The Second amendment gives Americans the right to bear arms. But not many folks choose to walk around carrying a rifle, which is why 49 states have passed laws allowing citizens to carry a concealed weapon (CCW). This law makes it perfectly legal to have a handgun in your pocket, purse, holstered to your belt or ankle.

Illinois and the District of Columbia are the only No-Issue jurisdictions in the country where it is illegal to carry any type of concealed weapon.

This graphic created by 511 Tactical clearly highlights each type of CCW license the state’s policies:

  • Unrestricted – No permit is required to have a concealed weapon on your person
  • Shall Issue – As long as the citizen meets the states requirements a CCW license shall be issued
  • May Issue – If the citizen meets the requirements by the state a license may be issued, pending local law enforcement’s discretion
  • No Issue – CCW licenses are not issued

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 States of Honor: CCW Reciprocity
Source: 5.11 Tactical

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