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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 Pilot, Redding, CT, 12/18/80

A would-be armed robber made the mistake of pulling a racetrack starting pistol on NRA member Walter Toepfer ...

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Wednesday, April 1, 1981

The Gazette, Niagara Falls, NY, 12/23/80

A pair of thugs had been terrorizing senior citizens in her Niagara Falls, N.Y., neighborhood, so 72-year-old Mary ...

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Wednesday, April 1, 1981

The Inter-Mountain, Elkins, WV, 12/30/80

Harvey Carpenter was asleep in the back of his Webster Springs, W.Va., store when he heard the sounds ...

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Wednesday, April 1, 1981

The Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, FL, 12/15/80

Bus driver Robert McCort was driving from Miami to Detroit when he saw two men and a woman ...

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Sunday, March 1, 1981

The Bee, Sacramento, CA, 1/1/81

A stickup artist asked Bobbie Fisher of Fresno, Calif., if she'd ever been held up, and pulled a ...

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Sunday, March 1, 1981

The Bee, Sacramento, CA, 1/1/81

After two juveniles continually burglarized and vandalized her Sacramento, Calif., home for two years, Philippines immigrant Dee Yansenns ...

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Sunday, March 1, 1981

The Enterprise, Beaumont, TX, 1/2/81

An unidentified Beaumont, Tex, man caught a pair of burglars stealing his television and stereo. When one burglar ...

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Sunday, March 1, 1981

The News-Palladium, Pana, IL, 1/12/81

Disabled World War II veteran George Sarver used the element of surprise to capture three burglars who had ...

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Sunday, March 1, 1981

The News, Detroit, MI, 1/6/81

George Rayburn and his son were listening to a police scanner radio in their River Rouge, Mich., home ...

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Sunday, March 1, 1981

The Star, Meridian, MS, 11/30/80

An armed robber's momentary lapse of attention gave Meridian, Miss., grocer Joe Hlinak just enough time to grab ...

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.