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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, January 1, 1981

The Commercial News, Danville, IL, 11/10/80

Eleven-year-old Jeffery Seyfert was alone in his Danville, Ill., home when a stranger knocked at the front door, ...

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Thursday, January 1, 1981

The Banner, Duncan, OK, 9/24/80

A female clerk in a Duncan, Okla., liquor store was changing a $5 bill when her customer suddenly ...

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Thursday, January 1, 1981

The Coloradoan, Ft. Collins, CO, 9/14/80

Seeing a man peeping in the window of a basement-level apartment shared by two young Ft. Collins, Colo., ...

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Thursday, January 1, 1981

The Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, FL, 10/28/80

Jacksonville, Fla., residents J.B. and Opal Evans were asleep in their pickup camper parked in front of relatives' ...

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Wednesday, November 1, 1967

Times-Picayune, New Orleans, LA

Charles Bradbury, of Miami, Fla., visiting in New Orleans, was thrown to the sidewalk by a man who ...

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Thursday, July 1, 1965

Journal, Jacksonville, FL

When Jacksonville, Fla., storekeeper Homer Thomas was confronted by an armed man who said, "Give me what you've ...

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Monday, August 1, 1960

The Times-Picayune, New Orleans, LA

Joseph A. Marino had just left his New Orleans pharmacy and gotten in his automobile when a thug ...

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Monday, September 1, 1958

United Press, CA, 2/3/58

When grocery-store-owner George Crawford, Stockton, Calif., was ordered by an armed bandit to "hand over the money," Crawford ...


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.