Shall Issue to Residents Only

Shall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents

May Issue to Residents Only

May Issue to Residents and Non-Residents

Constitutional Carry and Shall Issue to Residents Only

Constitutional Carry and Shall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents

Constitutional Carry and Does Not Issue Permits

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Concealed Carry States 2020

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 in the form of Constitutional Carry. This means that anyone that can legally carry a weapon may do so without a permit. The Constitutional Carry states are:

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. There are 27 shall-issue states, seven of which are shall-issue to residents only and 20 of which are shall issue to residents and non-residents. These states can be identified on the map above or in the table below.

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

Concealed Carry States 2020

State Concealed Carry Permit Information
AlabamaShall Issue to Residents Only
AlaskaConstitutional Carry and Shall Issue to Residents Only
ArizonaConstitutional Carry and Shall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents
ArkansasShall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents
CaliforniaMay Issue to Residents Only
ColoradoShall Issue to Residents Only
ConnecticutMay Issue to Residents and Non-Residents
DelawareMay Issue to Residents Only
FloridaShall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents
GeorgiaShall Issue to Residents Only
HawaiiMay Issue to Residents and Non-Residents
IdahoShall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents
IllinoisShall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents
IndianaShall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents
IowaShall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents
KansasConstitutional Carry and Shall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents
KentuckyShall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents
LouisianaShall Issue to Residents Only
MaineConstitutional Carry and Shall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents
MarylandMay Issue to Residents and Non-Residents
MassachusettsMay Issue to Residents and Non-Residents
MichiganShall Issue to Residents Only
MinnesotaShall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents
MississippiConstitutional Carry and Shall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents
MissouriConstitutional Carry and Shall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents
MontanaShall Issue to Residents Only
NebraskaShall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents
NevadaShall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents
New HampshireConstitutional Carry and Shall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents
New JerseyMay Issue to Residents and Non-Residents
New MexicoShall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents
New YorkMay Issue to Residents and Non-Residents
North CarolinaShall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents
North DakotaShall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents
OhioShall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents
OklahomaShall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents
OregonShall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents
PennsylvaniaShall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents
Rhode IslandShall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents
South CarolinaShall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents
South DakotaShall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents
TennesseeShall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents
TexasShall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents
UtahShall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents
VermontConstitutional Carry and Does Not Issue Permits
VirginiaShall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents
WashingtonShall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents
West VirginiaConstitutional Carry and Shall Issue to Residents Only
WisconsinShall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents
WyomingShall Issue to Residents Only