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Gun Laws In America For Open Carry

Updated on April 4, 2016
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The Open Carry Law

The American Constitution allows citizens of many states to carry unconcealed weapons, a.k.a open carry. Many people have begun to practice the act of open carry but seldom try to understand their state laws and how open carry affects them. According to States across the US. There are different open carry permissions which the gun owner needs to adhere to. The Categories of Open Carry Laws are defined Below:

Licensed Open Carry State

  • This is when the state has passed full preemption of the fire arm laws, granting open carry licensed to non-prohibited citizens once they have been issued a permit or a license to handle a weapon. You are permitted to open carry your handgun in vehicle or on foot.

Permissive Open Carry States

  • The state has passed full preemption of all firearms laws. They allow open carry for all non-prohibited citizens and do not require a permit or license to open carry. Open carry is lawful on foot and in a motor vehicle.

Non-Permissive Open Carry States

  • In these States, open carry of handguns are illegal. However special circumstance where public carry is effectively prohibited. These circumstances could be like when hunting, self defense, traveling to and fro hunting locations while on property controlled by the person open carrying.

Rural Open Carry

  • This law seems to boil down to population density. In these states, open carry is generally prohibited. except in unincorporated areas of counties where population densities are below statutorily-defined thresholds, and local authorities have enacted legislation to not prohibit open carry in such jurisdictions (California). As such, these states are also regarded as Anomalous open carry states.

Anomalous Open Carry

  • The legality of open carry varies within state, based on local policies. In such states, some local jurisdictions may permit open carry while others may impose varying degrees of restrictions or prohibit open carry entirely.

States and Open Carry Jurisdictions

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States  
Permissive  
Licensed  
Anomalous  
Non-Permissive  
Alabama
Yes
 
 
 
Alaska
Yes
 
 
 
Arkansas
Yes
 
 
 
California
 
 
Yes
 
Colorado
Yes
 
 
 
Connecticut
 
Yes
 
 
Delaware
Yes
 
 
 
District of Columbia
 
 
 
Yes
Florida
 
 
 
Yes
Georgia
Yes
 
 
 
Idaho
Yes
 
 
 
Illinois
 
 
 
Yes
Indiana
 
Yes
 
 
Iowa
 
Yes
 
 
Kansas
Yes
 
 
 
Kentucky
Yes
 
 
 
Louisianna
Yes
 
 
 
Maine
Yes
 
 
 
Maryland
 
Yes
 
 
Massachusetts
 
Yes
 
 
Michigan
Yes
 
 
 
Minnesota
 
Yes
 
 
Mississippi
Yes
 
 
 
Missouri
 
Yes
 
 
Montana
Yes
 
 
 
Nebraska
 
 
Yes
 
Nevada
Yes
 
 
 
New Hampshire
 
 
Yes
 
New Jersey
 
Yes
 
 
New Mexico
Yes
 
 
 
New York
 
 
 
Yes
North Carolina
Yes
 
 
 
North Dakota
 
Yes
 
 
Ohio
Yes
 
 
 
Oklahoma
 
Yes
 
 
Oregan
 
 
Yes
 
Pennsylvania
 
 
Yes
 
Rhode Island
 
Yes
 
 
South Carolina
 
 
 
Yes
Tennessee
 
Yes
 
 
Texas
 
 
 
Yes
Utah
 
Yes
 
 
Vermont
Yes
 
 
 
Virginia
Yes
 
 
 
Washington
Yes
 
 
 
West Virginia
Yes
 
 
 
Wisconsin
Yes
 
 
 
Wyoming
Yes
 
 
 
Arizona
Yes
 
 
 
Hawaii
 
Yes
 
 
South Dakota
Yes
 
 
 
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Open Carry

Open Carry Common Questions

Do You Need a Permit To Open Carry?

  • People who practice open carry need to know that a license is required to openly carry a loaded firearm. Once that firearm is not loaded, no license necessary. Open Carry is legal without a license, but to carry a handgun loaded in a vehicle one needs a concealed pistol license (CPL).

Who Cannot Open Carry?

  • People prohibited by law from carrying a firearm. Typical examples are felons, those convicted of a misdemeanor of domestic violence, those found to be addicted to alcohol or drugs, and those who have been involuntarily committed to a mental institution. These person are not only prohibited from open carry, but from ownership of guns period.

American Citizens Open Carry Fears

A gun is a very fearful weapon and as such people who are seen with one demand attention and may be seeing as quite intimidating to someone. In recent times in America, there have been mass shootings, shootings in schools, churches and just about anywhere where large groups of people seem to congregate. The fear of seeing someone walking down the same side of the road with guns strapped to the teeth is real and quite fearful, especially if you have been the victim of gun attacks. It is quite simple, guns are easy to use and even if not fired properly is able to take the life of anyone who is in its way. But people who open carry are the least of America's problems when it comes on to mass shootings, robbery and killings. In-fact, if people were smart, they would push to have all weapons being open carry. Lets take a good look at the benefit of making open carry the standard of how we all should carry our weapons instead of concealed.

Why the law should make every Gun Owner open carry

Serious and deadly crimes are not being permitted by people who do lawful open carry, but by people who have tucked in concealed weaponry.

It would be much safer for people to know who around them is in possession of a deadly weapon such as a gun. Not all people like to be near guns and a person who is anti-gun may not want to be in the same coffee shop or sitting near a person who has a gun. So open carry law will allow you to better know your environment.

Criminals hate when decent law abiding citizens carry guns. It simply gets into the way of them committing and escaping a criminal act. The fear of getting shot goes both ways.

Places Where Guns Should Be Disallowed (Open Carry or Concealed)

There are places which should be what is considered neutral grounds and no form of weaponry should be allowed on these premises by law. Places such as Schools, churches, Entertainment Parks. Unless we all the the gun as a utensil, such as a knife and fork and how subconscious minds stops being intimidated by such a weapon. It should be outlawed to have any weapon inside places mentioned above. The only exceptions should be for certain groups of people such as Government Security Officers (police), and official security details. We can't have our weapons trotting every single where we go especially where there is children and worship. This would also help to give parents a more secure feeling about hundreds of guns walking around school compounds by some well dressed individuals as well as some really shady characters.


Open carry Prejudice

This ugly word seems as though it is here to stay. Yes, there is such a thing called open carry prejudice. Open carry prejudice is when Different class and race of people practice open carry and are met with different reactions from the same police officers who are called by scared citizens who have reported these gun carrying individual.

Black Open Carry

  • When you open carry as a black man, the police tend to be much more aggressive when they approach you. They even have been known to draw weapons upon approaching the lawful individual and have even unlawful disarmed the person while handcuffed and faced down on the floor.

Open Carry White

  • Well, we all know that white people do enjoy the constitutional rights better than the black people, no matter how much icing we put on the prejudice cake. When the police approach most open carry white individual, they are approached respectfully and respects the persons right to being white and bearing firearms.

Open Carry In A Poor Broke Down Neighborhood

  • You can bet your last dollar that you will be tackled to the floor and probably arrested as a broke person carrying guns only have one intention. And that is to knock over the nearest liquor store.

Open Carry In a 2000 dollars suite

  • If you just stepped out of a nice car and jazzing a nice suite with a assault rifle strapped across your shoulders i can guarantee you that if the police do approach you, it will not be to wrestle you to the floor thinking you are going to knock off the liquor store.

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The Right To Bear Arms

Everyone has the right to self defense and the right to bare arms. Once you abide by any stipulations set by the open carry laws within your state you should not be harassed by any member of the security force unless the have strong suspicion of inappropriate actions. All open carriers should also be treated the same way. It should not matter if you open carry while black, white, Asian or Latino. The law is written as one accord and should be applied as one law across. Remember guns are not bad, its the idiots behind them.

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    • Frank Atanacio profile image

      Frank Atanacio 21 months ago from Shelton

      the practice of open carry, where gun owners openly carry firearms while they go about their daily business seems to be seen more often in recent years.. reminds me of the Dodge Western Days when open carry was the norm... good hub my friend very informative :)

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      Clive Williams 21 months ago from Nibiru

      Thanks Frank. Open Carry wil soon be the norm or all guns withdrawn

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 21 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I was glad when the law was passed for the national guard to have guns. It would scare me to pass someone with an assault rifle strapped on. A hand gun would be scary too but maybe necessary in these horrible times. I agree with you about the black being treated differently. It's important to note that no black person has done any mass shootings, yet they are treated badly. I would like to see all guns removed, but I know the crooks will always have them, so to defend ourselves we need guns. I am rambling here! Who knows what is best? Voted up...

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      Clive Williams 21 months ago from Nibiru

      @always exploring. The thing is that good citizens who have goods rarely use them and when they do it is to defend them selves.

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