As I’m sure most of you are aware, gun laws, and specifically concealed carry laws, differ from state to state. Because each state is allowed to regulate the carrying of firearms, there’s quite a bit of confusion about what’s legal and where. For example, most folks outside of Texas assume that Texas is extremely gun friendly and that you can pretty much carry whatever you want, however you want. In reality, that just isn’t the case, and there are much more gun friendly states.
There are a lot of great resources out there to help you navigate the complicated mess that is this nation’s firearms laws, such as Gun Laws by State, HandgunLaw.us, and OpenCarry.org. If you’re considering moving, or you’re going to travel with firearms, the aforementioned sites are very helpful.
Additionally, there’s another resource you might want to add to your list. Last week, Guns & Ammo came out with a concealed carry state ranking that I found both interesting and informative.
Top 10 States for Concealed Carry
According to Guns & Ammo, the top 10 states for concealed carry are:
- New Hampshire
- North Dakota
There were a few surprises for me on this list. First, I was surprised that Arkansas isn’t in the top 10. My understanding before reading the article was that Arkansas was one of the five states that allows Constitutional Carry (legal to both open and concealed carry of a properly holstered handgun without a permit), but according to Guns & Ammo:
While some folks claim Arkansas is now a permitless carry state due to recent court rulings, the State of Arkansas claims permitless carry and open carry remain illegal under the new laws. It appears cleaning up the language in the current law will require another court case to set the record straight.
Another surprise for me was how high Pennsylvania ranked. I’ve always considered PA a gun friendly state, but I didn’t realize it was THAT gun friendly.
You can check out all of the state rankings along with the scoring system used here and see where your state ranks.