This is a discussion on CCW? I have to ask within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I keep seeing almost everyone refer to concealed carry by the abbreviation of CCW. Just what does it stand for? In Virginia I have a ...
I keep seeing almost everyone refer to concealed carry by the abbreviation of CCW. Just what does it stand for? In Virginia I have a CHP, not a CCW. It seems obvious the CC is concealed carry. But what is the W? Weapon just doesn't make sense to me (not in reference to "permit" or "license." Please enlighten this newb!
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I think it was Concealed Carry Weapon, that over time got used in place of CWP, CHL, LTC, ect.
I've also seen "Concealed Carry Weapon"...
It seems kind of like the military designation for things: "shirt, camouflage, lightweight"... you know, all reversed like that.
It rolls off the tongue better than CHL or CWL (Concealed Handgun License; Concealed Weapon License) so I think that's maybe why it's stuck around.
Here's what acronymfinder has to say about it.
It can be an important distinction sometimes. In Michigan, the law against carrying is the Carrying a Concealed Weapon law and refers to any weapon, not just a pistol. A person in Michigan that has a Concealed Pistol License can still get busted for CCW if he carries a knife, taser, sawed off shotgun, etc. The CPL only allows you to carry a pistol.
CCW is the most common reference nationally, but there is a difference in some states.
Technically here in Arkansas it is CHL/Concealed Hangun Licsence...although I have seen it referred to as CCW amongst other things.
It dont matter as long as we understand what it means.
It varies state by state, and reciprocity is to the "currently in" state - so if I go to a state that issues concealed pistol licenses, and honors Florida's, my permit only allows me to conceal pistols in that state, not the other weapons.
ours here is Cpl Concealed Pistol lic since mine wont cover anything but a handgun
In PA we have a licence to carry a concealed firearm.
However ''CCW'' has become something of a generic term I think - as against it having to mean a specific, per different state rules etc.
Bit like calling a vacuum cleaner a ''Hoover''.
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Actually, I meant in reference to discussions on this board.Since they are as varied as the states, to mean basically the same thing....to carry a concealed handgun...I didnt mean a "legal" definition. Obviously that wasnt clearly stated or understood in my last post.Um. Respectfully, depending on what state you're talking about, it very much DOES matter, as I've just put in another post.
How ridiculously asinine is it that the law allows for a licensee to carry a FIREARM but not a concealed KNIFE?
Florida is about the best state I've seen for what it allows, and even it isn't perfect. Why oh why couldn't Florida be located up around where New York is, geographically? Then it'd be just about perfect for me, since I detest the heat, the geography (flat and boring), and the demographics.
Exactly the reason for knowing and researching the laws in the state that you want to carry in before you carry there.We may have added a bunch of states in recent years -- yahoo for us! -- but it is coming clear to me that many states have really bad compromises in effect in order to have shall-issue.
It's not just that, HotGuns.
Sure, fine I can KNOW ahead of time what restrictions I face if I travel to X state. My issue now is whether I think it's ACCEPTABLE that they prohibit this or that regarding CCW.
Simply knowing that I can't legally carry to dinner in any place that serves alcohol in NM doesn't make it palatable -- it just makes me know what I'm not allowed legally to do. Does that help me protect me and mine? No. (Unless you simply say, "Well, Jeff, at least you know what restaurants you're limited to -- like Burger King!" )
I can't imagine that CCW licensure is much of a victory if there are states where carry in ordinary places -- a supermarket sells alcohol! -- is prohibited and you're forced to have to leave your gun behind during different stops in your day.