Concealed Handgun Protocol

General Rules

  • Your permit to carry a concealed handgun must be carried along with valid identification whenever the handgun is being carried concealed about your person or vehicle.
  • When approached or addressed by any officer, you must disclose the fact that you have a valid concealed handgun permit and inform the officer that you are in possession of a concealed handgun. You should not attempt to draw or display either your weapon or your permit to the officer unless and until the officer directs you to do so. Your hands are to be kept in plain view and you should not make any sudden movements.
  • Upon the request of any law enforcement officer, you must display both the permit and valid identification.
  • You may not, with or without a permit, carry a concealed weapon while consuming alcohol or while alcohol or any controlled substances are in your blood unless the controlled substance was obtained legally and taken in therapeutically appropriate amounts.
  • You must notify the Sheriff who issued the permit of any address change within thirty days of the change of address.
  • If the permit is lost or destroyed, you must notify the Sheriff who issued the permit and apply for a duplicate permit by submitting a notarized statement to that effect along with the required fee of $15. Do not carry a handgun without it.

Restricted Areas

Even with a permit, you may not carry a concealed handgun in the following areas:
  • Any law enforcement or correctional facility
  • Any space occupied by state or federal employees;
  • A financial institution
  • Any premises where the carrying of a concealed handgun is prohibited by the posting of a statement by the controller of the premises
  • Educational property
  • Areas of assemblies, parades, funerals, or demonstrations
  • State occupied property
  • Any state or federal courthouse
  • In any area prohibited by federal law
Any local government building if the local government has adopted an ordinance and posted signs prohibiting the carrying of concealed weapons.

Important Notice

If you are in a vehicle and stopped by a law enforcement officer, you should put both hands on the steering wheel, announce you are in possession of a concealed handgun and state where you have it concealed, and that you are in possession of a permit. Do not remove your hands from the wheel until instructed to do so by the officer.