Concealed carry, or let’s say carrying a concealed weapon (CCW), is the practice of having a gun, either on one’s person or in very close proximity, in public places in a manner that conceals or hides the weapon’s occurrence from the surrounding observers. The opposite of concealed carry is referred to as open carry.
While most law enforcement officers carry their weapons in a quite visible holster, some officers, such as plainclothes detectives or even undercover agents, carry weapons in concealed holsters.
In some jurisdictions and countries, civilians are legally required to obtain a concealed carry permit in order to own and carry a firearm. In others, a CCW permit is only needed if the gun is not observable to the eye, for instance, carrying a said weapon in one’s bag, purse, trunk, etc.
Every state and country has its own law and order for the citizens to allow them to keep the weapon. Let’s have a quick look and see what laws some of the major countries have made for their people.
- United Kingdom
Concealed or even open carry of any sort of weapon is usually prohibited in Great Britain (i.e., Wales, England, and Scotland), Preventing Crime Act 1953 restricting this in a public place.
Unlike Great Britain, Northern Ireland still permits the carry of concealed handguns for the determination of self-defense. A FAC for a personal protection firearm will only be authorized where the Police Service of Northern Ireland deems there is a “verifiable specific risk” to the life of an individual and that the ownership of a firearm is reasonable, proportionate, and necessary measures to protect their life.
Pakistan allows any citizen having a firearm license to carry a concealed handgun, except in educational institutions, boarding or hostels and lodging houses, fairs, gatherings or processions of a religious, political, ceremonial, or sectarian character, and on the premises of courts of law or public offices.
Carrying a concealed carry in the Philippines requires a Permit To Carry (PTC), which may be allotted to licensed firearms owners based on threats to their lives or due to their profession’s inherent risk. The Permit to Carry must be renewed annually.
During the 2010 election season, the Philippines restricts carrying firearms totally, leading to off-duty officers being taking into custody for carrying their service weapons.
Concealed carry in Brazil is usually illegal, with special carry certifications granted to police officers allowing them to keep firearms off duty and in other rare cases. In May 2019, President Jair Bolsonaro signed a decree permitting several people to have a license to carry a gun based on the profession’s intrinsic risk, including reporters, lawyers, and politicians.