You're fortunate -- far moreso than the vast majority of responsible Americans. I had a CCW permit in New York City, only because the nature of my occupation qualified it. Otherwise it would have been impossible for me, or for any other ordinary citizen, to carry a firearm. I now live in New Jersey where it's equally impossible for an ordinary citizen to obtain a CCW permit. I understand there are many other places, mainly NorthEastern cities, that impose such restrictions. Because there is a rising need for ordinary citizens to defend themselves while moving about in the public thoroughfare there needs to be some changes in these repressive laws.