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Posted on 06/25/2018 by FFL Dealer Network

Questions to Ask Before Getting a Concealed Handgun License

Questions to Ask Before Getting a Concealed Handgun License

Every time you hear another news story about a robbery, assault or other crime in your neighborhood or place of work, you think about arming yourself. Lately, your thoughts have turned to concealed firearms. If your state allows concealed carry – and if you’re legally qualified to obtain the license – then you’re most likely okay to carry a firearm.

However, you need to realize that carrying a concealed firearm is a massive responsibility. Before you start the application process, you should make sure that you are willing to invest your time and effort in the training that you will need to be safe with a handgun.

Ask yourself these questions before you take any more steps toward a concealed handgun license. You might discover that you’re willing and able to carry out your obligations as a concealed handgun license holder – or you could realize that this isn’t really the best idea. Either way, you’ll be making an informed decision, which is the only type that you should make when dealing with firearms.

Can I legally carry a concealed handgun? Your state has established certain legal requirements for all concealed carriers. In Texas, for example, applicants must pass a criminal background check, pass a concealed handgun safety class and meet a few other requirements. Check your state’s laws so that you’ll know exactly what to expect when you put in your application.

Can I legally possess a handgun where I live/work/hang out? If you live in a “no firearms” community, you’ll have to store your handgun somewhere else when you’re at home. If you work in a “no handguns” business, you’ll have to find a safe, legal place to store your handgun. Before you begin the license application process, make sure that you know where you can and cannot have your handgun. Otherwise, you might go to all the trouble and expense of obtaining your license, only to learn that you can’t carry your handgun in a place where you spend most of your time.

Do I have a temper problem? Concealed firearms are supposed to be for self defense – not for scaring somebody who cuts you off in traffic. If you’re prone to temper flare-ups in non-life-threatening situations, you shouldn’t carry a handgun until your temper improves.

Do I have the time and money to invest in proper training? Your state most likely requires you to take – and pass – classes before you obtain your license. These classes usually cover the state’s laws regarding concealed handguns as well as basic firearms training. These classes, however, are only the beginning.

Before and after you obtain your concealed handgun license, you should spend plenty of time at a shooting range. Practicing once a month (at the very least) can be a great way to enjoy yourself while helping you stay in good shooting condition. The more familiar you are with your gun, the more responsible you’ll be when carrying it.

How much do I know about handguns in general? If you’ve never held a handgun before, you need to learn as much as you can about that particular firearm before you start carrying it around. A beginner’s class will teach you all of the basics, from loading and unloading to proper shooting techniques. The class will also teach you gun safety (you can never have enough of it).

What other security measures am I willing to take? Carrying a handgun means that you’ve accepted the responsibility of doing everything in your power to prevent a situation that requires you to draw your weapon. You have to be willing to take other safety precautions: locking your doors, always being aware of your surroundings and avoiding places that you know are dangerous whenever possible.

Gun owners – even those who do not carry the firearms outside of their homes – also accept the responsibility of keeping innocent people safe. You have to be willing to protect your children, and unaware visitors. At the same time: you are also obligated to protect your firearms from thieves.

Once you answer these questions as honestly as you can, you should know if carrying a handgun is right for you or not. If it is, then continue to be thoughtful and conscientious about firearms. If a handgun is not right for you, then check into other methods of self defense. There are many options out there: if you search, you should find one that works for you.

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