Concealed Carry Handgun Laws By State

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As an integral part of the Bill of Rights, the 2nd Amendment to the United Constitution reads “A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

The 2nd Amendment has undergone intense judicial scrutiny since the Founding Fathers declared the “right to bear arms.’ Much of the legal impetus behind interpreting the 2nd Amendment is because the federal government has not established uniform statutes that apply to the “right to bear arms” for American citizens.

Another constitutional amendment has allowed individual states to determine what the “right to bear arms” means.

The 10th Amendment to the United States Constitution reads “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

Because of the 10th Amendment, firearm laws differ among the 50 American states. State legislatures have passed the vast majority of firearm laws. Most firearm laws have created a much narrower definition of gun owner rights than what federal laws have mandated. Perhaps no other firearm statute varies more among the states than the legal interpretation of concealed carry.

Some state have enacted less restrictive firearm laws than what exists at the federal level, while other states place more restrictions on gun owner rights. Moreover, the United States Supreme Court ruled in Printz v United States that local law enforcement agencies do not have the legal obligation to enforce federal gun laws.

where is it legal to carry a concealed handgun in tnYou have two methods for carrying firearms in the United States: open and concealed. Open carry generally means a firearm is visible to everyone, while concealed carry means a firearm is hidden from plain sight.

Each of the 50 states has passed laws governing open and concealed carry rights. In theory, each state follows the broad legal intent of the 2nd Amendment to protect the “right to bear arms.” However, some states have implemented regulations that prohibit concealed carry firearms. Many of the restrictions concern the application process and three legal definitions for concealed carry.

The three legal definitions states use for concealed carry include unrestricted, shall issue, and may issue. Unrestricted concealed carry laws allow gun owners to conceal carry, without having to apply for a permit. Shall issue requires gun owners to have a permit for the concealed carrying of a firearm. States that operate on may issue concealed carry statutes often require gun owners to demonstrate a legally justifiable reason for the concealed carrying of firearms.

In general, southern states have passed less restrictive concealed carry laws than the statutes enacted by northern states. California, Massachusetts, and New York have passed the most restrictive concealed carry firearm laws.

Concealed Carry Laws in Alabama

Alabama requires a concealed handgun permit to carry a concealed handgun with no firearm safety course required, the license is valid for five years.  Open carry is allowed without a permit with a few restrictions such as the handgun must be secured in a holster.

Concealed Carry Laws in Alaska

“The Last Frontier” state is one of the most gun-friendly states in the country. Unrestricted conceal carry means legal gun owners who are 21+ years of age do not need a permit to conceal carry handguns and long guns. Alaska permits open carry for all types of firearms as well. No limit to the number of firearms that can be purchased at one time, no waiting period

Concealed Carry Laws in Arizona

As of the summer of 2018, “The Grand Canyon State” does not require gun owners to have carry a permit for the concealed carry of firearms. Arizona allows open carry for both handguns and long guns. However, getting a state-issued permit is a good idea if you travel out of state because Arizona’s CCW permit is recognized by most states throughout the US with the following states being the exception:

  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • Washington D.C.

Concealed Carry Laws in Arkansas

The concealed carry laws for Arkansas are somewhat confusing but as far as I can tell from my research Arkansas does not require firearm owners to apply for a permit to open or conceal carry firearms. The state has added a clause in a statute to permit gun owners to conceal carry when they are “on a journey,” which more than one court has declared to mean when a resident is traveling outside the county where he or she lives. Gun owners can store handguns inside a vehicle in plain sight or concealed in a glove compartment.

Concealed Carry Laws in California

“The Golden State” is not golden when it comes to gun laws. California has enacted a strict may issue concealed carry law that forbids gun owners from carrying concealed firearms of any kind without a permit. The state also places tough restrictions on open carry firearms, with residents in just a few counties allowed to open carry both handguns and long guns. Tough open and concealed carry laws are not surprising in a state that mandates gun owners to register firearms and undergo extensive background checks.

Concealed Carry Laws in Colorado

Considered one of the more libertarian states, Colorado does not require a purchase permit or registration to own firearms, however, you’ll need a concealed carry permit to carry a concealed handgun. Gun owners do not need a permit to open carry, except in designated areas such as locations within Denver and surrounding suburbs.

Concealed Carry Laws in Connecticut

The state requires firearm owners to register handguns and long guns. As a shall issue state, Connecticut requires gun owners to obtain permits for the concealed and open carry of handguns. Several court decisions have upheld challenges to the shall issue designation.

Concealed Carry Laws in Delaware

“The First State” has one of the most gun friendly laws of any state located along the eastern seaboard, however, you must have a valid state-issued permit to conceal carry a handgun. Delaware does not require permits for the open carry of firearms, although courts have ruled differently when it involves open carry inside a vehicle.

Concealed Carry Laws in Florida

Florida operates as a shall issue state meaning that you’ll need a state-issued permit to carry a concealed handgun. The state Constitution prohibits any municipality from mandating firearm registration. Florida is one of five states that bans open carry although open carry is permitted in some limited situations such as while fishing, hunting, and camping…

Concealed Carry Laws in Georgia

You’ll need a state-issued permit for open or concealed of a handgun in Georgia. However, there is no required firearm safety course, and the permit valid for five years.

Concealed Carry Laws in Hawaii

“The Aloha State” officially operates as a may issue state, but the fact is Hawaii is more like a no issue state. Hawaii does not issue permits to conceal carry a handgun, even though residents of the island state can apply for a permit it will be denied, and gun owners need a permit just to buy any type of firearm. Open carry is also illegal in the state.

Concealed Carry Laws in Idaho

Residents of Idaho do not need a permit to conceal carry handguns. However, non-residents must apply for a permit to conceal carry within certain cities. You are allowed to conceal carry a handgun in your vehicle, as well as open carry any type of firearm without needing a permit.

Concealed Carry Laws in Illinois

Chicago has imposed some of the most restrictive gun ownership laws in the country, which has allowed Illinois legislators from “The Windy City” to follow suit in Springfield. The shall issue state requires a permit for the concealed carrying of handguns and gun owners must present a FOID card for every firearm purchase. You cannot legally open carry any type of firearm in “The Land of Lincoln.”

Concealed Carry Laws in Indiana

Indiana does not require gun owners to carry a permit for long guns, such as the weapons used for hunting. You need a permit to open carry any type of firearm and gun owners may not open carry guns of any size inside a commercial vehicle. The restrictive open and conceal carry laws are recent additions to the Indiana legal code.

Concealed Carry Laws in Iowa

“The Hawkeye State’ mandates every gun owner must apply for a permit to conceal carry handguns. However, you do not need a permit to carry long guns, even if you conceal carry a rifle or shotgun in the trunk of a vehicle. Iowa gun owners do not need a permit to open carry outside city limits. The permit is valid for 5-years.

Concealed Carry Laws in Kansas

Residents of Kansas and out of state visitors do not need a permit to open or conceal carry any type of firearm. Kansas gun-friendly laws also apply to open and conceal carrying firearms inside vehicles. As of 2018, no proposed legislation is on the docket to change any facet of Kansas gun laws.

Concealed Carry Laws in Kentucky

“The Bluegrass State” requires gun owners to apply for concealed carry handgun permits. You can conceal carry any type of long gun in Kentucky. A few municipalities such as Louisville prohibit the concealed carrying of long guns inside of vehicles. The state does not require a permit to open carry firearms.

Concealed Carry Laws in Louisiana

Louisiana operates as a shall issue state, which means gun owners must have a permit to conceal carry handguns. In deference to hunters, the state does not require a conceal carry permit for rifles and shotguns. Local ordinances can regulate open carrying of firearms, but Louisiana law allows you to open carry without applying for a permit.

Concealed Carry Laws in Maine

If you want to live in a gun friendly state located in the northeast, Maine is the place to be. You do not need a permit to carry a concealed handgun if you’re 20+ years. You can also open carry in Maine, without needing a permit.

Concealed Carry Laws in Maryland

Maryland is a shall issue state and you’ll need a valid state-issued permit to carry concealed. Open carry is also illegal without a permit.

Concealed Carry Laws in Massachusetts

Massachusetts has one of the strictest collection of gun laws in the United States. You need a permit to conceal carry a handgun. The may issue state also requires a permit to open carry handguns and long guns, with the exception of using long guns for hunting purposes. Magazines cannot exceed 10 rounds for any type of firearm.

Concealed Carry Laws in Michigan

To carry a concealed handgun in Michigan you’ll need a valid state-issued permit, however, open carry is allowed in the state with no permit required. To get a concealed handgun permit you’ll have to take a firearm safety course, and the license valid for up to five years.

Concealed Carry Laws in Minnesota

“The Gopher State” requires a state-issued permit for the concealed or open carry of handguns, however, open carry of rifles and shotguns in public prohibited.

Concealed Carry Laws in Mississippi

A valid state-issued permit is required to carry a concealed handgun in Mississippi, however, a permit is not required for open carry in the state.

Concealed Carry Laws in Missouri

“The Show Me State” does not require a permit for concealed carry or open carry of handguns. As of 2018, Missouri legislators have at least one bill on the docket that places restrictions on vehicle concealed carrying of firearms.

Concealed Carry Laws in Montana

With mostly vast wilderness covering the state, Montana legislators have crafted gun laws to match the temperament of the free-spirited pioneers who live in “Big Sky Country.” There are no concealed carry restrictions for firearms, except the requirement to obtain a permit in some cities. You do not need a permit to open carry any type of firearm.

Concealed Carry Laws in Nebraska

Concealed carry is legal in the state with a valid permit, however, no permit is required for open carry.

Concealed Carry Laws in Nevada

You’ll need a valid permit for concealed carry of a handgun, however, open carry is legal without a permit.

Concealed Carry Laws in New Hampshire

Concealed and open carry of handguns requires a valid license or permit to possess a loaded firearm.

Concealed Carry Laws in New Jersey

The state rarely agrees to issue a concealed carry permit for ordinary citizens and a permit is required for both open and concealed carry.

Concealed Carry Laws in New Mexico

New Mexico gun owners require a permit to conceal carry handguns, but they are allowed to conceal carry long guns without any restrictions. The application process for a concealed carry handgun permit is considered one of the easiest to go through in the United States. Because of the ease of applying for a concealed carry handgun permit, many gun law experts refer to New Mexico as a limited unrestricted state. Open carry is allowed without a permit.

Concealed Carry Laws in New York

You’ll need a valid permit to conceal carry a handgun in “The Empire State.” You cannot open carry a handgun in any circumstance, including when you hunt in season.

Concealed Carry Laws in North Carolina

Shall issue in North Carolina means gun owners must possess a valid permit to conceal carry handguns, however, open carry is allowed without a permit.

Concealed Carry Laws in North Dakota

On March 23, 2017, a bill permitting constitutional carry without a permit was signed by Governor Burgum. You can carry concealed if you’re a legal citizen of the state for at least one full year and you also must have on you a state-issued photo ID. You can also carry loaded firearms inside your legally owned motor vehicle without a permit. However,  concealed carry at a school, church, sporting event or public building is not allowed. Open carry of a loaded handgun will still require a permit.

Concealed Carry Laws in Ohio

With three major metro areas, “The Buckeye State” is surprisingly lenient when it comes to gun laws. Ohio requires a permit to conceal carry handguns, but hunters can mount long guns on truck racks. Open carry is legal without a permit.

Concealed Carry Laws in Oklahoma

Before carrying a concealed handgun in Oklahoma you’ll need a valid permit, however, open carry is legal without a permit.

Concealed Carry Laws in Oregon

Oregon has imported many of the same types of firearms restrictions found in California law. The state requires a permit to conceal carry a concealed handgun. However, “The Beaver State” does not restrict the right to open carry.

Concealed Carry Laws in Pennsylvania

You need a permit to conceal carry a concealed handgun in Pennsylvania. Gun owners are allowed to open carry, with the exceptions being within Philadelphia city limits.

Concealed Carry Laws in Rhode Island

To carry a handgun concealed or open carry you’ll need a valid permit.

Concealed Carry Laws in South Carolina

South Carolina bucks the trend of southern states enacting gun friendly statutes. The state prohibits open carry and you need a state-issued permit to carry concealed. Handguns can be carried inside an automobile but must in a closed glove compartment, closed console, closed trunk, or in a closed container secured by an integral fastener.

Concealed Carry Laws in South Dakota

You can open carry in South Dakota. If you open carry inside a vehicle, the firearm must be clearly visible. Courts have rules “clearly visible” means the entire firearm must be out in the open in plain sight. You cannot conceal carry inside a vehicle and you need a permit to conceal carry a handgun in South Dakota.

Concealed Carry Laws in Tennessee

“The Volunteer State” requires a permit to conceal carry handguns or open carry handguns on your person outside your or inside your vehicle, but the state does not restrict the carrying of firearms inside your automobile as long as the firearm is not on your person (as in a holster on your hip). Any long gun that an owner open carries outside a vehicle must be unloaded at all times. Tennessee mandates gun owners apply for permits to conceal or open carry handguns outside an automobile. See my more detailed article on TN concealed carry here.

Concealed Carry Laws in Texas

The state requires a permit to conceal carry a handgun, but not for conceal carrying a long gun. You can open carry any kind of firearm, if you have a concealed-handgun license, as state law includes language that prevents municipalities from passing more restrictive gun laws than the gun laws enacted by the state legislature.

Concealed Carry Laws in Utah

You need a permit to conceal carry a handgun, however, you do not need a permit to conceal carry a handgun inside of a car. You’ll need a permit to open carry handguns if they are loaded, however, you do not need a permit to open carry an unloaded handgun. You can open carry any type of firearm in a vehicle, as long as it isn’t loaded.

Concealed Carry Laws in Vermont

Vermont leans libertarian, which makes the state’s gun laws more lenient than the gun laws on the books in many other states. The state has never required permits of any kind for gun ownership and gun owners can open and conceal carry a handgun or longgun, including inside a vehicle, with the exception of commercial vehicles.

Concealed Carry Laws in Virginia

The only restriction imposed by Virginia gun laws concerns concealed handguns. Gun owners must apply for permits to conceal carry on their person and inside of vehicles. You can conceal carry a long gun without a permit, as well as open carry any type of firearm in Virginia. Open carry inside of a car means placing a firearm in plain sight.

Concealed Carry Laws in Washington

State law in Washington defines shall issue as requiring gun owners to apply for permits to conceal carry handguns. Gun owners do not need a permit to conceal carry long guns. The state mandates the registration of handguns, as well as background checks conducted by licensed dealers. After passing a background check and registering a firearm, you can open carry in Washington. You need a permit to open carry a loaded firearm inside a vehicle. Long guns must be unloaded at all times inside of cars.

Concealed Carry Laws in West Virginia

Like Vermont, West Virginia is a gun friendly state.  As of June 5, anyone over age 21 who can legally possess a firearm will be allowed to carry it concealed on their person without having to obtain a permit and open carry is also allowed.

Concealed Carry Laws in Wisconsin

Wisconsin requires gun owners to obtain a permit for the concealed carry of handguns. You do not need a permit to conceal carry a long gun. You do not need a permit to open carry. Wisconsin recently eliminated the requirement of obtaining a permit for open carry, except for the open carrying of handguns inside of vehicles.

Concealed Carry Laws in Wyoming

Residents of Wyoming do not need a permit to open or conceal carry any type of firearm. Legislators typically write state gun laws to give hunters and ranchers flexibility in the transport of firearms. Non- residents of Wyoming are required to obtain a permit to conceal carry firearms. The state imposes no restrictions on firearms stored in vehicles.

None of the material in this article should be interpreted as legal advice.  I am not a lawyer.  Never take any action with legal consequences without first consulting with a lawyer licensed in your jurisdiction.  This article should not be relied upon for making legal decisions.  This information is provided for scholarship and general information only.

55 Comments

  1. Quietly Learning

    Interesting, but you have Minnesota listed as Michigan.

    • Quietly Learning,

      Thank you for pointing that out – I don’t know how that happened… It’s been corrected.

  2. Florida does not allow open carry of firearms except for hunting. You might want to fix that.

    • Zulu 3-6,

      I went and re-wrote it to make it more clear… Thank you.

    • Jesse Mathewson

      Good article, hard to put it all together sometimes this makes it a bit easier.

      Of course only law abiding people follow these laws.

      Never met a criminal that did.

  3. Jesse Mathewson

    As an aside, Arizona has been named most gun friendly state numerous times by dozens of studies-

  4. MASSACHUSETTS: Illegal to possess magazines of over 10 rounds capacity. Pre-ban magazines manufactured before September 13, 1994 are exempt from this restriction.

  5. You have Upper Michigan displayed as part of Wisconsin.
    As a “Yooper” I can tell you it Isn’t so.

  6. your texas information is WRONG.

    You must have a conceal carry permit, or what is now known as a LICENSE TO CARRY LTC to open carry a pistol in the state, or have a conceal carry permit from a reciprocity state. Long guns do not need a permit for open carry but around town expect to be harassed by police if you do.

    Specifically, conceal carry is still illegal in Texas, unless you have your nanny state permission slip LTC. This gives carte blanche to any law enforcement officer to stop you and check your permit (and they will) if you OC, especially in larger municipal areas. Given the mix of rabid anti gun communists in cities like Austin and Dallas, you can be sure you are asking for a malicious/ anonymous “crazy man waving a gun around” call. Ever since OC was ok with a permit here, I’ve only seen another person OC in town twice in 3 years. You will see OC out on the highways and fields, and out fishing etc. its not uncommon.

    I CC everywhere I can go unless there are the required storefront signs. You forgot to mention this too.

    Before you CC/OC anywhere, very thoroughly check the accuracy of the information you are using via independent means.

    Texas has over 1.4 million permit holders. They wont let go of the money stream they rake in by selling our rights back to us. Its just too good.

    You do not need any permit to have any firearm in your vehicle as your vehicle is considered the same as your home. However it must be not visible from the outside of the vehicle while doing so. From what I see at highway rest stops and truck stops/waffle houses etc along the way I would do so without fail.

    I have found that some of the most practical and easy to understand information comes from competent firearms trainers and their websites. but again, make sure you are doing it right.

    • Ed,

      Where is it wrong? You said the same thing that I said as far as I can tell.

      Like Arizona, Texas has made recent changes to gun laws to prevent vigilantism from taking over border enforcement. The state requires a permit to conceal carry a handgun, but not for conceal carrying a long gun. You can open carry any kind of firearm, as state law includes language that prevents municipalities from passing more restrictive gun laws than the gun laws enacted by the state legislature.

      • You stated: “You can open carry any kind of firearm…”

        Ed stated: “You must have a conceal carry permit, or what is now known as a LICENSE TO CARRY LTC to open carry a pistol in the state…”

        While I am not Ed, the distinction is important, you have to have an LTC to open carry a handgun in Texas. The way you phrased it could be misleading.

        See: CHAPTER 411 – SUBCHAPTER H. LICENSE TO CARRY A HANDGUN
        https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/GV/htm/GV.411.htm#411

  7. california does allow concealed carry; my husband and I both have permits

    • Jean,

      Yes, that’s why I added “strict may issue concealed carry law” but I rewrote it to make it more clear for readers. Thank you.

    • You have to be former or current LE in most jurisdictions in Ca to get a permit…they wouldn’t let a civilian like me without money and former working get one…regardless former credentials or current abilities

  8. To the best of my knowledge, a permit is still required for the concealed carry of a firearm in Arkansas. Open carry is still a little hazy because the law as written is also hazy. The governor has said that open carry is allowed unless the individual intends to commit a crime. On the other hand, the state police have said that an officer would be well within his rights to stop and question anyone openly carrying to ascertain his intent. It is true that you can transport a weapon from one county to another here without restriction, as you stated.

    I exchanged my Illinois CC permit for an Arkansas permit three years ago and it went very smoothly. In two years, I will have to renew it.

    The Arkansas code covering concealed handgun carry licensing can be found at: https://static.ark.org/eeuploads/asp/Arkansas_Code_CHCL_Laws_updated_November_2017.pdf

    • OWL CREEK: Thanks for the info you supplied. Thanks especially for the link to Arkansas’ code.
      As Arkansas is one of my target states when I leave Ill-annoying, the info is of personal interest.
      Overall, it’s sad to see the myriad of confusing laws regarding this God given right & it’s necessity in contributing to the security of a free state. There simply is no end to the lust for power of slithering politicians, which only serves to place citizens @ their mercy. It’s no wonder government has always been the worst abuser of human rights down through the millennia.
      MD thanks for the article!
      Romer is correct, the map @ the top of the article shows Michigan’s Upper Peninsula as part of Wisconsin.
      Local parlance in those states call people from MI’s Upper Peninsula (UP) ‘yoopers’- a slang pronunciation of ‘upper’. It can be used merely as an identifier for a person’s geographic homeland, or as a slur towards the people who hail from the Upper Peninsula.
      Some great outdoors activities can be found in the U.P. From trapping, hunting & fishing to great snowmobiling & ice fishing in the winter. Beautiful countrysides too!
      Pastys are a local treat.

      • bobbo,

        Okay, I got the map from a free photo site.

      • You’re welcome, bobbo. Northwest Arkansas contains a fairly high concentration of us “transplants.” Unfortunately, some of them try to bring the culture of the states they left, which I’ve never understood. Walmart, Tyson and J.B. Hunt all have their corporate headquarters in this part of the state.

  9. in Texas, the cops will harass you and even arrest you if they see a rifle on a gun rack inside your truck…it is legal to carry a gun this way, but they don’t like it. So just drop the gun behind the seat, & you will be okay…cops can get away with almost anything down here…if you sue in state district court, the judges will always dismiss the suit before it gets to a jury…judges always take the side of the cops…always…

    • Agreed, texas is really not very gun friendly at an enforcement/politician level sadly. Some areas and sheriffs are more friendly however, only some

  10. James The Blonde

    In Hawaii only the POLICE chief can issue CC permits. To this date I have never heard of him issuing it to anybody.

    And no wonder, the most recent is being charged with all kinds of crimes along side his former prosecutor wife bing charged along side her husband (the FORMER Police Chief) with theft, adultery and all kinds of other stuff.

    No wonder he didn’t want you to conceal carry. BTW, it’s illegal for him to decide whether you can CC. That’s NOT in the Constitution.

  11. In 2017, NH became a “Constitutional Carry” state, so now one doesn’t even have to get the simple “$10.00 for 4 year permit” any more to Carry Concealed, or to have a loaded handgun in one’s car. There are no “assault weapons” bans, no “magazine capacity” bans, no bans on certain types of ammo, and NO permits are required to own or purchase firearms. Open Carry, is of course, legal as well. And since Vermont and Maine are “Constitutional Carry” states as well, I can legally carry in this 3 state area. Just be careful of VT, since they now have a “magazine ban” on any magazine that hold more than 10 rounds.

    • Also, in NH you are not required to immediately inform police you are carrying when pulled over or stopped. Of course, if asked by officer, then you should answer yes right away. I have been pulled over 4 times in past 22 years while armed; not one time did I tell officer I was packing. They didn’t ask, I didn’t tell; that’s the law. NH law also forbids Cities and Towns from enacting their own “gun control laws” or bans. NH also has no state law on “Gun Free School Zones”. And since the Federal “Gun Free School Zone” Law exempts any one with a permit that requires a background check, any one with a NH Pistol License can legally carry in and around schools in NH. If I can think of anything else I will let you know.

  12. If anyone sees something that I got wrong during my research into the 50 states please email me and I will update the article. I’m not a lawyer and these laws have a tendency to change and references become outdated. I live in TN and not the other states and had to do research into each individual state and in some instances that research might be off track but I will keep updating until getting this 100 percent correct because my goal is to make this into a useful resource.

    • While it doesn’t pertain to concealed carry, Florida requires a block so you only have three rounds while hunting. That is the first thing they check if you say you are hunting.

      • Anne Marie,

        Thank you. There are so many different laws on the books in each state that it’s surprising that we aren’t all in prison by now or at least have a record of over 100 misdemeanors each lol.

  13. Ranger Bass Boats, too?

  14. Thanks MD.

  15. You’ve got Maryland listed as a “shall issue” state. Sadly, it is not. It’s a strict “shall NOT issue” state. Unless you know someone, and even then, it’s almost impossible to get a concealed weapons permit, and even if you do get one, it’s not honored all the time. If you get one for carrying large sums of ca$h, as soon as you deposit it, you must disarm. Even buying a handgun is now licensed and one has to take an expensive course to get permission to buy a gun, and it must be on a state list.

    I urge all who value liberty to STAY AWAY from this hideous state. It’s horrible, unless, of couse, you enjoy being taxed. Or if you enjoy restaurants (they’re taxed so much in places you just do see any, and those you do go out of business often).

  16. MARYLAND: I’ve visited this beautiful state many times. My aunt & cousin live outside the beltway….
    Most noticeable feature: about every 5 feet there’s a street sign. No Parking; No Stopping; Stop; Yield; No dogs; Dogs okay; Don’t Yield; yahda yahda yahda. …..
    Traffic is horrific; but a disproportionately number of the autos are quite new; & swank. Of the 8 richest counties in the United States, 6 counties surround DC. Some in Virginia, some in Maryland. Estimates say there are in excess of 20,000 lobbyists in DC.
    The Western end of Maryland is a whole different world, physically. Politically the swamp is encroaching.
    Well I’m from Illinois, & it’s no picnic here in the Land of Lincoln, either. Overtaxed, underpaved, Winter & construction are our 2 seasons….that’s modern Illionis….
    This is the state which has Hillary, O’Bama, Durbin, Duckworth, the Daleys, Madigan & John Wayne Gacey in its lineup…. Lincoln? See Thomas J Dilorenzo on you tube for a rundown of this punk’s repertoire. As an example, he built his home in Springfield, IL across the RR tracks from Illinois’ largest bordello @ that time…..That’s lightweight on this Big Business Lawyer (railroads); who quartered federal troops @ Fort Sumpter, to provoke a reaction from the Confederacy…..
    Dilorenzo is enlightening! Watching his videos of the Real Lincoln is much like looking @ swamp politicians today.
    Bless you all!

    • Bobo. Agreed eg , Lincoln state- Aurora was my birth town and lived until 10 or so in Waterman/Shabonnah area outside of DeKalb

  17. It is mentioned that in several States it is legal to conceal carry a long gun. I’m wondering how you do that without wearing a trench coat.

    • Ron W,

      In the trunk of your car, or in the backseat concealed in a case… concealed doesn’t necessarily mean on your person.

    • Ron W,

      On your person would be tough, and in certain seasons and neighborhoods would be a cop magnet.

      I’ve got a funny story about a couple of Detroit cop friends who spotted a guy in a 3/4 LEATHER coat walking down a major street in Detroit, in July. Turned out the guy was unarmed, but stoned to the gills and probably a little mentally ill to boot. But he was cooperative and the cops were polite and things went smooth.

      He wanted to know why he was stopped and they told him he matched the description of a guy named “Taft Hartley,” wanted for killing people all over town. “Oh, wow! Cold dude.” They advised him to go change his clothes, thanked him for his cooperation, and sent him on his way.

      I almost bit my tongue over the Taft Hartley name and asked, later, about their use of it. One of my friends said, “When you get asked why they got stopped, we give them a name they heard before, somewhere, but can’t put their finger on it. It keeps them calm and cooperative. We used to use Abraham Lincoln, but now everybody knows he’s the MF that killed the car dealer up on Gratiot. We had to get another name to use.”

  18. JESSE- Worked Aurora area for many yrs w/Ma Bell. Once beautiful, the plague of drugs, illegals, gangs, relocation of public housing, etc. have all contributed to its demise.
    So many beautiful homes there. But many have been subdivided to lure in the illegal influx. Saw more drive by shootings, while on the job, than when I worked Chicago itself. Glad to say i escaped both!
    Know Waterman/Shabonna to a degree. Lived in Somonauk for a while. Fished Lake Shabonna MANY times.
    Congrats on your leaving!
    Hope your new diggs more fulfilling! TCGB!

    • Jesse Mathewson

      Bobo, Arizona since 1986 and love every minute of it!

      Thanks – I do tell my kids about the fox river canoeing we did a couple times with my dad and others. That river is all I miss of illinois –

  19. Fred the Novice

    Maryland is “shall-issue” in name only, really.

    An application can be denied if the applicant doesn’t meet the ‘good and substantial reason’ criteria the overwhelming Dem [Governor veto-proof] majority in the Legislature wrote into the law to essentially gut it.

    Yeah, MD’s “shall-issue,” but it’s in the same spirit as me claiming my wife is “shall put out.” Nice to say, but not always the case…

  20. New Hampshire is a Constitutional Carry state.

  21. Carl Grundhauser

    Minnesota is confusing.

    • Carl Grundhauser,

      Yeah, a lot of the laws of the states are.

      • MD,

        I spent 21-years as a cop in Michigan and I never got 100% on the firearms laws. Yeah, the everyday laws a cop needs to know on the street I knew fine. But there are all sorts of other laws that don’t directly affect the average citizen. Such as how to dispose of lawfully seized weapons of all sorts.

        We had a pile of confiscated guns we needed to get rid of, and the way I read the law, all we had to turn over to the State Police were parts with serial numbers. So we had the guy who did our gunsmithing work come over, stripped all the parts he wanted (except the serialized parts, of course) and he gave us credit on smithing/armorer work. The State Police went ballistic and claimed we had to turn the whole gun in as we had seized it. They couldn’t point to the law on that either, but claimed it was their “policy.” I think they had parts stripped for credit like we did and they were mad they got cheated. Not long after that, the State Police got an Attorney’s General Opinion on the matter and we had to turn in complete guns. A-holes.

        • Zulu 3-6,

          Yes, it gets complicated fast and it shouldn’t be that way, but that’s what happens when you have people whose job is to make laws…

  22. Carl Grundhauser

    Ok, thanks

    • You might be able to go to the site that Minnesota has set up to get more clarity. Exactly, which part is confusing?

  23. JESSE: Fished the Kankakee River a lot. Hit the Fox a bit. Friend used to hunt ducks there, near Yorkville. Scenic. Fished it a bit. Did some canoeing from Yorkville down to Millington area, just one time.
    Lived in So Ill during college days, that was a sportsmans paradise. Beautiful area.
    Looking forward to changing my diggs to a more rural area.
    Jesse, if it’s ok w/you, I’m gonna ask a cousin to look you up. USAF & NRA guy. He’s in Sun City West, could use some contacts.

  24. Maryland is May issue and pretty restrictive.