State-by-State Danger of Overriding Concealed Carry Laws

While all 50 states allow the concealed carry of firearms, permitting standards vary dramatically across the country. This chart shows each state’s standards, in addition to federal law, for who is too dangerous or irresponsible for a permit. Under concealed carry reciprocity, each state would be forced to recognize permits from all other states. All of these permitting standards would be undermined. Your state could not stop visitors from carrying concealed firearms—even if they have never fired a gun, have been convicted of violent crimes or stalking, have abused their dating partners, or otherwise pose a danger to the public.

Applicants must show good cause (or similar need to carry)

These states disqualify people convicted of a) misdemeanor "crimes of violence," as classified by the state; or of b) certain serious violent misdemeanors such as assault and battery, threatening, or crimes committed with a weapon. Some state disqualifiers elapse after several years. AK disqualifies people with multiple offenses. NJ disqualifies offenders convicted of offenses punishable by more than 6 months. While NJ crimes in this category are generally punishable by at least 18 months, misdemeanor crimes from other states are disqualifying in NJ., These states bar people who have been convicted and/or are under restraining orders for domestic abuse., These states bar all applicants with two DUI offenses in the past 3 years, except MD and PA bar people with three recent offenses and IA bars people with three or more recent arrests and one conviction, Vermont does not issue a concealed carry permit, but does bar convicted stalkers from having or carrying firearms