If you’ve made the decision to get your own concealed carry permit, then you are also beginning to become aware of laws in your state that affect you. It is so important to be proactive in knowing CWP laws, because they can impact you in a great number of ways. In an article from USConcealedCarry.com, author Mark Walters discusses an event in which a family became aware of a state law that ended up saving their lives.
While taking a class from a certified instructor, the couple was made aware of a law that allowed them to keep their gun in their vehicle without a CWP. The couple took the class because of the increasing crime rate in their immediate community and because they wanted to feel safer since Jorrick Landry (the husband) was in the Navy and was often gone for long periods of time.
Knowing CWP Laws
“Jorrick and Vernalise attended Erick’s CCW class on Saturday afternoon, April 30th, 2006, during which time they were taught the Florida statutes and basic firearm safety. Erick took them to the range, and both Jorrick and Vernalise passed the class together. Jorrick was not aware that it was legal in Florida to keep a loaded gun concealed in a vehicle without a Florida CCW until Erick informed him of that fact during their instruction. After passing the class together and sending in their CCW paperwork, the Landrys now kept the revolver in the console of the family SUV for their protection while waiting for their Florida licenses to arrive.” (More on CWP here)
The Landrys could never have known how quickly that information would come into play in their lives. But soon enough, they found themselves in their SUV with the whole family inside and a desperate man right outside the window pointing a shotgun at them.
Suddenly, he was in the car next to one of their children and the time to act had come. Knowing that CWP laws in Florida allow a gun to be in a person’s vehicle without a license gave Jorrick a chance to save his family. He was able to slowly get the gun that he and his wife had purchased out of the glove compartment of the car, and was soon shooting at the assailant. His bullets struck the man in several different places.
This horrific tale could have ended much differently if they had not had a good CWP instructor, who was able to give them the proper information, and if Jorrick had not had the courage to act as he did in the face of danger. Don’t wait for others to tell you the laws, be proactive and learn all you can. If it’s your decision to carry a gun, then you need to also arm yourself with the information about your state’s laws. And if you travel, don’t cross state lines in a vehicle without knowing those states’ concealed carry laws, as well.
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