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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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Sunday, February 1, 1981

The Gazette, Phoenix, AZ

Forced by an armed robber to kneel on the floor at the rear of his Phoenix, Ariz., pharmacy ...

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Sunday, February 1, 1981

The News-Press, Santa Barbara, CA

Three armed men entered a Santa Barbara, Calif., jewelry store, ordered manager Steven Brooks and two customers to ...

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Sunday, February 1, 1981

The Hermiston Herald, Hermiston, OR

Alone at home while her husband was elk hunting, Doris Walls shot a 33-year-old who she said broke ...

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Sunday, February 1, 1981

The Missoulian, Missoula, MT

Two deer hunters taking target practice about six miles from the Montana State Prison recently apprehended three escaped ...

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Sunday, February 1, 1981

The Daily News, New York, NY

Three 16-year-olds entered the tiny Towers Book and Card shop operated by 68-year-old Murray Elpern and his wife ...

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Sunday, February 1, 1981

The Constitution, Atlanta, GA

Atlanta, Ga., jeweler Bob Jordan, working at his repair bench, looked up to see two men holding guns ...

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Sunday, February 1, 1981

The Spinal Column, Novi, MI

Jim Gardner was asleep in his Wixom, Mich., apartment when he heard a knock at the door. Finding ...

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Sunday, February 1, 1981

The Enquirer, Cincinnati, OH

An unidentified woman clad only in panties heard a glass door shatter in her suburban Cincinnati home. Picking ...

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Sunday, February 1, 1981

The Tribune, Chesterton, IN

When John Woolman responded to a knock at the door of his Porter, Ind., home, a man threatened ...

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Sunday, February 1, 1981

The Newspaper, Wiscasset, ME

NRA Life member Richard Willard awoke to the sounds of someone rummaging about his Woolwich, Maine, home. Armed ...

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.