Gun Laws By State
Gun laws vary across the country and those who carry guns must stay informed regarding the differences in these laws. Vermont is one of the most lenient states for gun holders throughout the United States. Vermont citizens are not required to obtain a permit when purchasing handguns, shotguns, or rifles. Additionally, those in Vermont are not required to obtain a permit to carry a concealed weapon and may open carry. Vermont’s laws are in strict contrast to those of Illinois, which is known for having the most stringent laws regarding firearms in the nation. Illinois residents must obtain a Firearms Owner’s Identification Card (FOID), among other things, in order to purchase and license rifles, shotguns, and handguns. Gun owners must make certain they stay up to date with the gun laws for their state and keep in mind that laws pertaining to firearms change. A gun owner may travel from one state to another and could face difficulty if he or she did not take into account the different gun laws for each state. Keep in mind that some large cities may have different gun laws within one state as well. Determine gun laws for states and cities, especially when traveling, as this ensures the greatest protection to a gun owner.
Alabama - Gun Reciprocity Law and important documents for those in Alabama.
Alaska - Permits and licensing resources for Alaskan residents.
Arizona - Concealed weapons and permits laws for the state of Arizona.
Arkansas - Concealed handgun license and documents for those who live in Arkansas.
California - PDF booklet from the Office of the Attorney General regarding gun laws .
Colorado - Colorado gun laws and concealed weapon permits.
Connecticut - Connecticut General State Statutes for firearms in Connecticut
Delaware - Outline of Delaware’s weapons law from the Attorney General.
Florida - Concealed weapon or firearm program for Florida residents.
Georgia - Georgia’s firearms permit reciprocity.
Hawaii - Guidelines for carrying a concealed firearm in Hawaii. (PDF)
Idaho - Firearm, explosives and other carry, concealed weapons and information.
Illinois - Municipal ordinances regarding firearm law throughout the state.
Indiana - Documents determining the regulation of firearms throughout the state.
Iowa - Administrative Services Division discusses weapon permits throughout the state.
Kansas - Concealed carry legislation passed as the Personal and Family Protection Act.
Kentucky - Kentucky revised statutes regarding firearms and concealed weapons.
Louisiana - Information, links and frequently asked questions regarding a concealed handgun permit.
Maine - Concealed handgun permits, contract security and more.
Maryland - Licensing division that focuses on gun laws throughout the state.
Massachusetts - Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game discusses gun licensing requirements.
Michigan - Collection of resources regarding firearms and laws throughout the state.
Minnesota - Resources for those searching for laws regarding Minnesota firearm and concealed weapons.
Mississippi - Resources for those securing firearms within the state.
Missouri - List of weapons offenses that affect the state of Missouri.
Montana - Resource focusing on Montana law regarding concealed weapons.
Nebraska - Collection of gun laws in Nebraska.Nevada - Nevada firearm laws and regulations.
New Hampshire - Resources for those in New Hampshire regarding licenses for weapons and firearms.
New Jersey - Firearms information and laws provided by the Department of Law and Public Safety.
New Mexico - Concealed carry law and instructions.
New York Resources regarding firearms and pistol permit bureau in New York.
North Carolina - PDF document detailing gun laws as pertinent to North Carolina.
North Carolina - Concealed weapon carry permits.
North Dakota - Resource and guide to concealed weapons licenses./em>
Oklahoma - Information on the Self Defense Act and steps to obtaining a concealed weapon license.
Oregon - Oregon laws regarding concealed handguns and obtaining a license to carry.
Pennsylvania - Resource regarding carrying firearms throughout the state.
Rhode Island - List of laws pertaining to the use of firearms and weapons.
South Carolina - State laws regarding the use and purchase of firearms and other weapons.
South Dakota - South Dakota codified laws regarding weapons and the sale of firearms.
Tennessee - Resource for obtaining handgun carry permits.
Texas - Guide to obtaining a concealed handgun license in Texas.
Utah - Resource for firearm laws throughout the state.
Vermont - An extensive look at gun laws in Vermont.
Virginia - Guide to owning firearms and concealed handguns in the state.
Washington - Resources for those interested in firearms, dangerous weapons, and concealed pistols.
West Virginia - Resources for those in West Virginia including booklet: WV Handgun Laws and application.
Wisconsin - Many resources for current firearm and concealed weapon laws.
Wyoming - PDF file that answers questions regarding firearms and weapons in the state.