Requirements for Concealed Carry Weapons Permits

WHEREAS, a number of states have enacted “shall issue” concealed carry laws for civilians and that other states are considering such legislation; and WHEREAS, the International Association of Chiefs of Police has adopted the position that the decision to carry a firearm for self-defense is one that carries with it grave responsibilities; and WHEREAS, the consequences of misuse of firearms under such circumstances could be tragic for the firearms owner, the public and law enforcement; now, therefore be it RESOLVED, that the International Association of Chiefs of Police urges those states and/or localities which have enacted or are considering concealed carry legislation to include in the requirements for permit issuance strict criminal history and mental history background checks and stringent training requirements to include, at a minimum, weapons safety, safe storage, marksmanship, proper behavior when armed and confronted by a police officer, and applicable law governing use of firearms including criminal penalties and potential civil liability; and be it FURTHER RESOLVED that the International Association of Chiefs of Police recommends that concealed carry legislation provide for the periodic renewal of permits upon demonstration of continued fitness.