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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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Thursday, June 1, 1961

Journal, Beaumont, TX

Beaumont, Tex., liquor store owner Earl R. Hudson ran for his pistol when a knife-wielding holdup man panicked ...

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Thursday, June 1, 1961

Globe-Democrat, St. Louis, MO

A 16-year-old boy entered Joseph LaCour's St. Louis, Mo., drugstore and asked to see some watches. As LaCour ...

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Thursday, June 1, 1961

Commercial Appeal, Memphis, TN

When Rufus Freeman caught two safecrackers in his store near Minter City, Miss., and one turned on him ...

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Monday, May 1, 1961

Journal-American, New York, NY

In Jamaica, N.Y., Mrs. Elizabeth Solano, who learned how to handle guns as a hunter in her youth, ...

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Monday, May 1, 1961

Herald & Express, Los Angeles, CA

Six months ago, John Shivel killed a bandit who tried to hold him up in his Huntington Park, ...

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Monday, May 1, 1961

Associated Press, AR

Attorney Alston Jennings, his wife, and two sons were in their Little Rock, Ark., home when a former ...

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Monday, May 1, 1961

Examiner, Los Angeles, CA

Mrs. Patricia Davidson and her 12-year-old son were alone in their Hawthorne, Calif., home, when a prowler tried ...

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Monday, May 1, 1961

Daily Chronicle, Spokane, WA

In Spokane, Wash., as John J. Reeder prepared to close his tavern, the sole customer clubbed him with ...

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Monday, May 1, 1961

Journal, Portland, OR

Hearing sounds of a scuffle in the front of their Wilsonville, Oreg., food store, Terry Lowrie grabbed a ...

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Monday, May 1, 1961

Herald, Oskaloosa, IA

Near Des Moines, Iowa, tavern keeper Edward Mercier ran for a revolver kept under the bar and fired ...

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.