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Concealed carry, or carrying a concealed weapon (CCW), is the practice of carrying a weapon (such as a handgun) in public in a concealed manner, either on one's person or in close proximity. Not all weapons that fall under CCW laws are lethal. For example, in Florida, carrying pepper spray in more than a specified volume (2 oz.) of chemical requires a CCW permit, whereas everyone may legally carry a smaller, “self-defense chemical spray” device hidden on their person without a CCW permit. As of 2019 there have been 18.66 million concealed weapon permits issued in the United States.There is no federal statutory law concerning the issuance of concealed-carry permits. All 50 states have passed laws allowing qualified individuals to carry certain concealed firearms in public, either without a permit or after obtaining a permit from a designated government authority at the state and/or local level; however, there are still many states that, though they have passed concealed carry permit laws, do not issue permits or make it extremely difficult to obtain one.
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. Subsequent research has indicated that right-to-carry laws either have no impact on violent crime, that they increase violent crime, or that they decrease violent crime. Research has been mixed and disputed as a result.

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  1. L84Cabo

    Article by Greg Ellifritz: Drawing Attention Away From Your Concealed Carry Gun

    Good article on how to better conceal your gun. And if you're not familiar with Greg, you should check out his site. He's a retired cop and highly respected trainer, as well as a prolific writer of all things guns and tactics. :)...
  2. kbf64

    Carry gun for fishing?

    Wondering if anyone carries using waders, if so what holster do you use and what do you carry?
  3. Legs

    What was John M. Brownings carry gun?

    Did he carry? Did he have a favorite, or did he change up as he saw fit? Curious minds want to know. Guesses are good, historical reference is better. Personally, as much as I'd like to envision him toting a 1911, realistically a Colt 1908 would better suit him.
  4. MrRob96

    What's your fun carry gun?

    Alright so I'm curious what everyone's fun carry gun would be? I think this is different than a BBQ gun in the sense that this gun may not be have superior capability or even good looks but for some reason speaks to your core. The kind of firearm that you get excited AF to load into a holster...
  5. HaveGun

    Anyone else verify accuracy of their carry gun at longer distances?

    I like to bench rest my pistols at 25 yards to see what they are capable of and establish a benchmark of sorts, so when I do the defensive shooting at closer distances, or off-hand shooting at longer distances, I know that it's me and not the pistol. I do the same when deciding upon a carry...
  6. W

    Carry gun suggestions

    I currently have an SCCY 1 9mm pistol. I I had hoped to use it as a carry gun but it has got the worst trigger pull of any firearm I have ever used. I guess that is what to expect when you go cheap. Looking for suggestions on compact or sub compact 9mm pistol that have a decent trigger pull...
  7. HaveGun

    Carry gun Nirvana; now what??

    After decades of trying various carry pistols and doing endless research and trades and spending thousands of dollars in pursuit of the right balance of capacity, size, accuracy, reliability, and power, I have achieved carry pistol Nirvana with the acquisition of my Sig P365. I started with a...
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