Concealed Carry States

Each state has its own laws regarding who may and may not conceal carry a firearm. While each law will differ in the language used, these laws fall into one of three categories: shall issue, may issue, and constitutional carry. However, each state has its own set of requirements and limitations on those who want to conceal carry a firearm.

There are often different laws in each state regarding who can carry a firearm depending on whether they are either open or concealed carrying. Open carrying is when one carries a firearm on their person that is not concealed.

States may or may not require a permit to conceal carry a firearm. Some states will allow anyone to receive a concealed carry permit once they reach a certain age (usually between 18 and 21). States will also have different sets of restrictions on concealed carry for residents and nonresidents of the state.

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

Concealed Carry Permit 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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No Permit Required

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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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permit required

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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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No Permit Required

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allowed

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38.5%

#30 in the US

Kansas

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No Permit Required

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42.3%

#22 in the US

Kentucky

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No Permit Required

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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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No Permit Required

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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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No Permit Required for Residents

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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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No Permit Required

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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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No Permit Required

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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