From Controversy to Commonplace: The Evolution of Concealed Carry Permits in the United States

As a veteran-owned and locally operated business, Patriot Training and Consulting is committed to educating individuals on firearms safety and responsible gun ownership. One aspect of firearms ownership that has seen significant changes over the years is concealed carry permits. In this article, I will discuss the history and evolution of concealed carry permits in the United States.

The first concealed carry permit laws in the United States were passed in 1813 in Kentucky and Louisiana. These laws required individuals to obtain a permit from the local government before carrying a concealed weapon. However, the laws were rarely enforced, and the concept of a concealed carry permit did not gain widespread acceptance until the late 20th century.

In the mid-20th century, many states began passing laws that prohibited carrying concealed weapons, often as part of efforts to crack down on organized crime. However, in the late 20th century, as crime rates increased, many states began to relax their laws and allow concealed carry permits.

Florida was the first state to pass a “shall issue” concealed carry law in 1987. This law required law enforcement agencies to issue concealed carry permits to applicants who met certain requirements, such as completing a firearms training course and passing a background check. Many other states followed suit in the following years.

In recent years, many states have moved towards “constitutional carry” laws, which allow individuals to carry a concealed weapon without a permit. As of 2021, 19 states have constitutional carry laws, while the remaining states require a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

The evolution of concealed carry permit laws has been a controversial issue. Supporters of concealed carry permits argue that they promote public safety by allowing law-abiding citizens to defend themselves against criminals. Opponents argue that they increase the risk of gun violence and do not make society safer.

Regardless of where you stand on this issue, it is important to understand the laws and regulations surrounding concealed carry permits. At Patriot Training and Consulting, we offer comprehensive firearms training courses that cover all aspects of firearms ownership, including concealed carry permits. Our courses are designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to safely and responsibly own and operate firearms.

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