Constitutional Carry VS. Carry Permit

As of writing today, there are currently 25 states that have
decided that the Constitution states that everyone has the right to self-protection
without a permit and allows for carry in those states for those of age. While
there is still work to be done, such as a soldier can sign up at 18 to carry a
Squad Automatic Weapon in combat but can’t carry unless 21 years old, this is a
good sign that people recognize the right to inherent self-defense. This development,
however, has brought up an interesting conundrum, is it worth it to still get
the licensing?

When I got my CHL from the great state of Texas about 12
years back, at the time, I was not allowed to carry without going to class or
the shooting range to verify knowledge of firearms and make sure I was safe.
Despite my ability to skip the range (I had range cards from the military that
could substitute), I also chose to do the range. It was a wide range of folks,
and my range partner was a woman who had never carried before and was, to put
it nicely, very unsure and almost scared of her firearm, with little knowledge
of its operation. This was incredibly beneficial to her as she was able to get
more familiar with the platform and get some trigger time. Compared to
Constitutional Carry, where I can carry as soon as I am of age, it does leave
some room to be desired. I still think as starting out, formal education from a
knowledgeable instructor (NOT YOUTUBE) is best. The class I was in there didn’t
allow for drawing from a holster, but we practiced holster placement and drawing
from a holster when empty in the classroom. I wish I had the holster I do
today, an Original Holster from JM4 because my cheap holster was quickly
identified when I drew it, and it came with the gun…not optimal.

Another benefit to getting the class and the license is that
you go over the most current laws and regulations for carrying. This includes off-limit
establishments, if your state has printing laws (where your firearm can be seen
through your shirt) or if you have a castle doctrine. This is supremely
beneficial as otherwise, you get to decipher the 100s of laws and regulations
on your own, which is not fun.

Finally, the benefit of the license is recognized in
multiple states, so if you carry, you are not breaking the law by crossing the
border. Texas has a great website that talks about the reciprocity agreements
with other states and carrying, making it legal to carry in those recognized

Bottom line, I think it is more beneficial to have one and
not use it. You can dawn your tinfoil hat and say that the government will know
you carry and make you a target, which may be accurate, but if that comes to
pass, a license won’t matter anyway.

Author: Ian Bolser