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.

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  1. I know it’s out there…just not finding it. I have a VA cc permit; I’m active duty military. I’m getting ready to travel to GA, which does not recognize VA’s permit. I want to bring my 9mm with me as I travel. Upon entering GA, can I separate the ammo from the weapon, store it in two completely different places within my vehicle and be okay? As long as it’s out of reach from me?

    Or should I just not bring it all together…which I’m don’t want to do?


    1. Hello Timmy,

      Here is a great resource for the concealed carry laws that we use a lot here at the USCCA. It is called Here is the direct link for the Georgia Concealed Carry Laws. It will provide you direction how you need to carry your firearm while traveling through the state of Georgia.

      Thank you for your service to our country.

      Take care and stay safe!

      Kristine :)

  2. I have an il.concealed carry permit and I travel thru a state that does not recognize il. What do I do with my gun? Thanks

    1. Hello Dennis,

      Here is a website that we refer to assist us with the carry laws in all states. Just click on the state that you will be traveling through and you will see the travel requirements listed to pass through.

      Safe travels! Take care and stay safe!

      Kristine :)

  3. What do you when you travel thru a state that does not recognize il.concealed weapon permit?

    1. Hello Dennis,

      Here is a website that we refer to assist us with the carry laws in all states. Just click on the state that you will be traveling through and you will see the travel requirements listed to pass through.

      Safe travels! Take care and stay safe!

      Kristine :)

  4. Pretty easy for you Kristine:
    Travel safe! Have a nice day…..go to this website.
    Why even bother?

  5. I am trying to find out if it’s legal to travel with a handgun from state to state. We live in the state of Florida and just purchased a RV for traveling, can we have our handgun with us when traveling from state to state. Do you need a concealed weapons permit to do this?

    1. Hello Paula,

      Below is a link to the Concealed Carry Laws for the state of Florida. There is a section in regards to carrying in your RV. You can also click on other states that you will be traveling through to see their laws as well to make sure you are carrying legally. Be safe and enjoy your time traveling!


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