Proper age for CCW?

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    Proper age for CCW?

    Hello all,
    After much deliberation and thought, I've finally gone out and purchased my first firearm (Glock g27). I live in Arizona (student), but my family lives in Delaware and I'm going to be living with them in the summer. AZ doesn't require you to have your ccw license to carry, but Delaware does. I'm 21, turning 22 in a few months, and I've talked to a few family members and they aren't to happy with the thought of me carrying. Do yall think that 21 is to young of an age to be CCW, or is more of a maturity issue because it is legal for to to obtain my CCW? Any thoughts would be much appreciated, as I am trying to show my family members that I am not crazy, only concerned for their safety as well as my own.
    - Also, it is legal to OC in Delaware, but almost nobody actually does it. I also live about 3 miles away from a city with one of the highest murder/rape per capita in the United States.

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    Only you know if you're ready.it is a huge responsibility that should never be taken for granted.great choice on the g27

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    There are many young people even younger than 21 protecting our country using firearms many of us could only dream of carrying & a lot more devastating than anything we carry on or under our belts.

    Maturity is relative. I know 40 year olds that I wouldn't trust with a pointed stick.
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    It's ALL about maturity...do you enjoy 'partying'? Do you over indulge in fermented drinks with a wild college crowd? Can you about CCW? You decide...
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    I've known grown men who did not have the maturity needed to carry, and I've known individuals who had the maturity, but not the chronological years required to carry. Remember, the day you pick up a gun you leave the tough guy, full of bravado behind. Even if your not carrying, the guy you upset may decide to have issues again, when you are carrying. You also need to leave the alcohol alone as well, if not your asking for trouble. Alcohol makes people do stupid things. Someone who carries needs to avoid doing stupid things, hanging with stupid people and going to stupid places. Carrying a gun is a life altering responsibility.
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    I want to reiterate what Archer said, if you want to get drunk, fine, no guns. If you're sober and not breaking any other laws then carry on. As a cautionary example, I knew a guy in college who was/is a good guy, Southerner who has guns around all his life and made the moronic decision to carry his Mini 14 in his truck on campus and a handgun (unknown type) in his center console. He got pulled over by campus PD on night for DWI and was later acquitted of DWI but convicted of Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon for the handgun (this was back when TX has the "traveling" law), he became a prohibited person then and sacrificed his gun rights for life.

    Bottom line: be smart.

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