Conceal and Carry - Information and Training Classes

Welcome to Conceal and Carry Headquarters – The leading online resource for information about handgun conceal and carry laws throughout the US with specific state laws and training requirements, a list of resources for where to get the highest quality conceal and carry permit training, articles on proper safety procedures, and interviews with instructors and law enforcement to help you get the information you need to make informed personal decisions about whether conceal and carry is right for you.

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.

 

ACP

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.

 

BTR

Basic Training Record (Military)

 

CCDW

Carry of Concealed Deadly Weapon License

 

CCL

Concealed Carry License

 

CCP

Concealed Carry Permit

 

CCW

Carrying a Concealed Weapon

 

CDWL

Concealed Deadly/Defensive Weapon License

 

CHL

Concealed Handgun Lilcense

 

CHP

Concealed Handgun Permit

 

CPL

Concealed Pistol License

 

CWL

Concealed Weapon License

 

CWP

Concealed Weapon Permit

 

DD214

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.

 

LTC

License to Carry

 

LTCF

License to Carry Firearms

 

May-Issue Policy

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 Policy

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

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.

 

Opt-Out Zones

(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.

 

Reciprocity

(define)

 

Shall-Issue Policy

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.

 

Unrestricted Policy

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.