U.S. Open Carry Policies
We took information from the Open carry in the United States Wikipedia article and imported it as a table into Silk to create the map you can see below. It shows the status of open carry, by state or other jurisdiction.
In the United States, open carry refers to the practice of "openly carrying a firearm in public", as distinguished from concealed carry, where firearms cannot be seen by the casual observer.
The practice of open carry, where gun owners openly carry firearms while they go about their daily business, has seen an increase in the U.S. in recent years.
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Categories of Law
Today in the United States, the laws vary from state to state regarding open carry of firearms. In the Wikipedia article Open carry in the United States the categories are defined as follows:
- Permissive open carry states: A state has passed full preemption of all firearms laws. They do not prohibit open carry for all non-prohibited citizens and do not require a permit or license to open carry. Open carry is lawful on foot and in a motor vehicle.
- Licensed open carry states: state has passed full preemption of all firearms laws. They permit open carry of a handgun to all non-prohibited citizens once they have been issued a permit or license. Open carry of a handgun is lawful on foot and in a motor vehicle.
- Anomalous open carry states: The legality of open carry varies within state, based on local policies.
- Non-permissive open carry states: In these states, open carry of a handgun is not lawful, or is only lawful under such a limited set of circumstances that public carry is effectively prohibited. Such limited circumstances may include when hunting, or while traveling to/from hunting locations, while on property controlled by the person carrying, or for lawful self-defense.
Map with the status of open carry, by state or other jurisdiction
Click the circles to read notes on the status of open carry in that state or other jurisdiction.