The Do's and Don'ts of Carrying a Concealed Handgun

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  1. Your permit to carry a concealed handgun must be carried along with valid identification wherever the handgun is being carried.
  1. When approached or addressed by any officer, you must disclose the fact that you have a valid concealed handgun permit and inform the officer that you are in possession of a concealed handgun. You should not attempt to draw or display either your weapon or your permit to the officer unless and until he/she directs you to do so. Your hands are to be kept in plain view and you are not to make any sudden movements.
  1. At the request of any law enforcement officer, you must display both the permit and valid identification.
  1. You may not, with or without a permit, carry a concealed weapon while consuming alcohol or while alcohol or any substance, controlled or otherwise, is in your blood unless the substance was obtained legally and taken in therapeutically appropriate amounts.
  1. You must notify the Sheriff who issued the permit of any address changes within thirty (30) days of the change of address.
  1. If a permit is lost or destroyed, you must notify the Sheriff who issued the permit and you may receive a duplicate permit by submitting a notarized statement to that effect along with the required fee. Do not carry a handgun without it.
  1. Even with a permit, you may not carry a concealed handgun in the following areas:
    1. Any law enforcement or correctional facility;
    2. Any space occupied by state or federal employees;
    3. Any premises where the carrying of a concealed handgun is prohibited by the posting of a statement by the controller of the premises;
    4. Public educational property, however a permittee may secure a handgun in a locked vehicle;
    5. Areas of assemblies or demonstrations;
    6. State occupied property;
    7. Any state or federal courthouse;
    8. Any area prohibited by federal law;
    9. Any local government building if the local government had adopted an ordinance and posted signs prohibiting the carry of concealed weapons.
  2. If you are in a vehicle and stopped by a law enforcement officer, you should put both hands on the wheel, announce you are in possession of a concealed handgun, state where you have it concealed, and that you are in possession of a permit. Do not remove you hands from the wheel until instructed to do so by the officer.