Based on a conversation I was having with someone yesterday, I started to wonder how many people actually live in states that have Shall Issue licenses vs. May Issue licenses?
And, as I understand it, those of you in May Issue states, someone has to decide that you have a good reason to carry a concealed weapon, correct? How tightly is that decision controlled, and who makes that decision?
Is there anyone on this board that lives in Vermont or Alaska?
Here in NY, it is a toss up. I was advised to put "personal safety" or "self-defense" (I can't remember which) along with "hunting", "target", etc. on my application. Judges here have the right to decide what type of permit they grant. It may be "restricted" to only one or two of the above, and the permit will have that listed.
I was granted an unrestricted permit. Sometimes, depending on which county you live in, will determine whether you get a permit or not. Some counties are very hard to get one, others not.
And you have to have a permit just to handle a pistol at a shop. And then each time I buy a gun, I have to pay for it at the shop, get a receipt, take it to the county clerk, pay a fee for it to be added to my permit, get another receipt, and go back to the shop to pick up my gun.
Can be a royal pain in the butt, but at least I have the right to carry!