Is it worthwhile to get licensed in as many states as you can?

Is it worthwhile to get licensed in as many states as you can?

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    Is it worthwhile to get licensed in as many states as you can?

    I have CCW licenses for two states, and Ive heard its pretty easy to get them for a few more by just sending in a nominal fee.

    Is it a statement to state governments to continue supporting CCW programs?


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    I'd probably only do it if the permit I already had wasn't recognized in as many places as the permits from other states (presuming that you have intentions of going places that don't recognize the one you currently have).
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    No, not unless it will benefit you in some way. If you travel to states that issue or will recognize a NR license from a third-party state, go for it, otherwise you are just wasting your money.

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    I guess I kind of thought of it as a way to represent. If a state considers some anti gun law, they might look at how many CCWs they have and just MIGHT change the wording a bit if they saw 200k licensed instead of 50k

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    Other than the normal "if you have to travel there and don't otherwise have a permit"... I'll also answer with: Maybe, just maybe, a state that forbids CCW in the future would grandfather you. In that case, it might be nice to play craps and have a bunch of permits in hopes that if one does outlaw CCW, you'll be able to continue carrying in said state at least until your permit expires.

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    We are pretty well screwed in Connecticut, with Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, and New Jersey as neighbors we really can’t carry legally outside our borders. The out of state permits are very hard to come by, if you can get them at all. If you do get a permit you still have to lock the gun in your car, separate from your ammunition. I just say the hell with it and carry anyway. If I have to go to jail because I saved someone in my family or myself from harm so be it.

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    If you do get a permit you still have to lock the gun in your car, separate from your ammunition.
    He's talking about a concealed carry permit. A permit that allows you to carry a handgun on you, complete with ammunition.

    In most states, you dont need a permit to own or buy a gun.
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    CT Kid,

    Sorry but you are terribly mis-informed about both MA and RI (depending on your "destination"). I suggest some reading on the subject before drawing conclusions. You can start with each state's pro-gun rights org for pointers to correct info.

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    I would probably only do so if I intended to travel there in the future. If I have no plans to travel, I don't see the need to. If you travel a bunch, then it would be a good idea.
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    Here is a file that has all the non-resident rules and costs in one place. http://handgunlaw.us/documents/NonResidentPermits.pdf

    They also have an interactive map so you can analyse the cost/benefit for each permit.

    Let us know what you decide and why.
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    I would think carefully about carrying without a valid permit. One might claim ignorance of the law by saying I though I could carry in your state with my permit, but likely you are going to be charged with as much as a felony and the cost associated with defending it. On the other hand, if you are carrying well concealed and not foolishly the chances of being caught carrying illegally have to be very remote I would think. Nontheless, it is not for me. I am hoping that NRA will eventually lobby an interstate recognition treaty, same as for drivers licenses. It seems silly that I have seven permits and can only carry in 35 states. And FLA and CT wont even issue a permit to me as a US citizen? BS. I call BS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeGoob View Post
    I guess I kind of thought of it as a way to represent. If a state considers some anti gun law, they might look at how many CCWs they have and just MIGHT change the wording a bit if they saw 200k licensed instead of 50k
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    Quote Originally Posted by torontogunguy View Post
    I would think carefully about carrying without a valid permit. One might claim ignorance of the law by saying I though I could carry in your state with my permit, but likely you are going to be charged with as much as a felony and the cost associated with defending it. On the other hand, if you are carrying well concealed and not foolishly the chances of being caught carrying illegally have to be very remote I would think. Nontheless, it is not for me. I am hoping that NRA will eventually lobby an interstate recognition treaty, same as for drivers licenses. It seems silly that I have seven permits and can only carry in 35 states. And FLA and CT wont even issue a permit to me as a US citizen? BS. I call BS.

    I don't know what you've been told or by whom, but if you are a U.S. citizen Florida WILL/MUST issue you a license if you meet the very clearly spelled out criteria. Doubt that?, then call the Ag. Dept. State of Fla...licensing division.
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    i live in PA and can carry into WV with my PA permit, but i do alot of fishing in Maryland and looked into getting a CCW there, more or less on the off chance i would have a run in with like a bear or something... that was soon shot down once i read there laws on CCW

    it seems that is more trouble than its worth to get permits for other states, though i would still like to be able to carry incase i would need to defend myself or my family while traveling or taking vacations. but it seems hardly worth it for say a week long trip

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    I'm from New York, NY I can't even carry here & I possess

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