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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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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Couple fights off armed robbers, WBTV, Charlotte, N.C. 11/26/15, WRDW, Augusta, Ga. 11/26/15

An Aiken County, S.C. couple who thought they were meeting with individuals whom they had arranged to purchase a car from on were instead met by a pair of armed robbers. While one of ...

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Armed gas station employee halts gun-wielding man,, Cincinnati, Ohio, 11/21/15, WCPO, Cincinnati, Ohio, 11/20/15

A man entered a Marathon gas station in Cincinnati, Ohio, pulled out a gun and menaced two store employees. One of the employees responded by retrieving a gun and firing at the criminal, striking him ...

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Homeowner fights off four intruders, KSAT, San Antonio, Texas 11/15/15

A group of four people attempted to break into a home in San Antonio, Texas by removing an air conditioning unit from a window and crawling inside. The homeowner responded to the break-in by retrieving ...

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Armed homeowner scares off attacker, KTVA, Anchorage, Alaska 11/13/15

A homeowner was in their house in Anchorage, Alaska when they heard a knock at the door. The homeowner retrieved a gun and went to answer the door. Upon opening the door, an intruder pepper-sprayed ...

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Elderly woman scares off home invader, WSVN, Miami, Fla. 11/11/15

88-year-old Arlene Orms was at home alone in Miami, Fla. when an intruder kicked in her door. Orms responded by retrieving a .25-caliber pistol and firing at the home invader, prompting the criminal to flee. ...

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Armed robbers fought off in attempted jewelry store heist, The Winston-Salem Journal, Winston-Salem, N.C. 11/3/15

Three masked robbers entered Long Jewelers in Winston-Salem, N.C., drew guns, and began smashing display cases and collecting jewelry. A worker in the back of the store became aware of the robbery and retrieved a ...

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Friday, November 6, 2015

Store employees fell armed robbers, WFMZ, Allentown, Pa. 11/01/15

A trio of men, at least one of whom was armed with a gun, entered Latino's Meat Market ...

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Elderly couple fights off real monsters on Halloween,, Helena, Ark. 11/01/15

An elderly couple were at home Halloween night, when the doorbell rang. Prepared to hand out candy to trick-or-treaters, the wife opened the door to find four armed robbers, at least two of whom were ...

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

New Right-to-Carry permit holder defends himself against armed robbers, FOX 2 Detroit, Detroit, Mich. 10/19/15

A 23-year-old Right-to-Carry permit holder was waiting for a bus after work when a trio of armed men ...

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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 ...


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