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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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ABC6, Sevierville, TN 8/23/2016  

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Homeowner Holds Armed, Convicted Felon Robber at Gunpoint

After being woken up by the sounds of a would-be robber, a Tennessee homeowner held the armed man ...

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

91-year-old Right-to-Carry permit holder defends himself against robber, WXYZ, Detroit, Mich. 08/22/16

A 91-year-old man was in the parking lot of a Rite Aid pharmacy in Eastpointe, Mich. when he ...

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Teen clerk fights off armed robber, PennLive, Harrisburg, Pa. 08/19/16

A masked man armed with a gun entered Madera Bros. Mini Market in Harrisburg, Pa. and attempted to ...

The Gazette, Oxford, IA 8/17/2016  

Friday, August 19, 2016

Armed Homeowner Stops Assault on Two Women

A man recently released from jail for violating a protective order broke into a home and assaulted two ...

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Police officer's cousin uses officer's gun to fight off armed robbers in NYC, New York Post, New York, N.Y. 08/16/16

A pair of thieves, at least one of whom was armed with a gun, approached an off-duty police ...

WLTX, Camden, SC 7/14/2016  

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

80-Year Old Armed Store Owner Scares Robber Away

An 80 year-old laundromat owner was faced with an attempted burglary, and managed to scare off the robber by ...

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Resident stops home invader who was on parole, WNEM, Saginaw, Mich. 08/04/16

Three people were inside a home in Clare County, Mich. when an intruder broke into the house and ...

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Armed clerk stops convenience store robbery, KTRK, Houston, Texas, 08/08/16

A pair of armed men entered a convenience store in Houston, Texas and ordered the clerk on duty ...

The Chattanoogan, Chattanooga, TN 8/9/2016  

Friday, August 12, 2016

Armed Homeowner Holds Burglar until Police Arrive

A homeowner heard a disturbance in the middle of the night, and acted quickly by retrieving his firearm ...

Fox4, Kansas City, Missouri 8/9/2016  

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Homeowner Fights Off Intruder & Saves Life - With the Perp's Gun

When a Kansas City homeowner heard an intruder breaking into his home, he fought back and saved his ...


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.