Most States allow their citizens to carry concealed handguns. Each State has its own rules. "Shall issue" States that routinely register citizens to carry concealed weapons have lower crime rates than those that don't. These States that have "shall issue" laws have, on average, a 24 percent lower violent crime rate, a 19 percent lower murder rate and a 39 percent lower robbery rate than the other States. In fact, the nine States with the lowest violent crime rates are all right-to-carry states. Guns are used for self-defense more than 2 million times a year, three to five times the estimated number of violent crimes committed with guns. Source: Cato Institute


If your state does not issue handgun carry permits, you can still get one from Florida that is recognized in 28 other states. The State of Florida issues CCW permits to all applicants who are qualified regardless of whether they reside in Florida or in any other state. In actuality, Florida does not issue a separate permit called "Non-Resident Permit. If you are qualified, regardless of the state in which you reside, you will be issued a Florida CCW Permit. Your permit card will have your picture and your address on it. A nonresident is subject to the same laws and restrictions with respect to carrying a concealed weapon or concealed firearm as a resident of Florida who is so licensed. Check out the first two links below for more information.

Nathan's Beginner's Guide to Carry
The Best Concealed Carry Handguns (One Man's Opinions)
Concealed Carry Holsters (and much more)
10 Commandments of Concealed Carry (Massad Ayoob)
Five Rules of Concealed Carry
Florida Concealed Carry Reciprocity
FAQ: Florida Non-Resident Concealed Carry License
Choosing Pocket Carry, Phillip L. Smith (PDF)
The Revolver As A CCW Gun (Gabe Suarez)
Deputy's Observations: Size Does Matter
Ten Things to Know About CCW Permit Holders
Students for Concealed Carry on Campus
Smith and Wesson Revolvers for Concealed Carry (Photos and Comments)
Smith and Wesson "Airweights" (Photos and Comments) -- Most up-to-date CCW information state by state
Virginia Tech and Concealed Carry
A Visit with Sandy Chisolm of N.American Arms (makers of mini pistols)
NAA Mini Revolvers (Chuck Hawks)
Deep Concealment Pistols Chart
Concealed Handgun Comparison Chart
Joshua Steinlauf's "Best CCW Gun" Chart
Packing Light, Packing Smart
Women Training for Self-Defense
Chuck Hawks CCW Comparison Chart
Don't Bring Ayn Rand to a Gun Fight
Permitted to conceal arms (one NC man's story)
A PDF Guide to Pocket Carry
CCW Training in St. Louis
Five Rules of Concealed Carry
Carrying in Gun Shows
Responsibilities of a Concealed Carry Holder
The Gunsite Color Code
The Awareness Spectrum (white, yellow, etc.)
States of Awareness, the Cooper Color Codes
Suggestions for Close Quarters Pistol Combat
What Started the "Shall Issue" Trend?
Animated USA Map Showing Growth of "Shall Issue" States
What to Say After Using Your CCW
Keeping Concealed in Public Restrooms
Cross-draw Technique for Concealed Carry
A Simple Guide for Buying and Carrying a Self-defense Handgun
Be Slow to Draw Your Weapon
Mastering the Draw from Concealment
What's Your EveryDay Carry?
Mad Ogre's Top Ten CCW Guns
Selecting a CCW or Backup Gun
Concealed Carry for Hunters
Concealment in hot weather begins with small handguns
Illinois police recommend handguns for citizens
Man saves self from armed criminals (with car gun) in Memphis
What to do AFTER a shooting
Weather-wise CCW
Rules of Gunfighting
Five Rules for CCW
Why Carry a Gun Discussion
Ohioans for Concealed Carry
First-hand Accounts/Stories
Dressing to Conceal
Why Be Armed and Careful?
Getting My Tennessee Permit (Chattanooga area)
CCW Knoxville, TN area
Les Jones Report on Getting HIS Tn Permit
The Effects Of Non-Discriminatory CCW Issuance
Equal Rights for CCW
CCW Outside the Waistband Techniques
How to Handle Traffic Ticket Stops-Be Polite!
More Advice About When You Are Pulled Over
Hideaway Pistols (DuToit)
Why Carry A [Concealed] Firearm? And How Do I Go About Doing So?
Five Rules for Concealed Carry -- (Mid Page)
Safely Carrying CCW Discussion
People Who Carry NAA Mini Guns
Vermont's Concealed Carry Gun Law
Tennessee Handgun Carry Permits
Personal Account: Getting a Tennessee Permit
TN Handgun Carry FAQ
Real Stories of Concealed Carry in Oregon
Selecting A Pistol for Concealed Carry
Kim du Toit on Hideaway Pistols
MadOgre's Top Ten Picks
The Sight's "Selecting A Pistol"
Hidden In Plain Sight
Packing Light -- Essentials of Concealed Carry
CCW Arizona Style
Kentucky Coalition to Carry Concealed
Hiding Your Gun from Kids and Thieves
A Quiet Revolution is Going On
Mental and Spiritual Preparation for CCW
True Stories About Armed Citizens
Some Legal Advice
Concealed Carry in a Post Office
Have A Gun, Have A Gun, Have A Gun!
Carrying In Church is Legal
Carrying in Tennessee (many posts)
Ronald Reagan Carried a Gun
Legal to Carry in a Bank?
Bearing Arms
National Concealed Carry for Cops
"Shall Issue": The New Wave of Concealed Handgun Permit Laws
Reliability of Semi-autos vs Revolvers
Class Outline CCW Arizona (16 hours)
Thunder Ranch CCW Training
Getting Used to CCW
Get Utah CCW Permit Online (accepted by many other states)
CCW with a Round Chambered or Not?
What to Do if Stopped for Speeding/etc.


Selecting A Holster for Concealed Carry
The Continuing Saga of One Man's Quest for the Perfect CCW Setup
CCW Enhanced by Weight-Loss and Fitness
Different Modes of Pistol Carry
Concealed Carry Outfitters
The Covert Carrier
Stealth Garments
ConcealmentT.Com (T shirt)
Magills.Com (Lots of items)
Concealed Carry Clothiers
Massad Ayoob Writes About Concealed Carry Clothing
Master of Concealment (Clothing)
Hiding the Heavyweights (Gunblast Article)
Holsters and Concealed Carry Info
Selecting a Holster for Concealed Carry
Concealed Carry Methods
Concealed Carry Pistols
Elements of Concealed Carry
22 Effective for Concealed Carry
Clothing for Concealed Carry
MasterofConcealment.Com Products
Cheap Fanny Packs for Concealed Carry
Mexican Carry Drawbacks, etc
Methods of Concealed Carry
Some Thoughts On Concealed Carry
Sizes/Weights Comparison Chart for CCW guns
Choosing a Small Revolver for CCW
22 Best for CCW
CCW Handguns by M. Ayoob
CCW Comparison Chart
9MM Mouseguns Comparison Chart
Best CCW Guns (one man's opinions)
Duluth "indoor" Jacket for CCW
Duluth "outdoor" Jacket for CCW
Discussion On How to Conceal A Large Gun
How to Identify a Person Who Is Carrying A Gun