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Constitutional Carry/Unrestricted/Permitless Carry

What Does Unrestricted Mean?

Unrestricted means that a permit is not required to carry a concealed handgun. It is also known as Constitutional Carry or permitless carry. There are states that are fully unrestricted, where no permit is required for open or concealed carry; other states are partially unrestricted, where certain forms of concealed carry may be legal without a permit, while other forms of carry require a permit. The states with permitless carry, as well as those with permitless carry for residents only include the following.

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Idaho 
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • New Hampshire
  • North Dakota (residents only; concealed carry only)
  • Oklahoma
  • South Dakota
  • Vermont
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming (residents only)
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The information contained on this website is provided as a service to USCCA, Inc. Members and the concealed carry community, and does not constitute legal advice. Although we attempt to address all areas of concealed carry laws in all states, we make no claims, representations, warranties, promises or guarantees as to the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information disclosed. Legal advice must always be tailored to the individual facts and circumstances of each individual case. Laws are constantly changing, and as such, nothing contained on this website should be used as a substitute for the advice of a lawyer for a specific case.

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