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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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Friday, July 9, 2010

Compendium of State Firearms Laws

With extensive gun control laws on the books in America, there are two challenges facing every gun owner. ...

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

Travel Update on Ammunition over .50 Caliber

U.S. DOT Clarifies Big-Bore Ammo Rules Over the past few years, big game hunters and shooters who use ...

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Friday, July 25, 2008

Puerto Rico - Firearms Laws

The Firearms Laws of Puerto Rico, As of 2008.

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Special Warning on Ammunition over .50 Caliber

Over the past few months, NRA-ILA has learned of cases where traveling hunters have been stopped from transporting ...

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Tuesday, September 5, 2006

U.S. DOJ Letter On Interstate Firearms Transport

Click here to see a letter from the U.S. Justice Department to Congressman Don Young clarifying federal firearms ...

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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

New York City - Firearms Laws

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Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Clinton Gun Ban Update

Clinton Gun Ban Update On Monday, September 13, 2004 the Clinton gun ban expired. Below are links to ...

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Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Citizen's Guide To Federal Firearms Laws - Summary

A summary of federal restrictions on the purchase, sale, possession, and transportation of firearms and ammunition. Caution: Firearm ...

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Tuesday, April 10, 2001

Gun Laws, Culture, Justice & Crime In Foreign Countries

Do other countries all have more restrictive gun laws and lower violent crime rates than the U.S.? How ...

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Tuesday, July 25, 2000

Guam - Firearms Laws

PLEASE NOTE: In addition to territorial laws, the purchase, sale and (in certain circumstances) the possession and interstate ...


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.