Can I Concealed Carry in my state? States That Allow Concealed Carry

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Below is a list of states that allow concealed carry. Remember: each state has different reciprocity agreements, meaning your permit or license may not be valid in some states. Click here to find out where you can carry a concealed weapon.

Concealed Carry Permit Categories

Unrestricted/Constitutional Carry – No permit is needed to carry a concealed handgun.

Shall-Issue – A permit is needed to carry a concealed handgun, but the state shall issue a permit if basic requirements are met (i.e., age).

May-Issue– A permit is needed to carry a concealed handgun and issuance is at the discretion of that state’s authority. You may need to prove “good cause”.

No-Issue – No concealed carry permits will be issued or recognized, with few exceptions.

Permitting Policies By State

Unrestricted/Constitutional Carry

  • Alaska (Does not require a permit in Alaska, but for reciprocity reasons issues permits under a shall-issue system)
  • Arizona¬†(Does not require a permit in Arizona, but for reciprocity reasons issues permits under a shall-issue system)
  • Vermont
  • Wyoming (residents only)
  • Montana (outside city limits only)

 Shall-Issue

  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin

 May-Issue

  • Alabama (In practice, Alabama is a shall-issue state)
  • California
  • Connecticut (In practice, Connecticut is a shall-issue state)
  • Delaware
  • Hawaii (In practice, Hawaii is a no-issue state)
  • Maryland (In practice, Maryland is a no-issue state)
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey (In practice, New Jersey is a no-issue state)
  • New York
  • US Military Installations

No-Issue

  • District of Columbia (DC)
  • Illinois