Concealed Carry Part 1: Overview and Responsibilities Video

Again, off the belt.

Definitely not as accurate but at combat distances those all would have been shots in the kill zone where they needed to be.

Welcome back everybody. We got Chad and Eric here from the Moss Pawn zombie squad. Today we’re going to be talking to you guys a little bit about concealed carry.

We’re going to break this video up into a few different segments, basically to allow it to be a good reference point for you guys to come back to at a later time.

But, the first part of the video that we’re going to discuss here is going to be about basic responsibilities of what concealed carry is, and basically just all of the introduction-ary type things that you’ll need to know about concealed carry to be a little bit more informed about it.

So, basically the first thing you have to ask yourself is what is concealed carry?

Well, basically concealed carry is the concealment of a weapon for the purpose of defense. You know, on your person or close proximity in a concealed manner.

Pretty much, you know, if you’re carrying concealed you’re going to be doing that in a public place is what the definition entails.

That’s right. The idea is that no one knows that you’re carrying and you don’t want them to know.

Pretty much one of the nice things about concealed carry is that you have your firearm on you. You have a lot better chance of surviving a bad situation if something comes around.

Often times law enforcement…

Whenever you need a law enforcement they’re usually too far away to be able to do anything for you. And the time that it’d take for you to save your own life with concealed carry firearm you can definitely may influence the situation yourself and hopefully save your life and possibly life of someone else.

Police respond but not police protection.

That’s right.

Yeah, the police will always respond and report the details of what happened. But, very rarely are the police actually able to get there in time to do anything to save you.

So, that’s what it comes down to is taking things in your own hands to save the life of yourself and those around you. Your friends, family, and most definitely family.

I mean, you want to be able to protect your family, your children, your coworkers.

What have you just depends on how you look at that and the laws of the area that you might happen to reside in as to what they allow.

So, when it comes to laws with the concealed carry, there’re a few things out there you might want to consider. One of them is definitely where your concealed carry license is good and where it isn’t.

Of course, that depends on the state you reside in.

You can hit on that a little bit.

Well, basically with concealed carry license there’re four different types of licensing sources throughout the US.

Currently, 49 states allow some form if even minimal…

Some form of concealed carry, you know, within their state.

Like I said, 4 different types. Basically you have what’s known as unrestricted or constitutional carry. Those are states…

Basically, I think there’re 4 states that allow constitutional carry. It’s basically your right to conceal weapon is [phonetic] branded from the constitution itself from the second amendment. So there is no licensing requirement.

You can carry concealed. You can normally open-carry I think, in some of those states as well. But, there is no licensing requirement whatsoever.

That’s kind of the few in four between. Now, the majority of the states that issue carry permits or what’s known as shall-issue states, basically if you meet certain minimum requirements…

Pretty much if you can own a gun, you can basically carry for the most part.

Pretty much.

Some of those states require a training program to be completed before the license is granted.

Us here in Georgia, we actually don’t have a training repertoire. That’s not required for permit or for permitting.

Pretty much as long as you can pass the background check…

Like Chad said, if you can buy a gun, if you can pass the background check in Georgia they will issue you a carry permit.

The third type of issue for concealed permits throughout the states is what’s called a ‘may issue’. Now, these are the more restrictive states when it comes to concealed carry.

They may issue you a permit or they may not.

Basically, you can meet the minimum requirements. Normally, they’ll grant you a permit regardless. The more restrictive may issue states, you basically have to show some kind of proof that you need to carry concealed.

Now, for the average Joe, I mean this can be kind of hard to prove that you need to carry concealed I guess. Unless you live in a very high crime area and you can prove that.


Document statistics or what not. But, basically if you can do all those things and show that you have a need for concealed carry, you’ll be granted a license in those states.

Now, the fourth and final type of issue is no issue. There is currently only one state that has no concealed permitting whatsoever, and that’s Illinois.

Sorry guys.

Of course.

Some of you guys that may know better than we do can correct us on this. But, if I’m not mistaken, in some areas like Chad was mentioning on the may issue states.

Okay, a may issue state.

Let’s say that you complete the training requirements, you’ve passed the background. But then it gets to a point where you have to prove that you need to have a carry permit to carry concealed.

I know a lot of the businesses out there…

Like, if you’re a business owner and you need to protect your merchandise, that’s a good excuse.

Well, I say excuse.

Excuse is really the wrong word.

It’s a good reason.

It’s a good reason. Because there really should be no excuse required, and no reason required. There shouldn’t even be a reason required.

You should just be [crosstalk] able to…

You should be able to walk in and say, well it’s my right to own a gun, and it’s my right to carry it. What other reason should I need?

Well, it’s the right to personal protection. [Crosstalk] I mean, that’s the whole idea.

That’s right.

But, for those states that need a reason, I’ve heard that owning a business is a good reason. You need to protect your business.

Or, if you were to go in and say hey, I want to work. The area of town that I go through might be a little rough. I’ve heard that that reasoning can pretty much get you in the clear for that.

I’m sure a lot of you guys know better than we do. I mean, we are in a shall issue state.

So, I’ve never had to go through that.

But, like Chad said, those are your four instances that you’re going to fall into in terms of gathering any necessary licensing for concealed carry.

One thing that we’re going to talk about now that you understand the licensing requirements for concealed carry and some of the instances that you may have to deal with there, we’re going to talk about what’s called reciprocity.

What reciprocity basically is, is another state’s willingness or unwillingness to accept your state’s carry permit.

For instance, I live in Georgia I have a Georgia carry permit. There are certain type of states around that will accept my carry permit just like they would their own state’s carry permit.

Likewise, there’re also places like, for instance in the South-East, South Carolina is one of the only states in the south-east that does not honor Georgia’s carry permit.

But, it’s not just Georgia. As far as I know, South Carolina will only honor South Carolina’s carry permit.


I’m pretty sure that is it.

Pretty sure they just honor their own permit.


But, currently there’s about 40 states that allow reciprocity with at least one other state. Typically, they allow reciprocity with several different states.

You know, those are going to be obviously your more red states. The blue states, you know, they typically honor their own permitting because they don’t like the permitting anyways.

That’s right.

They’re going to make it as hard as they can. And then even on some of the blue states, you’ll see that sometimes they’ll offer reciprocity for states that border them.



So, you’ll see that you may have one state. They honor their own state’s carry permits and they might honor the permits of the states immediately surrounding them.

Now, another aspect of concealed carry that I think people fail to mention often is law enforcement.


When you start getting law enforcement involved…

Let’s say that you’re in an everyday situation and …

What it comes down to is how you interact with law enforcement.

So, it may come down to something as simple as a policeman asking to see your carry permit.

Let’s say you’re bending over to pick something up and you expose your firearm and he wanted to see your carry permit or he saw it.

Well, there’s a certain way you go about that. I mean, you know, most police officers just want to be treated like rest of us. Most of them are just normal Joes. They get up, go to work, and come home just like me and you do.

They don’t want any grief. They don’t want any trouble. They just want a trouble free day. Do their job and go home to their family.

When you keep that mindset in your head about dealing with law enforcement, you won’t have any problems. Just talk to them like they’re human beings just like you.

That’s all they want.

As long as you just follow some basic principles there and treat them like you want to be treated, most of them aren’t even going to give you the slightest problem at all about carrying your firearm.

You know, and sometimes it just really depends on the jurisdiction. Like for instance here in Georgia, Clayton County.

Clayton County police officer is going to be a little bit standoffish about firearms.

But, let’s face it. Clayton County’s the nicest place in the world when it comes to gun ownership. I mean, you got a lot of nefarious people in that area.

You do.


I’m not going to say who they are. But, you got some nefarious types there.

They are a little bit anti-gun just because of the type of junk they [phonetic] run there.

Of course, I mean they’re a little bit biased based on their crime rates, you know, in that city.

That’s right.

So, usually in your bigger cities you’re going to run into a little bit more resistance from police officers. You get out in some of the rural areas like you know where we live here. It’s definitely south of Atlanta, good ways.

You know, this is still kind of a small area that we live in here and most of the cops are going to be generally pretty understanding about things as long as you’re respectful.

Just keep that in mind. When it comes to your interactions with police officers, you need to understand where you’re at. The types of police offers you’re dealing with. And then you need to do a little research as to how anti-gun or how pro-gun the local law enforcement where you’re going to be traveling through has been known to be.

Obviously, if you’re going through Illinois or somewhere like that then you need to definitely step up your game when it comes to the gun laws because they’re very anti-gun in that state.


Something to add to that. As far as interaction with law enforcement goes, it’s going to vary per state but there is what’s called, I think disclosure laws. Say, you get pulled over by a police officer for speeding or whatever you know. In some states you’re obligated to let that officer know that you are a permit holder and you do have a weapon on yourself in the vehicle, that’s loaded.

Now, here in Georgia there is no disclosure law. It’s at your discretion whether or not you want to let that officer know offhand if you have a weapon in the vehicle.

Now, if they ask if there are any weapons in the vehicle, you have to disclose to them what you’re carrying and where it is.

Where it’s located.


Don’t lie.

No, do not lie.

Do not lie. It ain’t worth it.

It ain’t worth it.

But, in some places you know you have to tell them right off the bed, other places you don’t unless asked.

So, you have to just check with your local state laws regarding that provision there.

The most important thing about this video overall…

I know it’s gotten a little long and this is part one, because it discusses, in my mind, the most important aspects about concealed carry.

It’s about knowing the laws.

I mean, really the way you should treat this is common sense.

Use common sense.

You’re carrying a deadly item on your person in a public place. That alone right there should have you in a totally different mindset. You want to save yourself and secondary people around you.

But, the number one goal, obviously, you’re going to go home at the end of the day.

Yeah, you are.

Now, if the people around you ain’t smart enough to be carrying, especially if it’s an area that they might need to be carrying that’s on them.

Now, if I can save someone else’s life, great. But, at the end of the day it’s all about, I’m going home. And ultimately, that’s what your goal is too.

If you’re watching this video, you’re smart enough of a citizen to realize that carrying a gun on your person is probably good in these times.

We’re probably going to get in to a little bit more detail with the entire mindset, because that’s a topic all in itself, you know.

When you strap on a gun, you know, you have to have a particular mindset in order to use that gun because the reason that you’re strapping that gun on is for protection. The purpose of it, you know, is to cause bodily harm to someone else. Now,…


Oh yeah, potentially.

But, I mean if you don’t have the right mindset to use that weapon in the sense that it was intended for, in that situation then you’ve already failed the first test.

We do have the…              

If you guys check out the gun gripes episode 18, we have an episode called the psychology of gun ownership and that will go into a little bit more detail as to what me and Chad are talking about.

You know, carrying a gun and the things that are implied in doing that.

The next thing that we’re going to talk about here is places that you can and can’t carry guns.

Alright, so basically when you get a carry permit you know you get…

On the back of your permit a lot of times it’ll have your state code as far as you know, the definition of a public gathering.

Now, normally states will not allow concealed carry permit holders to carry a weapon within any kind of government entity or public gathering.

Now, the definition of public gathering is going to vary per state. But, in general, there’s going to be places like churches.

You know, church is considered a public gathering.

You know carrying is off limits.



Any kind of a sporting event.

Those kinds of things that a lot of times have…

Theatres and what not are considered public gatherings.

Some states, in their shopping malls are considered public gatherings.

That’s right.

But, basically any government building, any place it’s…

You know, your city hall, your probate court, the judicial court you know, the tax tag office, the post office…


Those places are considered government entities [crosstalk] for the most part.

Any government owned building.

Even the library. You’re not supposed to carry in a library.

Another commonly overlooked public place are protests. A public organized protest, unless that protest is sanctioned and basically set up from the ground up. For instance, they have open carry protest where everybody will open carry and like they go up to the squares or whatever like that.

And they’ll have a show for…

Well, I say a show for, it’s really what it is.

But, let’s just say the protest didn’t involve guns. You’re technically not supposed to carry at a protest that is not specifically setup for the purposes of, you know protesting for gun ownership.

Another place, you know that is pretty common sense that you can’t carry is going to be like a nuclear power plant.

Most states, they’re going to list that right in the state code. You know, no carrying within a nuclear power plant. But…


I don’t know the last time that you went to visit one.

I can’t think of any reason I ever needed to visit a nuclear power plant.

Me neither.

Hopefully this laid a lot of things on the table for you guys, because it’s definitely a subject that we want to drive home. We want to make sure people are definitely exercising their rights to carry when they can, of course.

We really want to have a society of people that’s armed, because an armed society is a polite society.

That’s what it comes down to.

A lot of these anti-gun people out here, they want you to believe that a society without guns would be a utopia and completely crime free. But, the truth could be nothing further from that.

A society without guns, in my mind, is a more arcane and less developed society.

You look at a big place like Chicago, or any of these places that keep you from carrying guns or have really strict gun laws, the crime is always worse in a state that prohibits or otherwise keeps their citizens from having any type of firearms or a tri-state.

Not just a state, but I mean take Washington DC for example. I mean, the gun ban in Washington DC was just overturned recently. Up until that point Washington DC would have one of the highest crime rates in the country.

That’s right.

You can’t ignore the numbers.

Like Eric said, an armed society is a polite society.

And if all the guns were taken away and if the armed citizenry is disarmed then only the government will have guns. I mean, you’ve heard the story…

You know, time and time again.

I mean, that just basically offers full control to the governing power.

You know, the citizens would have no way of taking things back over if it ever came to that.

That’s right.

I would like to think that we live in a civilized enough society in these days that would not occur or even be thought of. But, make no mistake, the powers they’d be…

They’re not in it for your best interest when it comes to that aspect.

Now, sure they might want to give you free healthcare. They might want to give you all your free housing and free [crosstalk]…

Or pay your electric bills.

Yeah, they want to pay your electric bills.

But, believe me it’s not because they want to help you. It’s because they want to control you.

It is.

So, hopefully this video allowed you to glean a little information and hopefully it wasn’t too long.

I know this was a long video.

But, if you sat through it I appreciate it.

I know it’s a lot to talk about.

For some of you, this might be a little old hat. But, hopefully for some of you, if this is new to you maybe you learned something.