Terms Defined

When trying to decipher the laws it is helpful to know the definitions of the terms used.  Here is a list of terms that are important to know.

Imminent Threat: Daniel Webster defined as “instant, overwhelming, and leaving no choice of means, and no moment for deliberation.

Concealed handgun means the handgun is totally hidden from view. If any part of the handgun is capable of being seen, it is not a concealed handgun;

Handgun means any firearm with a barrel less than sixteen inches in length or any firearm designed to be held and fired by the use of a single hand

What is meant by the term “schools” on the list of prohibited places?      

The statute simply prohibits permit holders from carrying a concealed weapon in any “building, grounds, vehicle, or sponsored activity or athletic event of any public, private, denominational or parochial elementary, vocational, or secondary school, a private postsecondary career school as defined in section 85-1603, a community college, or a public or private college, junior college, or university”. The debate on the legislation suggests that the Legislature intended to include trade schools, preschools, beauty schools, and “all types of educational enterprises”.