Carrying concealed weapons, or CCW, has long been recognized as a source of public danger in communities. Though some states require good cause or safety training for a citizen to obtain a CCW permit, the gun lobby has recently made it a priority to push through harmful legislation that rolls back this important and lifesaving regulation, either by weakening existing permitting systems or not requiring permits at all to carry hidden, loaded guns in public places.


People carrying hidden, loaded handguns in public create unnecessary risks of intentional or accidental shootings. Carrying concealed weapons (CCW) increases the risk that everyday disagreements will escalate into shootouts, especially in places where disputes frequently occur—in bars, at sporting events, and in traffic. Permissive concealed carry laws violate the shared expectation that public places will be safe environments free from guns and gun violence.

Over the past 30 years, states across the country have dramatically weakened their CCW laws. These changes have significantly expanded the number of people who have permits to carry hidden, loaded handguns and the number of public locations in which they may be carried.1

History of CCW

For decades, most states either prohibited or severely limited concealed carrying.2 Handgun carrying bans were among the earliest gun laws adopted by states; even legendary Old West frontier towns like Dodge City, Kansas, knew better than to allow the carrying of hidden pistols. In the 20th century, some states granted law enforcement the discretion to issue CCW permits to persons who could demonstrate a legitimate need to carry a hidden gun in public, while other states continued to ban concealed carrying altogether. Over the past three decades, at the behest of the gun lobby, many states have overturned these longstanding laws in favor of permissive CCW permitting systems. Twelve states now even allow individuals to carry concealed without possessing any permit at all,3 even though large national polls have found that 88% of gun owners and 86% of NRA members oppose repealing CCW permitting requirements.4 In these permitless carry states, it is easier to legally carry a loaded, hidden handgun in public than it is to legally drive a car.

Concealed Carry Criminals

Weak permitting systems allow dangerous people to carry guns. A Los Angeles Times analysis of Texas CCW holders, for example, found that between 1995 and 2000, more than 400 convicted criminals—including rapists and armed robbers—had been issued CCW licenses under the state’s permitting law.5 A similar study by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel found that in just the first half of 2006, Florida had issued CCW licenses to more than 1,400 individuals who had pleaded guilty or no contest to felonies, 216 individuals with outstanding warrants, 128 people with active domestic violence injunctions against them, and six registered sex offenders.6 An investigation by the Indianapolis Star regarding CCW permit holders in Indiana revealed similar problems with the state’s permitting system.7

Another study of Texas’ permissive concealed carry law found that between January 1, 1996, (when the law first took effect) and August 31, 2001, Texas concealed handgun license holders were arrested for 5,314 crimes, including murder, rape, kidnapping, and theft.8 The investigation found that some license holders had been arrested for more than two crimes per day, and for more than four drunk driving offenses per week. From 1996 to 2000, license holders were arrested for weapons-related crimes at a rate 81% higher than that of the state’s general population age 21 and older.9

A Violence Policy Center analysis has also found that CCW permit holders have perpetrated at least 32 mass shootings and killed at least 1,289 people since May 2007.10

Concealed Carry and Gun Trafficking

Weak laws regulating the carrying of concealed weapons have also been linked to increased gun trafficking. According to a September 2010 report by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, laws that deprive law enforcement of discretion regarding the issuance of concealed carry permits are the source of crime guns recovered in other states at more than twice the rate of states that grant law enforcement such discretion.11

False Gun Lobby Claims

Claims that permissive CCW laws lead to decreases in crime—by helping permit holders fight off criminals and sending the message to would-be attackers that any potential victim might be packing heat—are simply untrue. On the contrary, CCW permit holders actually threaten public safety, even when they may be trying to assist in a dangerous situation. During the 2011 Tucson shooting, for example—where the shooter killed six people and injured 14 others, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords—an individual carrying a concealed weapon almost drew his gun against a man who had wrestled the shooter’s gun away, thinking erroneously that the man was actually the shooter.12

No credible statistical evidence exists to show that permissive CCW laws reduce crime.13 In fact, the evidence suggests that permissive CCW laws increase the frequency of violent crimes like assault. A 2017 study by Stanford University researchers estimated that adoption of weak ‘shall issue’ permitting laws were associated with a 13% to 15% increase in violent crime rates after 10 years.14 This research confirms that allowing more guns in public crowds and streets creates more opportunities for injury and death, not fewer.15

Claims that guns are used defensively millions times every year have also been widely discredited.16 Even when a gun is used in self-defense, which is rare, the research shows that it is no more likely to reduce a person’s chance of being injured during a crime than various other forms of protective action.17 One study suggests that carrying a firearm may actually increase a victim’s risk of firearm injury during the commission of a crime.18

Ultra-Compact Handguns

“Ultra-compact” or “ultra-concealable” firearms are a class of semiautomatic handguns characterized by their small size and high caliber. The portability of ultra-compact handguns increases the risk of indiscriminate use by previously law-abiding citizens thrust into emotionally-charged situations.19 These firearms are typically no more than seven inches in overall length and are chambered for higher caliber ammunition (i.e., 9mm or larger). Tracing data from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives indicates that ultra-compact handguns are increasingly traced to crime.20

While there are no federal or state laws prohibiting the manufacture or sale of ultra-compact handguns, a few local governments in California—Los Angeles, Oakland, and San Francisco—ban the sale of ultra-compact handguns.

Public Opposition to Lax CCW Laws

In a 2010 nationwide poll, a majority of Americans opposed laws allowing people to carry concealed, loaded handguns in public places.21 Additionally, there is near-universal agreement that a variety of public spaces should be gun-free. According to a nationwide poll, nine out of ten Americans oppose laws allowing guns on college campuses, or in bars, restaurants, stadiums, hospitals, or government buildings.22

Summary of Federal Law

Federally Mandated CCW

In recent years, the gun lobby has been pushing federal legislation that would mandate that each state recognize concealed carry permits from every other state. So far, such efforts have been unsuccessful. Many states have extremely lax permitting laws; ten states do not even require a permit to carry concealed. Forcing states with strong CCW laws like California and New York to comply with weak laws from states like Florida and Louisiana will endanger public safety and make it significantly harder for police to enforce gun laws proven to save lives.

Law Enforcement CCW

Federal law provides that certain law enforcement officers may carry concealed firearms. Any “qualified law enforcement officer” with proper agency-issued identification may carry a concealed firearm.23 “Qualified retired law enforcement officer” with proper identification may also carry a concealed firearm.24

Both statutes supersede state and local laws regarding concealed carry by law enforcement except in certain circumstances. States are not precluded from allowing private persons or entities to prohibit or restrict the possession of concealed firearms on their property by current or retired law enforcement. States also are not precluded from prohibiting or restricting the possession of firearms by current or retired law enforcement on any state or local government property, installations, buildings, bases, or parks.

Background Check Exception

Significantly, a person holding a state-issued permit allowing the person to acquire or possess firearms (e.g., a concealed weapons permit) is not required to undergo a background check if the permit was issued: (1) within the previous five years in the state in which the transfer is to take place; and (2) after an authorized government official has conducted a background investigation to verify that possession of a firearm would not be unlawful.25 Permits issued after November 30, 1998 qualify as exempt only if the approval process included a NICS check.26

This exemption threatens public safety because it allows a prohibited person to acquire a firearm when the person falls into a prohibited category after issuance of the state permit and the state has not immediately revoked the permit. Under the federal exemption, no background check is required and the seller would have no way to learn that the prospective purchaser is prohibited from possessing firearms. For more information about this exemption, see our summary on Background Check Procedures.

Summary of State Law

Every state—as well as the District of Columbia—allows the carrying of concealed weapons in some form. Thirty-eight states generally require a state-issued permit in order to carry concealed weapons in public (CCW permit). The remaining 12 (Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming) generally allow individuals to carry concealed weapons in public without a permit. (However, 11 of these 12 states still issue CCW permits; individuals may desire them to qualify for an exemption from federal law’s background check requirements when purchasing a firearm, or so that they may carry concealed weapons in other states).

Of the 38 states that generally require a CCW permit in order to carry concealed weapons in public, eight states and the District of Columbia have “may issue” laws, which grant the issuing authority wide discretion to deny a CCW permit to an applicant if, for example, the authority believes the applicant lacks good character or lacks a good reason for carrying a weapon in public. Fifteen “shall issue” states provide the issuing authority a limited amount of discretion, and 15 “shall issue” states provide no discretion to the issuing authority.

Nearly every state places some restrictions on where concealed firearms may be carried, such as restrictions on carrying in bars, schools, and hospitals, and at public sporting events.

“May Issue” States

District of Columbia30
New Jersey34
New York35

Limited Discretion “Shall Issue” States

Rhode Island47
South Dakota48

No Discretion “Shall Issue” States

New Mexico57
North Carolina58
South Carolina61

No CCW Permit Is Required

New Hampshire73
North Dakota74
West Virginia76

“May” Versus “Shall” Issue Laws

“May issue” laws give significant discretion to the issuing official to grant or deny the permit, based on the guidance of various statutory factors. Even if the general requirements are met, the official is not required to issue the permit. This kind of law allows permitting authorities to consider factors that may not have been included in the language of a state’s CCW permitting statutes. Nine states have laws that can truly be categorized as “may issue.”

In “shall issue” states, law enforcement officials are generally required to issue a permit to anyone who meets certain minimal statutory requirements (e.g., that the person is not a convicted felon or mentally incompetent). Among states with shall issue laws, some states provide the issuing authority no discretion to deny a permit if the person meets these requirements. In contrast, other states have “shall issue” statutes that still give issuing authorities some degree of discretion to deny a permit if, for example, there is reasonable suspicion to believe that the applicant is a danger to self or others. These “limited discretion” states fall into a separate category that lies between pure “shall issue” and true “may issue” states.

As noted above, twelve states (Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming) now allow the carrying of concealed weapons without a permit, although all but Vermont issue CCW permits.

Qualifications for Concealed Weapons Permits

The strongest seven concealed carry permitting systems require CCW applicants to demonstrate good cause as to why the applicant needs a permit. In addition, ten states also require the applicant to be of good character before a permit is issued. In roughly half the states, CCW applicants are also required to demonstrate some level of knowledge of firearm use and/or firearm safety.

States Requiring a Showing of Good Cause

Seven states require CCW permit applicants to demonstrate good cause or a justifiable need to carry a concealed weapon. In California, for example, good cause exists to issue a CCW permit when there is a clear and present danger to the applicant or the applicant’s spouse, family, or employees. Generally, a credible threat to the applicant’s safety that cannot be alleviated through other legal channels constitutes good cause when applying for a CCW permit. Maryland requires an applicant to demonstrate “a good and substantial reason to wear, carry, or transport a handgun, such as a finding that the permit is necessary as a reasonable precaution against apprehended danger.” New York requires an applicant to demonstrate “proper cause,” and New Jersey allows a court to issue a permit only if it is satisfied that the applicant “has a justifiable need to carry a handgun.”

Other states further delineate the circumstances that constitute good cause or justifiable need: Massachusetts requires the applicant to show a “good reason” to fear injury to his or her person or property, or any other proper reason for carrying a concealed firearm. Delaware issues concealed weapons licenses only “for personal protection or the protection of the person’s property.” Hawaii grants licenses to carry concealed weapons “[i]n an exceptional case, when an applicant shows reason to fear injury to the applicant’s person or property.” Connecticut and Washington DC are the only “may issue” states that do not require the applicant to demonstrate a reason for a permit.

States that Require a Showing of Good Cause for Issuance of a Concealed Weapons Permit:78

New Jersey
New York

States Requiring Applicants to be of Good Character or a Suitable Person, or Allowing for Denial When There is Reason to Believe a Person is Dangerous

Eight “may issue” and two limited-discretion “shall issue” states (Georgia and Indiana), as well as the District of Columbia, require the licensing authority to consider the character of the applicant. Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, and the District of Columbia allow permits to be issued only to “suitable persons.” California, Delaware, Georgia, and New York require the licensing authority to find that the applicant is of “good moral character.” New Jersey requires that three “reputable persons” who have known the applicant for at least three years certify that the applicant is of “good moral character and behavior.” Delaware also requires that the applicant include with his or her application a certificate signed by five “respectable citizens” of the county in which the applicant resides stating that the applicant is of good moral character, has a reputation for peace and good order, and that possession of a concealed deadly weapon by the applicant is necessary for the protection of the applicant or the applicant’s property. Indiana requires that the applicant be of good character and reputation. Rhode Island requires a person to either have a suitable character or make a “proper showing of need.”

The remaining limited discretion “shall issue” states do not technically have a “good character” requirement, but allow a CCW application to be denied to a person who is not categorically ineligible if law enforcement can show a documented reason to believe the person is dangerous.

States that Require Applicants to be of Good Character or a Suitable Person:79

District of Columbia
New Jersey
New York
Rhode Island (as an alternative to a proper showing of need)

States Without a “Character” Requirement that Allow Denials When There is Reason to Believe the Person is Dangerous:80

South Dakota

States Requiring Applicants to Demonstrate Knowledge of Firearm Use and/or Safety

More than half of the states and the District of Columbia require a CCW permit applicant to demonstrate that they have received training in firearm use and/or safety. Among “may issue” states, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and the District of Columbia, require applicants to complete a firearm safety course, or otherwise demonstrate their qualification to use a firearm safely.

Delaware’s firearm safety training requirement, which applies to the applicant’s initial CCW license only, is particularly strong, and specifies that the training course must include instruction regarding:

  • Knowledge and safe handling of firearms and ammunition;
  • Safe storage of firearms and ammunition and child safety;
  • Safe firearms shooting fundamentals;
  • Federal and state laws pertaining to the lawful purchase, ownership, transportation, use, and possession of firearms;
  • State laws pertaining to the use of deadly force for self-defense; and
  • Techniques for avoiding a criminal attack and how to manage a violent confrontation, including conflict resolution.

Delaware also requires that the training include live fire-shooting exercises on a range, including the expenditure of a minimum of 100 rounds of ammunition, and identification of ways to develop and maintain firearm-shooting skills. Finally, Rhode Island requires applicants to obtain a certification that they are qualified to use a handgun of a caliber equal to or larger than the one they seek to carry. The certification can be obtained by passing a firing test conducted by a range officer or pistol instructor. Such thorough training requirements help ensure that only highly trained individuals are allowed to carry concealed firearms in public areas.

Among “shall issue” states, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, South, Carolina and Texas require live firing as part of the firearm training component of the law.

States Requiring CCW Applicants to Demonstrate Knowledge of Firearm Use and/or Safety:81

New Jersey
New Mexico
North Carolina
Rhode Island
South Carolina

States Limiting the Locations where Concealed Weapons May be Carried

Almost every state imposes at least some restrictions on the locations in which concealed weapons may be carried. The majority of states prohibit concealed weapons on school property, in prisons or jails, courthouses, and other government buildings. A smaller number of jurisdictions prohibit concealed weapons in a wide range of other locations, including places of worship (Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wyoming, and the District of Columbia); bars or other establishments which serve alcohol on their premises (Alaska, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming); polling places (Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, South Carolina, Texas, and the District of Columbia); public sporting events (Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and the District of Columbia); hospitals and/or medical facilities (Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, South Carolina, Texas, and the District of Columbia); sites where gambling is permitted (Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania); and mental health facilities (Alabama, Kansas, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington, and the District of Columbia).

Other Restrictions on Permits

State concealed weapons permits vary in duration and renewal processes. The strongest laws limit the duration of permits and require applicants for renewal of a permit to undergo a complete background check and complete safety training and testing. Strong state laws also require the immediate revocation of a permit if the permit-holder becomes ineligible for the permit or violates a law regarding firearms.

State laws also vary regarding the carrying of concealed weapons by individuals who have obtained a permit from a different state. The strongest state laws limit the carrying of concealed weapons to individuals who have obtained a permit from that state. Other states limit carrying to individuals with permits from states that have similar requirements for their permits. The states with the weakest laws allow carrying by individuals with permits from any state that recognizes that state’s permit, or by individuals with permits from any state.

Key Legislative Elements

 The features listed below are intended to provide a framework from which policy options may be considered. A jurisdiction considering new legislation should consult with counsel.

  • A license or permit to carry is required.
  • Law enforcement has full discretion to issue permits (nine states are pure “may issue” states) based on strict guidelines, including, but not limited to, a showing of both:
    • Good moral character, and
    • Good cause for requesting a CCW permit.
  • In addition to background checks, applicants are required to have safety training and to pass written and hands-on tests demonstrating knowledge of firearm laws and safety (27 states require some form of firearm training/knowledge).
  • Applicants must be 21 years of age or over.
  • Restrictions are placed on the locations where carrying concealed weapons is allowed, prohibiting the carrying of concealed weapons in sensitive areas such as schools, courthouses, hospitals, mental health institutions, and public sporting events.
  • Permits are of limited duration and may be renewed only upon satisfaction of all conditions and testing, including background checks.
  • Permits are subject to revocation in cases where holder becomes a prohibited purchaser or fails to comply with applicable federal, state, and local firearms laws.
  1. For more about this issue, see the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence’s publications Guns in Public Places: The Increasing Threat of Hidden Guns in America, and America Caught in the Crossfire: How Concealed Carry Laws Threaten Public Safety. The Law Center has also published a model law regulating the carrying of firearms in public places. ⤴︎
  2. For a more detailed discussion of this history, see Guns in Public Places: The Increasing Threat of Hidden Guns in America. ⤴︎
  3. Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming. ⤴︎
  4. See Public Policy Polling, National Gun Owners Survey Results (Apr. 19-20, 2017), ⤴︎
  5. William C. Rempel & Richard A. Serrano, “Felons Get Concealed Gun Licenses Under Bush’s ‘Tough’ Gun Law,” L.A. Times, Oct. 3, 2000, A1, ⤴︎
  6. Megan O’Matz, “In Florida, It’s Easy to Get a License to Carry a Gun,” South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Jan. 28, 2007, at 1A. ⤴︎
  7. Mark Alesia et al., “Should These Hoosiers Have Been Allowed to Carry a Gun in Public?, Indianapolis Star, Oct. 11, 2009, ⤴︎
  8. Violence Policy Center, License to Kill IV: More Guns, More Crime (June 2002): 2, ⤴︎
  9. Id. at 5. ⤴︎
  10. “Concealed Carry Killers,” Violence Policy Center, Accessed December 6, 2018, ⤴︎
  11. Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Trace the Guns: The Link Between Gun Laws and Interstate Gun Trafficking (Sept. 2010), 18-19, The report noted that CCW permit holders in one state are often allowed, under reciprocity agreements with other states, to carry guns in those states, and are often exempt from laws designed to impede drug trafficking (such as one-gun-a-month laws, intended to prohibit individuals from buying guns in bulk and reselling them on the black market). ⤴︎
  12. William Saletan, “Friendly Firearms,” Slate (Jan. 11, 2011), ⤴︎
  13. Ian Ayres & John J. Donohue III, “Shooting Down the ‘More Guns, Less Crime’ Hypothesis,” 55 Stan. L. Rev. (2003): 1193, 1285, 1296; Ian Ayres & John J. Donohue III, Comment, “The Latest Misfires in Support of the ‘More Guns, Less Crime’ Hypothesis,” 55 Stan. L. Rev. (2003): 1371, 1397. ⤴︎
  14. See Alex Yablon, “More Good Guys with Concealed Guns = More Violent Crime,” The Trace, Jun. 29, 2017, See also, Daniel W. Webster et al., Firearms on College Campuses: Research Evidence and Policy Implications (Oct. 15, 2016), 16-17,; John J. Donohue II, et al., “The Impact of Right-To-Carry Laws and the NRC Report: Lessons for the Empirical Evaluation of Law and Policy, 13 Am Law Econ Rev (Fall 2011): 565. ⤴︎
  15. States with higher rates of household firearm ownership also have significantly higher homicide victimization rates. Matthew Miller, Deborah Azrael & David Hemenway, “Rates of Household Firearm Ownership and Homicide Across US Regions and States, 1988-1997,” 92 Am. J. Pub. Health  (Dec. 2002): 1988, 1991-92, ⤴︎
  16. The most famous of these claims, that guns are used defensively 2.5 million times annually, is based on a study that suffers from several fatal methodological flaws, including its reliance on only 66 responses in a telephone survey of 5,000 people, multiplied out to purportedly represent 200 million American adults. David Hemenway, “Policy and Perspective: Survey Research and Self-Defense Gun Use: An Explanation of Extreme Overestimates,” 87 J. Crim. L. & Criminology (1997): 1430, 1432. The authors of that discredited study themselves stated that in up to 64% of their reported defensive gun use cases, the guns were carried or used illegally, including cases where the victim was actually the aggressor. Gary KIeck & Marc Gertz, “Armed Resistance to Crime: The Prevalence and Nature of Self-Defense with a Gun,” 86 J. Crim. L. & Criminology (1995): 150, 174. ⤴︎
  17. David Hemenway, “Private Guns,” Public Health (2004): 78. ⤴︎
  18. Charles C. Branas, Therese S. Richmond, Dennis P. Culhane, Thomas R. Ten Have & Douglas J. Wiebe, “Investigating the Link Between Gun Possession and Gun Assault,” 99 Am. J. Pub. Health (Nov. 2009): 2034, ⤴︎
  19. Violence Policy Center, Pocket Rockets: The Gun Industry’s Sale of Increased Killing Power (July 2000), ⤴︎
  20. Id. ⤴︎
  21. Lake Research Partners for the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, Findings from a National Survey of 600 Registered Voters (Apr. 26-28, 2010), The American Bar Association has recognized the dangers of weak concealed carry laws. On August 8, 2011, the Association’s House of Delegates adopted a resolution expressing its support for laws giving law enforcement broad discretion to determine whether a permit or license to engage in concealed carry should be issued, and its opposition to laws limiting such discretion. ⤴︎
  22. David Hemenway, Deborah Azrael & Matthew Miller, “National Attitudes Concerning Gun Carrying in the United States,” 7 Inj. Prev. (Dec. 2001): 282, 283, ⤴︎
  23. 18 U.S.C. § 926B. ⤴︎
  24. 18 U.S.C. § 926C. ⤴︎
  25. 18 U.S.C. § 922(t)(3); 27 C.F.R. § 478.102(d). ⤴︎
  26. 27 C.F.R. § 478.102(d). ⤴︎
  27. Cal. Penal Code §§ 25400-25700, 26150-26225. ⤴︎
  28. Conn. Gen. Stat. §§ 29-28 – 29-30, 29-32, 29-32b, 29-35, 29-37. ⤴︎
  29. Del. Code Ann. tit. 11, §§ 1441, 1442. ⤴︎
  30. D.C. Code Ann. § 22-4506. ⤴︎
  31. Haw. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 134-9. ⤴︎
  32. Md. Code Ann., Pub. Safety §§ 5-301 – 5-314. ⤴︎
  33. Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 140, §§ 131, 131C, 131P; ch. 269, § 10. ⤴︎
  34. N.J. Stat. Ann. §§ 2C:58-3, 2C:58-4, 2C:39-5. ⤴︎
  35. N.Y. Penal Law §§ 265.01, 265.20, 400.00. ⤴︎
  36. Ala. Code § 13A-11-75. ⤴︎
  37. Ark. Code Ann. §§ 5-73-119, 5-73-120, 5-73-122, 5-73-301 – 5-73-319. ⤴︎
  38. Colo. Rev. Stat. §§ 18-12-203, 18-12-215. ⤴︎
  39. Ga. Code Ann. § 16-11-126 – 16-11-130. ⤴︎
  40. 430 Ill. Comp. Stat. 66/1 – 66/110 (effective Jan. 2014). ⤴︎
  41. Ind. Code Ann. §§ 35-47-2-1 – 35-47-2-6, 35-47-6-1, 35-47-6-1.3, 35-47-9-1, 35-47-9-2. Indiana issues lifetime licenses to carry a handgun. The lifetime license carries no additional requirements (other than a higher fee). Ind. Code Ann. §§ 35-47-2-3, 35-47-2-4. ⤴︎
  42. Iowa Code §§ 724.4, 724.4B, 724.7 – 724.13. ⤴︎
  43. Minn. Stat. § 624.714. ⤴︎
  44. Mont. Code Ann. §§ 45-8-321 – 45-8-329. ⤴︎
  45. Or. Rev. Stat. §§ 166.291 – 166.297, 166.370. ⤴︎
  46. 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. §§ 6106, 6109, 912, 913; 55 Pa. Code §§ 3270.79, 3280.79, 3800.101, 6400.86. ⤴︎
  47. R.I. Gen. Laws §§ 11-47-8 – 11-47-18. ⤴︎
  48. S.D. Codified Laws §§ 23-7-7 – 23-7-8.6, 22-14-23, 13-32-7. ⤴︎
  49. Utah Code Ann. §§ 53-5-701 – 53-5-710, 76-8-311.1, 76-8-311.3, 76-10-529, 76-10-530. ⤴︎
  50. Va. Code Ann. §§ 18.2-308 – 18.2-308.015, 18.2-283, 18.2-283.1, 18.2-287.01. ⤴︎
  51. Fla. Stat. Ann. §§ 790.01, 790.015, 790.06, 790.0601. ⤴︎
  52. Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§ 237.110, 527.020. ⤴︎
  53. La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§ 40:1379.1, 40:1379.3, 40:1379.3.1. ⤴︎
  54. Mich. Comp. Laws §§ 28.421a – 28.429c. ⤴︎
  55. Neb. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§ 28-1202, 69-2427 – 69-2449. ⤴︎
  56. Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§ 202.3653 – 202.369. ⤴︎
  57. N.M. Stat. Ann. §§ 29-19-1 – 29-19-13, 30-7-2.4, 30-7-3, 30-7-13. ⤴︎
  58. N.C. Gen. Stat. §§ 14-415.10 – 14-415.24, 14-269.2, 14-269.3, 14-277.2. ⤴︎
  59. Ohio Rev. Code Ann. §§ 2923.11 – 2923.1213. ⤴︎
  60. Okla. Stat. tit. 21, §§ 1277, 1290.1 – 1290.26. ⤴︎
  61. S.C. Code Ann. §§ 23-31-210 – 23-31-240, 16-23-20, 16-23-420, 16-23-430, 16-23-460, 16-23-465. ⤴︎
  62. Tenn. Code Ann. §§ 39-17-1351 – 39-17-1360, 39-17-1309. ⤴︎
  63. Tex. Gov’t Code Ann. §§ 411.171 – 411.208, Tex. Penal Code Ann. §§ 30.06, 46.15, 46.02, 46.03, 46.035. An amendment to Texas’s CCW law, effective Sept. 1, 2007, allows residents to carry concealed firearms without a permit when they are traveling in a private vehicle, and on their person when traveling to and from their premises and their vehicle. Tex. Penal Code §§ 46.02, 46.15. Firearms in vehicles must be hidden from plain view. Id. ⤴︎
  64. Wash. Rev. Code Ann. §§ 9.41.070 – 9.41.075, 9.41.097, 9.41.280, 9.41.300, 9.41.800. ⤴︎
  65. Wis. Stat. § 175.60. ⤴︎
  66. Alaska Stat. § 11.61.220(a). ⤴︎
  67. Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 13-3102. Enacted in 2010. ⤴︎
  68. Idaho Code § 18-3302 as amended by 2016 ID S 1389. Enacted in 2016. ⤴︎
  69. Kan. Stat. Ann. § 21-6302(4). Enacted in 2015. ⤴︎
  70. See Me. Stat., 25 § 2001-A. Enacted in 2015. ⤴︎
  71. 2016 Miss. H.B. 786, signed by the governor April 15, 2016, amending Miss Code Ann. § 97-37-7(24). ⤴︎
  72. 2016 Mo. S.B. 656, Governor’s veto overridden Sept 14, 2016, amending Mo. Rev. Stat. §§ 571.030. ⤴︎
  73. 2017 NH SB 12, enacted and immediately effective on Feb. 22, 2017. ⤴︎
  74. N.D. Cent. Code §§ 62.1-02-04 – 62.1-02-05, 62.1-04-01 – 62.1-04-05; 2017 ND HB 1169, enacted Mar. 23 and effective on Aug. 1, 2017. ⤴︎
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  80. See list of states that require permits for relevant citations. ⤴︎
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