Open carry state map. Open carry of handguns to distinguish it from open carry of any firearm is currently permitted in 45 states with limitations depending on the state. This law modified the previous handgun license law by eliminating the requirement that licensed handguns be carried in a concealed manner. Just got a new handgun and want to show it off to your buddies. Both methods complement each other and allow for flexibility in self defense.
This us map uses internal hot links to the state information for each of the states in the united states and its possessions. In general senate bill 1733 signed into law by gov. Neither is inherently superior to the other. The list and map below are included as a tool to assist you in validating your information.
Open carry and concealed carry each have their own unique advantages and disadvantages. People carry a wounded person at the route 91 harvest country music festival in las vegas after gunfire was heard on october 1. We have made every effort to report the information correctly but reciprocity and recognition agreements are subject to frequent change. Permissive open carry states a state has passed full preemption of all firearms laws with few exceptions.
Photo by david beckergetty images. Us state pages. Make sure you know these open carry laws before a simple show and tell lands you behind bars. They do not prohibit open carry for all nonprohibited citizens and do not require a permit or license to open carry.
In january 2016 carrying a handgun openly became legal in texas.