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:
- Fraud or intentional and material misrepresentation in the obtaining of a permit.
- 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.
- The doing of an act or existence of a condition which would have been grounds for the denial of the permit by the sheriff.
- The violation of any of the terms of this Article.
- 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:
- The licensee has been found guilty of a crime of violence.
- 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.
- Is found to have a physical infirmity which prevents the safe handling of a weapon or firearm.
- Is committed as a substance abuser or is deemed a habitual offender.
- Is adjudicated an incapacitated person.
- 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: