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What requirements should states set for carrying concealed guns in public?

States should set strong requirements, including at the minimum:

  • Requiring that a person pass a background check and obtain a concealed carry permit.
  • Requiring gun safety training, including live-fire training experience.
  • Prohibiting people recently convicted of misdemeanor crimes of violence.
  • Allowing law enforcement to prohibit people who pose a danger to the public, as local authorities may know if a person has a red flag in their history—for example, domestic disturbances, assault arrests, or dangerous mental health issues.
  • Prohibiting abusive dating partners (in addition to spouses) convicted of abuse or subject to domestic violence restraining orders.
  • Prohibiting convicted stalkers.
  • Requiring a person to be 21 or older. 

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