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CCW, CCL, CWP, CHL, CDWL, CCDW What does this mean?

If you are new to the gun and firearm space you may have asked yourself or even Googled one or several of these acronyms. What do all these gun-related, concealed carry related acronyms mean?  Let’s dive in state by state and see if we can help you answer some of these questions. 

Arkansas

  • CCP – Concealed Carry Permit
  • CCDW – Carry of Concealed Deadly Weapon License
  • CCL – Concealed Carry License

Arizona

  • CHP – Concealed Handgun Permit
  • CPL – Concealed Pistol License
  • CWL – Concealed Weapon License
  • CWP – Concealed Weapon Permit

Utah

  • CCW – Carrying a Concealed Weapon
  • CDWL – Concealed Deadly/Defensive Weapon License
  • CFP – Concealed Firearm Permit

Illinois

  • CCL – Concealed Carry License
  • FOID – A Firearm Owners Identification Card
  • ISP – Illinois State Police

On July 9, 2013, Public Act 98-63, the Firearm Concealed Carry Act became state law (430 ILCS 66). This law requires an Illinois Concealed Carry License to carry a concealed firearm in Illinois.

An Illinois Concealed Carry License (CCL) is required to concealed carry a firearm in Illinois

A Firearm Owners Identification Card (FOID) is required when purchasing a handgun in Illinois.

Pennsylvania

  • LCF – Licensed to Carry Firearm 
  • LTCF – Licensed to Carry Firearm

Kentucky

  • CCDW – Carrying a Concealed Weapon

The Kentucky State Police was authorized by KRS 237.110 to issue and renew licenses to carry concealed firearms or other deadly weapons, or a combination thereof, to qualified persons.

AS OF JUNE 28, 2019,PURSUANT TO 2019 SENATE BILL 150, ANY PERSON AGE TWENTY-ONE (21) OR OLDER, AND OTHERWISE ABLE TO LAWFULLY POSSESS A FIREARM, MAY CARRY CONCEALED FIREARMS OR OTHER CONCEALED DEADLY WEAPONS WITHOUT A LICENSE IN THE SAME LOCATIONS AS PERSONS WITH VALID KENTUCKY CCDW LICENSE ISSUED UNDER KRS 237.110.

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