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Thursday, April 06, 2006
 Can I Carry? CCW Coverage Calculator    [L]


2006/04/14 - UPDATED to v1.5
2006/04/08 - UPDATED to v1.1



Hey all, I was tired of using packing.org's tool for figuring out which CCW permits I should get, so I made my own. I figured other people might be interested in using it as well, so I'm releasing it in its very beta state, but hey, maybe you can help me make it better.

If you're like me, then you're probably wondering how to maximize your CCW coverage while minimizing the number of permits and applications fees. I wasn't satisfied with the packing.org license tool, so I created my own, based on packing.org's data.

"Can I Carry?" will allow you to quickly determine which states you are covered in, and determine what non-resident permits you'll need to get coverage in the rest.

"Can I Carry?" also comes with a CCW database editor, so if a State's CCW status changes, you can update it (for instance, in 2007 when Kansas & Nebraska start their CCW program).

Requires Windows 2000/XP & .NET 1.x+

Screenshots:
main application


CCW Database editor




Get it from CNET Download.com!

README/FAQ under the fold

Disclaimer


"Can I Carry?" version 1.5, rel. 2006/04/14

"Can I Carry?" is not affiliated in any way with http://packing.org, although that's where I got the data.
However, the [slightly modified] disclaimer from http://packing.org does apply:
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The information in [this application] should be considered "as-is" and is not guaranteed to be accurate in any way.
If you need accurate answers, hire an attorney who is licensed in the state in question.
Therefore, it is completely up to the reader to verify ALL information in [this application].
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Also, the application icon is a S&W 642, (tm) and (c) Smith & Wesson.

In short, the author is not responsible for anything, use at your own risk, etc.

For the latest version, please check http://chublogga.blogspot.com





Description


If you're like me, then you're probably wondering how to maximize your CCW coverage while minimizing the number of permits and applications fees. I wasn't satisfied with the packing.org license tool, so I created my own, based on packing.org's data.

"Can I Carry?" will allow you to quickly determine which states you are covered in, and determine what non-resident permits you'll need to get coverage in the rest.

"Can I Carry?" also comes with a CCW database editor, so if a State's CCW status changes, you can update it (for instance, in 2007 when Kansas & Nebraska start their CCW program).



Included files


Can I Carry.lnk - shortcut to launch the "Can I Carry?" application
Can I Carry CCW Database Editor.lnk - shortcut to launch the "Can I Carry?" CCW Database editor
CanICarry.exe - the executable that contains both programs (run with -help for more options)
CicCcwDb.xml - "Can I Carry?" CCW Database file (needs to be in the same directory as the executable)
Utils.dll - referenced library DLL
readme.txt - this file



Requirements


Windows XP/2000 with .NET 1.x



Usage


"Can I Carry?" Application:
1) Select your CCW permits by click in the permit column of the state - it will cycle from None to Non-resident (if available) to Resident to None.
2) States you can CCW in turn green - non states are red.
3) Hover over the uncovered state to find out which permits they honor, or over the covered state to see which permits are covering it.

"Can I Carry?" CCW Database Editor
1) Select the state to edit.
2) Modify the relevant values
3) When finished, save the file.



Version History


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2006/04/14 - v1.5 - updates
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CCW Database
-Corrected
New Mexico honors Michigan non resident
Minnesota honors Utah non resident (thx gstactical)
New Mexico honors Texas non resident
Texas honors New Mexico non resident (thx alandb)
Texas honors Rhode Island non resident
Texas honors New York non resident
Texas honors Hawaii non resident
Texas honors Washington non resident
Texas honors New Jersey non resident
Texas honors Massachusetts non resident
Texas honors Maryland non resident
Texas honors California non resident
Wisconson now spelled Wisconsin

Universal
-fixed application icon
-optimized code for easy porting

Can I Carry? app
-multiple resident CCW permit support
-covered states show covering permits
-more detailed state/permit table
-permit lists show you how many states will be added if selected
-fixed alaska and vermont not showing up as covered all the time (since they're unrestricted)

CCW Database Editor
-Dual lookup: see which states honor the current state, or see which states the current states honors.
-per-state modification timestamp

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2006/04/08 - v1.1 - updates
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Universal
-added two CCW levels:
-May Issue/Reasonable
-Alabama
-Connecticut
-Iowa
-May Issue/Unreasonable
-California
-Washington D.C.
-Delaware
-Hawaii
-Massachusetts
-Maryland
-New Jersey
-New York
-Rhode Island
-Puerto Rico
-Virgin Islands

Can I Carry? app
-major logic bugfixes
-added ability to not have a home permit
-Changed colors from red/blue to green light/red light
-added right-click menu for non-resident permit selection
-added reset/reload capability

CCW Database editor
-added statistics, modification notifier, save date

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2006/04/06 - v1.0 - initial release
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Planned updates


-Graphical map of the United States
-show over-coverage
-CCW optimization logic (let the application pick your CCWs for you!)
-fix application icon colors


FAQ


1) Can you do a version of this in
a) Java - eventually, although GUI development is a pain in the butt
b) Flash - eventually, although I'm not fully conversant in ActionScript
c) AJAX - eventually, although Flash will probably pave the way for this to happen (ActionScript is very similar to JavaScript)



TECHNICAL SUPPORT


1) Extracted and it won't run. "The Application failed to initialize properly (0x0000135). Click OK to terminate the application." I'm running WinXP with SP2 and most all updates. Also .NET 1.1

A) (Re)Installing .NET seems to have worked for a few people:
1.1
2.0

2) I get a pop-up message that I have to alter a registry setting.

A) I don't know, but try the answer to #1.

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Cool. Works for me.

By Blogger AlanDP, at 4/09/2006 09:14:00 AM      


hosted directly here:

http://www.garagegym.com/id27.html

feel free to link.

will leave it up as long as the web server doesn't complain about bandwidth or something

By Blogger Porta's Cat, at 4/10/2006 07:27:00 PM      


Chu:

Nice program.

You spelled "Wisconsin" wrong.

Also there's no icon (that I could find) inside any of the files to tell Windows XP to use on the desktop or a folder. The S&W Icon does appear on the program's title bar and task bar entries.

Regards....

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/14/2006 04:28:00 AM      


Anonymous said...
Chu: You spelled "Wisconsin" wrong.

They deserve an incorrect spelling for not allowing a ccw at all.

They do have the greatest football team ever, though!

Go Packers!

By Blogger The Skreeching Skraeling, at 7/05/2006 07:30:00 PM      


Might be evil spirits, but I have to click on the "permit" BELOW the one I want to select....

Otherwise, cute....

Regards.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4/09/2007 03:42:00 AM      


I still love this program, even though the database needs updating... Nice work!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/10/2009 10:41:00 AM      


You can always check http://www.usacarry.com for where you can and can't carry.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/01/2009 09:09:00 PM      


^^^ speak up ^^^