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Best Cheap Tactical Flashlight

One of the often-neglected considerations for an EDC or tactical system is the consideration for low light situations. To make sure that your system is ready for low light or no light conditions, it is imperative that you add a light source to your systems. Once you add a light to your kit, you will be surprised at how often you begin to use it. Use this guide to help you select the best cheap tactical flashlight for your kits.

Best Cheap Tactical Flashlight Comparison Table

Tactical FlashlightsLumensWeightRangeBattery Life (High Setting)
Coast G20
92.24 oz72 ft / 22 m10 hours
Streamlight TLR-1
8004.18 oz492 ft / 150 m1.75 hours
Feyachi FL11
1,2004 oz656 ft / 200 m4 hours
Pelican 7600
94410.4 oz738 ft / 225 m4.5 hours
Streamlight ProTac 2L-X
5004.5 oz541 ft / 165 m3.25 hours
ThruNite TC15
2,3004 oz807 ft / 246 m1.5 hours
Olight PL-Mini 2
6002.57 oz328 ft / 100 m1 hour
Surefire Scout
1,5005.15 oz656 ft / 200 m1.25 hours

Coast G20 – Handy EDC light

The Coast G20 is a pen light that is easy on the wallet, but practical and easy to carry for everyday use. It uses an LED which helps keep the battery life up, so you won’t need to worry about it dying when you need it most. This light is also very simple to add to carry whether you are working in the shop, dressed for the office, or just heading out on shopping.

Pros: Great battery life, low cost, discreet

Cons: Not the brightest light source available, the push button control can be accidentally pressed fairly easily

Streamlight TLR-1 – High value pistol light

If you have been looking for a light to mount to your duty or carry pistol, you have undoubtedly heard of this brand. The TLR-1 is a light that has been around for years and has been mounted on thousands of pistols across the country. This light has become a mainstay in the community for people who want a weapons light on their side arm. Simple controls and a super bright light make this an excellent option

Pros: Simple controls, very bright light, many holster companies accommodate this light

Cons: Smaller versions are available, replacement batteries are expensive

Feyachi FL11 – Budget rifle light

If you are looking to outfit your rifle with a light, this will get you into the game for a very low cost. Offering 1200 lumens, an included picatinny mount, and a pressure switch, there is a ton of value built into this package. It is hard to beat this option if you are on a budget. The included rechargeable batteries also help you cut down on future costs. This is our choice as the best cheap tactical flashlight.

Pros: Low cost, loads of included accessories

Cons: Short battery life, not rugged enough for duty use

Pelican 7600 – Rugged everyday carry light

For a light that can be added to an EDC or law enforcement system, this light will exceed your expectations. The rechargeable batteries will keep you from running to the store when they get low. Bright LEDs offers white, red, and green light that is effective up to 225 meters. The shrouded push button will help to combat accidental activation. The rugged construction also offers waterproof performance, and the compact size is great in a pocket or on a belt.

Pros: Ultra rugged, super bright light

Cons: Higher cost, not configured for weapon mounting

Streamlight ProTac 2L-X – Best EDC light

For regular daily use, it is hard to beat the ProTac 2L-X. This light is available with either rechargeable batteries, or CR123As. Several operation modes make this light versatile with high, low, and strobe operation. The innovative clip that comes included is perfect for deep concealment for pocket carry. A single piece 6000 series machined aluminum body also make this light more than capable of taking abuse during heavy use.

Pros: Ultra rugged, common batteries, deep concealable

Cons: Short battery life, some training is required to learn how to quickly switch between operating modes

ThruNite TC15 – Best value multi-purpose light

This light is similar to some of the others on this list, but it has a few tricks up its sleeve. Rechargeable batteries and multiple operating modes make this a user-friendly light. The one-button operation makes this light easy to cycle through operating modes for your specific application. This light offers 2300 lumens on the high setting, putting this light among the brightest on this list. A unique indicator light lets you know if your batteries are fully charged, or if it’s time to plug it in.

Pros: High value, battery life indicator, super bright

Cons: Uses an uncommon battery, can become hot quickly on the high setting

Olight PL-Mini 2 – Best value weapon light

Olight has been making a name for itself lately with their user friendly and effective weapon lights. The PL-Mini 2 is a compact weapons light that will mount cleanly to most capable handguns. Simple operation and rugged construction has impressed many influencers in the community. The quick release mount makes it very simple and safe to remove the light to charge the battery on the included magnetic charging station. The rising popularity of the light is also causing many holster manufactures to accommodate this product.

Pros: Quick detach mount, simple controls

Cons: Not as bright as some competitors, short battery life

Surefire Scout – Best all-around light

The Surefire Scout has been used with great success by our military for years, and for good reason. This light is built to withstand the rigors of military applications while remaining compact and easy to carry. Whether you plan on mounting this light on your rifle or carrying it in your pocket it will fit easily into your system. 1500 lumen operation is great for close or far range operation. The light is capable of using push button operation or can be outfitted with multiple different remote switches to fit your needs.

Pros: Bright, bomb-proof construction, versatile

Cons: Expensive

Regardless of your daily routine, there is room for a light to be added to your systems. If you are a responsible citizen, LEO, or armed professional, you need to have a light built into your kit. There is something in this list to help you get started on completing your set-up. Making sure you are prepared for any situation means that you have a light source with you. We hope that you use this guide to find the best cheap tactical flashlight for your application and budget.

Delaware Concealed Carry Classes

Requirements to qualify for a license

The first thing you need to know is that Delaware is a “may issue” state.  This means that the Attorney General or a judge can deny your license even if you have met all the qualifications.  To obtain a CCDW license you must be at least 18 years old and a resident of Delaware.  You must also be able to legally own or possess a firearm. Follow the steps below to obtain your license.

Step one is to publish your intent to apply for a CCDW license with a newspaper in your county.  The newspaper must have a circulation of at least 35% of your zip code. The publication must state your full name and home address as well as your intent to apply for a CCDW license.  This publication must appear at least 10 days before you file an application with the court. The newspaper should provide you with a notarized affidavit stating that your ad was run.

Step two is getting fingerprinted.  You must set up an appointment for fingerprinting within 45 days of filing an application. Appointments are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 6:30 pm at Delaware State Police Troop offices.  Call (302)739-2528 to set up an appointment.

Step three is to find five respectable citizens of the county where you live and have them complete a reference questionnaire.

Step four is to complete the CCDW application and have it notarized.  Use this application if you are a retired police officer.

Step five requires you to submit all your documents to the Prothonotary’s office in your county.  You must submit all original documents plus a copy of all documents.  In addition to the above you must also send your $65 fee and  2 copies of a  1.5 X 1.5 inch color photo taken in the last 6 months.  Make your check payable to “Prothonotary”.

At this point you will wait to hear if your application is approved or denied.  If approved you will need to complete a certified gun training course and submit a notarized certification of your training. Now you can sit back and wait for your new CCDW license to arrive.

Delaware Concealed Carry Classes

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What will you learn in class?

Try to pick out the best instructor possible even if you already have much experience with handguns.  You may know how to shoot well but you might not know enough about the law.  A good instructor will teach you:

  • General handgun knowledge
  • Safe handling of firearms
  • Safe storage of handguns and ammunition
  • Child safety in homes where guns are present
  • Basic shooting fundamentals
  • Specific Federal and Delaware laws about owning and transporting a firearm
  • Laws regarding the use of deadly force for self defense
  • Conflict avoidance and conflict resolution

Delaware also requires live fire training.  Be prepared to shoot at least 100 rounds of ammo during training.

If you are new to handguns or nervous about firearms in general there are many great instructors that will teach you to shoot safely.  Check out the list of featured instructors below.

How long does it take to get a license?

Those who have already obtained a Delaware CCDW report the whole process takes about 2 months.  You can expect delays if any of your paperwork is not in order.  The initial license is good for 3 years and can be renewed for periods of 5 years after that.

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How much does the license cost?

You should expect to spend approximately $400 total.  The state fee is $65 written to the Prothonotary.  Publication of your intent to apply will run $20 to $50 and a good training class will be $150 to $350.

Reciprocity with other states

Delaware honors several other states CCW licenses.  Check out a reciprocity map here.

Where can you not carry a concealed weapon?

  • School buses
  • State parks and forests
  • National parks and forests
  • Court houses
  • Police stations
  • Prisons
  • Casinos
  • Federal buildings

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California Concealed Carry Classes

Requirements to qualify for a license

As of November 12, 2014 it has become much easier in many California counties to obtain a CCW license.  The 9th Circuit Court issued an order denying motions to intervene in the Peruta vs County of San Diego case.

This comes straight from the motion:

The State of California’s Motion to Intervene is DENIED

The Brady Campaign’s Motion for Leave to Intervene is DENIED

If you have not heard about the Peruta case yet, here is a little background.  For years California has only issued CCW licenses to those who can show “good cause”.  Self defense was not a good enough cause to obtain a license unless you had documented threats against you. Generally you had to be a business owner who carried large sums of money on a regular basis, a private investigator, or a small number of other cases.

Peruta vs County of San Diego argued that California’s “good cause” requirement to obtain a license is unconstitutional.  In February of 2014 the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court sided with Peruta.  California’s Attorney General Kamala Harris immediately appealed the decision.

Many county sheriff’s decided not to change their licensing policies until the case was settled.  Sandra Hutchens, who is Sheriff of Orange County dropped the “good cause” requirement right away.  The number of CCW applications in Orange County skyrocketed and the sheriff’s office had to hire additional staff to handle the influx.

Now that the interventions have been denied, Californians can use “Self-Protection” as their good cause statement to obtain a CCW in many counties.  San Diego County is still waiting for a possible en banc review of the case before changing their rules.

After saying all that I will tell you the general guidelines to getting a CCW license in California.  Although each county sheriff can determine some of their own policies.

You must be:

  • At least 21 years old.
  • Of good moral character.
  • Have a “good cause” (This rule is still in effect but the Sheriff must now accept your right to self protection as good enough cause to issue a CCW license)

You must apply to the sheriff or the police chief of the county or city where you are a resident.  You can also apply in a different city or county if you are employed there and spend a significant amount of time there.

The sheriff will run an NICS background check on you.  Anything that would disqualify you from purchasing or owning a handgun will disqualify you from getting your license.California concealed carry classes

If you have completed a training course (discussed below) and meet all the above requirements, the next step is getting your paperwork together.  You generally must show:

  • 2 proofs of residency which could be utility bills from the past 30 days.
  • Most California licenses are limited to 3 firearms and you must provide the Manufacturer, Serial Number, and Caliber of up to 3 weapons that you would like to carry.
  • Certificate of training completion.
  • Complete an application with your local sheriff.

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What will you learn in class?

California law allows individual sheriff's to decide on an acceptable training course.  The maximum length of the course is usually set at 16 hours.  By law the sheriff can also decide to set a maximum of 24 hours of training if a community college course is required.  If the community college course is required it must be applied evenly to all applicants.  But remember, this is a maximum so your class may not take a full 16 hours.  That said, here is what you will learn in your class:

  • General handgun safety, care and cleaning of your handgun, safely storing guns in your home
  • California law regarding the "use of force"
  • Ethical considerations
  • Conflict avoidance
  • Situational awareness

You will also be required to qualify with the firearm you want to carry.  You can list up to 3 firearms on your license and you must qualify with each of them.  Expect to bring at least 100 rounds of ammo for every firearm you desire to qualify with.  You will spend a good deal of time on the range.

How long does it take to get a license?

I expect there will be an influx of new applications after the Peruta ruling.  Sheriff's offices will have a backlog of applications to review, so you should be prepared to wait awhile.  Hopefully most counties will hire additional staff to process the applications.

How much does the license cost?

There are several fees you should be prepared to pay:

  • Up to $100 processing fees to your county sheriff or city police chief (Only 20% can be collected at application, the remaining 80% is payable upon issuance of the license)
  • $75 to $100 processing fees to the Department of Justice
  • $150 to $250 for your concealed carry class

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Reciprocity with other states

California does not recognize any other states' CCW permits.  However there are several states that will honor a California license.  Check out this reciprocity map.

When and where can you not carry a concealed weapon?

  • Gun shows
  • State capitol
  • Legislative offices
  • While picketing
  • Courtrooms
  • While wearing a mask
  • While consuming alcoholic beverages
  • Places with a primary purpose of dispensing alcoholic beverages for on-site consumption
  • While under the influence of any medication or drug (This includes both prescription and non-prescription drugs)
  • Secure areas of airports

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Arkansas Concealed Carry Classes

Requirements to qualify for a license

You must be a Citizen of the U.S. and a resident of Arkansas for at least 90 days to apply for a CHL.  You must also be at least 21 years old and legally able to possess a firearm according to federal law. When your application is submitted, the Arkansas State Police will do a background check on you.  They will also order a background check from the NICS,

Your license will likely be denied if:

  • You have a misdemeanor for a crime of violence or for carrying a weapon in the last 5 years.
  • You are currently under a criminal investigation.
  • You are determined to be a danger to yourself or others as evidenced by past behavior.
  • You suffer from a mental or physical problem that prevents you from safely operating a handgun.
  • You have threatened or attempted suicide.
  • You have been convicted of a felony.
  • You chronically or habitually abuse a controlled substance or alcohol. (This is determined if you have been committed to a rehab or treatment facility or have been convicted of a crime related to these drugs in the last 3 years.)
  • You have been adjudicated mentally incompetent.
  • You are a fugitive from justice.

You must also sign a statement of allegiance to the United States Constitution and the Arkansas constitution.

Finally, to obtain your Arkansas concealed handgun carry license you must complete a handgun training course.

Click here to visit the Arkansas State Police application website.

 Arkansas Concealed Carry Classes

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What will you learn in class?

Arkansas requires a training class that lasts a minimum of 5 hours not including the live fire range time.  Your instructor will start with the basics of handling a firearm, cleaning and maintaining a firearm, and securing guns in your home.

You will then learn about the mental readiness it takes to avoid a criminal attack.  You should always be aware of your surroundings. Use common sense to stay away from unlit areas at night and take notice of the other people around you.

Your instructor should give you a firm understanding of the laws relating to the use of deadly force in self defense and defense of others.  You should take this section very seriously as it could be important to your freedom if you ever have to defend yourself.

Finally, you will have live fire range time.  During this portion of the class your instructor will observe your shooting skills and will determine if you are qualified to safely handle a firearm.

How long does it take to get a license?

The Arkansas State Police has 120 days to issue or deny your permit. If your permit is denied you can appeal the decision.  Your CHL will be good for 5 years.Arkansas concealed carry

How much does the license cost?

The current application fees are $147.25 or $95.25 if you are 65 or older.  You will also pay approximately $100 to $200 for your concealed carry class.

Reciprocity with other states

Arkansas honors all other states CCW licenses.  Click here for a map of states that honor Arkansas licenses.

Where can you not carry a concealed weapon?

  • Any law enforcement office or facility.
  • AR State Highway and Transportation Department buildings or adjacent grounds. (Two exceptions are rest areas and weigh stations.)
  • Correctional facilities.
  • Courthouses (an exception is given for judges)
  • Polling places.
  • State offices.
  • Meetings of the General Assembly.
  • Athletic events not related to firearms.
  • Places licensed to dispense liquor for consumption on the premises.
  • Schools and Universities. (An exception applies to a private school owned and run by a church or place of worship)
  • Airport passenger terminals. (Unless the firearm is being lawfully shipped as baggage)
  • Churches or places of worship. (Unless authorized by the leadership)
  • Places prohibited by federal law.
  • Businesses or private property that place visible signs prohibiting carry.

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New Mexico Concealed Carry Classes

Requirements to qualify for a license

To qualify for a New Mexico concealed handgun carry permit you must be a citizen of the U.S. and a resident of New Mexico.  You have to be at least 21 years old and not a fugitive from justice.  Here is a list of other qualifications:

  • Not convicted of a felony.
  • Not under indictment for a felony.
  • Must be legally able to possess a firearm according to state and federal law.
  • Not committed to a mental institution or adjudicated mentally incompetent.
  • Not addicted to alcohol or controlled substances.
  • Cannot have a conviction for a misdemeanor offense involving a crime of violence within the last 10 years (This includes a conditional discharge, a diversion or a deferment of charges, or pled guilty to or entered a plea of nolo contendere to a crime of violence).
  • Cannot have a DWI in the last 5 years.
  • Cannot have a conviction for possession or abuse of a controlled substance within the last ten years.

Finally you must complete a firearms training course for the category and largest caliber of handgun you want to carry.

Click here for a checklist of things you will need to submit with your application.  You will need to register for a background check on the 3M Cogent site.

New Mexico Concealed Carry Classes

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What will you learn in class?

New Mexico requires a 15 hour handgun training class.  Your instructors will teach you the basics of handling a revolver and a semi-automatic handgun.  They will go over safety rules for the range and the home.  Most will discuss how to secure a handgun safely in a home with children.

You will also learn how to react in stressful self defense situations. Many instructors will train you by acting out some possible scenarios.

Your instructor will teach you about the laws relating to the purchase and transportation of a firearm.  You will also learn about the laws relating to "use of force".  Pay special attention to these laws so you understand when deadly force is allowed.  These laws vary from state to state and you need to be well versed in the laws of the state you are carrying in.

How long does it take to get a license?

The New Mexico Department of Public Safety has 30 days after receiving a completed application and after performing a background investigation to issue or deny your permit.  This could take more than 30 days because the clock does not start running until they have a completed background check. The NMDPS website states that 8 to 12 weeks is the average time is takes to get your license.

Once you obtain your CHL it is valid for 4 years with a requalification requirement at the 2 year point.  You will need to take a refresher course after 2 years.New Mexico concealed carry

How much does the license cost?

The current fee is $100.  This includes a $44 fingerprint fee and a $56 application fee.  You will also pay for a 15 hour training class which will range from $125 to $200.

Reciprocity with other states

New Mexico makes agreements with other states to recognize your New Mexico CHL.  Check the NMDPS website for a list of states that have agreements with New Mexico.

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Always make sure when you are traveling to call the attorney general's office in the states you will be visiting.  You need to determine if those states currently have an agreement with New Mexico to honor your CHL.  You should also understand and follow all gun laws and "use of force" laws in the states you are visiting.

Where can you not carry a concealed weapon?

  • Schools (An exception exists for having a weapon in your vehicle if you are older than 19)
  • Universities (An exception exists for having a weapon in your vehicle if you are older than 19)
  • Preschools
  • Courts
  • Tribal Land (Unless authorized by a tribal authority)
  • Public buses
  • Airport security zones
  • Federal buildings including property owned or leased by the federal government (You are allowed to carry in National Parks and National Wildlife Management Areas if you have a license to carry that is valid in New Mexico)
  • Private Property where the owner has posted signs prohibiting carry
  • Cannot carry while impaired by alcohol or controlled substances

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Alaska Concealed Carry Classes

Requirements to qualify for a license

A license to carry a concealed firearm is not required in Alaska. Anyone 21 years of age and older who is legally allowed to possess a firearm may carry it concealed.  Although, you may want to obtain a concealed carry permit if you will be traveling in states that recognize an Alaska permit.

If you decide to get an Alaska concealed handgun permit you must be 21 years of age and you must be an Alaska resident or have lived in Alaska for at least 90 days.  You must also be legally able to possess a firearm.  Alaska uses federal law to determine who is legally able to possess a firearm.

In addition to the above you cannot:

  • Have been convicted of 2 or more class A misdemeanors of Alaska or similar laws within the last 6 years
  • Have been under an order to complete an alcohol or substance abuse treatment program within the last 3 years

You must deliver your application in person to an office of the Alaska State Troopers, Alaska Wildlife Troopers, or a municipal police department that is authorized to receive applications.

Finally you must pass a handgun competency course within the 12 months prior to making your application.

 

Alaska Concealed Carry Classes

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What will you learn in class?

Alaska requires a handgun safety class to be at least 12 hours long. This is more than most states but you will learn valuable information.  A good instructor will teach you basic safety rules and how to handle a firearm.  You will learn the mindset required to carry a concealed weapon.  You will also learn where you can legally carry and where not to carry

The most important section of your class is probably the discussion of Alaska law.  You must understand the "Use of Force" laws in Alaska or any state where you are carrying. Your life and freedom could depend on a good understanding of this section, do not take it lightly.

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Finally you will have to pass a live fire qualification.  This test consists of firing a minimum of 36 rounds at distances of 3 yards, 7 yards, and 15 yards.

How long does it take to get a license?

Once a completed application is submitted it can take up to 30 days to get an approval or denial. When your permit is approved it is valid for up to 5 years.Alaska concealed carry

How much does the license cost?

You must submit a fee of $91.50 with your application to an office of the Alaska State Troopers, Alaska Wildlife Troopers, or a municipal police department that is authorized to receive applications.

Reciprocity with other states

If you have a concealed handgun permit from Alaska there are 37 other states that will honor your permit.  Check with the Alaska Department of Public Safety for a list of states that recognize an Alaska permit.

Where can you not carry a concealed weapon?

  • In someone's home without their knowledge and permission
  • Schools (You can leave an unloaded weapon locked in the trunk or in a locked container inside the car)
  • Child care facilities (You can leave an unloaded weapon locked in the trunk or in a locked container inside the car)
  • Any place where intoxicating liquor is sold (This does not include restaurants when you are not consuming alcoholic beverages)
  • Courthouses or offices of the court system or justice system
  • Domestic violence or sexual assault shelters
  • Federal buildings and any federal property where concealed carry is not allowed
  • Business owners and private property owners may also restrict carry on their premises

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Connecticut Concealed Carry Classes

Requirements to qualify for a license

You must be at least 21 years of age to apply for a Connecticut concealed carry license (which is actually just called a pistol permit).  You must be a legal resident of the U.S. but you don’t have to be a resident of Connecticut.  You cannot have a felony conviction or one of the following 11 misdemeanor offenses on your record:

  • Illegal possession of controlled or hallucinogenic substances
  • Criminally negligent homicide
  • Assault in the third degree
  • Assault of a victim 60 or older in the third degree
  • Threatening
  • Reckless endangerment in the first degree
  • Unlawful restraint in the second degree
  • Riot in the first degree
  • Riot in the second degree
  • Inciting to riot
  • Stalking in the second degree

Here is a list of other disqualifying factors:

  • Conviction as a delinquent for the commission of a serious juvenile offense
  • Discharge from custody in the last 20 years after being found not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect
  • Being committed to a mental institution within the preceding 12 months
  • Being subject to a restraining or protective order in a case involving physical force against another person
  • Being subject to a firearms seizure order
  • Being an illegal alien in the United States
  • Renouncing your U.S. citizenship
  • Having a dishonorable discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces

Finally, you must complete a handgun safety course with a live fire requirement.  Once all requirements have been met you should apply to the Police chief or First Selectman of your local town.  They will have 8 weeks to issue or deny your temporary state permit.  You will then apply for a state permit through the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection. Application instructions can be found here.

Connecticut Concealed Carry Classes

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What will you learn in class?

Connecticut requires you to take at a minimum the NRA Basic Pistol Course.  This course will teach you how to properly handle and operate a handgun.  You will learn about different types of ammunition, how to load a handgun, how to clean a gun, and safe storage of weapons in the home.

Try to find an instructor that also discusses Connecticut laws relating to the "use of deadly force".  I recommend that you find additional training about Connecticut laws beyond this basic pistol course.

How long does it take to get a license?

It can take up to 8 weeks to receive your temporary state permit and another 8 weeks to receive your 5 year state permit.  If your permit is denied you can appeal to the Board of Firearm Permit Examiners.Connecticut concealed carry

How much does the license cost?

The License fee is $70.  You will also incur fees for background checks and for your handgun training class.  You can expect to spend a total of $250 to $350 to obtain your permit.

Reciprocity with other states

Connecticut does not recognize any other states' concealed carry permits.  Non-residents with a valid permit from another state may apply for a Connecticut pistol permit.  Connecticut does not have reciprocity agreements with any other state but check out this map to see which states honor a CT Pistol Permit.

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Where can you not carry a concealed weapon?

  • Schools
  • Federal government owned or leased buildings
  • Courthouses
  • State legislative buildings
  • Federal Prisons
  • Indian Reservations
  • State parks and state forests

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Alabama Concealed Carry Classes

Requirements to qualify for a license

To obtain an Alabama concealed carry permit you must be 18 years of age.  You must also be a resident of Alabama and no training is required.  Just go to the sheriff’s office in your county and complete an application.  The sheriff will perform an NICS background check on you to determine if you have a criminal history.  They will also make sure you do not have a documented history of mental illness or problems with drugs or alcohol.

Why you should take training anyway

Alabama does not require training to obtain your concealed carry license.  I strongly recommend you find a good instructor anyway and take a basic handgun class.  It is nice and convenient to just go down to the sheriff’s office and get a license but you are doing yourself a disservice if you don’t get trained.

You need to understand the “use of force” laws in Alabama.  This knowledge can potentially keep you out of jail if you are ever involved in a shooting.

You should also find an instructor who will teach you to shoot better.  What good is it to carry a gun if you don’t know how to use it. If a life threatening situation arises and you only have 7 bullets but none of them hit the target your gun was useless.  If an attacker manages to take a loaded firearm from you it is worse than useless.

Always continue to learn and keep up your shooting skills by seeking out proper training.

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How long does it take to get a license?

Your county sheriff has up to 30 days to approve or deny your permit.  Some counties will process your application in about 20 minutes while you wait.  If your permit is denied you are allowed to appeal the decision.

How much does the license cost?

Each individual county sheriff can set the fees for a concealed weapons permit but it is approximately $5 to $20 per year.  When you apply you will specify whether you want a 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 year permit.  The yearly fee will be multiplied by the number of years you choose.

Reciprocity with other states

Alabama recognizes all other states valid permits. Check this reciprocity map to see what states honor your Alabama CCW permit.

Where can you not carry a concealed weapon?

Alabama’s gun laws changed in 2013.  Employers can no longer prohibit employees from having a gun inside their vehicle on a company parking lot.  Employers can still prohibit employees from carrying inside company buildings.

Signs prohibiting carry in a business do not have the force of law but you can be asked to leave the premises.  If you do not leave when asked you can be arrested and charged for trespassing.  Here is a list of places you cannot carry in Alabama:

  • Demonstrations in public places
  • Places off limits by federal law
  • Law enforcement offices
  • Correctional facilities
  • Mental institutions
  • Courthouses or District Attorney’s office
  • County commission or city council meetings
  • Buildings that have posted security measures such as guards and metal detectors
  • Public or private property where signs are posted prohibiting concealed carry
  • Schools

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Missouri Concealed Carry Classes

Requirements to qualify for a Permit

To qualify for a Missouri concealed carry permit you must be at least 21 years old.  If you are a least 18 and currently in the armed forces or honorably discharged you can also obtain a permit. You must be a resident of Missouri and a citizen of the U.S.

In addition to the above you cannot have any felony convictions or current felony charges against you.  If you have a weapons related misdemeanor conviction your permit will be denied.

Those with a violent misdemeanor conviction in the last 5 years will be denied.  You can not be convicted of 2 or more misdemeanors of DWI or possession or abuse of a controlled substance in the last 5 years.

This seems obvious but you cannot obtain a CCW permit while you are a fugitive from justice.  You can also not obtain a permit if you have been dishonorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces.

Finally you cannot have been judged mentally incompetent in the last 5 years and you cannot be under an order of protection.

If you meet all the above qualifications the next step is to take a handgun safety class.  You will need to give a copy of your certificate of completion to your local county sheriff when applying.

Missouri Concealed Carry Classes

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What will you learn in class?

Missouri guidelines say that qualifying training must be at least  8 hours long and must include a live fire qualification.  Most instructors will require you to bring a handgun to class and at least 50 rounds of ammo.  Some instructors will have guns available to rent.

Your Missouri concealed carry class will cover the following topics:

  • Handgun safety at home, in the classroom, on the firing range, and while carrying
  • How to clean your gun
  • Securing firearms from children
  • Where you can carry and where not to carry
  • Missouri gun laws
  • Missouri use of force and use of deadly force laws
  • Nonviolent dispute resolution

During the live fire portion of the class you will be required to fire 20 rounds from both a revolver and a semi-automatic handgun. You will be shooting at a B-27 target from 7 yards away.  You must hit the silhouette portion of the target with at least 15 out of 20 rounds.

How long does it take to get a license?

Your local sheriff has up to 45 days to issue or deny your permit whether or not all background checks are finished.  If your permit is denied you can file an appeal in small claims court.Missouri concealed carry
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How much does the license cost?

Your local sheriff will set the price for a permit.  Missouri counties average about $100 for a permit fee.  Some counties charge less, for example Cape Girardeau county only charges $79.  You must apply in your county of residence.

Reciprocity with other states

Missouri recognizes all out of state CCW permits.  Check this reciprocity map to see if a state honors your Missouri permit.

Where can you not carry a concealed weapon?

In Missouri it is not a criminal offense to carry a weapon in most of the places listed below if you have a valid CCW permit.  But, you must leave the premises if you are asked to.  If you do not leave the premises when asked you can be cited for trespassing or incur fines. You can also leave your weapon in your vehicle in the parking areas of the places listed below. Here is a list of places you are not supposed to carry in Missouri:

  • Law enforcement offices
  • Within 25 feet of a polling place on election day
  • Correctional facilities
  • Courthouses
  • State and local government meetings (Exception is made for members of the governing body)
  • Establishments that serve alcohol (You are allowed to carry in a restaurant that has seating for at least 50 people and derives at least 51% of its income from the sale of food)
  • Secure area of airports
  • Federal government buildings
  • Schools including universities
  • Child care facilities
  • Riverboat gambling operations
  • Gated areas of amusement parks
  • Churches (Concealed carry is allowed with permission of the minister or the person in control of the place of worship)
  • Private property where signs are posted
  • Sports stadium with 5,000 or more seats
  • Hospitals
  • Public buses (Carrying on a public bus is a criminal offense)
  • Cannot carry while intoxicated

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Nevada Concealed Carry Permit Classes

Requirements to qualify for a license

In Nevada you must be 21 to apply for a concealed weapons permit.  You must also complete a training class.

Residents of Nevada must apply to the sheriff’s department of their county.  Clark county does not have a sheriff’s department so residents must apply to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

Non-residents can also obtain a Nevada concealed carry permit.  If you are a non-resident you can apply to any county in Nevada.  Some counties such as Clark require that training be completed in the same county where application is made.

There are several circumstances that will disqualify you:

  • An outstanding warrant for your arrest
  • Being declared incompetent or insane
  • Admitted to a mental health facility in the last 5 years
  • Having a DWI in the past 5 years
  • Committed for substance abuse treatment in the last 5 years
  • Convicted of a misdemeanor crime of violence in the last 3 years
  • Convicted of a felony
  • Subject to a restraining order
  • On parole or probation
  • Being prohibited from possessing a firearm by state or federal law

Nevada Concealed Carry Permit Classes

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What will you learn in class?

A Nevada CCW class is required to be a minimum of 8 hours long. You will receive a certificate of completion that must be submitted to your county sheriff. Your instructor should cover the following topics:

  • Handgun safety rules
  • Safely securing guns from children
  • Cleaning your gun
  • Shooting positions and fundamentals
  • Confrontation avoidance and deescalation
  • Use of force laws specific to Nevada

Make sure you find a good instructor that gives you a background in the laws of your state.  This is very important.  Pay special attention to this section because your life and freedom depends on it.

You must also qualify on the shooting range.  You will be firing at a B-27 target.  The test is given at 3 yards 7 yards and 15 yards.  You will first fire 12 rounds at 3 yards with a 60 second time limit.  Then you will move back to 7 yards and fire another 12 rounds in 60 seconds.  You will move back a third time to 15 yards and fire the final 12 rounds again in 60 seconds.  Each time you will fire 6 rounds and then reload.

Nevada no longer requires you to qualify with the handgun that you will be carrying.  You can qualify with any handgun and then carry any other handgun that you own.  This change in the law went into effect on October 1, 2013.

How long does it take to get a license?

Once the county sheriff receives your completed application they have 120 days to issue or deny your permit.  Denials can be appealed by submitting a petition to the district court of the county where your application was filed.Nevada concealed carry permit

How much does the license cost?

License fees in Nevada are set by each county sheriff and can vary. They will typically be around $100.  For example Clark county and Washoe county each currently charge $100 for a CCW permit.

Reciprocity with other states

As of July 24, 2014 Nevada only recognizes 14 other states' CCW permits.  Those are:

  • Alaska 
  • Arkansas 
  • Idaho "Enhanced" Permit*
  • Illinois 
  • Kansas 
  • Kentucky  
  • Michigan
  • Nebraska
  • New Mexico 
  • North Carolina 
  • North Dakota "Class 1" Permit*
  • Ohio
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee

Where can you not carry a concealed weapon?

You are allowed to carry in public buildings in Nevada except for the limitations stated below.  A public building is defined as any building or office space occupied by a federal or state government agency or political subdivision of that government.  You are not allowed to carry in:

  • Airports
  • Public Schools
  • Childcare facilities
  • Property of the Nevada System of Higher Education
  • Buildings that have metal detectors or signs posted at each public entrance

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