Concealed Carry Reciprocity States

Even though the Second Amendment protects the right to bear arms, states still have laws on the books that limits who can possess a firearm. One type of law used by every state regards the concealed carry of firearms. 

While each state’s concealed carry law will differ slightly, these laws fall into one of three categories: ‘shall issue’, ‘may issue’, and ‘constitutional carry’. Shall issue states are those where the state must grant the applicant a license so long as they meet all requirements for obtaining a license (such as passing a background check); may issue states are those where the state may still not issue a license even if the applicant meets all the statutory requirements. Finally, constitutional carry states are those where one does not need a license to carry a concealed firearm.

Nearly every state has also enacted some sort of law relating to concealed carry reciprocity. This is when a person who has obtained a concealed carry license in another state is allowed to carry a concealed firearm in that state. The reciprocity status of other states is at the discretion of the individual states and their legislature.

Learn more about concealed carry reciprocity states by exploring the data in the charts.

Concealed Carry Permit Reciprocity Status by State

Alabama

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52.8%

#10 in the US

Alaska

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57.2%

#4 in the US

Arizona

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36.4%

#35 in the US

Arkansas

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51.8%

#14 in the US

California

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16.3%

#44 in the US

Colorado

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37.9%

#32 in the US

Connecticut

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18.8%

#43 in the US

Delaware

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38.7%

#29 in the US

Florida

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28.8%

#41 in the US

Georgia

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37.7%

#33 in the US

Hawaii

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9.1%

#48 in the US

Idaho

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57.8%

#5 in the US

Illinois

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22.6%

#42 in the US

Indiana

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42.4%

#21 in the US

Iowa

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38.5%

#30 in the US

Kansas

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42.3%

#22 in the US

Kentucky

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52.5%

#11 in the US

Louisiana

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52.3%

#12 in the US

Maine

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47.7%

#16 in the US

Maryland

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16.7%

#45 in the US

Massachusetts

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9.9%

#49 in the US

Michigan

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38.9%

#31 in the US

Minnesota

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39.1%

#26 in the US

Mississippi

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54.1%

#7 in the US

Missouri

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52.8%

#13 in the US

Montana

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65.7%

#1 in the US

Nebraska

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39.2%

#27 in the US

Nevada

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32.9%

#39 in the US

New Hampshire

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46.3%

#18 in the US

New Jersey

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8.9%

#50 in the US

New Mexico

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35.9%

#36 in the US

New York

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14.5%

#46 in the US

North Carolina

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37.1%

#34 in the US

North Dakota

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53.3%

#9 in the US

Ohio

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41.9%

#23 in the US

Oklahoma

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54.9%

#8 in the US

Oregon

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41.4%

#24 in the US

Pennsylvania

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40.2%

#25 in the US

Rhode Island

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13.9%

#47 in the US

South Carolina

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45.5%

#20 in the US

South Dakota

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55.6%

#6 in the US

Tennessee

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46.9%

#19 in the US

Texas

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35.5%

#37 in the US

Utah

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39.7%

#28 in the US

Vermont

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50.3%

#15 in the US

Virginia

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35.3%

#38 in the US

Washington

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32.1%

#40 in the US

West Virginia

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60.6%

#2 in the US

Wisconsin

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47.1%

#17 in the US

Wyoming

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60.7%

#3 in the US

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