Today the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that New York’s requirement of stating a “proper cause” when applying for a concealed carry permit was unconstitutionally restrictive. What does that mean? That basically ends states from being a “May Issue” state.
What does “May Issue” mean?
States that May Issue are those that can choose to extend a concealed carry permit to those who have met all of the requirements. These states retain the authority to make a judgment call on a case-by-case basis of awarding permits, even though you may meet all the requirements.
Before this ruling, applicants applying for a New York concealed carry permit had to submit a “proper cause” when applying for a concealed carry permit. Simply living in a bad neighborhood wouldn’t get you a permit.
This is why May Issue states are the hardest to get a concealed carry permit in. There are currently eleven May Issue states left:
- New Jersey
- New York
- Puerto Rico
- Rhode Island (AG Permits Only)
- Virgin Islands
For a complete list of states, visit our Concealed Carry Maps.
We will be keeping our eye on this closely and updating our state concealed carry pages as this law takes effect.