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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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Monday, September 28, 2015

Liquor store employee shoots armed robber, WLKY, Louisville, Ky. 09/28/15

An armed criminal entered Liquor World in Louisville, Ky. and attempted to rob the store. An employee on duty responded to the threat by retrieving a gun and shooting the criminal. The would-be thief died ...

KPTV, Portland, Ore. 9/22/15  

Friday, September 25, 2015

Elderly man fights off intruder, KPTV, Portland, Ore. 9/22/15

A 72-year-old man was at home in Gold Beach, Ore. when two women broke into his home, tied him up and stole his property. Later on, one of the women left the scene, but the ...

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Elderly husband saves wife from armed robber, The Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis, Ind. 09/22/15

A 27-year-old man armed with a gun entered a rental office in the Eastside section of Indianapolis, Ind. and attempted to rob the 75-year-old woman inside. The woman’s 73-year-old husband was in another part of ...

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Bank robber foiled by Right-to-Carry permit holder, The Detroit Free Press, Detroit, Mich. 09/21/15

An armed criminal entered a Citizens Bank branch in Warren, Mich. and proceeded to rob the bank. According to a report, as the thief was leaving with the cash, he threatened a 63-year-old Right-to-Carry permit ...

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Gas station clerk scares off robber, The Times Picayune, New Orleans, La. 09/02/15

A man entered a Shell station in New Orleans, La. and attempted to rob the cashier, by claiming he was carrying a gun. The cashier responded by retrieving a gun and leveling it at the ...

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Teen uses father's rifle to protect siblings from home invaders, KSNV, Las Vegas, Nev. 08/21/15

A 14-year-old was at home with his younger siblings when a pair of home invaders entered the house. The 14-year-old responded by rounding up his siblings and moving to a closet, where he armed himself ...

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Armed elderly woman fights off attackers, Bay City News Service, San Francisco, Calif. 08/10/15

An elderly woman was at home in Big Sur, Calif. when a pair of men armed with knives broke into her house and attempted to rape her. During the incident the woman was able to ...

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Store owner uses semi-automatic rifle to repel armed robbers, WISN, Milwaukee, Wis. 07/27/15, WITI, Milwaukee, Wis. 07/27/15

Rami Murrar, owner of Bouchard’s clothing store in Milwaukee, Wisc., was tending to his establishment when at around 4 a.m. a van smashed into the security doors and concrete posts protecting his store. A daring ...

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Veteran halts gas station robbery, WALB, Albany, Ga. 07/17/15

Army veteran Don Rogers was inside a gas station in Sycamore, Ga. when a robber armed with a gun entered the store and demanded money from the clerk. Rogers responded to the threat by drawing ...

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Kansas' new permitless carry law helps citizen thwart robbers, WIBW, Topeka, Kans. 07/13/15

Joe Tapley was inside the Academy Sports and Outdoors store in Topeka, Kans. when three robbers started stealing firearms and cash from the behind the gun counter. As they made their way outside the store, ...


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