Right to carry laws are federal and state constitutional provisions that recognize a gun owner’s right to use her or his gun for defensive purposes. Forty-four U.S. states include the right to bear arms in their state constitutions. The six states with constitutions that do not include the right to bear arms are California, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey and New York.
The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
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