The NRA does not
provide specific classes or certification for CCW permits. The following information is neither endorsed or
sponsored by the NRA. There may be changes, incorrect or omitted information (although we try hard to keep this
page updated). It is your sole responsibility to investigate the CCW laws of each and every state with the issuing
or governing authority.
There are more than 34 "shall issue" states
throughout the United States. Whether you travel often, or just wish to exercise your 2nd Ammendment
Rights, you may wish to become a licensed (permitted) Concealed Weapons
Holder in some or all of these states.
have reciprocity agreements with each other.
The steps to become licensed in these 34 +
states have become rather streamlined, provided that you are a law
abiding citizen and do not have a history of certain criminal convictions. You
only need apply for one "shall issue" license which has the reciprocity, and upon issuance, your
Concealed Weapons Permit (Commonly referred to as CCW, LTC, CFP) is honored in
these other states while their reciprocity agreements are in
effect. Be sure to check the laws of other states which you will be travelling through, before you travel.
Otherwise you may be committing a crime. It is important to understand that there may be a few states with a
reciprocity agreement, but in order to carry in that state, you must be a resident of that particular
In CA, the Sheriff
of each County (58 counties) is usually the issuing Authority for a CA CCW Permit. However, the population of each
county dictates this law. Refer to the CA Penal Code for specific information.
CA is NOT a "shall issue" state. There must be good cause for the CCW applicant to be issued a CCW. Good cause may vary, county by county, and the
Sheriff has the sole authority to determine if the good cause is justified (see below). Prior to a CCW
training class, you should make sure that you have no dis-qualifying factors.
Good cause has
many varying factors when it comes to issuance of a CCW. Some county Sheriff's have a strict "no issue
policy" and it can prove rather difficult or almost impossible to receive a CCW in these particular counties. Other
counties are virtually "shall issue" (personal protection or self defense), while others are "just under shall
issue" (good cause shall be articulated or substantiated).
regarding applying for a CCW, click on the appropriate
links for the state,
to the menu at the left.
while you have your CCW permit, it is important to have the proper instruction and
training while carrying a concealed weapon, and continue to train on a regular
Permits, Nevada and Florida CCW Permits DO NOT allow you to carry a concealed firearm within the State of
California. CA DOES NOT honor any non-resident CCW permit. Utah CCW Permits, Nevada and Florida CCW Permits
are issued for "Personal Protection" or "Self Defense". Reciprocity and Recognition of Permits from State to State
is a complex issue, we cannot and will not give legal advice. If you need accurate answers to specific legal
questions, contact the State Issuing Authority or consult an Attorney who is licensed within the State in question.
This is not an NRA approved course.