It's great to see that everyone on this thread seems to want to keep and defend, what I believe is every law abiding (and sane) citizens right.
My suggestion is to make sure your state govt. knows how you feel. I agree with Shane about the state shouldn't be able to over-ride the constitution.
I have a permit in 2 states.
My normal weapon of choice; .380 auto 5+1. It's small, and easy to handle and I can conceal it even when wearing a pair of shorts and a t-shirt. It's plenty.
Stay focused and responsible. Use it only if you must. Most of all keep up the fight to keep our right.