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.