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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, April 1, 1981

The Times, Shreveport, LA, 1/25/81

Peter Ramsey returned to his Shreveport, La., home to find a strange car backed into his driveway and ...

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Wednesday, April 1, 1981

The Sheriff's Star, FL, 1/81

When he heard his front door lock being pried open, Gunter Roubal of Ft. Myers, Fla., grabbed a ...

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Wednesday, April 1, 1981

The Tribune, Des Moines, IA, 1/7/81

Virginia Bermann, 64, was alone in her Des Moines, Iowa, home when a pair of burglars crashed in. ...

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Wednesday, April 1, 1981

The Express-News, San Antonio, TX, 1/23/81

Plagued by holdups, San Antonio, Tex., grocer Guadalupe Lara bought a pistol for protection. He was ready when ...

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Wednesday, April 1, 1981

The Mississippi Press Register, Jackson Co., MS, 1/25/81

Jerry Lewis of Gautier, Miss., was working the graveyard shift at a convenience store when three young hoodlums ...

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Wednesday, April 1, 1981

The Times, Seattle, WA, 1/20/81

Seattle, Wash., pharmacist Harry Ostrom looked up from his work and saw one of his clerks stuffing money ...

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Wednesday, April 1, 1981

The Daily News, Philadelphia, PA, 1/16/81

An armed robber's greed gave Rubin Martinez the chance to foil a holdup at his Philadelphia, Pa., grocery. ...

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Wednesday, April 1, 1981

The Chronicle, Augusta, GA, 1/28/81

William Palmer was walking to his midnight-shift job in Augusta, Ga., when a mugger attacked, throwing him to ...

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Wednesday, April 1, 1981

The Daily Breeze, Torrance, CA, 12/29/80

David Owens and his girlfriend were driving away from a Torrance, Calif., theater when a youth pointed a ...

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Wednesday, April 1, 1981

The Gilchrist County Journal, Trenton, FL, 12/25/80

When a stickup man pointed a pistol at Gail Davis and demanded the cash from her father's Wilcox, ...

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.