Yes. Once loaded and carried/concealed, many states do consider them to be just like any other modern pistol.
But it really depends on the state since some may not.
And in a state where the laws may be really gray with respect to carrying one loaded, the decision could be placed in the hands of a judge and/or a jury.
And once arrested and charged then a new precedent can be set.
A person could be charged with violations other than carrying a [concealed] pistol without a permit, such as reckless endangerment.
Last edited by arcticap; January 19, 2013 at 08:33 AM.