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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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Sunday, March 1, 1981

The Nonpareil, Council Bluffs, IA, 12/15/80

A quintet of youthful extortionists threatened Council Bluff, Iowa, motel owner Rex Nelson with a tire tool and ...

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Sunday, March 1, 1981

The Post-Herald, Birmingham, AL, 12/12/80

A Mississippi prison parolee intent on burglary broke into the Prichard, Ala., home of Harry Thompson only to ...

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Sunday, March 1, 1981

The News-Tribune, Duluth, MN, 11/14/80

A Superior, Minn., woman awoke during the night when she felt a hand on her body. Seeing a ...

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Sunday, March 1, 1981

The Tribune, Waco, TX, 12/20/80

Jack Walker awoke in his Waco, Tex., home to find it being burglarized by a trio of housebreakers. ...

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Sunday, March 1, 1981

The Free Lance-Star, Fredericksburg, VA, 12/24/80

When a man tried to beat down the door of a neighbor's Fredericksburg, Va., home, Lisle Russell grabbed ...

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Sunday, March 1, 1981

The Daily News, Decatur, AL, 12/19/80

Two would-be robbers stalked into Gilbert Harris' Moulton, Ala., grocery and demanded cash. They fled emptyhanded, however, when ...

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Sunday, March 1, 1981

The Telegraph, Macon, GA, 12/18/80

"You really have to learn how to survive; it's a jungle out there," said an unnamed Macon, Ga., ...

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Sunday, March 1, 1981

The Sun, Bayshore, TX, 12/18/80

It was 3:30 a.m. when two men knocked on the door of Ernest Ganem's La Porte, Tex., home, ...

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Sunday, March 1, 1981

The News-Sun, Hobbs, NM, 9/17/80

Karla Jenson, 19, was driving down an isolated New Mexico highway when a man forced her off the ...

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Sunday, February 1, 1981

The Herald, Miami, FL

Norma and Eduardo Ortega returned to their Miami, Fla., home to find two burglars ransacking their belongings. One ...

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.