App Review: Posted! and CCW Laws Apps for iOS and Android

Posted app gun-free zone

courtesy apple.com

By Jake G.

Astrophysicists tell us that a comet can be deflected with the slightest nudge if intercepted early, but impossible to stop when it’s almost upon the Earth. So it is with groups headed out to dinner.

The Posted! app lets you check in advance whether the restaurant, business, entertainment venue, etc., you’re considering forbids firearms. It takes little more than a frown – early in dinner discussions — to remove a restaurant from consideration. While others are checking Google or Yelp for reviews, you can check whether a cafe bans firearms.

The app is available for Android and iOS (iPhone). I have only used the Android version, but screen shots look identical. The app is simple and intuitive to use.

Posted!

Launching the “Posted!” app brings up the home screen below.

Clicking “Search Nearby” brings up choices to list all or by business type. The maximum range to search (5 to 250 miles), and a choice to “Map it” or “List it.”

Choosing “Map it” or “List it” brings up one of the following screens showing known businesses posting gun-free zone signs:

Above, I selected to show only anti-gun businesses and not pro-gun alternatives. The database is much more complete for anti-gun businesses. The “List it” screen shows anti-gun businesses sorted by distance.

One can filter by business category and include gun-friendly alternatives. Alternatively, you can search by city, by zip code, or by name, useful for exploring more distant options.

In any of these searches, businesses found can be displayed in a list or on a map.

The data is crowdsourced. If you encounter a gun-banning business that is not listed, just click “Add Anti-Gun Business” and enter the business name, address, and optionally a photo, a description of signage, and suggested gun-friendly alternative. If you are located at the business when adding its entry, the app can automatically grab the latitude and longitude from your phone.

Since the data is contributed by users, the more that use the app and contribute, the more complete and accurate the data. My experience with the app here in central North Carolina is that roughly 90% of posted businesses I encounter are included in the database.

CCW Laws

A great companion app is included with the 99 cent purchase, “CCW Laws.” This app conveniently presents firearms laws for every state in the U.S. You may optionally save any states that have issued you a concealed carry permit, and the app will display reciprocity status by state for your permits. Here is the CCW Laws home screen:

Upon opening, the app displays a menu at the bottom of the screen with options

• Home
• My permits (enter the states for which you have a valid permit)
• State Map ( a U.S. map color coded showing states that honor your permits)
• State List
• Location

This Home screen displays more options, including

• Recent Updates
• Last State Viewed
• Find Current State
• My Permit States
• Instructions
• Settings
• Feedback
• Posted! (which links back to the Posted! App)
• Gun Vault Tools (a separate 99 cent app that includes features for logging range time, conducting drills, maintaining information on your firearms, etc.)
• U.S. Constitution
• Plus a few less important options

Your first stop should be “My Permits” where you can add states for which you have a resident or non-resident CCW permit.

“State Map” then shows states where your permit is honored, handy when plotting cross-country trips.

Most often I use “CCW Laws” to find firearms laws for the state I am in currently or planning to travel through. You can access laws for your current state via the “Current State” button, of course, and pull up any state via “State Map” or “State List.”

Once on the State page, you are shown a quick links to information on key laws, such as

• Duty to inform
• Preemption Rules
• Signage Law
• Permit info
• Attorney General and Police Contact info
• Open Carry Information
• Parking Lot Storage
• Permit Recognition Laws
• Magazine and tactical rifle restrictions
• Use of force and duty to retreat
• Indian Nation Laws
• Federal Transport Laws
• Federal Prohibited Locations
• LEO / Retried LEO Permit
• All firearm laws

The first screen of the North Carolina listing is shown below.

At the bottom of this screen is an overview of whether concealed carry is allowed in restaurants serving alcohol, rest areas, state parks, and wildlife management areas. Another section provides links to additional resources.

For years when at my laptop I have used http://www.handgunlaw.us/ for similar information to that found in the “CCW Laws” app, but with this app such information is with me all the time and a tap away.

These two coupled companion apps “Posted!” and “CCW Laws” are indispensable for anyone traveling with a weapon, concealed or open. Checking whether businesses are posted is quick and easy with “Posted!” Firearms laws for states on your route are accessible and well organized in “CCW Laws”.

This one-two punch provides incredible value at 99 cents for the pair. Install these today and you, too, can add to the completeness and accuracy of the database.

Ratings (out of five stars):

Utility * * * * *
An essential accessory for anyone carrying outside the home. Find out in advance whether a business is posted. Keep firearms laws handy.

Reliability * * * * *
Never a single crash or hiccup.

Accuracy * * * * 1/2
Roughly 90% of anti-gun businesses I visit are already flagged in the app. If more of us use the app and add anti-gun businesses we find, we can take the accuracy to 100%.

Ergonomics * * * * *
The app is intuitive and responds nearly instantly.

Value * * * * *
Ninety-nine cents, or roughly the cost of a single self-defense round, depending on brand and caliber.

Overall * * * * *
Incredible capability, meets an important need, very easy to use, costs less than a cup of coffee.

comments

  1. The positive thinker in me knows this is the first time ever I’ll pay for an app, plus can/will contribute to its scope.

    The cynic in me wonders how long it’ll take the Googletotalitarians and Applesocialists to ban the app because ‘gunsarebadmmmmmkay’.

    1. avatar BD says:

      …or how long that your searches and your data will be for sale, first to folks who want to sell you stuff, then to folks who want to know about your stuff, and finally to those who want to forbid your stuff.

      1. BD, that’s a bigly-yuuuuuge +1 your way.

        I forgot to add to the above:

        …..but that can’t – we all agreed to the smartypants phone EULA – happen – nudge – here.

  2. avatar Flubnut says:

    The functionality might be great, the data might be accurate, but…can they update the UI? 1997 wants it’s web icons back.

    I know some might think I’m nit-picking, or Debbie Downer, but seriously: looks matter. A lot. A couple days with a graphic designer is all it takes. 🙂

    1. avatar m says:

      ~snort~lol

    2. avatar Blakeg says:

      That’s the first thing that jumped out at me, too! (Maybe because I do graphic design work for my day job…) The concept sounds great, but what an eyesore! :/

  3. avatar Skinnedknuckles says:

    I downloaded it and right now it has very little information for my area. Hopefully more users will cure that issue.

    When I clicked on the CCW Laws icon instead of taking me to the app, it took me to the app store wanting another $1.99 for that app. I feel like I’ve been a little misled by this review. (iOS version)

    1. avatar Jake says:

      CCW LAWS was included with my Android purchase, but that was a few years ago.

  4. avatar Geoff "Mess with the Bull, get the Horns" PR says:

    For those that travel frequently, adding knife laws to the CCW app would be a good idea.

    Some areas ban lock-backs, etc. I hope it’s something they consider adding…

  5. avatar Mort says:

    Outstanding. I was wondering when this would become a viable thing. This has the potential to change the whole ballgame…

    Nothing ia more annoying than living in a Constitutional state, then traveling out to dinner only to see an ARS 4-229 sign… slumping back to the vehicle like you forgot something… oh so perturbing. Because we always, religiously follow the law, of course.

    I like much better the “wink and nod” establishments… the ones that put up a non-spec “out of code” sign (e.g., “No Weapons” without a pictogram, or “No Guns Permitted” with a a smiley face, or even one sports bar, who has an up-to-code sign behind the bar, AFTER you walk in armed…). This makes the ridiculous anti-gun people “feel safer,” which makes their moods more tolerable, and it gives the option of the proprietor or manager to oust anyone who is armed and behaving poorly. But leaves us quiet CCW folks alone…

    What a great app. I hope it lives up to its potential as described in the article above. Be safe.

  6. avatar Mark_PAV says:

    As long as the CCW laws are accurate and updated this could be a useful app. Unfortunately it will most likely be good for now but somewhere along the way, they’ll stop/reduce the funding to keep the updates accurate. Keep in mind state- to-state reciprocity laws change numerous times a year. Do you want to risk traveling based on critical information from an “app”? While I can’t recall the app, I bought CCW one a few years ago. Immediately apon the download I noticed Pa “ stand your ground” laws which were in effect in Pa for two years were not updated.

    I think I’ll pass…..

    1. avatar Jake says:

      That is a risk, of course. However, the database is updated just about every time I use it. Certainly sacral times each month.

  7. avatar JOHN B THAYER says:

    If they ask me to leave I will. Otherwise I don’t care. Concealed means concealed.

  8. avatar bryan1980 says:

    For the Texans here, texas3006.com is your friend; they also have a mobile app. It tracks 30.06, 30.07, and 51% locations (for those who don’t know, if a business derives 51% or greater of its revenue from alcoholic beverages consumed on-site, the TABC requires them to post a 51% sign, which makes it a felony for licensed or unlicensed possession of a firearm). You can take a picture of the posted signs, and the moderators can determine whether the signs are compliant with the law or not.

  9. avatar John says:

    Go to http://www.handgunlaw.us and bookmark it on the Safari or Chrome app. It’s a better site and it’s free. Just not an app.

    1. avatar Jake says:

      That is a good alternative to “CCW Laws” but does not replicate the functionality of “Posted!”

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