In the U.S., state laws vary about carrying concealed weapons. Several states require concealed weapons permits. They include: Alabama, Alaska, Puerto Rico, Vermont, Hawaii, Missouri, New Jersey, Montana, Guam, North Dakota, Idaho, Kansas and the Virgin Islands.

Additionally, most states require some type of weapon carrying identification card. These include Arizona Concealed Carry Permit, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Las Vegas Nevada, New Hampshire Non-Resident, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Virginia Non-Resident, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming.

Other states have interesting laws. Consider the following:

The following states will only issue concealed weapons to residents: Wyoming, Alaska, Wisconsin, Arkansas, West Virginia, Colorado, Vermont, Georgia, Tennessee, Kansas, South Dakota, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Ohio, Michigan, North Carolina, Mississippi, New Mexico, Missouri and Montana.

The following states will issue to both residents and non-residents alike: Arizona, Washington, Florida, Virginia, Idaho, Utah, Indiana, Texas, Iowa, South Carolina, Maine, Rhode Island, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Oregon, New Hampshire and North Dakota.

The following states have the option of issuing to residents only (meaning that the government has full discretion who does or does not receive a permit, even if all applicable licensing requirements are met satisfactorily): Alabama, District of Columbia, California, Virgin Islands, Delaware, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and Guam.

The following states may issue to residents and non-residents alike: Connecticut, New York, Maryland, New Jersey and Massachusetts.

The following states do not allow concealed weapon permits and handgun carrying rights are denied: Illinois, North Mariana Islands and American Samoa.

Additionally, some states offer reciprocity, meaning that one state’s carrying permit is valid in another state’s jurisdiction.

Once someone determines his/her state of residency (or non-residency if applicable), it is important to follow these steps to obtain a concealed weapons permit:

Research each state’s issuing authority. This information is typically available online via state government websites.

Some states require a firearm safety course before issuing a concealed weapons permit. Locate authorized safety course experts, if necessary.

If someone lives in a “may issue” state, it is important to provide the required and necessary explanation to obtain a proper license.

Each state’s government requires a detailed application and required fees, in addition to possible photos, fingerprints and a background check.

Consider qualifying as a state resident, as fees are typically lower.

Always renew a permit before its expiration date, as some states require an expired license not be renewed until a new gun course is satisfactorily completed.

Most importantly, people that desire to carry a concealed weapon should be comfortable with their holster or clip of choice. Techna Clip offers several gun belt clips for a variety of weapons, including the popular Ruger IC9 Gun Clip and LCP clips.