Concealed weapons carry The Second Amendment of the United States constitution states: “A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed” (Constitution. laws. com). The purpose of the second amendment was to guarantee and preserve the idea that all men and later, women, had the right to own and bear arms on American soil. In either self-defense, recreation, occupational or personal uses, firearms have been a part of United States history.
The founders of the United States gave us these rights, but it is the right of the individual to choose whether to carry a firearm or not, and currently the way firearms are carried by civilians in public is concealed. Starting with the Second Amendment of the Constitution, the right to bear arms has always been a concern of the federal government. Over the years, several pieces of legislation were passed in hopes of ensuring these rights for all citizens.
In addition, the safety of firearms has been a concern of Congress, and many efforts have been made by law to ensure that firearms end up in safe, capable hands. Carrying a concealed weapon is the right of every law-abiding citizen of the United States even if a person chooses not to exercise that right. Carrying a concealed pistol or any other weapon cannot be taken lightly, although it comes with great responsibility that can be overwhelming. It may just save a life.
This is why it is so important that if a person is to choose to exercise this right and carry a concealed weapon, the person should make sure that they have the proper equipment, proper licensing, and are properly trained with their weapon of choice or any weapon that a person might have to use for self-defense. Equipment choices for carrying a concealed weapon are a personal preference, and depend on what type of weapon a person carries. First and foremost, a person needs to make sure to acquire a concealed carry permit (CCP) after that, the next major thing is to choose a pistol that is right for the individual.
There are all sorts of accessories for all different types of pistols; clothing, holsters, sites, magazines, and different types of ammunition just to state a few (see appendix 1). Therefore, a person can see from the equipment standpoint, there are many choices, and a lot of thought that goes into carrying a concealed firearm; this is not just something that happens overnight. Although the equipment for carrying a concealed pistol is important as stated earlier, first a person needs to apply for a CCP. Washington State is one of the easiest states in the United States to get a (CCP).
Other states, like Oregon and California, do not recognize Washington state’s CCP (see appendix 2) because Washington State does not require a test of competency and proficiency with the weapon (pistol) prior to issuing a CCP. Washington State is a shall issue state, meaning that the state is required to furnish a CCP to anyone who applies (usacarry. com). This means a person has to pass a background check, be 21 years of age, a United States citizen or permanent resident alien, have no legal issues, have not been dishonorably discharged from the armed forces, have a valid government issued photo ID, and $55. 5 (dol. wa. gov)(see appendix 3). Therefore, it is easy to get a concealed weapons permit in the state of Washington compared to other states that require training prior to the issuance of a person’s CCP. Washington state needs to implement a training program for people who do not have weapons training; such as people who do not have military or police background. The proper documentation to show that they have had the proper background and level of weapons training to carry a concealed weapon safely and deploy it if need be under duress.
There are classes, which generally last for three to five hours, that cover relevant state and federal laws, when deadly force is justified, how to conceal a weapon properly, the rules of gun safety, and other issues related to gun safety and carrying a concealed weapon, according to Conceal Carry America(concealedcarryamerica. com). The classes do not require live shooting, and participants don’t need to own a gun. Class members will, however, be taught to safely handle a handgun and will have to demonstrate safe handgun handling.
A few hours in a day are not going to make a person an expert in carrying a concealed weapon; it takes many years and a lot of trial and error to become proficient at carrying a weapon confidently for self-defense. Although a few hours of training will give a person an idea of how to use a weapon properly and safely handle the weapon. Allowing untrained, or under-trained, persons to carry loaded hidden handguns in public puts people at risk of being killed or injured, intentionally and unintentionally. It also makes it harder for law enforcement to identify the real perpetrators during a shooting.
Allowing more people to carry concealed handguns in densely populated cities, on crowded subways, buses and sports stadiums is a recipe for disaster. Almost every major law enforcement organization – including the International Brotherhood of Police Officers and the International Association of Chiefs of Police — thinks law enforcement should have discretion over the carrying of concealed handguns in public(IBPO). The public is overwhelmingly against allowing regular citizens to bring their guns into public places like sports stadiums, college campuses, and bars.
The argument that the guns make confrontations lethal that otherwise would only result in injury, is fallacious in several ways. Without guns involved, the physically superior party inflicting overwhelming injury on the loser wins confrontations. People who think that fists, bats, sticks, or stones do not constitute lethal force watch too much TV, where people take beatings and come out of it with a bloody lip at worst. The fact that the gun makes lethal force easier works solely in favor of the weaker defender, not the stronger attacker. If both are armed, the field is level.
When Right-to-Carry [a concealed handgun] is proposed anywhere, our opponents whip up fear and hysteria. Of course, the mayhem never materializes. When Right-to-Carry passes, only a small percentage of the population applies for a permit. By definition, these people are law-abiding. However, that small percentage of the public is enough to change the odds against predatory criminals. Facts can dispel the fears of legislators, but not those that afflict opponents of self-defense. As said before, opponents suffer from a fear of change, a fear of the unknown, and – strangest of all – a fear of their fellow citizens and neighbors.
As we advance the right of self-defense through Right-to-Carry, the only people who should retreat into fear are violent criminals. Work cited “An overview of the Second Amendment”. Constitution. Laws. Com. Np. Nd. web. 15 Oct. 20012 “Washington concealed carry permit information”. USAcarry. com. Np. Nd. web. 15 Oct. 2012 “how to get your concealed pistol license”. DOL. WA. Gov. Np. Nd. Web. 15 Oct. 2012 “Concealed weapons training programs”. Concealedcarryamerica. com. Np. Nd. Web. 15Oct. 2012 “The need for stricter concealed carry laws”. ibponline. org. Np. Nd. Web. 15 Oct. 2012