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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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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Armed Citizen saves police officer during violent attack, Philadelphia Daily News, Philadelphia, Pa. 02/10/16

An officer was attempting to break up two teens involved in an altercation near Upper Darby High School in Upper Darby Township, Pa. when one of the teens attacked the officer. Soon after, the other ...

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Man fights off armed robbers outside his home, WFLA, Tampa, Fla. 02/01/16

Luis Enrique Alonso was unloading groceries outside his home in Temple Terrace, Fla. when two men approached, at least one of whom was armed. The robbers grabbed Alonso and threatened him with a gun. Alonso ...

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Alaska man stops thief while exercising his right to permitless carry, Alaska Dispatch News, Anchorage, Alaska, 01/20/16

22-year-old Matthew Willhite was at a shopping mall in Anchorage, Alaska with his girlfriend and her family when he witnessed a thief in a physical altercation with security guards. Willhite went to see if he ...

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

92-year-old World War II veteran scares off home invader, CBS Los Angeles, Los Angeles, Calif. 02/01/16

92-year-old World War II veteran Joe Milspa was at home in San Jacinto, Calif. when he heard a suspicious noise. It was a man attempting to break through his door with an ax. Milspa retrieved ...

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Armed Marine veteran saves deputy, Austin American-Statesman, Austin, Texas, 01/28/16

On January 19, Bastrop County, Texas Deputy Dylan Morris attempted to pull over a vehicle due to the driver’s erratic behavior. The driver did not initially comply, but eventually stopped at a gas station. Once ...

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Armed Citizen shoots pair of robbers, WAVY, Hampton Roads, Va. 01/29/16, WTKR, Hampton Roads, Va. 01/29/16

A pair of men entered a gift card establishment in Hampton, Va. and attempted to rob the store. An employee responded to the threat by retrieving a gun and shooting both thieves, killing one and ...

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Air Force Establishes Gun Carrying Programs

“Rangers Lead the Way” has been the motto of U.S. Army Rangers since June 6, 1944, when the ...


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Friday, January 29, 2016

New Jersey Actor Faces Jail Time over Possession of Air Pistol during Movie Shoot

If it seems as though that every couple of months there is another high-profile gun control injustice in ...

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Homeowner fights off armed robbers, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, St. Tammany Parish, La. 01/25/16

A trio of robbers, at least one of whom was armed with a gun, attempted to con their way into a home in Slidell, La. One of the thieves approached the home and told the ...

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Friday, January 22, 2016

Armed clerk fends off robber, Athens Banner-Herald, Athens, Ga. 01/21/16

A masked man entered Lay’s Food Mary in Athens, Ga., passed a note to the clerk that read “[g]ive me all you money or else,” and made a motion indicating he was armed. The clerk ...


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