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Concealed Carry FAQ

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1. Why should I apply for a Utah and Florida Non-resident Concealed Handgun License?

Having these two Non-Resident Multi-State Gun Licenses expands the number of states in which you can carry a concealed handgun legally to at least 32 states.

Noted firearm instructor, Massad Ayoob advises getting a non-resident permit in every state contiguous to your own. He relates the unfortunate story of a student of his, who didn’t see the necessity of doing so. This person had to visit his dying father in a neighboring state. When he crossed the border, he forgot that he was packing. That evening, he was attacked by several young drunks, one of whom pulled a knife on him. Ayoob’s student tried to dissuade the aggressor but the aggressor kept up his attack, so he was forced to draw and fire to save his life. The attacker died and the defender became a defendant when he was charged with Manslaughter. He was eventually acquitted of the shooting, but unfortunately, he was found guilty of carrying a concealed weapon without a permit, and he was sentenced to the state-required one year minimum/mandatory in jail. Register for the class here.

 

2. Can I apply and get these licenses to carry if I live in New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Connecticut, or Massachusetts?

Absolutely! But, you still will not be legally permitted to carry a firearm in NJ, NY, MD, CT or MA unless you have the gun license from these states. But you will be able to carry in 31+ other states! Based on the current state carry laws and inter-state carry law reciprocity agreements, you will be able to legally carry a concealed firearm in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, New Hampshire, Vermont, and at least 22 other states when you get these the Utah and Florida gun licenses. Register for the class here.

 

3. How many states honor the Non-Resident Utah Concealed Firearm Permit?

The Utah Non-Resident Concealed Firearm Permit is currently recognized by 31 States. Go to www.HandgunLaw.US for an up-to-date current listing of all the states that honor the Utah Non-Resident CCW permit.

 

4. How many states honor the Non-Resident Florida Concealed Firearm Permit?

The Florida Non-Resident CCW permit is recognized by 31 States. Go to www.HandgunLaw.US for an up-to-date current listing of all the states that honor the Florida Non-Resident CCW permit.

 

5. Why should I also apply for a Virginia Non-Resident Gun License?

Inter-state reciprocity agreements change. Therefore, you cannot have too many Concealed Firearm Carry Permits. The Virginia CFP is a valuable “back-up permit” (BUP) for people who live on the East Coast. Register for the class here.

 

6. How many states honor the Non-Resident Virginia CFP?

Over 21 states honor this gun permit. Go to www.HandgunLaw.US for an up-to-date current listing of all the states that honor the Virginia Non-Resident CCW permit.

 

7. What is the correct term for these gun licenses?

It varies by state, as do so many other laws. In PA, the correct term is License To Carry Firearms or LTCF. This is because in PA, you can carry openly legally if you are a non-felon, that is, a non-prohibited person and a PA resident. But to carry concealed, you need the PA LTCF or a LTCF that is recognized by PA to carry in PA. In Utah, the carry license it is technically called a Concealed Firearms Permit, or CFP. In Florida, technically it is a Concealed Carry Weapons Permit or CCW Permit, because it does not just cover firearms—it also covers knives and expandable batons. However, in practice, these terms (LTCF, CFP and CCW) are typically employed interchangeably. Often it is simply referred to as a License to Carry, a CCW, a gun license, or a firearm license.

 

8. What are the requirements to get the Utah Non-resident Concealed Firearms Permit?

A. You must be legally qualified to purchase and own firearms. Thus, you must be at least 21 years of age, you cannot be a convicted felon, or child abuser, or sexual perpetrator, or a habitual drug or alcohol abuser, or a drug dealer, or the subject of a Protection From Abuse (PFA) order, or ever have been involuntarily committed to a mental or psychiatric hospital.

B. You must take an approved 3.5 to 4 hour class taught by a currently certified Utah Concealed Firearms Instructor, such as the class we teach. This class must present the Utah approved curriculum, taught by the Utah Certified Firearms Instructor. This curriculum covers Utah’s gun laws, use of force and deadly force laws, sections of Utah’s criminal code, firearm safety, marksmanship fundamentals, types of handguns, their operation and maintenance, concealed carry laws and logic, ethics of resolving social problems, and other pertinent topics.

C. We run a ONE-STOP SHOP for your convenience. Our class fulfills Utah’s requirements that you pass a specific Firearms Safety Course taught by a Utah Certified Concealed Firearms Instructor who is also an NRA Certified Firearms Instructor. As stated above, this class teaches the required specified curriculum that is mandated by Utah’s Dept. of Public Safety. Your completed Utah Application must have on it your Utah Concealed Firearms Instructor’s original dated signature AND your Utah CCW Instructor’s original red Utah Concealed Firearms Instructor insignia stamped on your application.

D. Our ONE-STOP SHOP CLASS includes the Utah CCW application, instruction in filling it out properly, a pair of passport size color photos of yourself, one completed fingerprint card, and Dr. Eimer’s original signature and his official red stamp proof of successful class completion at your successful completion of the class. Our fee for this class and completed application materials is just $150. It is your responsibility to mail your own completed application packet to the Utah Dept. of Public Safety in a timely manner after class completion, and for you to authorize them (with your signature on your application) to charge your credit card $51. for the 5-year Utah Concealed Firearms Permit.

E. NOTE. If you live in a state, such as Pennsylvania, that has gun license reciprocity with Utah, then you must have your home state’s License to Carry Firearms. So, if you live in PA, you must have your PA LTCF and send into Utah in your application packet, a copy of your PA LTCF. On the other hand, since NJ does not issue carry permits, you do NOT have to do this if you live in NJ. Similarly if you live in NY, MD, MA, or CT, you are NOT required to have or send in to Utah a copy of your state’s gun license. Register for the class here.

 

9. What are the requirements to get the Florida and Virginia Non-resident CCW Permits?

A. You must be legally qualified to purchase and own firearms. Thus, you must be at least 21 years of age, you cannot be a convicted felon, or child abuser, or sexual perpetrator, or a habitual drug or alcohol abuser, or a drug dealer, or the subject of a Protection From Abuse (PFA) order, or ever have been involuntarily committed to a mental or psychiatric hospital.

B. You must take our 3.5 to 4 hour Utah Class and add the paperwork fees for the Florida and Virginia applications which include the applications, passport size color photos, notarization of both the Florida and Virginia applications (NOTE: The Utah application DOES NOT require notarization), fingerprints, and a certificate of class completion that documents that you have successfully completed the firearms safety class required by both Florida and Virginia.

C. Our Utah class fulfills all of the above requirements. Our total fee for the Utah class package PLUS the Florida and Virginia paperwork is just $225.

D. In order to fulfill the requirements for the Florida Non-resident Multi-state Gun Permit, you must demonstrate to one of our NRA certified instructors on the live range, that you can safely and appropriately discharge a handgun downrange.

E. You must mail in your completed application packets, which you receive in class, to Florida and to Virginia with the applicable license fees of $112. for the seven-year Florida gun license and $100. for the five-year Virginia gun license.

F. We run a ONE-STOP SHOP for your convenience. Our class fulfills both Florida’s and Virginia’s requirements that you pass a Firearms Safety Course taught by an NRA Certified Firearms Instructor. In your application packets for both Florida and Virginia, you must include a copy of your Certificate of Completion of your firearms safety course, and that certificate must have on it your NRA Certified Instructor’s signature, printed name and NRA Certification Number. Register for the class here.

 

10. Do Utah, Florida, and Virginia issue Concealed Carry Permits to non-residents of their respective states; that is, people who do not reside in their state?

Yes. Absolutely. That is what our “One-Stop Shop” class is for! They each will issue a non-resident CCW permit to all applicants who are qualified regardless of whether they reside in their state or in any other state. If you are qualified, regardless of the state in which you reside, you shall be issued the respective non-resident CCW Permit. Your permit card will have your picture and your address on it. A nonresident is subject to the same laws and restrictions with respect to carrying a concealed weapon or concealed firearm as is a resident of Utah, Florida or Virginia who is so licensed. Register for the class here.

 

11. Can I get these CCW Permits even though I reside in a state that does not issue CCW Permits, or does not issue them to qualified people except in a discretionary basis; such as, New Jersey, or New York, or Maryland?

As stated above, Yes. Absolutely!. These Non-Resident CCW Permits will not entitle you to carry legally in New Jersey, New York, or Maryland. However, if you live in NJ, NY or MD, even though your respective state may not or does not issue CCW permits, or allow concealed carry, when you obtain these Non-Resident CCW Permits, holding them will give you the right to carry a concealed firearm legally in 31+ other states even though you live in New Jersey, New York, or Maryland. Register for the class here.

 

12. If you are active duty, reserve, or retired Military, or Law Enforcement, do you still need to take the class to get these permits?

The answer is YES YOU DO. Utah requires that you take their required class taught by a Utah Certified Concealed Firearms Instructor. Technically, you can get away with not taking the class, and just doing the paperwork, if you just want to obtain the Florida and/or Virginia CCW Permits. However, we strongly recommend that you take our class, or an equivalent one taught by a qualified and certified instructor, that covers legal issues related to the use of lethal and less than lethal force, the transportation and carry of firearms, and safe firearms handling and ownership. Civilian laws regarding the use of deadly force differ greatly from those applicable to military personnel in combat arenas on deployments. In addition, you can never have enough competent instruction—especially when it comes to lethal weapons. Register for the class here.

 

13. If you have never handled a gun before, are you still eligible to apply?

YES YOU ARE. But you must take and pass our approved Firearms Safety Course. We strongly suggest that you also take out Handgun Shooting Fundamentals Class on the same day for an additional $74. It is not a good idea to carry a firearm without being thoroughly familiar with the weapon, and without having competencies and skills to safely handle and maintain it, and accurately shoot it. Register for the class here.

 

14. If you have a Utah or Florida or Virginia Concealed Weapon/Firearm License, but you are not a legal resident of Utah or Florida or Virginia, can you still travel to the states that recognize the Utah or Florida or Virginia gun licenses and carry a concealed weapon in those states?

Most of the reciprocity states will honor the above non-resident gun permits. That is why they are so valuable—they are multi-state permits, the next best thing to a NATIONAL CARRY PERMIT. However, FOUR states – Pennsylvania, Michigan, New Hampshire and Colorado – have indicated that they WILL NOT honor non-resident gun licenses. Because gun laws are subject to change or different interpretation by state courts, it is recommended that you call or write the licensing authorities in the states in which you will be traveling to obtain the latest information. Also, keep in mind that when you are in different states, you are subject to the laws and restrictions of the state you are in. Register for the class here.

 

15. If you are a Pennsylvania resident, can you carry a gun legally in your home state of PA with the Utah or Florida or Virginia Non-resident Concealed Carry Handgun License?

NO. YOU MUST HAVE A PA LICENSE TO CARRY FIREARMS TO CARRY IN PA IF YOU LIVE IN PA.

 

16. What are the qualifications to be eligible to be issued a Utah or Florida or Virginia CFP, CCW or LTCF permit?

A. You must be a citizen of the United States OR you must be deemed a lawful permanent resident alien by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS formerly INS).

B. You must be 21 years of age or older.

C. You must be able to demonstrate competency with a firearm.

D. You must be a non-felon.

E. You must take a recognized Firearm Safety Class given by an NRA Certified Firearms Instructor (such as ours) and get a Certificate of Completion with the instructor’s signature and NRA Certification Number on it (NOTE: For Utah, you must, as spelled out above, take the Utah class from a Utah certified instructor). Register for the class here.

 

17. What do I have to actually do to apply for the Utah, Florida and Virginia gun licenses?

A. Just come to one of our scheduled classes at the shooting ranges where we conduct them, as posted on this website. Our Handgun Safety / Concealed Carry Class satisfies Utah’s, Florida’s and Virginia’s handgun safety training requirement. Upon successful completion of the class, you get a Handgun Safety Certificate signed by one of our NRA Certified Firearms Instructor.

B. At the class, we guide you through each step in the application for the Utah, Florida and Virginia Non-resident CCW Permit. We also give you the Utah, Florida and Virginia CCW application packets (depending on what combination of these three gun licenses you have paid us our class fee for) which include copies or summaries of the respective Utah, Florida and Virginia Firearms relevant statutes, an application, and a fingerprint card. We of course, help you to fill out the application/s correctly, notarize your application/s (Florida and Virginia only), do your fingerprints, and provide you with a double color passport photo for Utah, Florida and Virginia, depending on the CFPs you have chosen to pay for.

C. Then, for each of these permits, you have to separately put your completed and notarized application (NOTE: FL and VA do require notary; UT does not require notary), passport photo, completed fingerprint card, a photocopy of your Certificate of Class Completion (FL and VA only), and your payment for your license application into the supplied, pre-addressed envelope.

D. Utah requires that you pay with a credit card their $51. fee for their five-year non-resident gun license by writing in your credit card information and signing your authorization on their one-page application. Mail to:

Utah Bureau of Criminal Identification
3888 West 5400 S
Taylorsville UT 84129

E. Florida requires that you put into the envelope containing your application packet a certified bank check or money order for $112. made out to Florida Dept. of Agriculture & Consumer Services for the seven-year Florida CCW. Mail said packet to:

Florida Dept. of Agriculture & Consumer Services
Division of Licensing
P.O. Box 6687
Tallahassee, FL 32314.

F. Virginia requires a certified bank check or money order for $100. made out to the VA State Police Firearms Transactions Center for the five-year VA gun license. Mail your application packet to:

VA Firearms Transaction Center,
Nonresident Concealed Handgun Permits
Criminal Justice Information Services Division
Department of State Police
P.O. Box 85141
Richmond, VA 23285-5141

Register for the class here.

 

18. Why do you guys call this a “One-Stop Shop”?

If you had to do all of this on your own, separately, you’d have a lot of running around to do, and it would be much more expensive. We make it easy, more affordable, and we make sure you do it correctly, so your application is accepted. Register for the class here.

 

19. I have a concealed carry permit from my home state (or another state). Does that qualify me to get the UT or FL or VA CCW gun permits?

No. It is not sufficient in and of itself. You must satisfy the training requirements. However, some states, such as Ohio and Utah, require completion of a course to satisfy their state’s training requirement for obtaining a CHL.; If you have a Training Certificate from such a course, taught by a State Certified or NRA Certified Firearms Instructor, you’re good, but that is for Florida and Virginia only. Again, you MUST take the Utah course from a Utah certified firearms instructor. Register for the class here.

 

20. If you are active or retired military, do you still need to take the Utah class?

YES.

 

21. I am an active duty law enforcement officer? Do I still need the course?

It depends. The “Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004” (LEOSA or H.R. 218), on paper, exempts current and retired law enforcement officers from state laws prohibiting them from carrying concealed firearms (other than machine guns, silencers, or other destructive devices). However, Section 926B further requires qualified, currently employed law enforcement officers to carry proper photographic identification from their issuing agency; to be agency authorized to carry firearms; and to not be under agency disciplinary action at the time they choose to carry. And you need to qualify on the range every year and get an updated card from the qualifying instructor in your state, IN ADDITION TO getting your former department’s approval and ID Card. This is NOT the same as a state issued CFP. So it is a good idea to get these carry permits anyway. Register for the class here.

 

22. I am a retired police officer. Do I still need the course?

Section 926C of the “Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004”, H.R. 218, requires retired officers to carry photographic identification and qualification credentials issued by their former agency, or two forms of photographic ID – the first showing that they retired from a particular agency; the second showing that they have met state firearm qualification standards within the last 12 months.

Retired police officers must have retired “in good standing” – and not as the result of psychological stress disorders or “mental instability” – from a law enforcement agency. They must have been regularly employed law enforcement officers for 15 or more total years, or retired before 15 years, due to service-related physical disability. Finally, their right to retirement benefits must be “non-forfeitable” which, in effect means they weren’t fired or forced to resign. So, again, it is a good idea to get these gun carry permits. Register for the class here.

 

23. I was once convicted of a felony. Am I eligible?

NO. Not unless your felony conviction was expunged. You should talk to an attorney who specializes in these matters.

 

24. How long is the Utah class?

Depending upon the number of students, the class will last anywhere from 3 to 4 hours. Register for the class here.

 

25. How are the paperwork services integrated into the class?

Sign in of registered students who preregistered on the Internet and registration of students at the class begins at 9 AM sharp. Once signed in, students will receive the packets for which they have paid. At that point, the paperwork services begin and these include: fingerprinting, instruction on filling out the applications, taking of passport photos, and notary service. The amount of time this takes will depend upon the number of students in the class.

The Utah Certified Firearms Instructor, Dr. Eimer, will begin teaching the Utah class once all students are registered, signed in, and understand what paperwork services they need to obtain. The class itself consists of didactic lecture which follows a clearly defined outline to cover course objectives, student question and answer and discussion of relevant cases. Register for the class here.

 

26. What is the course content?

The course content includes didactic presentation of:

  • basics of State, federal, and Utah laws pertaining to the use of force and deadly force
  • concealed carry and other gun laws
  • ethics and judgment pertaining to the responsibility of gun ownership and carrying firearms
  • reasons to carry a firearm
  • reality-based and legal limitations on the use of deadly force
  • nuances of Utah’s and other states laws
  • interstate firearm transportation laws
  • firearm safety principles
  • safe gun handling principles
  • minimizing the risks when being around or carrying or using firearms
  • balance between responsibility and power for firearm owners and concealed carry practitioners
  • types of handguns
  • handgun mechanisms and operation
  • handgun maintenance procedures
  • marksmanship fundamentals
  • ways to avoid having to use deadly force
  • choosing the right firearm, ammunition and accessories for you
  • gun range etiquette and protocol
  • Castle Doctrine and Stand Your Ground laws
  • Interstate reciprocity
  • Current events and other pertinent topics.

Register for the class here.

 

27. Who has to do the live qualification on the range?

Only those students applying for the Florida gun permit need to qualify on the range. The qualification is to follow a simple clearly explained safety protocol for firing several rounds downrange with the instructor watching. Note that those students who were taking the afternoon handgun shooting fundamentals class, do not need to do this qualification as they will be shooting more extensively in the afternoon. Register for the class here.

 

28. Why should I take the afternoon Handgun Shooting Fundamentals (HSF) class?

This class will begin after a short break following the completion of the Utah class and all of the paperwork services. This class is provided at a markedly discounted rate of $75 to those people who are taking the Utah class in the morning. This class will provide an opportunity for all students to learn proper marksmanship basics and to hone their shooting skills. It is taught by Dr. Eimer and his experienced staff. Register for the class here.

 

29. Who is this class for?

This HSF class is for all levels of students from the beginner through the intermediate and advanced levels. It can serve as an introduction to handgun shooting for beginners as well as a brush up and diagnostic opportunity for experienced shooters. Beginners will have the opportunity to begin shooting using the proper technique. Advanced shooters will be given the opportunity to have shooting errors diagnosed and corrected. Register for the class here.

 

30. What will you learn if you take the afternoon Handgun Shooting Fundamentals class?

Different levels of shooters will learn different things. The instructors come from different arenas of firearms experience. Dr. Eimer is an experienced concealed carry practitioner, gun writer, gun owner, and defensive shooter. Udi Sharabi is a former Israeli special operations commando. Michael Barson is a former United States Army MP.

Students will be taught the proper defensive handgun shooting fundamentals. The “bullet proof” combative mindset will also be covered as well as the differences between combat shooting and competitive or target shooting. A number of basic drills will be run and students will be provided with drills that they can practice on their own both live that fire and dry fire. The class format will alternate between lecture and demonstration conducted with training guns, “dry” in the classroom, followed by range work, followed by discussion and debriefing in the classroom. The class will emphasize what is practical and reality-based as opposed to what is academic and theoretical. Gun handling safety is emphasized throughout the class and survival is the watchword for life outside of the classroom. Students will learn also all of the things that they need to follow up on in their future study in order to develop into proficient gunfighters.

Although the word “gunfight” certainly has negative connotations the fact is that if we are unavoidably forced into such a seriously undesirable scenario, while the watch word is “survival”, the goal is to win at all costs. In a gunfight, only those who prevail survive. A gunfight is the last place you should ever want to be, but if you cannot be anywhere else, because of circumstances beyond your control, you cannot afford to lose. There are no second place winners at this! Register for the class here.

 

31. Where and when is this class held?

This class is held regularly once every six (6) to seven (7) weeks on a Saturday morning starting at 9 AM at Ready Aim Fire Indoor Shooting Range in Bristol, Pennsylvania. The range is located on Route 13 right off of the last exit on the Pennsylvania Turnpike before crossing the New Jersey Turnpike bridge if coming from Pennsylvania and after crossing the bridge if coming from New York or New Jersey. The address is 5800 Ellwood Avenue–Suite F, Bristol PA 19007. Phone is 215-788-5898. Website: www.RAFire.com. Register for the class here.

 

32. What are the class hours?

9am — 1:30 pm: Utah class and paperwork
2:00pm — 5:00pm: Handgun Shooting Fundamentals Class

The Utah concealed firearms permit class begins at 9 AM and runs until 1:00 to 1:30 PM. Following a half hour break, the handgun shooting fundamentals class begins at 2 PM and runs until approximately 5 PM. Register for the class here.

 

33. What are the fees and costs?

You can pre-register here with a credit card, OR you can pay with cash at the class.
Our fee for the Utah Class plus Utah paperwork: $149. (you pay the $51. five-year Utah gun license fee when you mail in your application.)

Add either the Florida or Virginia paperwork for an additional $50. (you pay the $112. Florida license fee and the $100. Virginia license fee when you mail in your applications.)

Add both Florida and Virginia permit application paperwork for $75.

Add the afternoon Handgun Shooting Fundamentals Class for just $74.

NOTE. If you pay with cash at the class, the fees are rounded up to $150. for Utah class only, and $75. for the Handgun Shooting Fundamentals Class.

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