooms
National Parks (and Forests) now follow state laws and regulations for carrying weapons, so if you are allowed to carry a firearm in your state then you will be allowed to carry in the National Parks. However, if you go to a state that you are not allowed to carry a firearm, you will not be allowed to carry in the National Parks in that state.
Can I transport my firearm between states in my vehicle?
The Federal Interstate Transportation of Firearms allows you to transport a firearm from a location where you can legally possess a firearm to a different location where you can legally possess a firearm provided the firearm is unloaded, locked, and kept out of reach. See full text below:
§ 926A. Interstate transportation of firearms
Notwithstanding any other provision of any law or any rule or regulation of a State or any political subdivision thereof, any person who is not otherwise prohibited by this chapter from transporting, shipping, or receiving a firearm shall be entitled to transport a firearm for any lawful purpose from any place where he may lawfully possess and carry such firearm to any other place where he may lawfully possess and carry such firearm if, during such transportation the firearm is unloaded, and neither the firearm nor any ammunition being transported is readily accessible or is directly accessible from the passenger compartment of such transporting vehicle: Provided, That in the case of a vehicle without a compartment separate from the driver’s compartment the firearm or ammunition shall be contained in a locked container other than the glove compartment or console.