In this week’s “Ask a Firearms Lawyer” post, Tom Grieve answers a question commonly received here at the U.S. Concealed Carry Association: “What is concealed carry reciprocity?” Understanding reciprocity is essential to being a responsible gun owner, especially if you are traveling between states.

What Is Concealed Carry Reciprocity?

Concealed carry reciprocity, although complicated in practice, is a relatively simple term. Reciprocity simply means your concealed carry permit or license is valid beyond just your issuing state; the rights between states are reciprocated. You must follow the laws of the state in which you are carrying, however, which may be different from your issuing state.

For example, if you have a Wisconsin CCW permit, reciprocity agreements between states determine if you can carry in Colorado, Texas, Florida, etc. with your Wisconsin permit. Basically, where is your permit legally recognized as sufficient for you to carry? If reciprocity does not exist, you may not have the legal right to carry in other states with just your single permit.

To learn more about gun laws and concealed carry reciprocity, check out the USCCA’s Concealed Carry Reciprocity & Gun Laws By State Map. This powerful tool will not only help you understand the definition of reciprocity but also help you put it into practice.

About Attorney Tom Grieve, Grieve Law

Tom Grieve is one of the most respected criminal defense lawyers in Wisconsin. A highly awarded former prosecutor, he started Grieve Law, LLC, which is one of the top criminal defense firms in Wisconsin. He developed a nuanced knowledge of Wisconsin firearms law. Tom has also received his certification as a firearms instructor and participates as a speaker and panelist with the USCCA for live broadcasts, national expos and training videos. He also serves as a speaker and analyst on numerous TV and radio stations as well as on college and law school campuses.


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