Permitless carry means that a permit is not required to carry a handgun. It is often referred to as “constitutional carry” or “unrestricted carry”, although the definition of these terms differ. There are states that are fully permitless, where no permit is required for open or concealed carry. Whereas others are partially unrestricted, where open carry may be legal without a permit, while concealed carry may require a permit. Each state sets the age limits as well as other restrictions. The states below allow permitless concealed carry (PC) and open carry (OC):
States with just permitless open carry include the following, although there may be local restrictions:
In order to carry a handgun, an individual must be:
“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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