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Prohibit Open Carry

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Prohibit Open Carry

What does it solve?

Carrying firearms visibly in public, known as open carry, is a dangerous policy. It is exploited by white supremacists and opposed by law enforcement and the public. Members of hate groups regularly openly carry guns in a show of intimidation.

Research shows that the presence of a visible gun makes people more aggressive. Allowing guns to be carried openly in public also makes it very difficult to distinguish between the “good guys” and the “bad guys” during an active shooter incident. States should prohibit guns from being carried openly in public.

Open Carry

Which states regulate the open carry of firearms?

AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY

Open Carry Regulated

Alabama has not adopted this policy

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Alaska has not adopted this policy

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Arizona has not adopted this policy

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Arkansas has not adopted this policy

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California has adopted this policy

How is open carry regulated?
Prohibited for all firearms

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Colorado has not adopted this policy

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Connecticut has adopted this policy

How is open carry regulated?
Permit required for handguns; open carry not regulated for rifles and shotguns.

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Delaware has not adopted this policy

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Florida has adopted this policy

How is open carry regulated?
Prohibited for all firearms

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Georgia has not adopted this policy

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Hawaii has adopted this policy

How is open carry regulated?
Permit required for handguns; prohibited for rifles and shotguns.

Open Carry Regulated

Idaho has not adopted this policy

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Illinois has adopted this policy

How is open carry regulated?
Prohibited for all firearms

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Indiana has not adopted this policy

Open Carry Regulated

Iowa has not adopted this policy

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Kansas has not adopted this policy

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Kentucky has not adopted this policy

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Louisiana has not adopted this policy

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Maine has not adopted this policy

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Maryland has adopted this policy

How is open carry regulated?
Permit required for handguns; open carry not regulated for rifles and shotguns.

Open Carry Regulated

Massachusetts has adopted this policy

How is open carry regulated?
Permit required for all firearms.

Open Carry Regulated

Michigan has not adopted this policy

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Minnesota has adopted this policy

How is open carry regulated?
Permit required for all firearms.

Open Carry Regulated

Mississippi has not adopted this policy

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Missouri has not adopted this policy

Open Carry Regulated

Montana has not adopted this policy

Open Carry Regulated

Nebraska has not adopted this policy

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Nevada has not adopted this policy

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New Hampshire has not adopted this policy

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New Jersey has adopted this policy

How is open carry regulated?
Permit required for all firearms.

Open Carry Regulated

New Mexico has not adopted this policy

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New York has adopted this policy

How is open carry regulated?
Prohibited for handguns; open carry not regulated for rifles and shotguns.

Open Carry Regulated

North Carolina has not adopted this policy

Open Carry Regulated

North Dakota has not adopted this policy

Open Carry Regulated

Ohio has not adopted this policy

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Oklahoma has not adopted this policy

Open Carry Regulated

Oregon has not adopted this policy

Open Carry Regulated

Pennsylvania has not adopted this policy

How is open carry regulated?
Regulated only in Philadelphia

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Rhode Island has adopted this policy

How is open carry regulated?
Permit required for handguns; prohibited for rifles and shotguns (unless unloaded)

Open Carry Regulated

South Carolina has adopted this policy

How is open carry regulated?
Permit required for handguns; open carry not regulated for rifles and shotguns.

Open Carry Regulated

South Dakota has not adopted this policy

Open Carry Regulated

Tennessee has adopted this policy

How is open carry regulated?
Open carry not regulated for handguns; prohibited for rifles and shotguns (unless unloaded).

Open Carry Regulated

Texas has not adopted this policy

Open Carry Regulated

Utah has not adopted this policy

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Vermont has not adopted this policy

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Virginia has not adopted this policy

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Washington has not adopted this policy

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West Virginia has not adopted this policy

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Wisconsin has not adopted this policy

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Wyoming has not adopted this policy

Myth & Fact

Myth

Regulating open carry would violate the Second Amendment.

Fact

Several states have laws prohibiting or otherwise regulating open carry, such as prohibitions on firearms at demonstrations, that are entirely consistent with the Second Amendment. Restrictions on public carry—including open carry—of firearms trace back to at least the fourteenth century, and have existed throughout the history of the United States.

How it works

Open carry is a threat to public safety.

Open carry is a favored exercise by hate groups who regularly carry guns openly in a show of intimidation. In advance of a planned “Unite the Right” White Nationalist rally in Charlottesville, VA on August 12, 2017, a self-styled “militia group” descended on the city openly carrying handguns and military-style rifles. Later that day, one person was killed and 19 others injured when a white supremacist rammed a car into a crowd of counter- protesters.

In the July 2016 mass shooting of five police officers in Dallas, the work of police officers was made more difficult as they struggled to distinguish between people legally carrying guns openly and the gunman who opened fire. Afterwards, both the police chief and the mayor said law enforcement couldn’t tell “good guys with guns” from “bad guys with guns” because it is perfectly legal to walk around in public with an exposed handgun or rifle in Texas.

A small minority of states prohibit the open carry of firearms altogether, while others require a permit to do so. However, while many states require a permit to carry a concealed handgun in public, in the majority of states it is legal for civilians to openly carry handguns or long guns without a permit. This is often the result of the absence of state laws regulating the open carry of firearms in public, commonly known as the “open carry loophole.” Because responsible gun owners have not traditionally carried firearms openly, many state legislatures have not passed laws regulating the practice.

You might be wondering…

  1. 1 What is the “open carry loophole”?