Dear media friends,

There seems to be a lot of confusion lately about the various types of firearms carry. I hope this clarifies the issue for you:

Concealed Carry – the carrying of a handgun concealed, usually by the owner’s clothing. This usually requires a license of permit from a state government. To be clear, the weapon is not visible to passersby.

Open Carry – the carrying of a firearm openly, so it is visible and unconcealed. While rifles and shotguns can be carried openly in some states, the term usually refers to a handgun. An example from history – cowboys carried their revolvers openly, in low-slung holsters on the thigh.

Constitutional Carry – when a state opts to allow law-abiding citizens to carry a handgun concealed – and in some states openly too – without a permit or license. Currently, there are 25 states that have passed constitutional carry.

Permitless Carry – this term is somewhat argumentative. Some media outlets use permitless rather than constitutional carry, even though carrying a firearm is a constitutional right. Do we say permitless voting or permitless churchgoing? This is not accurate. It’s a political term.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email.

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