Yeah, I find this odd as well. Asking for permission just makes me feel... icky. Like a child (or worse).I've tried to talk people out of getting permits, but most can't conceive of carrying without a permission slip.
I can't conceive of asking permission to carry.
Luckily I live in NC where it's not required for OC.
Yet many folks get some sort of positive reinforcement from the approbation of being permitted.
This is why permits are so insidious. Folks become "addicted" to that approbation, and while Constitutional Carry means their rights are finally being respected, it also means they lose any "special" status and any of the warm-n-fuzzies which accompany it.
That's a good litmus test, btw, for detecting the fundamental statist: he feels these psychological effects are not only good, but they're a necessary and intended part of a licensure scheme. Such a person will only be a lifelong enemy of liberty, I'm afraid. Those who feel the call of liberty tend to recoil from such psychological effects, advocating licensure (if, indeed, they do at all) solely for its utilitarian benefits.