There are several federal and state laws pertaining to CCW rights, or the right of carrying a concealed weapon. Each state has their own laws regarding CCW, but all provisions are guided by and in accordance with federal statutes.
According to CCW statistics, about 64 percent of the population lives in a "right to carry state." In 36 states, there are laws that allow a person to legally carry a concealed weapon (CCW). CCW laws regulate who can and cannot lawfully carry a concealed weapon.
Federal CCW Laws
Federal CCW laws can be found within a few different federal statutes. The Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA) was passed for the purpose of keeping firearms out of the wrong hands and to make state CCW and other gun laws more effective. The GCA makes it unlawful for certain people to carry weapons because of their age, criminal background, or incompetence. Other federal laws require that certain types of weapons be registered prior to legally CCA.
Why Not Legalize CCW?
By legalizing CCW, some lawmakers feel that better weapons regulations and enforcement would be possible, thereby mitigating the prevalence of unlawful CCW and weapons-related injury to others.
CCW laws allow people to lawfully carry a concealed weapon in their state, providing that they meet all specified requirements to become CCW registered. CCW permit requirements can include a license fee, completion of a safety course or test, fingerprinting, a clean background check with no history of mental illness or criminal convictions, etc.
If a person meets these CCW requirements, they may be issued a permit that allows them to carry a registered concealed weapon in public places. Even with a CCW permit there may be certain places and situations where a person may not be allowed to carry a concealed weapon.
It is generally unlawful to CCW in the following places:
- A school zone
- A law enforcement facility
- Near a courthouse, courtroom or legislative facility
- By an establishment which sells alcohol
- Near a polling place
- By any type of detention facility
- By universities and airports
- In national forests
A violation of state-specific CCW regulation is punishable as a misdemeanor or felony. Any person who is CCW during the commission of a felony crime (even if they have a permit) will receive a drastically enhanced penalty.
Federal law states that any person CCW during the commission of a violent or drug related crime will receive an additional penalty of no less than five years incarceration and other heavy penalties.
It is always unlawful for a person convicted of a felony to CCW. Any person who assists a felon, a minor, or another person unsuited to CCW to attain a weapon, may also be subject to criminal charges.
If you would like to learn more about CCW and your legal rights and options, please contact us to speak with a reputable and experienced defense attorney who can assess your case to determine how best to protect and maximize your legal interests. CCW laws are complex and can vary depending on location. A legal professional can determine which laws are applicable to your case.
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