Glossary of Terms
If you are new to the topic of Conceal and Carry you may find the language full of acronyms and arcane jargon. To try and help with this we have put together a glossary of terms. If you have suggestions or other terms feel free to drop us a note.
Automatic Colt Pistol (ACP) denotes various John Browning cartridge designs primarily used in Colt and Fabrique Nationale de Herstal pistols. All of these cartridges appear similar with straight sides. The .25 ACP, .32 ACP and .38 ACP are semi-rimmed and headspace on the rim, while the rimless .380 ACP and .45 ACP headspace on the mouth of the case.
Basic Training Record (Military)
Carry of Concealed Deadly Weapon License
Concealed Carry License
Concealed Carry Permit
Carrying a Concealed Weapon
Concealed Deadly/Defensive Weapon License
Concealed Handgun Lilcense
Concealed Handgun Permit
Concealed Pistol License
Concealed Weapon License
Concealed Weapon Permit
DD 214, is a Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty issued by the United States Department of Defense, issued upon a military service member’s retirement, separation or discharge from active-duty military.
Gun Free Zones
A designated area where no law abiding citizen can legally possess a firearm. For more information, refer to our Overview page.
License to Carry
License to Carry Firearms
May-Issue Policies refer to jurisdictions who MAY elect to issue a concealed carry permit once an applicant meets the requirements. Often additional conditions are imposed – such as showing a legitimate need for the permit, or requiring additional training. Read more about May-Issue Policies on our Overview page.
No-Issue Policies refer to jurisdictions who do not issue a concealed carry permits. Read more about No-Issue Policies on our Overview page.
Open carry is shorthand for “openly carrying a firearm in public”, in contrast to concealed carry, where weapons cannot be seen by the casual observer.
(See Also “Gun Free Zones”) A designated area where no law abiding citizen can legally possess a firearm. For more information, refer to our Overviewpage.
Shall-Issue Policies refer to jurisdictions that issue a concealed carry permit to ANY applicant who meets the requirements. In these jurisdictions officials do not have the discretion to deny an applicant who meets the requirements. Read more about May-Issue Policies on our Overview page.
An Unrestricted jurisdiction is one in which no permit is required to carry a concealed handgun. This sometimes called Constitutional carry. Read more about May-Issue Policies on our Overview page.