Gun Legislation in the U.S. By State

Use the navigation on the left to learn more about the requirements and laws concerning gun purchase and ownership in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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* Laws governing concealed carry rights vary by state, but generally fall into three categories described below. (Roll over the states with highlighted borders above for more information when applicable.)

Broad Rights
Includes "shall issue" states, where the state sets baseline standards for qualification and anyone who meets them can carry a concealed weapon. Also includes states where no permit is needed.

Some Rights
Covers "may issue" states, where state and local law enforcement agencies set the standards for, and govern the issuance of, permits.

No Rights
Concealed carry is not allowed.

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Compiled by Caitlin McDevitt; edited by Laura Cochran and David P. Marino-Nachison; designed by Alyson Hurt. Data from the National Rifle Association, Brady Campaign, state and other law enforcement sources, and interviews. (Last updated: June 26, 2008)

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