Last updated on: 3/12/2019 4:12:13 PM PST | Author: ProCon.org

State-by-State Concealed Carry Permit Laws

Which states allow concealed guns?

All 50 states and DC allow the concealed carry of firearms. 34 states require permits and have “may issue” or “shall issue” permit laws, 15 states have constitutional carry laws but will also issue permits upon request, and Vermont has constitutional carry but does not issue permits.

 

 

2May Issue to Residents Only  

 

 

 

The state will make a judgment call about to whom to issue a concealed carry permit after the resident has completed the application and met the requirements. Only residents of the state are considered.

California and Delaware

6May Issue to Residents and Non-Residents  

 

 

 

The state will make a judgment call about to whom to issue a concealed carry permit after the person has completed the application and met the requirements. Residents and non-residents are considered.

Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York

7Shall Issue to Residents Only  

 

 

 

The state will issue a concealed carry permit to any resident who applies and meets the requirements.

Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, and Nebraska

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& DC
Shall Issue to Residents & Non-Residents  

 

 

 

The state will issue a concealed carry permit to anyone who applies and meets the requirements.

DC, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin

5Constitutional Carry and Shall Issue to Residents Only  

 

 

 

Residents are allowed to carry concealed firearms without a permit. However, the state will issue permits to residents who meet application requirements.

Alaska, Oklahoma*, South Dakota*, West Virginia, and Wyoming

*The Oklahoma law will go into effect on Nov. 1, 2019. The South Dakota law will go into effect on July 1, 2019

10Constitutional Carry and Shall Issue to Residents & Non-Residents  

 

 

 

Residents and non-residents are allowed to carry concealed firearms without a permit. However, the state will issue permits if the applicant meets the requirements.

Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky*, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, and North Dakota

*The Kentucky law will go into effect on July 1, 2019.

1Constitutional Carry and Does Not Issue Permits

No
permits are issued, however the state allows concealed carry.  

 

 

 

Vermont

 
 
Sources:

USA Carry, “Concealed Carry Permit Reciprocity Map,” usacarry.com, Mar. 12, 2019