16 Permitless Concealed Carry States ?
Constitutional carry states, also know as permitless carry states have been increasing since the late 1990’s. There are now thirteen states where a permit to conceal carry is not required, and three more states that have limited permitless carry.
In 2016 four states abolished their requirement for a concealed carry permit. These were Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, and West Virginia. There are roughly six more states debating if they join the list of permitless concealed carry states. The Alabama Senate has passed a bill to dispense with permits for concealed carry but there are a few more hurdles it needs to go through to become law. Already this year New Hampshire and North Dakota have become unrestricted states in 2017.
States with full permitless carry
Disputed, see state page for details
Residents only & concealed carry only
Limited permitless concealed carry states
Only outside city and town limits
Unloaded firearm & loaded magazine, vehicle carry legal
Only residents of unrestricted states
Most of the unrestricted states have kept their Shall Issue policies. This is only for reciprocity reasons and allows their state citizens to obtain a permit if they wish to travel out-of-state with their firearm.