Completing a concealed carry class is a major step in responsible gun ownership. Depending on your state’s requirements, you’ve learned valuable information, including laws regarding the use of your weapon and the use of deadly force, handgun use and safety, nonviolent dispute resolution, and how to store your handgun.
Keep this knowledge fresh and shorten the time you have to wait for your permit to come in. Read on to find out three things you need to do after completing a concealed carry class.
1. Submit a Completed Permit Application
First, don’t delay turning in your permit application. Go to your state’s Department of Public Safety website to learn about your state’s application requirements.
You will probably need to provide a valid photo identification card, such as a driver’s license. You will also need to provide your current address and contact information. Other details can include your residential and employment information for a given period and information regarding any criminal history. You will probably pay a non-refundable fee via credit card.
Once you’ve finished applying, most states will attempt to process the application within 60 days. The state will notify you if they require additional information or if the application is incomplete.
2. Get the Right Gear and Accessories
The second thing to do after completing a concealed carry class is to become acquainted with your concealed carry gear. Check your state laws before making any purchases. Many states allow an adult US citizen or legal resident to carry within their own home without a permit or license, but you need to know the restrictions in your state before proceeding.
If you don’t already have these items, you will need to buy the following:
- A holster
- A cleaning kit
- A storage case for your car or truck
- A gun safe for your home
- Safety gear, such as eye and ear protection
If you wait to buy these items, you might not start carrying until well after you receive your permit. But getting these items right away means you’re well-prepared for responsible gun ownership.
3. Continue Building Your Skills
Another thing to do before you get your permit is continue building your skills—having the right gear and accessories at home will help you.
Get used to how your holster feels and practice keeping your firearm concealed. With your gear, you can train yourself to follow the ten rules of gun safety for concealed carry; for example, practice efficiently drawing your firearm from its holster.
The more you practice, the more you will accustom your mind and body to this lifestyle change. Remember, some best practices do not require supplies. And you can always work on situational awareness to keep your mind clear and sharp.