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Right to Carry Laws

  • Shall Issue

    State law that provides that, upon completion of specified requirements, a law-abiding person shall be granted a permit to carry concealed firearms.
  • Discretionary/Reasonable Issue

    State law that provides the government with some discretion over the issuance of a carry permit, but which generally grants permits to all law-abiding persons.
  • No Permit Required

    State law that allows individuals to carry concealed firearms for lawful purposes without a permit.
  • Rights Restricted - Very Limited Issue

    State law that gives the government complete discretion over the issuance of carry permits, and where that discretion is normally used to deny the issuance of permits.
  • Rights Infringed/Non-Issue

    State law that completely prohibits carrying firearms for personal protection outside the home or place of business.
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Man shoots wife’s nunchuck-wielding ex-husband

WISH TV, Hendricks Coutny , Ind  

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Man shoots wife’s nunchuck-wielding ex-husband

A husband becomes his wife's hero after shooting her armed ex-husband, after he broke into their residence. 

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Detroit man saves his wife and himself from home invaders, WXYZ, Detroit, Mich. 05/23/16

A pair of armed men forced Daniel McNamara and his wife into the basement of their Detroit, Mich. ...

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Vietnam vet in wheelchair fights off home invader, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Atlanta, Ga. 05/21/16

Eddie Frank Smith, a 69-year-old Vietnam veteran who uses a wheelchair, was at home in Monticello, Ga. when ...

Fox News, Tennessee 5/12/16  

Friday, May 13, 2016

Armed Citizens Rescue Abducted 9-Year-Old

Two men safely found a 9-year-old girl who had allegedly been abducted by her uncle. The armed citizens ...

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Father protects himself and son at Texas drive-thru, KTRK, Houston, Texas 05/07/16

A father and son were in a vehicle in line at a McDonald’s drive-thru in League City, Texas ...

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Monday, May 9, 2016

Homeowner thwarts burglary attempt, WKRG, Mobile, Ala. 05/3/16

Al Taylor was at home with his family in West Mobile, Ala. when he heard a suspicious noise ...

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Woman defends home and daughter from violent intruders, WTOC, Savannah, Ga. 04/26/16

Shannon Linton and her teenage daughter were at home sleeping in Savannah, Ga. when a pair of robbers ...

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Carry permit holder foils airgun-wielding robber, The Enterprise, Brockton, Mass. 05/02/16

A man went to a designated meeting spot in Brockton, Mass. for what he thought would be the ...

Seattle Times, Sultan, Washington 4/28/16  

Friday, April 29, 2016

80-Year-Old Home Owner Stops Knife Wielding Intruder After Husband Stabbed

An 80-year-old Sultan woman fatally wounded a knife wielding intruder after the suspect broke into her home and ...

WABC, New York, N.Y. 04/22/16  

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Store owner sends two robbers running

The owner of Beechmont Mini Market in Bridgeport, Conn. was tending to his store when a pair of ...


Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.