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Summary of Oregon Gun Laws

Oregon is a shall-issue state with concealed carry applications processed at the county level by the local sheriff’s office. However, the sheriff has some discretion if there are reasonable grounds to believe that the applicant has been or is reasonably likely to be a danger to self or others.

No license is required to purchase a firearm. Private-party firearms transfers must be conducted through a licensed firearms dealer while both parties are present. The dealer is required by federal law to conduct a background check and keep a record of the sale. The Oregon State Police keep records of all gun sales from firearm dealers for five years.

Open carry is legal in Oregon without a license although local cities and counties are authorized to place restrictions on who may open carry in public places (which includes vehicles). The minimum age is 18 years old. Some areas are off-limits, including federal facilities and Indian reservations.

Concealed carry is legal only with an Oregon Concealed Handgun License (CHL). Oregon CHLs require an applicant to be at least 21 years of age and demonstrate competence with a handgun. This can be done through an approved firearms training course or through participation in organized shooting competition or military experience. Non-residents who live in contiguous states may apply for a CHL. In terms of reciprocity, Oregon does not honor permits from any other states.


Oregon law does not explicitly reference the Castle Doctrine, nor does it have a “stand your ground” statute. However, the state supreme court has held that there is no duty to retreat before using force in self-defense in public. Oregon law allows for the use of deadly force to prevent certain property crimes.

A person is justified in using physical force for self-defense or to defend a third person from what the person reasonably believes to be the use or imminent use of unlawful physical force, and the person may use a degree of force which the person reasonably believes to be necessary for the purpose.

Use of Physical Force
A person is justified in using physical force for self-defense or to defend a third person from what the person reasonably believes to be the use or imminent use of unlawful physical force, and the person may use a degree of force which the person reasonably believes to be necessary for the purpose.

A person is justified in using physical force, other than deadly physical force, when and to the extent that the person reasonably believes it necessary to prevent or terminate the commission or attempted commission of:

  • Theft or criminal mischief of property;
  • Criminal trespass by  another person in or upon the premises; or
  • A burglary in a dwelling.

Use of Deadly Physical Force
A person is not justified in using deadly physical force unless the person reasonably believes that the other person is:

  • Committing or attempting to commit a felony involving the use or threatened imminent use of physical force against a person;
  • Committing or attempting to commit a burglary in a dwelling; or
  • Using or about to use unlawful deadly physical force against a person.

A person may use deadly physical force only:

  • In defense of a person; or
  • When the person reasonably believes it necessary to prevent the commission of arson or a felony by force and violence by the trespasser.

[Or. Rev. Stat. §§ 161.205, 161.209, 161.219, 161.225161.229]

Oregon Gun Laws at a Glance

Carry Basics

Constitutional Carry?

Does Oregon allow constitutional carry?

No. Oregon is not a constitutional carry state.

Open Carry Permitted?

Is open carry permitted in Oregon?

Yes, without a license. However, local governments can prohibit open carry for persons who do not have an Oregon concealed handgun license and are carrying a loaded handgun in public places (inside of vehicles are considered public places). For instance, the cities of Portland, Beaverton, Tigard, Oregon City, Salem and Independence, plus the entirety of Multnomah County, prohibit open carry of loaded firearms. All public buildings are off-limits for those that open carry without an Oregon concealed handgun license.

[Or. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 166.173]

Gun Permit Licensure?

If Oregon requires a license to carry a concealed firearm, how are those licenses issued?

Oregon follows a shall-issue license policy.

Minimum Age for Concealed Carry?

What is the minimum age in Oregon to get a concealed carry license?

The minimum age to carry concealed in Oregon is 21.

Weapons Other Than Handguns Allowed?

Can you concealed carry weapons other than handguns in Oregon with a concealed carry license (or under permitless carry if applicable)?

No. A Oregon CHL only allows the concealed carry of handguns.

Tasers or Stun Guns?

Is it legal to own a taser or stun gun in Oregon?

Yes. Stun guns and Tasers are legal to purchase and possess without a license.
Chemical Spray/Pepper Spray?

Is it legal to buy or use chemical spray/pepper spray in Oregon?

Yes. There is no statute prohibiting the purchase or use of pepper spray in Oregon. However, a person can be charged with a crime for recklessly discharging either of these items against another person.


Does Oregon have magazine capacity restrictions for handguns?

No. There are no handgun magazine capacity limits in Oregon.


Does Oregon have ammunition restrictions?

Yes. It is illegal to possess teflon-coated handgun ammunition or handgun ammunition coated with any chemical compound with properties similar to Teflon and which is intended to penetrate soft body armor, for any person with the intent to use the ammunition in the commission of a felony.

[Or. Rev. Stat. § 166.350]

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Carry Locations

Carry in Vehicle?

Can you carry a concealed handgun in a vehicle in Oregon?

Yes, with an OR CHL. Without a license, a loaded handgun must not be concealed and readily accessible. A handgun is considered readily accessible if it is in the passenger compartment of the vehicle.  For vehicles with no storage location that is outside the passenger compartment of the vehicle, a handgun is considered not readily accessible if it is stored in a closed and locked glove compartment, center console or other container.

However, local governments can set their own laws on public places, which includes vehicles.

[Or. Rev. Stat. § 166.250(1)(b), (4)(b) and 166.260(1)(i)]

Carry at Roadside Rest Areas?

Can you carry a concealed firearm at roadside rest areas in Oregon?

Yes, with an OR CHL.

[Or. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 166.37]

Carry in State/National Parks, State/National Forests and Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs)?

Can you carry a concealed firearm in state/national parks, state/national forests and Wildlife Management Areas in Oregon?

Yes, with an OR CHL. See the National Parks webpage for links to each Park in Oregon.

[Or. Adm. Rules 629.025.0050]
[Or. Adm. Rules 635.008.0060 through 635.008.0197]

Carry in Bars/Restaurants That Serve Alcohol?

Can you carry a concealed firearm in bars and restaurants that serve alcohol in Oregon?

Yes, there is no statute making it illegal to concealed carry with a valid OR CHL, unless posted.

Carry/Possess at a hotel?

Can you carry or possess a firearm on hotel property in Oregon?

Oregon statutes don't specifically address firearms at hotels. Please note that each hotel develops their own policies and the individual hotel should be contacted to inquire about it's concealed carry policy. See the Handguns at Hotels page for additional information.

Store in a Vehicle in an Employee Parking Lot?

Does Oregon have laws relating to storing firearms in private vehicles in an employee parking lot?

Not addressed in Oregon state law.

Key State Laws

Duty to Inform Officer You're Carrying?

Do you have a duty to inform a police officer that you're carrying a concealed firearm in Oregon?

No. There is no duty to inform a law enforcement officer that you're carrying a concealed firearm in Oregon.

[Or. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 166.292]


Is my Oregon driver’s license linked to my Oregon carry license?

Yes. Your Oregon driver’s license is linked to your Oregon concealed handgun license. Therefore, a law enforcement officer will be notified immediately that you are a concealed carry license holder if they run your driver’s license.

"No Weapons Allowed" Signs Enforced?

Are "No Weapons Allowed" signs enforced in Oregon? If yes, violating the sign would be considered to be a crime. If no, violating the sign would not be considered a criminal offense.

No. Oregon does not enforce "No Weapons Allowed" signs.


Does Oregon have preemption laws related to concealed carry (i.e. Does state law supersede local laws regarding the possession of handguns)?

Yes, the state has preemption of firearms laws in Oregon, except cities may:

  • Regulate the discharge of firearms within the city’s boundaries; and
  • Regulate, restrict or prohibit the possession of loaded firearms in public places.

[Or. Rev. Stat. Ann. §166.170]

Red Flag Law?

Does Oregon have a red flag law?

Oregon has a red flag law. A law enforcement officer or a family or household member of a person may file a petition enjoining the person from having in the person’s custody or control, owning, purchasing, possessing or receiving, or attempting to purchase or receive, a deadly weapon.

[Or. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§ 166.527]


Does Oregon state law define brandishing?

No definition of brandishing was found in Oregon law. However, a person commits the crime of menacing if by word or conduct the person intentionally attempts to place another person in fear of imminent serious physical injury.

[Or. Rev. Stat. § 163.90]

A person commits the crime of unlawful use of a weapon if the person attempts to use unlawfully against another, or carries or possesses with intent to use unlawfully against another, any dangerous or deadly weapon.

[Or. Rev. Stat. § 166.220]

Any person over the age of 12 years who, with or without malice, purposely points or aims any loaded or empty pistol, gun, revolver or other firearm, at or toward any other person within range of the firearm, except in self-defense, shall be charged with a crime.

[Or. Rev. Stat. § 166.190]

Carry While Using Alcohol or Drugs?

Does Oregon have laws regarding carrying a concealed firearm while using alcohol or drugs?

Not addressed in state statutes.

As a responsibly armed American, regardless of the laws in your state, it is unwise to carry while under the influence of any substance that could impair your judgement, slow your reaction times, or impact your decision-making abilities. Any decision you make while carrying a firearm could have life-altering consequences.


Does Oregon issue concealed carry licenses to non-residents?

Yes, only for residents of contiguous states with compelling business interest or other legitimate demonstrated need.

[Or. Rev. Stat. Ann. §166.291]


Does Oregon allow the public to access concealed carry registry information through public records law?

No, however the information is available for law enforcement.

Handgun Purchase & Possession

Purchase Permits?

Is a permit required to purchase a handgun in Oregon?

No permit is required when purchasing a handgun in Oregon.

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales?

Are background checks required for private gun sales in Oregon?

Yes. Private sales must be conducted by or processed through a Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) pursuant to a background check. Exceptions include the transfer of a firearm to:

  • A transferor's spouse or domestic partner, parent or stepparent, child or stepchild, sibling, grandparent, grandchild, aunt or uncle first cousin, niece or nephew; and
  • The spouse or domestic partner of a person specified above;

Also exempt is the transfer of a firearm that occurs because of the death of the firearm owner, provided that:

  • The transfer is conducted or facilitated by a personal representative or a trustee of a trust created in a will; and
  • The child or stepchild of the deceased.

[Or. Rev. Stat. § 166.435]

Oregon license Exempts from Background Check?

Does my current Oregon concealed carry license exempt me from needing a background check when I purchase a firearm?


Waiting Period?

Is there a waiting period after purchasing a handgun in Oregon?

No. There is no waiting period to buy a handgun in Oregon.

Handgun Registration?

Do handguns need to be registered in Oregon?

No. However, whenever a retail dealer, pawnbroker or otherwise, buys or accepts in trade, a used firearm, the person shall enter in a register the time, date and place of purchase or trade, the name of the person selling or trading the firearm, the number of the identification documentation presented by the person and the make, model and manufacturer’s number of the firearm. The form is provided to the local law enforcement agency. Firearms dealers are required to retain a firearms transaction thumbprint form for 5 years after completion of the form.

Minimum Age to Possess and Transport?

What is the minimum age to possess and transport a handgun in Oregon?

The minimum age to possess or transport a handgun in Oregon is 18 years old.

[ORS § 166.470]

Possess a handgun on my private property without a license?

Can I possess/carry a handgun in my home without a license?

Yes. A concealed carry license is not required in a person’s place of residence or place of business. “Residence” includes a recreational vessel or recreational vehicle while used, for whatever period of time, as residential quarters for any lawful purpose.

[Or. Rev. Stat. § 166.250(2)(b)]

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Basic Concealed Carry Laws: Oregon

Basic Concealed Carry Laws: Oregon

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Oregon Concealed Carry Reciprocity With Other States

Which states' permits does Oregon honor?

Oregon does not honor any concealed carry licenses from other states.

Other States' Reciprocity With Oregon

Which states honor permits from Oregon?

Arkansas (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Idaho (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Indiana (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Mississippi (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Montana (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
New Hampshire (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
South Dakota (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)
Vermont (permitless carry, at least 18 years old)

Note: Firearms must be carried in accordance with the laws of the state you are visiting. Be sure to check the laws of the other state before traveling there with your firearms.

States That Have Restricted Reciprocity with Oregon

Oregon offers resident and limited non-resident licenses. If indicated with “Resident only” below, that state only honors Oregon resident licenses (and not those issued to non-residents).

Arizona (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)
Alaska (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)
Iowa (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)
Kansas (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)
Kentucky (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)
Maine (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)
Michigan (resident permits only)
Missouri (permitless carry, at least 19 years old, 18 for military)
Oklahoma (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)
Tennessee (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)
Texas (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)
Utah (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)
West Virginia (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)
Wyoming (permitless carry, at least 21 years old)

Permitless Carry States

Alaska PC-21
Arizona PC-21
Arkansas PC-18
Idaho PC-18
Indiana PC-18
Iowa PC-21
Kansas PC-21
Kentucky PC-21
Maine (permits recognized; see Maine Reciprocity section for details or PC-21)
Mississippi PC-18
North DakotaPC-18 for residents only
Oklahoma PC-21
Wyoming PC-21

*PC-18 = permitless carry if at least 18 years old

*PC-21 = permitless carry if at least 21 years old

Permitless carry includes constitutional carry states as well as states where an individual must meet certain qualifications, e.g., no DUIs in the last 10 years, in order to legally carry (Tennessee). Each state determines the requirements and any limitations on the carry of firearms. Check each state’s page for more information and any restrictions that may apply.

Oregon Concealed Carry License Information


An applicant must:

  • Be at least 21 years of age;
  • Demonstrate competence with a handgun;
  • Provide proof of residency (Oregon driver’s license, voter registration card, etc.);
  • Have a current address on his or her driver’s license;
  • Be a citizen of the U.S.;
  • Not have been convicted of a felony or found “guilty, except for insanity” of a felony;
  • Not have been convicted of a misdemeanor or found “guilty, except for insanity” of a misdemeanor within the 4 years prior to the application;
  • Not have been committed to the Oregon Health Authority;
  • Not have been found to be mentally ill and not be subject to an order that the person be prohibited from purchasing or possessing a firearm as a result of that mental illness;
  • Have no outstanding warrants for his or her arrest;
  • Not have been convicted of an offense involving controlled substances or have participated in a court-supervised drug diversion program including a misdemeanor conviction for the possession of marijuana (unless it is the person’s first conviction or drug diversion);
  • Not be on any form of pretrial release;
  • Not be registered as a sex offender in any state;
  • Not have been discharged from the jurisdiction of a juvenile court in the previous 4 years if under such jurisdiction for committing an act which, if committed by an adult, would have constituted a felony or a misdemeanor;
  • Not have received a dishonorable discharge from the U.S. Armed Forces;
  • Not be subject to a citation for stalking or a protective order issued pursuant to certain statutory provisions; and
  • Meet federal law requirements.

*Consult with an attorney if you have any questions about your eligibility. If you don’t have an attorney, you can find one by contacting the State Bar of Oregon.


Initial License $100 plus $15 for background check
Renewals $75


Valid For:

4 years

Processing Time:

45 days


Link to example application (Each county has its own application.)

Non-Resident Concealed Carry Licenses:

Sheriffs "may issue" licenses to residents of contiguous states with compelling business interest or other legitimate demonstrated need. The process is the same as for residents.

Name/Address Changes:

The process varies by county. Contact your county sheriff's office. There is a $15 fee.

Lost/Stolen Licenses:

You should report the loss of your concealed handgun license to the law-enforcement agency in the city or county in which you lost your license. Per the passage of SB 554, as of September 25, 2021, gun owners are required to report a stolen firearm within 72 hours of noticing it is gone. The process varies by county, but you may be able to apply online for a replacement. There is a $15 replacement fee.

Residency Changes:

Moving to Oregon and interested in applying for a resident license? How soon can you apply?
Oregon issues licenses to residents and residents of contiguous states with compelling business interests or other legitimate demonstrated needs only. You can apply for your license with the sheriff of your county once you provide proof of residency with your current address (Oregon driver’s license, voter registration card, etc.) or, if you are a resident of a contiguous state, once you provide a compelling business interest or other legitimate demonstrated need.

Moving from Oregon and have an Oregon resident license? Does that license transfer to your new state? Is there a grace period during which your Oregon license remains valid?
If a person with an Oregon resident concealed handgun license establishes residency in another state, the license expires upon the establishment of residence in the other state.

Oregon Concealed Carry License Application Process

How to Apply for a Oregon Concealed Carry License

Step 1:

Complete a firearm training course if required.

Step 2:

Complete an application form at your local county sheriff’s office or download the application.

Step 3:

Take the completed application to the county sheriff’s office with the following:

  • Training course certificate; 
  • Stamped, self-addressed envelope in which to mail your license; and
  • 2 forms of ID. 

You will be fingerprinted.

Step 4:

You will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.

Firearms Training Requirements in Oregon

You can meet the handgun competency requirement in one of the following ways:

  • Complete a hunters’ safety course approved by the Department of Fish and Wildlife or similar agency, if handgun training was a component of the course; 
  • Completion of any firearm safety or training course available to the general public offered by law enforcement, a community college or private or public institution or organization, or firearms training school, if the instructors were certified by the NRA or a law enforcement agency and if the course had a handgun safety component;     
  • Provide a copy of your DD214 if it indicates you have been trained with a handgun, sidearm or pistol; or 
  • Present evidence of equivalent experience with a handgun through participation in organized shooting competition or military experience.

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Oregon Concealed Carry License Renewal Process

How to Renew a Oregon Concealed Carry License

Step 1:

An otherwise expired concealed handgun license continues to be valid for up to 45 days after the licensee applies for renewal if:

  • The licensee applies for renewal before the original license expires;
  • The licensee has proof of the application for renewal; and
  • The application for renewal has not been denied.
Step 2:

Obtain an application form at your local county sheriff’s office. Some counties have an application you can download.

Step 3:

Take the completed application to the county sheriff’s office with the following:

  • Your current/expired Concealed Handgun License; and
  • Your Oregon Driver's License.

Pay the fee.

Step 4:

You may receive a new CHL the same day. If not, you will be notified by mail if your application has been approved.

Law Enforcement Officers (LEO)/Retired LEOs

Law enforcement officers (LEOs) and Retired LEOs (RLEOs) may choose to carry under the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA), often referred to as HR 218. Under 18 U.S. Code §§ 926B & 926C, qualified LEOs and qualified retired LEOs, or those separated from service in good standing, can carry a concealed firearm in any jurisdiction in the United States, regardless of state or local laws, with some exceptions. For details check out our Federal Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA) page.

From the Oregon Dept of Public Safety Standards & Training (DPSST) LEOSA webpage, “In Oregon, ORS 166.250 generally prohibits a person from carrying a firearm concealed upon their person. However, ORS 166.260 creates an affirmative defense to prosecution for “Sheriffs, constables, marshals, police officers, whether active or honorably retired, parole and probation officers, or other duly appointed peace officers.” This statute is not limited to Oregon law enforcement officers on its face, so it also applies to officers from out of state. Oregon presently allows retired officers to carry concealed handguns without the “qualification” requirements of the federal law. In particular, the federal law is limited to retired officers who have either 15 years of employment or have suffered a service‐connected disability which would significantly limit its reach regarding out‐of‐state officers.”

With this Oregon law in mind, the issue for Oregon’s law enforcement officers is making sure retired officers meet Oregon’s firearms training requirements every 12 months. That retired officer may then lawfully carry a concealed handgun in other states. 

Oregon Location Restrictions

Where Can I Carry a Concealed Firearm in Oregon?
  • Carry in bars/restaurants that serve alcohol? Yes, with an OR CHL.
  • Carry in my vehicle without a permit/license?  No.
  • Carry in roadside rest areas? Yes, with an OR CHL.
  • Carry in state/national parks, state/national forests, and WMAs?  Yes, with an OR CHL.
  • Carry in places of worship? There is no State statute prohibiting concealed carry in places of worship. However, since places of worship are private property, they may post signs prohibiting firearms.
  • Carry in public buildings? Yes, with an OR CHL. “Public building” [ORS 166.360(9)] means a hospital, a capitol building, a public or private school, a college or university (however, see Can't Carry Section below for internal college policies), a city hall or the residence of any state official elected by the state at large, and the grounds adjacent to each such building, although court facilities are excluded. [ORS 166.370(3)(g)]
Where Can't I Carry a Concealed Firearm in Oregon?

Places off-limits even with a permit/license

  • The definition of public building (above) includes colleges and universities as well as the adjacent grounds, and by statute, concealed carry license holders are allowed to carry in them. However, all seven state colleges and universities plus most community colleges have internal policies banning firearms on the properties;
  • Based on the passage of SB 554, as of September 25, 2021, the following locations are off-limits
    • The Capitol
    • The terminal of Portland International Airport (with an exception for unloaded guns stowed securely in checked baggage)
    • Schools, community colleges and universities may prohibit firearms on school grounds, provided they post clearly visible signs as well as posting on their website.
  • Court facilities, however, the presiding judge of a judicial district or a municipal court may enter an order permitting the possession of specified weapons in a court facility; [Or. Rev. Stat. § 166.370]
  • Dept. of Correction facilities [Or. Rev. Stat. §§ 169.076(6), 169.077(3) & 169.078(4)]; 
  • Commission for the Blind property (including vehicles) [OAR 585-001-0010(6)];
  • Racetracks [Or. Racing Comm. § 462-130-0010(w)];
  • Posted private businesses or private property;
  • National parks/forests marked or posted with signs prohibiting all firearms;
  • Secured areas of airports;
  • Indian reservations or property; and
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by federal law or state law or regulation.

FAQ: Oregon Concealed Carry Questions

What Are the Knife Laws in Oregon?

It is legal to open carry any type of knife. Unless you have been convicted of a felony, you can own any knife you choose in Oregon. It is illegal in Oregon to concealed carry on your person a dirk, dagger or stabbing knife, a butterfly knife, gravity knife, any knife with a blade that projects or swings into position by force of a spring or by centrifugal force, or any similar instrument by the use of which injury could be inflicted upon the person or property of any other person. Knives are prohibited in public buildings and court facilities except for an ordinary pocketknife having a blade less than 4 inches in length.

[Or. Rev. Stat. §§ 166.240, 166.370]


I can legally carry a concealed firearm in Oregon, but can I wear a COVID 19 protective mask while carrying concealed?

Oregon law allows residents to conceal carry a firearm while also wearing a mask.


Can you concealed carry while shotgun/rifle hunting in Oregon?

Yes. There are no Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife administrative rules that restrict the right to carry or have in your possession a firearm at any time. You may not hunt with that firearm unless regulations for the area and type of hunt in which you are participating allow you to do so.


Can you concealed carry while bow hunting in Oregon?

Yes. You may carry or have in your possession a firearm during a general or controlled archery (bow) season. You must use legal archery equipment to hunt animals for which you have an archery tag.

[OR Dept of Fish & Wildlife Fast Facts about Firearms Possession]


Is there a Hunter Harassment Law in Oregon?

Yes. A person commits the offense of obstructing the taking of wildlife if the person, having no right to do so, interferes with the lawful taking, or the process of taking, of wildlife by another with the intent to prevent the taking.

[ORS 496.994]

Oregon Gun Laws Updates:

Date Details

Added info on permit fees and lost firearms based on SB554 in the Permit Info section


Added info on location restrictions based on SB554 in the Can't Carry section


Added info on driver's license link to permit in At A Glance table


Added Commission for the Blind properties to the Location Restrictions section


Added information on Self Defense in the Summary


Added information on wearing a COVID 19 mask while carrying concealed above the Summary


Added link to National Parks to At A Glance table


Added info and statutory links for ammunition restrictions in At A Glance table


Added info on handguns at hotels in At A Glance table


Added info on handguns on private property in At A Glance table


Added statutory link and details on private gun sales in At A Glance table


Added info on carry in bars to the At A Glance table


Added related blog posts with links


Added info regarding residency changes and resulting impacts on carry permits


Updated the knife laws and added statutory references


Added info on campus carry in the Can Carry and Can't Carry sections


Added info on whether a valid state ccw permit exempts a person from needing a background check when purchasing a firearm to the At A Glance table


Added statutory references and links for can’t carry locations


Added brandishing info to At A Glance table


Added Hunter Harassment info to At A Glance table


Added Chemical Spray/Pepper Spray to the At A Glance table


Added Carry While Hunting info to At A Glance table


Added anchor links to various sections below the Summary


Added minimum age to possess and transport a handgun to At A Glance table


Added stun gun/Taserinfo to At A Glance table


Added permit renewal and name/address change info


Links checked


Added info on carry in public buildings in the Location Restrictions section


Added info on state implementation of Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act (LEOSA)


Added info to vehicle carry in At A Glance table


Added pages for Federal Gun Laws, Traveling with Firearms & Terminology


Added ammunition restrictions to At A Glance table


Added red flag law info to At A Glance table


Added church carry info to location restrictions section


Added info about alcohol or prescription medication in At A Glance table


Mag limit added to At A Glance table

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