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The United States is an incredibly diverse place. This diversity presents a challenge for the gun owner in handling laws and regulations - so how do different states regulate this issue? Many states vary in how they deal with firearms, and it can be confusing as to which might be best suited for you.
What is a constitutional carry state?
States with constitutional carry laws give their government the ability to protect every individual's right to keep and bear arms without violating the 2nd Amendment. Constitutional carry states are called that because they allow licensed gun owners to carry their firearms in public places without a permit.
The States Where Carrying Firearms Is Legal and Permitless
The States where carrying firearms is legal without a permit as of March 2022
- New Hampshire
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
Note: When carrying a firearm in any state you must go by the Laws/Regulations on carrying firearms in that state. It is your responsibility to know those Laws/Regulations. If states restricts Permitless Carry to just their residents the listing states that. Active Military or Veterans who can carry under that exemption in some states (Under 21) should carry their military ID or if discharged their DD214. Some of the listed states may allow the carrying of other weapons under their Permitless Carry statutes. All states listed above still issue permits to carry except Vermont which has never required a permit to carry. For more information on Permitless Carry and other state specific laws click on the states name for addition information on that state with links to state resources. Credit to Handgunlaw.us
These states have very welcoming gun-carrying laws for those who carry their firearms responsibly in public or private places.
Benefits of Gun Ownership
Many states have right to carry laws, which allow lawful firearm owners to carry their firearms openly outside of the home. It is also an incentive to get their LTC if at all possible. These laws also permit citizens to carry their firearms without a concealed weapons permit if they are part of an organized gun club in that state. There are many benefits of gun ownership.
Having a firearm can help people defend themselves from crime or forced into compliance with law enforcement requests for service during emergencies or this purpose only.
Another interesting item to note about this chart, in the survey the question was asked in the following wording:
The source does not state the amount of guns in the respective households.