Concealed Carry States 2019

In the United States, each state has its laws surrounding whether or not it is legal to carry weapons. In some states, open carry is permitted, which means that a firearm can be carried out in the open if the individual meets all requirements of the state. In other states, concealed carry is allowed. This means that a person can carry a legal weapon in their vehicle or on themselves, but it must be hidden from sight.

While most people associated concealed carry with guns, other weapons may also be included in these laws. In the state of Florida, pepper spray canisters that are over 2 ounces can only be carried by a person with a concealed weapons permit.

All 50 states have laws in place that allow citizens to carry concealed weapons. However, some states will not issue permits or make it extremely difficult to acquire a permit. In 2018, over 17 million permits were issued throughout the nation.

Since all 50 states have laws in place, we will break down the permitting policies found throughout the nation.

In some states, concealed carry is unrestricted. This means that anyone that can legally carry a weapon may do so without a permit. The unrestricted states are:

Some of these states have special considerations. For example, only Wyoming residents may carry without a permit in the state of Wyoming. In New Mexico, only unloaded weapons may be carried without a permit. In Montana, concealed carry without a permit is only allowed outside of city limits.

Other states have shall-issue laws. This means that a license is required to carry a concealed handgun. However, the permitted carrier does not have to demonstrate “good cause” for carrying the weapon.

Other states have may-issue laws. This is when a permit is required, and local authorities help determine whether permits are given. These states are:

In some states, there are no-issue laws. This means that most private citizens are not allowed to carry a concealed handgun. In California, this is the case in 12 counties. In other areas, while these laws are not technically on the books, they are in practice. The states that have these laws in practice are:

  • Hawaii
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • New York
State Concealed Carry Permit Information 2019 Pop.
AlabamaShall Issue to Residents Only4,898,246
AlaskaConstitutional Carry and Shall Issue to Residents Only735,720
ArizonaConstitutional Carry and Shall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents7,275,070
ArkansasShall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents3,026,412
CaliforniaMay Issue to Residents Only39,747,267
ColoradoShall Issue to Residents Only5,770,545
ConnecticutMay Issue to Residents and Non-Residents3,567,871
DelawareMay Issue to Residents Only975,033
District of ColumbiaShall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents711,571
FloridaShall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents21,646,155
GeorgiaShall Issue to Residents Only10,627,767
HawaiiMay Issue to Residents and Non-Residents1,416,589
IdahoShall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents1,790,182
IllinoisShall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents12,700,381
IndianaShall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents6,718,616
IowaShall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents3,167,997
KansasConstitutional Carry and Shall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents2,910,931
KentuckyShall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents4,484,047
LouisianaShall Issue to Residents Only4,652,581
MaineConstitutional Carry and Shall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents1,342,097
MarylandMay Issue to Residents and Non-Residents6,062,917
MassachusettsMay Issue to Residents and Non-Residents6,939,373
MichiganShall Issue to Residents Only10,020,472
MinnesotaShall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents5,655,925
MississippiConstitutional Carry and Shall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents2,987,895
MissouriConstitutional Carry and Shall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents6,147,861
MontanaShall Issue to Residents Only1,074,532
NebraskaShall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents1,940,919
NevadaShall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents3,087,025
New HampshireConstitutional Carry and Shall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents1,363,852
New JerseyMay Issue to Residents and Non-Residents8,922,547
New MexicoShall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents2,096,034
New YorkMay Issue to Residents and Non-Residents19,491,339
North CarolinaShall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents10,497,741
North DakotaShall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents760,900
OhioShall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents11,718,568
OklahomaShall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents3,948,950
OregonShall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents4,245,901
PennsylvaniaShall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents12,813,969
Rhode IslandShall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents1,056,738
South CarolinaShall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents5,147,111
South DakotaShall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents892,631
TennesseeShall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents6,833,793
TexasShall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents29,087,070
UtahShall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents3,221,610
VermontConstitutional Carry and Does Not Issue Permits627,180
VirginiaShall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents8,571,946
WashingtonShall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents7,666,343
West VirginiaConstitutional Carry and Shall Issue to Residents Only1,791,951
WisconsinShall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents5,832,661
WyomingShall Issue to Residents Only572,381