There are many reasons to cross a state line while carrying concealed and if you’ve ever done so, you probably had to muddle through state laws, county laws and federal laws, not to mention the piles of websites that claim to interpret these laws into plain English but were updated last year at best. It’s hard to know who to trust and we law abiding citizens want to make sure we do it right.
So here is my recommendation, go into iTunes and search “Concealed Carry”, the one you want is called “CCW – Concealed Carry 50 State Guide” by Workman Consulting. (If you’re an android user, you will have to translate these instructions for your OS.) The Android app costs $1.49 while on ITunes the app costs $.99 (sorry, it can’t be more expensive for us all the time). The iTunes version works on both the iPhone or iPad, so that’s an added bonus.
It’s not a flashy app, but it’s got everything you need to stay legal in any of the 50 states. The interface is simple. Begin by selecting the permits which you hold. From this list one can also keep notes on permit numbers, expiration date reminders and other details. Then click “submit” and see a map and list of states where your permits are honored.
From the “reciprocity map”, “state map” or “state list” you can click on any state and see a screen with a selection of information about that state. Not only does this screen give you every detail about carrying in the selected state, in plain English, but here is where you can also find links to the government sites where the actually laws can be studied.
The best part of this app is how often the publishers update the content. It’s pretty much constantly! At the top of the apps home screen it lets you know when the app last updated. However, they seem to keep up with all the latest legal changes, updating individual states and the whole app, very often and in record time.