The following states do not allow or bar the possession or sale of handguns, but do allow for the concealed carry of a handgun in certain instances: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
According to the Gun Violence Archive, this means that in Texas, for example, an individual could not legally carry a handgun unless the individual’s name was on a list of required documents.
In California, however, an applicant who has completed a concealed carry class could legally carry their handgun for up to 15 days if they have an application form signed by a certified law enforcement officer and the application includes a certification that the applicant is qualified for a permit.
The same holds true for Oregon, which requires applicants to undergo a background check and pass an interview.
And in New York, the New York State Assembly passed a bill in April that would prohibit handgun owners from possessing firearms in their homes.
In Illinois, the Illinois Attorney General’s office recently concluded that, since Illinois prohibits the possession of handguns for certain crimes and other circumstances, “law abiding citizens should not be permitted to carry concealed firearms in public.”
The Attorney General has not yet released any public comments on the bill, but the bill has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
In New Hampshire and Wyoming, concealed carry laws are also not specifically allowed in public.
A New Hampshire State Representative has introduced a bill that would amend the state’s current law to permit the carrying of concealed firearms on public streets.
The bill would also allow the carrying and storage of firearms by individuals who have been issued a permit by the state.
In Wyoming, the Wyoming State Assembly recently passed a concealed-carry bill that allows an individual to carry a concealed firearm in any public or private building.
“The current concealed carry law is in place for the safety of the community and for the protection of property,” said Rep. Chris Pappas, D-Wyoming.
“It is clear that the public has a right to know what law enforcement agencies are doing and to know when they are taking actions against those who are carrying firearms.”
The Gun Violence Forum, a gun rights group, also released a statement urging lawmakers to pass gun-rights legislation.
“There is no question that gun rights are a key component of American gun culture,” the statement said.
“However, it is our belief that our states and the country as a whole need to be able to protect their citizens from gun violence and domestic violence.”
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