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Situation: you are licensed to carry a concealed pistol. You live inside an eruv. You choose to carry your pistol on shabbat.

What is the status of the Concealed Pistol License (CPL) ID card? Can we say that the CPL ID is "supporting" the pistol, and therefore it is not muksah and can be carried also? Or do we say that the CPL ID is not needed, because we can prove to the police that we are licensed after the fact?

Aside: I'm thinking of getting a scan of my CPL printed on to a t-shirt...

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    Carrying the pistol itself is not muktzeh? – alicht May 30 at 14:03
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    No, according to many opinions, including my LOR, carrying a pistol for self defense in an eruv on shabbat is permitted. – MAF May 30 at 14:11
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    P.S. here is a nice discussion ou.org/torah/halacha/halacha-on-ou/… – MAF May 30 at 14:14
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    "Or do we say that the CPL ID is not needed, because we can prove to the police that we are licensed after the fact" So is it neccessary to carry the ID? Why would anyoe ever bother carrying it, if it isn't neccessary to carry? – Salmononius2 May 30 at 14:23
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    what about wearing it as a necklace? you'd probably have to do it in a way that the card is completing the loop. CYLOR – Menachem May 30 at 19:50
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Update: I got a response from a rabbi affiliated with the OU, he runs an "ask the rabbi" type service. The CPL ID card is not muksah if it is legally required to carry the gun.

  • That's the response that Israeli's get when asking a LOR; the gun license and an extra magazine are permitted, nay, required in order to carry the gun on Shabbat. – Danny Schoemann Jun 17 at 10:56

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