Concealed Carry Permit Information By State

To view a state’s concealed carry permit information click on the state. The state’s color represents whether a state is Shall Issue, May Issue, Constitutional Carry or Right Denied (We explain each state’s status below).

Shall Issue to Residents Only:
Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Guam, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, Wyoming

Shall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents:
Arkansas, District of Columbia, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin

May Issue to Residents Only:
California, Delaware, Virgin Islands

May Issue to Residents and Non-Residents:
Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York

Constitutional Carry and Shall Issue to Residents Only:
Alaska, West Virginia

Constitutional Carry and Shall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents:
Arizona, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire

Constitutional Carry and Does Not Issue Permits:
Vermont

Right Denied:
American Samoa, N. Mariana Islands

Concealed Carry Definitions

Concealed Carry Permit

Each state may have its own name for what is commonly referred to as a concealed carry permit. Some examples are:

  • CCW – Concealed Carry Weapon
  • CCP – Concealed Carry Pistol
  • CCP – Concealed Carry Permit
  • CCL – Concealed Carry License
  • CPL – Concealed Pistol License
  • CHP – Concealed Handgun Permit
  • CHL – Concealed Handgun License
  • CWP – Concealed Weapons Permit
  • LTC – License To Carry
  • LTCF – License to Carry Firearm

For our purposes here we will call them all concealed carry permits.

Shall Issue to Residents Only

States that are Shall Issue to Resident Only will issue any resident of that state a concealed carry permit as long as they meet all requirements.

Shall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents:

States that are Shall Issue to Resident and Non-Residents will issue any resident of that state or a non-resident a concealed carry permit as long as they meet all requirements.

May Issue to Residents Only:

States that are May Issue to Residents Only have the authority to make a judgment on whether or not they want to issue a concealed carry permit to a resident of that state even after they have met all requirements. They will not issue to non-residents of that state.

May Issue to Residents and Non-Residents:

States that are May Issue to Residents Only have the authority to make a judgment on whether or not they want to issue a concealed carry permit to a resident of that state or non-resident even after they have met all requirements.

Constitutional Carry and Shall Issue to Residents Only:

States that are Constitutional Carry and Shall Issue to Residents Only have some form of Constitutional Carry law which allows residents (and in some cases non-residents) to carry a concealed weapon without having a permit. But they will still issue any resident of that state a concealed carry permit as long as they meet all requirements.

Constitutional Carry and Shall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents:

States that are Constitutional Carry and Shall Issue to Residents and Non-Residents have some form of Constitutional Carry law which allows residents (and in some cases non-residents) to carry a concealed weapon without having a permit. But they will still issue any resident of that state and non-residents a concealed carry permit as long as they meet all requirements.

Constitutional Carry and Does Not Issue Permits:

States that are Constitutional Carry and Does Not Issue Permits have some form of Constitutional Carry law which allows residents (and in some cases non-residents) to carry a concealed weapon without having a permit. They also do not issue any form of concealed carry permit.

Right Denied:

States that are Right Denied DO NOT allow private citizens to carry handguns and do not issue concealed carry permits.

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