Know Your Concealed Carry History?

Trends you need to see. Watch the US states march towards constitutional carry.

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Unique maps you never knew existed. Discover at a glance what states allow open carry, require training, and much more...

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Concealed Carry History

  • 1986

    united states gun law map 1986
  • 1987, 1988

    united states gun law map 1988
  • 1989

    united states gun law map 1989
  • 1990

    united states gun law map 2017
  • 1991, 1992, 1993

    united states gun law map 1993
  • 1994

    united states gun law map 1994
  • 1995

    united states gun law map 1995
  • 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000

    US firearm reciprocity map for 2000
  • 2001, 2002

    united states gun law map 2002
  • 2003

    united states gun law map 2003
  • 2004, 2005

    united states gun law map 2005
  • 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009

    united states gun law map 2009
  • 2010

    united states gun law map 2010
  • 2011, 2012

    united states gun law map 2012
  • 2013, 2014

    united states gun law map 2014
  • 2015

    US firearm reciprocity map for 2015
  • 2016

    right to carry map 2016
  • 2017

    US firearm reciprocity map for 2017

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Right To Carry (1986 – 2017)


Until 1813 open carry and concealed carry of a firearm for self defense was accepted by all states. This changed in 1813 when Louisiana and Kentucky banned concealed carry on the grounds that only a criminal would conceal a firearm. Five more states, Alabama, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia enacted similar concealed carry bans by 1859. This was followed by Florida, Oklahoma and Texas by 1900. Instead of an outright ban on firearms most states had opted to enact concealed carry laws by 1950. A trend towards more liberal firearms laws started in the late 1990s. A browse through the history map above will show the dramatic progression from “No Issue” or “May Issue” states to “Shall Issue” states and now “Unrestricted states”. A growing number of states are now enacting laws that allow you to conceal carry a firearm without a permit. There are now 14 states that allow permitless carry with North Dakota becoming the latest in 2017. This trend has also included more liberal CCW reciprocity laws between states

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Training Required for Permit

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  • No training required
  • Differs by county
  • Training with live ammo
  • Training in classroom

Must Notify Officer

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  • Not required to inform
  • Only if asked by officer
  • Varies by County or City
  • Must notify officer

Non-Resident Permits Issued

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  • Issued to non-residents
  • Issued to non-residents from some states.
  • Issued to non-residents with permit in home state.
  • Not issued to non-residents

Open Carry Allowed

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  • Legal under state law
  • Legal under state law but local restrictions may exist.
  • Legal with a permit
  • Prohibited but legal in some rural counties.
  • State law prohibits

Background Checks Required on Private Gun Sales

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  • Transfers of handguns
  • Transfers of all firearms
  • Voluntary
  • No checks required

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CCW on College Grounds

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  • Allowed by state law
  • Guns must be in locked cars
  • Gun policy made by college
  • State law prohibits guns