Concealed weapons are guns carried in public by people who are not police officers or law enforcement officials. Some states do not permit it at all, and of the states that do allow the carrying of concealed weapons, the applicant must usually meet specific eligibility requirements. Eligibility to carry a concealed weapon varies from state to state and usually includes a minimum age requirement, specific training hours, and a statement of mental competence. A few states go even further and require applicants to show that they have a specific need for the concealed weapon. While there are these and other restrictions to obtaining a license or permit to carry a concealed weapon, under most state laws a concealed weapon license cannot be arbitrarily denied. In other words, if an applicant meets the requirements for licensure then the state must issue the concealed weapon license.