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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, June 1, 1969

Morning Star, Rockford, IL

When Philip D. Hawks, a restaurant employee, requested a customer to cease swearing before women in the restaurant ...

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Sunday, June 1, 1969

News-American, Baltimore, MD

As Mrs. Sarah Edmondson, 55, was walking to work at a bakery in Baltimore, Md., at 5:30 A.M., ...

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Sunday, June 1, 1969

Argus, Rock Island, IL

Richard A. Kaiser, an NRA member and competitive pistol shooter, saw a man break into a garage across ...

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Sunday, June 1, 1969

Times Herald, Dallas, TX

Due to recent break-ins, Guy Eugene Tillery, owner of a Dallas, Tex., boat shop, was on guard inside ...

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Sunday, June 1, 1969

Reporter-News, Abilene, TX

Seven burglaries in six months prompted Ernest Toland, Sweetwater, Tex., cafe proprietor, to keep an all-night watch after ...

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Sunday, June 1, 1969

Statesman, Salem, OR

Raleigh Parker, 17, heard noises at the family service station behind the Parker home in Gervais, Oreg., and ...

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Sunday, June 1, 1969

The State, Columbia, SC

Willie Stone, sitting in his country store in Florence County, S.C., was suddenly confronted by a man with ...

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Tuesday, April 1, 1969

Evening Bulletin, Philadelphia, PA

John G. Malascalza, clerk of a small Wilmington, Del., hotel was chatting with a guest in the lobby ...

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Tuesday, April 1, 1969

Commercial Appeal, Memphis, TN

Alerted by a woman clerk to a holdup in his Memphis, Tenn., package store, owner Abraham Coffee, 77, ...

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Tuesday, April 1, 1969

American Rifleman

Charles E. Hudson, [photo] above, an Atlanta, Ga., grocer, proudly displays the $100 reward he earned when he ...

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.