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azccwSo…I heard a tale the other day about an NRA Gun-In-The-Home and AZ DPS certified concealed weapon instructor who forgot to renew his CCW permit.

He was me.  (That was I?)

Of course, I told myself I had excuses – I was still unpacking from the move; I moved because I lost my home (an emotional/distracting time to be sure) and didn’t have a functioning printer to update my address information with DPS.  (They’re still in the Dark Ages – one cannot update information on-line.  Print out a form, fill it out and send it in.)

My roommate recently loaned me a printer because I’m more apt to print stuff than she.  I was getting it set up and remembered I needed to inform DPS.  I pulled out my trusty permit and WHOOPS!

Thank the good folks in the Arizona Legislature who passed Constitutional Carry a couple years back.  It’s a little different from having a permit, and if I ever have enough spare funds to actually buy a gun, I’ll have to go through the ‘dreaded’ NICS (Brady) check system.  The permit acted as a check, previously.

Of course, there’s no way I can afford to purchase any firearm, so I’m safe.


PS – I called AZ DPS CCW Unit yesterday morning and it turns out while the permit is currently invalid, renewal may be accomplished within 60 days!  Just print out the form, fill it out, send it in with a $43.00 money order and you’re golden for another five years!

Geez, in five years I’ll be 65 !  I’ll probably forget then, too!

The point is, IF you are a licensed or permitted person, check to make certain your documents are in order (e.g. current) and in your possession as needed.  It wouldn’t do to have a defensive confrontation and reach for one’s permit to show the PD and not have it, or have it previously expired.


About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


13 thoughts on “WHOOPS!

  1. You don’t need a “permit” there. Why not save the $$ for the gun?

    Posted by MamaLiberty | December 11, 2012, 7:38 am
    • Well, I figure I’m already on ‘the list’, and if I ever do have enough money I really like legally bypassing the NICS check.
      Because I can!
      Besides, if I ever teach another CCW class, DPS likes permitted folks to do it…

      Posted by guffaw1952 | December 11, 2012, 7:41 am
  2. Better to find it out now, than when you are scheduled to teach a class, no? Yes!

    Posted by Rev. Paul | December 11, 2012, 8:18 am
  3. Looks like a simple fix….

    Posted by Matt | December 11, 2012, 8:22 am
  4. You mean like I chronically forget to renew my auto registration?

    Posted by ProudHillbilly | December 11, 2012, 9:14 am
  5. Meh… in VA even if you HAVE a CCW, you still get put through NICS… sigh

    Posted by Old NFO | December 11, 2012, 6:10 pm
  6. Lol, glad it’s not gonna be a big deal to fix.

    Posted by A Girl And Her Gun (@agirlandhergun) | December 12, 2012, 4:45 am

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