Where does a weapon need to be in order to be legally considered “concealed”? Can a weapon be in a backpack or purse, or does it need to be directly on a person’s body or within reaching distance of the person?
The law does not expressly state where a weapon needs to be in order to be considered “concealed.” As noted above, the weapon cannot be in plain view or discernable by ordinary observation. Further, the weapon must be on the license holder’s person or in close proximity as to be readily accessible for immediate use. It is CWI’s position that this means that the weapon must be on the license holder’s person or within reaching distance such as in his or her purse, backpack, book bag, or jacket or other clothing.