List of Resources For Concealed Carry Gun Laws
Gun laws change all of the time. Not knowing what is legally allowed and what will land your butt in jail or lose your right to own and/or carry a weapon is your responsibility. Losing your Second Amendment right would really suck.
"State laws on open carry vary widely. Six states, the Territory of the U.S. Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia fully prohibit the open carry of handguns. On the other side, twelve states permit open carry of a handgun without requiring the citizen to apply for any permit or license. Thirteen states require some form of permit (often the same permit as allows a person to carry concealed), and the remaining seventeen states, though not prohibiting the practice in general, do not preempt local laws or law enforcement policies, and/or have significant restrictions on the practice, such as prohibiting it within the boundaries of an incorporated urban area. Illinois allows open carry on private property only." Source
I’m sure you don’t really have the time to keep up with all of the Bills going through your State Legislature about your gun rights.
I’m sure you’ve heard about all of the gun control news and some shootings over the past few years. News like this really sways the opinions of people and the lawmakers react. What was legal yesterday can now be a felony with the swift stroke of a pen as it’s signed into law.
Are you in a state where they are new to concealed carry and still fine tuning the concealed carry laws like Illinois? Being informed is not only good for keeping yourself out of jail, it’s also important to make sure your rights are not being infringed upon or taken away.
Your State’s Department of Justice
Here in Wisconsin, the good old Department of Justice (DOJ) is the department who issues the the concealed carry permits. They have a link on their site to the exact law so you can keep up to date on the latest legalese and specific wording to describe the gun ownership and usage.
Some States, such as Michigan, use the State Police to issue the concealed carry permits. Perusing the documentation on their site is a good place to look for any law updates or changes you should be aware of.
Whether you have a good or bad opinion about the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, they have a good amount of information on stuff like background checks, the National Firearms Act (NFA), citizenship requirements and so on. I think it’s worth browsing through. There is some good information and history on there.
Be careful when using a site other than your official issuing department’s site or your State’s legislative site. While they may be factual and accurate, some sites are not maintained regularly and may not have the most up-to-date changes in laws. That being said, here are some sites with some useful information on them.
Handgunlaw.us has a reciprocity map - which State will accept your concealed carry permit - making it easy to check quickly when you are going to travel. Some other nice features of the site are the links to vehicle carrying, information to contact any State legislative body and other useful gun related information.
Fedcoplaw.com talks about the federal firearm laws. Some states take these laws and add to them making them more applicable to work with other local laws though. Regardless, these laws have no variance to them so learn them, especially if you travel.
Legal Heat App
Since we do a lot from our phones and tablets anyway, this is a really good app to have on your phone while you are carrying a weapon. When in doubt you can pull up the information for the state you are in and see the latest law updates. The app also talks about pertinent legal cases that have affected the laws or interpretations of the law.
Take some time and get to know or refresh yourself on the basics of gun ownership. I bet you’ll find some information you weren’t aware of that could get you in trouble with the law.
We have put a lengthy guide together to keep you updated on concealed carry. Take a look: Concealed Carry Resources
About The Author
Trevor Dobrygoski has been a freelance copywriter since 2009. He has written about many different topics over the years. His 9-5 is outfitting police and other public safety vehicles with all of the equipment the law enforcement and other first responders need to save lives. When not working and writing, he is coaching, refereeing and playing soccer.