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  • 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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Thursday, January 1, 1981

The Daily Sun, Yuma, AZ, 11/6/80

Walter Lundquist was rejoining his wife parked in the couple's pickup at a Yuma, Ariz., rest stop, when ...

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Thursday, January 1, 1981

The Herald-Argus, La Porte, IN, 9/16/80

Hearing noises in the garage of his Rolling Prairie, Ind., home, Rick Gurrola picked up his shotgun, investigated, ...

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Thursday, January 1, 1981

The Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, FL, 10/28/80

Jacksonville, Fla., residents J.B. and Opal Evans were asleep in their pickup camper parked in front of relatives' ...

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Thursday, January 1, 1981

The Daily News, Lebanon, Pa., 9/25/80

A man entered the lobby of a Lebanon, Pa., hotel, approached the front desk, and shoved a shotgun ...

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Thursday, January 1, 1981

The Reporter News, Abilene, TX, 11/20/80

Hearing noises coming from his grocery next to his Brownwood, Tex., home, Ronald Scott grabbed a shotgun and ...

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Thursday, January 1, 1981

The Advocate, Stamford, CT, 10/24/80

Hearing strange noises coming from the enclosed swimming pool attached to his Westport, Conn., house, Arnold Kaye got ...

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Thursday, January 1, 1981

The Times, Los Angeles, CA, 10/2/80

After being presented with his order of tacos and Cokes, the customer pulled a pistol and suggested that ...

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Thursday, January 1, 1981

The Times-Picayune, New Orleans, LA, 11/6/80

After robbing a New Orleans, La., drugstore, a gunman made his escape by bus, not realizing that store ...

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Thursday, January 1, 1981

The Repository, Canton, OH, 8/26/80

A would-be burglar broke a basement window and crawled into the Canton, Ohio, home of Ruth Fletcher only ...

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Thursday, January 1, 1981

The Commercial News, Danville, IL, 11/10/80

Eleven-year-old Jeffery Seyfert was alone in his Danville, Ill., home when a stranger knocked at the front door, ...

NRA ILA

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.