Concealed Carry Permit Reciprocity

There are no federal laws surrounding concealed carry, also known as CCW (carrying a concealed weapon), which allows states to make their own laws about CCW. There are 4 types of state permit policies when it comes to issuing CCW licenses:
  • Unrestricted – no permit is needed to carry a concealed weapon
  • Shall-Issue –  a permit is required to carry a concealed weapon, but criteria must be met to receive a permit
  • May-Issue – a permit is required to carry a concealed weapon, but local authorities have discretion in granting permits
  • No-Issue – private citizens are not allowed to carry concealed weapons
As different states have different requirements for obtaining CCW permits, reciprocity (respecting other states’ CCW licenses) varies with each state. 5.11 has analyzed the reciprocity for each state and found some interesting facts:
  • Michigan and Arkansas CCW licenses are honored in 39 states, more than any other in the state.
  • Illinois and Washington DC are the only No Issue states. It is illegal for a private citizen to carry a concealed weapon in public. They do not issue or honor any CCW licenses from any state.
  • Wyoming, Alaska, Arizona, and Vermont are unrestricted states, no license is need to carry a concealed weapon.
All of this work has been compiled into the following infographic:

Which Concealed Carry Licenses Are Honored The Most? 

Thank you to 5.11 Tactical for putting this together.


Anonymous said...

Shouldn't this be a priority of the NRA and all of the other gun laws and other organizations to be pushing for rciprocals or a 100% reciprocal for the entire nation? Get with it! Make our government usefull for once!

Ewall said...

I think this data is pretty close if not spot on. I know for North Carolina. Effective December 1, 2011, North Carolina automatically recognizes concealed carry permits issued in any other state.


And there is a motion already in place to break down the state to state barriers. H.R.822 - National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011


Anonymous said...

I'm with you on this but one thing to be aware of is some states issue permits to people who have done time under certain circumstances, if I remember correctly from some reading I've done.
some states won't issue to you if you've done time no mater what and that may be why they don't reciprocate. just a guess and something to consider.

Anonymous said...

Be aware that if concealed carry goes nation wide individual states will no longer shave the control they enjoy now. The federal government will control concealed carry. Not a good thing