What Is Constitutional Carry?


When it comes to concealed carry, states have different laws about what permits, if any, are required before an individual can conceal and carry a firearm. Some states may have what is known as “constitutional carry.” Also called “unrestricted” or “permitless” carry, constitutional carry means that a permit is not required to carry a concealed firearm.

Some states have laws explicitly written. Others may merely imply constitutional carry; there are no laws against concealed carrying without a permit.

There is, of course, variety when it comes to these laws. Some states are fully unrestricted, while other states are partially unrestricted. And some other states always require a permit.

To learn which states have constitutional carry, be sure to take a look at the USCCA’s Terminology Guide. We provide information not only about constitutional carry but also many other important firearms and self-defense terms.

About Tom Grieve, Grieve Law

Attorney Tom Grieve is a highly awarded former state prosecutor who started Grieve Law, LLC, which is now one of the largest criminal defense firms in Wisconsin. He is respected as one of the top criminal defense lawyers in the state and has developed a nuanced understanding of Wisconsin firearms laws throughout his years of experience. Although Tom’s legal background speaks for itself, he has gone above and beyond the call of duty, receiving his certification as a firearms instructor, participating as a regular speaker and panelist with the USCCA for live broadcasts, training videos and national expos, and even serving as a speaker and analyst on numerous radio stations, television stations, and both college and law school campuses.

The information contained on this website is provided as a service to USCCA, Inc. Members and the concealed carry community and does not constitute legal advice. Although we attempt to address all areas of concealed carry laws in all states, we make no claims, representations, warranties, promises or guarantees as to the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information disclosed. Legal advice must always be tailored to the individual facts and circumstances of each individual case. Laws are constantly changing and, as such, nothing contained on this website should be used as a substitute for the advice of a lawyer for a specific case.


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