Other than the obvious you can carry a concealed handgun what are the other benefits? It affects waiting periods in what way? Is there anything else you see as a benefit? I have put getting one off forever. I actually printed off the application 6-8 months ago and never made an appointment to get finger printed. I finally made an appointment for this coming Monday. I honestly am not sure why I need one. Back when I was going to do it because so many folks wanted to see it when you did a private transaction. Well that is pointless with I594 I had a carry permit for years and actually carried most of the time. My life was completely different back then though. I have been in Washington now for 14 years and have never had one here and honestly I have no intention of carrying these days. Its just not practical for me, my day is not conducive to having a gun on my person nor is it likely that I would ever have a need for self protection during my workday. I usually am doing heavy labor, crawling around on the ground and up and down off tables welding, cutting and moving stuff. Its a struggle to keep a leatherman in my pocket. A handgun simply is not an option. Honestly I do not shoot my pistols much, I have a number of them but they are not what I enjoy shooting. Anyway I figure I am going to show up and get fingerprinted even though I really dont feel like its that important. I suppose as a "just in case" thing its good to have, which I guess is reason enough.