State-by-State Carry Laws

This summary is not intended as legal advice or restatement…

This summary is not intended as legal advice or restatement of law, and should not be construed as such. This summary also does not include federal or local laws, ordinances or regulations. Although accurate as of press time, firearm laws are subject to frequent change and court interpretation. For any particular situation, a licensed local attorney must be consulted for an accurate interpretation. YOU MUST ABIDE BY ALL STATE, FEDERAL AND LOCAL LAWS. For additional information, visit the National Rifle Association webpage at nraila.org/GunLaws for additional information on firearm laws and concealed carry restrictions within specific States.

ALABAMA
State Statute: C.A. §13A-11-75
Shall/May Issue: May Issue
Cost: Varies by county
Permit Term: 1 Year
Issuing Authority: County Sheriff
Notes: Limitations exist for open carry within vehicles. “Reasonable need” required for CC permit.

ALASKA
State Statute: A.S. 11.61.220
Shall/May Issue: Shall Issue
Cost: $94.25
Permit Term: 5 years
Issuing Authority: Alaska Department of Public Safety
Notes: Anyone over 21 years of age may carry a concealed pistol without a permit. For purposes of reciprocity with other States, a permit may be requested and shall be issued by the Alaska DPS. Concealed firearms are not permitted in courthouses, schoolyards, bars, or domestic violence shelters.

ARIZONA
State Statute: A.R.S. 13-3112
Shall/May Issue: Shall Issue
Cost: $6d0
Permit Term: 5 Years
Issuing Authority: Arizona Department of Public Safety
Notes: CC prohibited in bars and restaurants that serve alcohol; public schools, colleges and universities; polling places; nuclear or hydroelectric generating facilities; and detention facilities.

ARKANSAS
State Statute: A.C.A. §§5-73-301
Shall/May Issue: Shall Issue
Cost: $144
Permit Term: 5 Years
Issuing Authority: AR State Police
Notes: There is a detailed list of places in which concealed carry is prohibited within the State of Arkansas. Persons who wish to carry concealed within Arkansas are advised to review the Arkansas State statute that governs concealed carry to determine where it is legal to carry a concealed firearm.

CALIFORNIA
State Statute: P.C. 12000 et seq.
Shall/May Issue: May Issue
Cost: Varies
Permit Term: 2 years
Issuing Authority: County Sheriff of COP of resident’s jurisdiction
Notes: Effective January 1, 2001, no handgun may be imported into CA unless that model is certified for sale in CA by the CA Department of Justice. Open carry is generally prohibited except in unincorporated areas of the State. Even then, counties may restrict open carry. Open carry permits may be applied for, but only in counties with a population less than 200,000.

COLORADO
State Statute: C.R.S. 18-12-201 CRS 18-12-203
Shall/May Issue: Shall Issue
Cost: $52.50
Permit Term: 5 years
Issuing Authority: County Sheriff
Notes: Concealed carry is prohibited in all locations prohibited by federal law, prohibited in all secondary schools (Grades K – 12) unless cased within a locked vehicle and prohibited in any public building that posts guards and establishes permanent metal detectors. It is unlawful to possess a firearm while under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances.

CONNECTICUT
State Statute: C.G.S. §§ 29-28,
29-28a, and 28-29.
Shall/May Issue: May Issue
Cost: $70
Permit Term: 5 years
Issuing Authority: CT State Police
Notes: Applicants are required to complete a handgun safety course. The NRA “Basic Pistol Course” satisfies the requirements, however the NRA “Home Firearms Safety Course” and “First Steps Pistol Orientation Program” are not approved courses. Live-fire training is also required. Computer-generated programs, dry-fire, other simulated shooting tools, plastic bullets, air guns, etc. are not acceptable alternatives. A carry permit is required for a myriad of situations, including the concealed carry of a firearm on one’s own property when outside of the domicile. Persons who wish to possess firearms within the State of CT are advised to review the CT General Statutes to determine the legalities of possession and carry.

DELAWARE
State Statute: 11 Del. § 1441(j)
Shall/May Issue: May Issue
Cost: $34.50
Permit Term: 2 years
Issuing Authority: DE State Police or the Delaware State Att. Gen.Notes: The application process for a concealed carry permit in Delaware is unusual, in that it requires the applicant to publish the application within a local newspaper with a circulation of 35% or more of the county population. A safety course and live-fire training of at least 100 rounds is required as part of the application process.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
State Statute: D.C. C. § 22-4503
Shall/May Issue: May Issue
Cost: Unknown
Permit Term: 1 year
Issuing Authority: Chief of Police
Notes: Following the 2008 U.S. Supreme Court decision in D.C. v. Heller, the laws of the District of Columbia are in flux. Residents of the District are advised to review the most recent changes to DC Code and seek competent legal advice prior to possessing a firearm within the District.

FLORIDA
State Statute: F.S. 790.01
Shall/May Issue: Shall Issue
Cost: $117.00
Permit Term: 7 years
Issuing Authority: FL Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Notes: There is a detailed list of places in which concealed carry is prohibited within the State of Florida. Persons who wish to carry concealed within Florida are advised to review the Florida State statute that governs concealed carry to determine where it is legal to carry a concealed firearm.

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