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How to Lose Your Concealed Carry Permit – CCW Revoked!

Arbitrary gun laws are turning law-abiding gun owners into criminals. Doesn't seem right. Or is that actually the goal.

Wondering how easy it would be to lose your permit? I've spent the last several hours reviewing state statutes for about 35 of the 50 states and basically they are all extremely similar.

There are variances in the wording but for the most part from state to state, based on my research, the ways you could lose your permit are remarkably similar.

Below I'll include some examples just for fun but let me first summarize.

Suspended VS Revoked Concealed Carry Permit

Most states will first suspend your permit before revoking it. If you have pending charges against you that disqualify you from having a permit, in my experience your permit will likely be suspended until such time that the charges are dropped, you are convicted, or you are acquitted.

A suspended permit is invalid but has the possibility of being reinstated whereas a revoked permit cannot be reinstated in the future.

Can I Also Lose My Right to Constitutional Carry?

Yes, you can. If you live in a state where a permit is not required to carry concealed, you can still lose your right to carry concealed by being charged or convicted for a crime which essentially disqualifies you from carrying.

In Maine for example, just being indicted or charged with a misdemeanor domestic assault charge or having a restraining order against you is enough to remove your right to constitutional carry. If you live in a state with constitutional carry you should research what things can invalidate your rights.

Common Offenses States List That Can Cause Suspension or Revocation

I'm generalizing and I'm sure there are some things in the below list that are not true in certain states and certainly there are some things in some states that are not on my below list but for the most part these are things that fairly universally will cause your permit to be revoked (or potentially suspended pending an outcome on your charges).

  • Misdemeanor Domestic violence or assault
  • Driving under the influence or other alcohol-related offenses
  • Being adjudicated mentally incompetent or insane by a court
  • A restraining order
  • Living in the same home as a convicted felon
  • Any felony conviction that would strip you of your right to own or possess a firearm
  • Charges involving moral turpitude
  • Anything that would have prevented you from qualifying to get the permit in the first place

Do you feel I missed something or do you have a question or know of someone who lost their permit? Let us know in the comments below.

As Promised Here Are Some State Examples:

In North Carolina 14-415.18 allows that the sheriff “may” revoke a permit for any of the following 5 reasons:

  1. Fraud or intentional and material misrepresentation in the obtaining of a permit.
  2. Misuse of a permit, including lending or giving a permit or a duplicate permit to another person, materially altering a permit, or using a permit with the intent to unlawfully cause harm to a person or property. It shall not be considered misuse of a permit to provide a duplicate of the permit to a vendor for record‑keeping purposes.
  3. The doing of an act or existence of a condition which would have been grounds for the denial of the permit by the sheriff.
  4. The violation of any of the terms of this Article.
  5. Repealed by Session Laws 2013‑369, s. 20, effective October 1, 2013.

In Florida 790.06 the state department of who issues permits shall revoke one when:

  1. The licensee has been found guilty of a crime of violence.
  2. It is found that the licensee is no longer eligible to have one or is convicted of a felony that makes one ineligible to possess a gun.
  3. Is found to have a physical infirmity which prevents the safe handling of a weapon or firearm.
  4. Is committed as a substance abuser or is deemed a habitual offender.
  5. Is adjudicated an incapacitated person.
  6. Is committed to a mental institution.

In Virginia 18.2-308.013 roughly says

Any person convicted of an offense that would disqualify that person from obtaining a permit shall forfeit his permit. Additionally, an individual who has a felony charge pending may have the permit suspended by the court.

So you see, there are ways in which you can lose your permit. It's suggested that you research to find out what can get you in trouble, so you don't risk losing your right to carry.

All this talk about concealed carry permits makes me want to tell you about our Online Concealed Carry Fundamentals Class that qualifies as instruction to get your Virginia non-resident permit.

A Virginia non-resident permit will allow you to carry in the following green states:

The above class to get your Virginia non-resident permit can be found, here.

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22 Responses to How to Lose Your Concealed Carry Permit – CCW Revoked!

  1. Alice Fernandez April 4, 2019 at 7:21 pm #

    Thank you for doing this. The information is good, not only for me, but also to share with the students I teach.

    I am glad you thought to share this information.

    • Maneeka KING October 4, 2019 at 12:56 am #

      Accidentally disarmed weapon in apartment causing damage to property

  2. Darkwing April 5, 2019 at 11:27 am #

    Your right to carry protection, gun, for self defense was granted to you by your creator. Getting government’s permission is nothing more that begging for something. I carry all the time. As I say to people, my gun is my American Express Card, do not leave home with out it.

    • Jerrylvf9mm April 10, 2019 at 10:00 pm #

      Amen my friend.. GOD BLESS..

    • Plane Sense April 10, 2019 at 11:24 pm #

      Suggest you stay out of New York and metropolitan NY City.

    • Gapman April 11, 2019 at 7:19 am #

      If by creator you mean your constitutional forefathers, you would be correct.

    • Capt Dave April 11, 2019 at 10:06 am #

      Perhaps by creator you are referring to your parents. Or maybe God sent a special message JUST to YOU. Begging the Government? I guess you’re fine with drunks driving down the street where your kids and grandkids play because its his God giving right to drive. The government has said that I and everybody that has done what I have done can carry a gun. I will not be OK with that ONLY if the government says you cannot carry a gun even though everyone in the same circumstances can.

      If you do not follow the law, you are in violation of it. No way to rationalize being a criminal. Not sure what your “creators” told you, but you ain’t special. The fact that you believe that you are is dangerous.

      • Jerry Chapman September 21, 2019 at 2:43 pm #

        How do I get my concealed carry permit after them being revoked I live Oklahoma

        • Jacob Paulsen September 21, 2019 at 8:50 pm #

          Jerry I suggest contacting the issuing department and asking them that question as the answer is going to vary from one place to the next.

  3. george burns April 10, 2019 at 10:00 pm #

    After 48 years I would feel weird without my Pistol, especially since I started in NYC for the first 25 years of my carrying , back in the early 70’s , It still took a year and a half of letters, from attorneys, accountants, bank President, 10 people who were no’t related , and 3 interviews, and a 6 month FBI check, Fortunately I had a Top Secret Clearance from the DOD. Now it’s worse, I hear you need to carry 50K per day minimum

  4. Greg Morden April 10, 2019 at 10:15 pm #

    Hello, I’m a CCW Carrier in North Carolina; I was wondering if I’m walking down the street and three guys come out of nowhere and attempt to rob me, they have no weapon, but it’s three against one. Am I allowed to pull my weapon on them?


    • Joshua Gillem April 11, 2019 at 8:47 am #

      Hey Greg. Nothing we say here can be construed to be legal advice. When you defend yourself, and if you need to be in front of a jury of your peers, you have to fit the reasonable person standard. Another way of looking at that, would be this: would any reasonable person have acted similarly under the same circumstances.

      If you’re confronted by 3 individuals and they’re actually attempting to rob you, that can be seen as a disparity of force, or at least one can be proven by your lawyer if you have one. If there is a disparity of force, in this case three against one, that may be seen by a jury as reasonable. However there is no way to know for sure.

      I hope this helps, and again, this cannot be seen as legal advice. The time to secure your lawyer is before you need him/her. I suggest you check out our chart of legal protection companies to compare them all and find out the best for you. You can find them, here:

      Josh ~ Editor

    • Gary brandt April 11, 2019 at 11:46 am #


    • DULLBLADE April 11, 2019 at 2:29 pm #

      of course, you can, your in fear for your live 3 to one is not good odds but if they all run after you pull the gun you can not shoot them, it has been defused make sure you call the cops before they do to report what just happened

  5. Leslie Bradford Jr April 10, 2019 at 11:54 pm #

    Nebraska does not honor a non-resident conceal carry permit from Virginia

  6. Luis E Santa Matos April 11, 2019 at 4:41 am #

    Interesting reading. My question is, can a Virginia CCW holder drive to New York and Florida with his/her weapon?

  7. james April 11, 2019 at 9:42 am #

    My EDC is exactly as stated. My every day carry and no Government should infringe upon those CREATOR enabled Rights.

  8. Leonard O.Kriger April 11, 2019 at 11:42 am #

    I’m interested to know more about my possible Loss.

  9. Tim April 11, 2019 at 8:40 pm #

    if they are trying to rob you it won’t be long and they will have your gun I would use it before you lose it

  10. Robert E. Polley October 17, 2019 at 8:17 pm #

    My CHL has been suspended, I was charged with a class B misdemeanor, my question is, is there waiting period in Texas or am I even able to carry again? I haven’t been able to get a straight answer from the sources I have been referred to. Thank you for this site.

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