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The Concealed Carry Corner

U.S. Concealed Carry Association’s Bi-Weekly Bulletin
September 24, 2021

The U.S. Concealed Carry Association on Capitol Hill This Week

This week, Tim Schmidt, president and founder of the U.S. Concealed Carry Association (USCCA), along with Mike Lowney, chief strategy office, met with nearly a dozen members in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate to discuss efforts to protect law-abiding gun owners’ right to self-defense, as well as the importance of education and training.  The USCCA highlighted their overall mission to help responsibly armed Americans avoid danger, save lives, and keep loved ones safe.

The USCCA has heard from many of its more than 600,000 members about the difficulty they have traveling with their firearms across state lines due to the patchwork of state and local laws around concealed carry permits.  This not only prevents them from exercising their Second Amendment right, but puts them at risk of being caught in a situation where they can’t defend themselves or their family. 

Thankfully, lawmakers are working to pass legislation, such as S. 1522, the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act and H.R. 38, the National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act.  While there is much progress to be made, the USCCA stands ready to work with Members of Congress who support the right to self-defense and fight the good fight.

If you’re interested in speaking with the USCCA about their mission to educate and train responsible gun owners, please reach out to Katie Pointer Baney at

The Concealed Carry Report

The U.S Concealed Carry Association has been a resource for millions of responsible gun owners, especially when it comes to navigating the somewhat confusing state-by-state concealed carry laws that could impact your ability to travel with a firearm.

Have no fear.  Head to the USCCA’s website here to check your concealed carry permit reciprocity and learn about every state’s concealed carry and gun laws with the USCCA’s free, interactive map.

ICYMI: Dig Through the Disinformation to Discover the Truth Behind Concealed Carry Legislation

The concept of allowing citizens to arm themselves to protect their families and communities spurs much debate. Is the U.S. a safer place with or without concealed and constitutional carry legislation?  The research may surprise you.

DID YOU KNOW: Women Are Nearly Half Of New Gun Buyers

The Wall Street Journal recently reported that nearly half of all new U.S. gun purchasers since the start of 2019 have been women, a change from an industry that has been notably dominated by men.  The 2021 National Firearms Survey recently released found that an estimated 3.5 million women became new gun owners from January 2019 through April 2021.

According to the U.S. Concealed Carry Association, the faces of the gun industry have been changing for years now.  In fact, reports have shown that over the last decade, more and more females have been joining the gun community.  And while all demographic groups have been making these firearms purchases, Black men and women accounted for a 58 percent increase.

Undoubtedly, the influx of new gun owners from all walks of life can mean more support for the Second Amendment. And as long as we can put any possible differences, disagreements or demographics aside, millions of Americans can come together — unified in our understanding that life is worth protecting.

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The Hill: ATF Nominee’s Fall Is Just Latest Defeat For Gun Control Advocates

President Biden’s decision to pull David Chipman as his nominee to run the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is a high-profile victory for pro-gun groups and a defeat for gun control advocates in what will likely be this year’s most consequential gun debate. The withdrawal shows that even under Democratic control of Congress and the White House, efforts to tighten restrictions on guns face an uphill climb.

Teaching and Nurturing Emotional Intelligence Fosters Awareness

It’s that time of year again. Kids are headed back to school or getting ready for online learning or even getting settled into a homeschooling schedule. Whatever the case, the first few weeks of school activities are often fueled by anxiety or uncertainty with all the emerging stressors and the looming unknowns.

WNCT CBS: Self-Defense Interest Spikes Amid Rise In Violence In Charlotte

With gun violence on the rise across the area, more people are taking a shot at trying to find ways to protect themselves. There’s been a significant increase in the number of people preparing to protect themselves and their property. That, combined with COVID, is creating a huge hurdle in Mecklenburg County when it comes to granting gun permits to people seeking protection.

Forbes: Gun Sales Dropped In August From 2020 — But Surged Ahead Of Pre-Pandemic Levels

Around 1.4 million guns were sold across the United States last month, a 25% dip from last year but a drastic increase from pre-pandemic levels, as last year’s boom in U.S. firearm sales — driven by politics, protests and public health — subsides but doesn’t vanish. Nationwide firearm sales dropped 25.4% from August 2020 to August 2021…

How to Apply For and Get a Concealed Carry Permit

The concealed carry permit application process varies by state, so you’ll need to check state gun laws where you live, but general guidelines for obtaining a gun permit are outlined below.

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About the USCCA. The U.S. Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) is an association of responsible armed Americans whose members get exceptional self-defense education, lifesaving training, and self-defense liability insurance, preparing them for them for the before, during and after of a lawful act of self-defense. The USCCA is the largest, fastest-growing self-defense association dedicated to responsible gun owners.”

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