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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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WMBF News, Loris, SC 7/21/16  

Thursday, July 28, 2016

75-Year-Old Woman Defends Home and Family From Violent Robbers

A seventy-five year old woman retrieved her firearm and defended her family from armed robbers who physically assaulted ...

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Realtor stops intruders, KAIT, Jonesboro, Ark. 07/18/16

A realtor was going into a home in Jonesboro, Ark. that she had shown several times when she ...

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Armed homeowner stops home invasion, WLKY, Louisville, Ky. 07/15/16

A family was at home in Louisville, Ky. when a pair of men attempted to break into their ...

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Right-to-Carry permit holder stops rifle-wielding robber, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas July 13, 2016

A man armed with a rifle entered a Waffle House in DeSoto, Texas and robbed the business and ...

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Jewelry store worker fells armed robber, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Atlanta, Ga. 07/06/16

An armed robber entered Cachet Fine Jewelry in the Buckhead area of Atlanta, drew a gun, and ordered ...

KEYE TV, Austin, TX 5/11/16  

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Armed Citizen Halts Home Invasion and Robbery

Austin police arrested a man for burglary of residence after he broke into a house Saturday morning.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Armed grandmother scares off three home invaders, WPEC, West Palm Beach, Fla. 06/29/16

A grandmother was at home alone in Boynton Beach, Fla. when a man began banging on her door. ...

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Armed citizen stops blade-wielding robber, Chattanooga Times Free Press, Chattanooga, Tenn. 06/30/16

A man armed with a “large bladed object” entered a Marathon gas station in East Ridge, Tenn. and ...

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Mother shoots intruder, KGW, Portland, Ore. 06/27/16

A mother and her two children returned to their Portland, Ore. home to find an intruder in one ...

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Armed driver thwarts robbery, WDSU, New Orleans, La. 06/21/16

A driver was in his vehicle in New Orleans, La. when a robber approached his car and implied ...


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.