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What is needed for a concealed carry class?

If you are a resident of North Carolina and are interested in obtaining a concealed carry permit, you will need to complete a certified concealed carry class. These classes are designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly carry a concealed firearm.

Before enrolling in a concealed carry class, it's important to make sure that you are eligible to obtain a permit. In North Carolina, you must be at least 21 years old and have a valid driver's license or state identification card to apply for a concealed carry permit. You must also not have any disqualifying criminal convictions or be prohibited from owning a firearm under state or federal law.

Once you have determined that you are eligible, you will need to gather a few items before enrolling in a concealed carry class. These may include:

  • Government-issued identification: You will need to provide proof of your identity, such as a driver's license or state identification card.

  • A firearm: Some concealed carry classes may provide firearms for you to use during training, but it's a good idea to bring your own if you have one. Make sure that your firearm is in good working condition and that you are familiar with its operation.

  • Ammunition: You will need to do a live fire qualification to prove your skills to your instructor. If you do not purchase ammunition prior to your qualification, you can purchase ammunition at the gun range, but this is typically more expensive.

  • Hearing and eye protection: Most shooting ranges require you to wear hearing and eye protection while shooting. If you don't have your own, you will be provided this from the instructor or range for a fee.

  • Clothing: Wear comfortable clothing that allows for easy movement and is appropriate for the weather. Avoid wearing loose or baggy clothing that could get caught on your firearm or other equipment. Wear closed toed shoes for safety.

  • Snacks and drinks: Concealed carry classes are full-day affairs, so it's a good idea to bring snacks and drinks to keep you nourished and hydrated throughout the day.

  • Bring pen and paper. You will have to take a written test to prove to your instructor that you have the knowledge to carry a gun. Write notes throughout the class.

By gathering these items and preparing for your concealed carry class, you will be well on your way to obtaining your concealed carry permit and becoming a responsible and safe concealed carry permit holder.

At Carolina Firearms Academy we offer Concealed Carry Permit Classes for North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Florida, Iowa & Arizona. Be sure to notify us of your state of residence, and we can get you in the right class for certification. You can book a class right here:


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