Concealed Weapon Permits Reciprocity Agreements
There doesn’t seem to be a day that goes by that there is not some sort of news about guns. The pros and cons are twisted every day in the news. It is sometimes hard to know what is factual or gossip. With concealed weapons permits on an all-time high of being approved, it is imperative as a permit holder to be able to sift through everything you hear and know what laws actually apply to you.
Staying abreast of current gun legislation is of high importance to all gun owners. But knowing how they are actually changing are particularly essential to those holding concealed weapons permits and are traveling out of their resident state. Permit holders know their responsibility to check their state reciprocity agreements and to become familiar with the laws in other states they are carrying in.
Requirements for a concealed weapons permit and reciprocity agreements vary widely by each state. Thirty-nine of 48 states that issue concealed weapon permits and the state of Vermont, who does not require permits to carry concealed, allow reciprocity agreements. There are nine states that do not issue reciprocity agreements.
Residents vs. Non-Residents*
- 39 of 48 states issue concealed weapon permits and allow reciprocity agreements
- 22 of 48 states allow only residents to be issued permits
- 26 of 48 states allow non-residents to be issued permits with 10 of these states issuing on a limited basis
- Vermont is the only state that does not require a concealed weapon permit
*As of March 2012
On August 1, 2013 a Bill was sponsored by Rep. Richard B. Nugent [R-FL] along with 79 co-sponsors known as H.R. 2959 – National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2013. If passed through Congress to ultimately be signed off by the President, it would completely eliminate the research current concealed weapon permit holders must endure when traveling out of their residential state.
If put into law, the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2013 would allow a person with a concealed weapons permit to carry concealed nationally (defined as any state other than the issuing state of residence). The permit owner would be allowed to carry a firearm or hand gun concealed but would not allow carrying a concealed machine gun or destructive device. The concealed weapons permit must be valid in the residential state issued and must be carried with a valid photo id.
Do you think there should be a national reciprocity agreement?
As of September 13, 2013 the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2013 was referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations. The Bill can be tracked through beta.congress.gov/bill/113th/house-bill/2959.
Did You Know?
As of March 2012:
- Illinois is a no issue state
- Washington DC is a no issue territory
- Alabama, California, New York, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Hawaii are may issue states
- Rhode Island is a may and shall issue state
- Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Maine, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida are shall issue states
- Alaska, Wyoming, Arizona are no permit required and shall issue states
- May issue means the state has the discretion to issue
- Shall issue means the state will issue a permit if all objectives are fulfilled and there are no statutory reason for denial
- No issue means no concealed weapons are permitted for residents and non-residents and there is no reciprocity agreements in these states.
Contact your local representative and help make a positive change in reciprocity agreements.
The National Right-To-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2013 can be followed at: www.beta.congress.gov/bill/113th/house-bill/2959.