Planning to Travel? Know Which States Will Honor Your Concealed Carry Permit…

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Let’s say, for example, you live in Kansas and have a Kansas concealed carry permit. You’re planning a rafting trip to Colorado and want to carry your gun with you. Before you pack up and hit the highway, you better stop and ask yourself, “Can I legally carry concealed in Colorado?

As a concealed carrier, before heading out-of-state, you should get in the habit of always checking to make sure your concealed carry permit will be honored in the state you are traveling to.

Unfortunately, not all states treat concealed carry permits the same… in fact, some laws vary significantly from state to state, which can make traveling with your concealed carry firearm a bit confusing. And if you happen to be found carrying concealed in a state that doesn’t honor your permit you could wind up in a heap of legal trouble.

To make it easier for all concealed carriers, the USCCA has a handy CCW State-to-State Reciprocity tool that shows you, based on the state you hold a concealed carry permit in, which states you can carry in.

So, if you hold a Kansas concealed carry permit but do not have any non-resident permits from other states, the good news is, you can still carry concealed on your rafting trip to Colorado. This is one of the states that honors Kansas permits. Other states that will honor your Kansas permit include Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas as well as several others. However, there are some states that won’t honor your Kansas permit, including Wyoming and Washington. States such as these, however, will let you carry concealed if you have a non-resident permit for that state.

But it’s important to note that some states absolutely do not honor any out-of-state concealed carry permits. Those include Hawaii, California, Oregon, New York, Maryland, and Washington, DC. Also, the state of Illinois does not issue concealed carry permits at all. Similarly, open carry is also illegal in Illinois. On the other hand, the state of Alaska allows anyone that can legally own a gun to carry concealed without a permit in the state.

We encourage all concealed carriers to be responsible and educate themselves prior to traveling. Check out our CCW State-to-State Reciprocity tool to see which states will honor your current permit(s) – all you need to do is answer a few questions about the concealed carry permits you have and then take a look at the map to see which states are safe to carry in and which are not. A little preparation now can save you precious time and money later.

 

*Please note, state to state reciprocity laws vary, and our CCW State-to-State Reciprocity tool is intended to provide a base of information – it should not be taken as current law. The USCCA strives to provide you with up-to-date information, but it is your responsibility to verify what we offer here.


66 Comments (Add Yours)

  1. I believe you can group Arizona in with Alaska.

  2. What if you are an honorable retired police officer in the state of California and you want to carry out of state..

    1. H.R. 218, the “Law Enforcement Officers’ Safety Act”
      This new Federal law exempts qualified active and retired law enforcement officers from local and State prohibitions on the carrying of concealed firearms while off-duty across state lines.
      Frequently Asked Questions:
      Who is eligible to carry concealed firearms under this law?
      A qualified active or retired law enforcement officer who is carrying the proper identification may carry a concealed firearm across state lines.
      However, private citizens are allowed to prohibit the possession of a concealed firearm on their property. A State can restrict the possession of a concealed weapon on its property (i.e. park, school, building, etc.).
      What does “qualified law enforcement officer” mean?
      A “qualified law enforcement officer” means an employee of a governmental agency who:
      1. is authorized by law to engage in or supervise the prevention, detection, investigation, or prosecution of, or the incarceration of any person for, any violation of law, and has statutory powers of arrest
      2. is authorized by the agency to carry a firearm
      3. is not the subject of any disciplinary action by the agency
      4. meets standards established by the agency which require the employee to regularly qualify in the use of a firearm
      5. is not under the influence of alcohol or another intoxicating or hallucinatory drug or substance
      6. is not prohibited by Federal law from receiving a firearm
      A “qualified retired law enforcement officer” is an individual who:
      1. retired in good standing from service with a public agency as a law enforcement officer for reasons other than mental instability
      2. before retirement was authorized by law to engage in or supervise the prevention, detection, investigation, or prosecution of, or the incarceration of any person for, any violation of law, and had statutory powers of arrest
      3. before retirement was regularly employed as a law enforcement officer for a total of 15 years or more or completed any applicable probationary period of such service, and then retired early due to a service-connected disability
      4. has a nonforfeitable right to benefits under the retirement plan of the agency
      5. during the past 12 months has met, at his/her own expense, the State of residency’s standards for training and qualification for active law enforcement officers to carry firearms
      6. is not under the influence of alcohol or another intoxicating or hallucinatory drug or substance
      7. is not prohibited by Federal law from receiving a firearm
      How do I qualify to carry under the provisions of this bill?
      A qualified retired law enforcement officer must carry on your person a photo id issued by the agency from which you retired from service as a law enforcement officer that indicates that you have been tested or otherwise found by the agency to meet the standards established by the agency for training and qualification for active law enforcement to carry a firearm of the same type as the concealed firearm.
      OR
      A qualified retired law enforcement officer must carry a photo id issued by the agency from which you retired from service as a law enforcement officer and a certification issued by the State in which you reside that indicates that you have been tested or otherwise found by the State to meet the standards established by the State for training and qualification for active law enforcement officers to carry a firearm of the same type as the concealed firearm within the past 12 months.
      I am a retired officer living in Florida. I was an active officer with the Chicago Police Department. How and where do I get my photo id and certificate to carry?
      The photo id is issued by the agency from which you retired from service as a law enforcement officer.
      The certification is issued by the State in which you reside and indicates that you have been tested or otherwise found by the State to meet the standards established by the State for training and qualification for active law enforcement to carry a firearm of the same type as the concealed firearm.
      Am I allowed to carry a firearm on an airplane?
      No. As an off-duty officer, you are not able to fly with a concealed weapon according to the current Federal aviation regulations. The Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act does not affect federal laws, such as those enforced by TSA. Federal law does allow officers (and regular citizens) to bring their firearms with them in their checked luggage. (They do have to declare the firearms to airline personnel.)
      Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) has introduced legislation for that would allow state and local officers to carry their firearms on an aircraft. NAPO is lobbying in favor of this legislation.
      Will current state laws still restrict or continue to prohibit officers from carrying firearms legally within a particular state?
      The new Federal law exempts qualified off-duty police officers from the application of state law. For example, a qualified off-duty officer is allowed to carry a concealed weapon in a public area but must follow the regulations imposed at federal buildings, schools, airports, etc.
      Does this mean all states have to change their carry laws to reflect the new federal law?
      State laws are not required to change. This is a new Federal law that exempts qualified active and retired law enforcement officers from local and State prohibitions on the carrying of concealed firearms.
      As a security guard with a homeowner’s association, am I adversely affected by H.R. 218?
      Private employers are still allowed to set their own standards and qualifications for carrying a firearm on duty.
      As an officer with NYPD, I wasn’t allowed to carry between jurisdictions while off-duty. Is this still the case?
      A qualified officer should be able to carry a concealed firearm while off-duty as long as you are in compliance with the requirements of the Federal statutes.
      Will an officer be able to carry in a state like New York or D.C. which have strict licensing requirements?
      Yes. However, this law shall not be construed to supersede or limit the laws of any State that permits private persons or entities to prohibit or restrict the possession of concealed firearms on their property or prohibit or restrict the possession of firearms on any State or local government property, installation, building, base, or park.
      My agency has a policy that does not allow me to carry a firearm while off-duty? Am I still legally allowed to do so? Or must I follow their requirement?
      Unless you’re trying to get fired, it’s probably best if you follow your department’s policies.

    2. If I an not mistaken a retired police can get a federal permit and carry in any state. That is not my thinking just example of my brother who retired in Tn. moved to Ms. and went to local police chief and got his federal ccw permit.

  3. Sorry but being a retired police officer doesn’t give you any more rights than anyone else

    1. Yes it does. Under HR 218 LEOSA

      1. Everyone has the same rights, some have more granted privileges than others.

      2. the 2nd amendment was never meant to be fucked with,period.

    2. Ummmm, yes it does.

      Look up HR 218/LEOSA

    3. Damn John, great minds think almost EXACTLY alike!!

  4. A better source for this info is “handgunlaw.us”
    There you’ll find the handgun/concealed carry laws for EACH state in PDF format. A lot easier to glean information from the exact language the laws are written in specific to each state.

  5. I have a laminated list of all reciprocal states for my Alabama CCP which I keep in my wallet with my CCP… just in case I need to remind law enforcement of the law.

  6. According to President Bush then OK’d by Ovomit….Retired police can carry under HLS bill…

  7. I am unlikely to come to the attention of law enforcement, and a former resident of the state of CA and I can tell you that “I carry always everywhere”. This is the thing about being a law abiding citizen, unless some miscreant decides to molest me no one would ever have reason to even ask! This also the reason we need a national reciprocity law to handle this situation and allow law abiding citizens to defend them selves if the need should arise.

    1. absolutely right on . sort of like a commercial drivers license

    2. I was informed by a police officer,that if I am infear for my life,I can defend myself by any means possible.And if I do nt have a permit ,it only legal inside my home.

  8. Thank u for ur information….

  9. ABOUT THE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS’ SAFETY ACT (LEOSA) H.R. 218/S. 1132

    On July 22, 2004, the United States Senate passed H.R. 218, the “Law Enforcement Officers’ Safety Act” by unanimous consent and was subsequently signed by President George W. Bush.

    The bill exempts qualified active and retired law enforcement officers from select local and State prohibitions on the carrying of concealed firearms. It does not provide police officer liability protection, nor does it completely exempt active or retired officers from all state laws regarding carrying concealed firearms.

    On August 12, 2005, Arizona HB 2450 took effect which allows the Concealed Weapons Permit Unit (CWPU) to issue a “Certificate of Firearms Proficiency” to qualified retired law enforcement officer applicants who are Arizona residents.

    On October 12, 2010, President Barack H. Obama signed S. 1132, the “Law Enforcement Officers’ Safety Act,” into law. The Act, now Public Law 110-272, went into effect immediately.

    The bill to improve the ability of retired officers to comply with the documents required by existing Federal law when carrying a firearm under 18 USC 926C and makes other modifications to existing law.

    Arizona – Certificate of Firearms Proficiency
    Retired officers must qualify with the type of firearm they wish to carry and pass a judgmental shooting evaluation. Applicants must qualify through an AZPOST certified firearms instructor approved by the CWPU. The instructor will provide the applicant with an application form once the qualification course has been completed. Active duty peace officers do not need this certificate; they may carry using their law enforcement credentials.

    The firearm qualification will consist of the standard AZPOST requirements (50 round course, ranges of 25, 15, 7 and 3 yards, minimum passing score is 210). The TQ 15, TQ 19 or TQ 21 targets may be used.

    Judgmental shooting evaluations can be accomplished by a variety of approved means to include the use of FATS/Range2000 units, “friend or foe” targets, video scenarios, etc. This portion of the qualification must follow AZ POST requirements.

    Application and documentation for a Certificate of Firearms Proficiency
    Required application documents include: a completed LEOSA application signed by the instructor, a photocopy of the applicant’s photographic identification credentials, a letter from the agency where the officer was employed and the appropriate fee. Fingerprint cards are not required as no background check is conducted.

    The agency letter must be on agency letterhead and include the applicant’s name, employee or badge number, dates of employment, and employment status. The letter must also contain the name, identification number, and contact telephone number of an individual within the agency who can verify the information provided. Use the CWPU LEOSA form letter as all others will be rejected unless arrangements have been made with the CWPU.

    If a certificate of firearms proficiency expires, the former certificate holder may obtain a new certificate by complying with all of the requirements in Arizona Administrative Rule R13-9-402.

    Certificates are valid for one year, beginning from the date the qualification was completed. Certificates are not CCW permits; they are simply documentation that the training/qualification has been completed. The certificate must be carried along with the retired officer’s credentials when carrying a concealed firearm.

    Nothing precludes individual law enforcement agencies from qualifying their own law enforcement officers and issuing their own certificate of firearms proficiency credentials.

    To Obtain a Certificate of Firearms Proficiency (Separated/Retired Law Enforcement Only): 1.Locate an Instructor who is authorized to conduct the LEOSA qualification and establish a qualification date.
    2.Complete the AZPOST firearms qualification course with the type of firearm you will carry (semi-auto, revolver, or both).
    3.Obtain the application from the instructor. Ensure they complete their portion and you fill out the rest.
    4.Submit the application packet, which includes: the completed application, a letter from your agency, a photocopy of your photographic identification credentials issued by your agency and the applicable fee in the form of a cashier’s or certified check or money order payable to AZ DPS; to the address listed on the application.
    To Renew a Certificate of Firearms Proficiency:
    1.Locate an Instructor who is authorized to conduct the LEOSA qualification and establish a qualification date.
    2.Complete the AZPOST firearms qualification course with the type of firearm
    3.Obtain the application from the instructor. Ensure they complete their portion and
    you fill out the rest.
    4. Submit the application packet, which includes: the completed application and the applicable fee in the form of a cashier’s or certified check or money order payable to AZ DPS; to the address listed on the application.
    Note: For renewal submissions, you do NOT need to submit the letter from your agency or the photocopy of your credentials, UNLESS your LEOSA certificate is expired.

    Normally, you will receive your certificate within seven to ten business days. The LEOSA certificate is valid for one year from the date of qualification.

    Note: If the LEOSA certificate of firearms proficiency is expired you may not carry concealed under the LEOSA provision

  10. Anybody ever watch any of the Charlie Brown TV specials? Remember his teacher? Remember how she sounded when talking? That’s what I am hearing. In most cases it is up to the Officer in front of you. Too much objecting just gets your gun confiscated and you with a obstruction charge.

  11. Your State to State Reciprocity tool is not accurate. Nevada does honor South Carolina CWPs. I got my CWP in South Carolina when I lived there and then moved to Nevada earlier this year.

    http://www.nvrepository.state.nv.us/ccw_changes.shtml

  12. could you make it an android app. would love to have this in hand anytime i have to make a trip.

    1. Illinois did pass a concealed carry law. The details are fuzzy and confusing at this time. It will be 6 more months before applications are even going to be available. I’ve seen different prices from $150.00 to $200.00 for the permit. Which will be good for only 2 or 3 years. Guess which one. I’ve read where taking a 16 hr gun instruction/safety class will be required. But some applicants may only need an 8 hr class. Who these people are is anybody’s guess.
      Now for more confusion. C.C. permit applicants will need a current State of IL. F.O.I.D. card issued by the State Police.
      $10.00 for 10 years. Plus before it is issued a background is done. For the C.C. fingerprints must be submitted with the confirmation of passing the required classroom training. Then another background check will be done.
      Illinois currently does not honor ANY out of state Concealed Carry Permit. Anybody who wants to carry in ILL will need an Illinois permit.
      Hope this info helps.

      1. I forgot to share this also.
        All out of state of Illinois residents will pay double for the F.O.I.D card and the Concealed Carry permit.

  13. One more thing I haven’t heard mentioned; it all changes on the Indian reservations, in Arizona anyway.

  14. Illinois did pass the carry law but has not certified anyone to give licenses yet no reciprocity whatsoever and out of state people have to apply for FOID card and license and it is double the price if your out of state

  15. I LIVE IN ILLINOIS.BUT I HAVE A C C P FROM UTAH.CAN I CARRY IN ARKANSAS AND MISSOURI ?

  16. Thanks again USCCA for another awesome article and trust me when I plan a Travel Trip I carry A CCDW Reciprocity map of my State and I print it out , and a CCDW Reciprocity map of each state I plan to go through so that I know their law’s as well as my state of KY and here is a CCDW Reciprocity map of Kentucky and all the states who honor my CCDWP–http://www.kentuckystatepolice.org/conceal.htm#recip

  17. does Kentucky honor Indiana’s permit

    1. Yes they do. in fact, when I called the Benton county sheriff dept. his exact words were, ” Hell yeah, we give anyone a gun here, go ahead and bring your own” Love traveling to Kentucky!!

  18. What about traveling through Illinois with a CCW License? I think they have a new law that you can have one on you in your vehicle, but if you exit the vehicle, the weapon must remain locked in the vehicle. Just checking. Thanks

    1. Advice when traveling through ILL with firearms. They must not be readily accessible re: in the trunk, must be in a non firing condition (no clip or bolt in place). One more caveat, store your ammo separately. This might avoid a hassle with officer friendly.

      1. in ill gun & ammo must be in locked seperate cases. perferably in trunk of car.

      2. I think when the CCW Law goes into effect, it will be legal to carry through the state with your weapon on you and I do believe it would have to be locked in the vehicle if you exit while in the state. But for now, no.

  19. Just letting people know…the mobile link doesn’t work. I keep getting 404 errors.

  20. As a resident of Nevada, having a CCW permit and passed the FBI background investigation to obtain it, it stinks that I can cross a given state line and instantly become a criminal by carrying concealed and be jailed. I don’t think the founding fathers ever envisioned that the 2nd would have various degrees of legality depending on the state you lived in. This is not right !!

  21. I’m in Mississippi and travel a lot. I can understand the “scared blue” pantywaist democraps in the Northeast, Calif., and around the great lakes but what the hell is wrong wit South Carolina. Nebraska and North Dakota?

  22. If retired cops can carry concealed then why not retired military or vet? I have severed in Vietnam I was and MP as well so I should have the same rights as a retired cop!

    1. Because the government don’t care about vets. In Iowa vets don’t have to take the class.

    2. I spent 20 years in the military as a Law Enforcement Investigator attached to State and Federal Law Enforcement. Retire and became a Chief of Police in a state and they don’t recognize military training or work in the field. They require a military person to complete a state level academy to work in Law Enforcement. The system is unjust!!!!!

  23. were can you carry with the Utah permit

  24. Here is what I don’t get. Anybody with a valid drivers license can legally drive in all 50 states, Canada and Puerto Rico. So why do we need 50 different concealed carry permits.

  25. better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6! carry all the time!
    that is simple!

  26. Can you open carry in Alabama now ? I heard as of August 1st 2013 is now legal

  27. @Rick Bornand, you can carry as per this graphic (created using the tool mentioned above).

    http://screencast.com/t/10MSIZ9oQ

    Kansas will honor the Utah permit, but non-residents of Kansas must carry concealed.

    Alaska and Vermont allow anyone who can legally own a firearm to carry one concealed with no permit required.

    As the advice below the graphic says:

    “Please understand there are many variances in our state to state laws. This site is intended to provide you with a base of information and should not be misconstrued for current law. While we strive to provide you with the most accurate information, it is your responsibility to verify the information offered here. By using this information, you agree to hold harmless and without liability, U.S. Concealed Carry or any of its employees.”

    Hope this helps! Carry on!

  28. As I understand it, then entire idea of CCW is precisely that. Keep your weapon concealed. Are you so vain or skitterish that you have to let a coat flap open a bit to show off that you are carrying? Are you some kind of cowboy that you feel like twirling and brandishing your protection? If so, you sure don’t deserve any kind of permit, and must take the chance of being arrested like any criminal. The 2nd amendment should not be abused or misinterpreted.

  29. Arkansas now honors ALL out of state permits.

  30. Massachusetts also does not honor out of state permits. You must get a MA permit to be legal there.

  31. Maybe Some Day All 49 States Will Get On The Same Page And Be Able To Come To Terms And Pass Law’s That All Who Posses A Permit To Carry Can Carry Through Out The Country. I Did Not Mention Hawaii Because That Is Air And International Travel And Firearms Are Not Allowed In Airport’s Unless Authorized. The C.C.W. Laws They Have Now You Can’t Carry In Certain Areas (Pistol Free Zones) Or You Must Leave In Your Car’s Your Weapon Locked In Trunk Gives The Criminal All The More Chance To Break In And Not Only Steal Your Car Or Truck, But Also Find Your Weapon And Take That Too.

  32. Lets face it, most stateswant the money for any permit they can get. Unless there becomes a national course for permits where all states are granted a piece of the pie, the war will continue on state to state bull crap. Jon from Myrtle beach, SC.

  33. I was advised by the Riverside Co Sheriff in March of 2012, that California no longer allowed open carry. I will now winter in AZ.
    ps: anybody know of a change?

    1. Ca. does have CC permits but they are hard to get. I’m a retired Ariz. deputy living in Cal. On disability w/ no criminal record. Local sheriff says I need a better reason!

  34. I have an unrestricted CC permit in NY State. I go to the Indian Casinos. It is almost impossible to find out if it is legal or not to carry in the casinos. Anybody? Thank you.

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  44. Just because you are a retired cop, why should you have the right to carry in all states, and not all other lawabiding citizens, just because you used to be a cop? I dont understand that mentality. Really?

  45. I guess retired cops need to defend themselves and their families more then others do. Sorry, dont get that.

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