• Conceal Carry: Welcome To The Next Level

    There’s just something about being able to carry a firearm in one of my many designer purses while in line at Starbucks.

    When I first acquired my two beloved handguns (a Springfield XDM .40 cal and 9mm) I was informed upon purchase and later in gun school that I couldn’t conceal carry until I had a license to do so.  Now according to de facto law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania where I reside, except for in Philadelphia I could open-carry my firearm but that would just invite police attention and when you’ve had minor run-ins with domestic and international law enforcement, you don’t want to attract more attention than necessary.  And as such began my pursuit of obtaining a concealed carry permit commonly known by the acronym CCW.

    The first step in obtaining a conceal carry permit is to check the application process for your particular state. In Pennsylvania, you need a background check done by your local police department (if you’ve been featured in the local police blotter more often than not this may be a bit more involved for you). After the local police gives you the ‘all clear’ on your investigation form, you can then submit it to the Sherriff’s office in your county of residence.  However, if you live in Killa Philadelphia, you need to apply through the Philadelphia police department.  

    The second step is submitting your completed local police investigation form, your completed state form along with the requisite submission of payment to the local Sherriff’s office. As I live close to the county capital I was able to take my paperwork in person and get my CCW issued that day. I wasn’t expecting to walk out with my CCW as evidenced by the photo on my CCW where I am wearing much less makeup than usual…and looking more lethal.

    Before I had my CCW obviously I couldn’t carry my weapon in a concealed area such as my purse, the glove compartment of my car or even in one of those cool bra holsters I couldn’t even carry my gun to the gun range with all of its magazines loaded with ammunition even though it was in its case. With my CCW I can do all of these things but most importantly I was advised by an employee at my favorite gun store that upon getting my CCW, when loading my magazines with ammo be absolutely sure how many bullets are loaded so I can account for each in case I need to fire my weapon…and subsequently inform the police.

    There is still even more I need to learn now that I have my CCW so soon I shall go back to ‘gun school’ for CCW tactical training taught by my former Blackwater firearms instructor. He’s been expecting me.

    Trish Williams

    Trish Williams is a former engineering major, who resides in Philadelphia. Trish is an avid reader, advocate for STEM education in schools, and a firearms enthusiast. She hopes to relocate to the coastal South for warmer weather and conservative political surroundings.

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