From 1986 to 2017, concealed carry laws have dramatically changed in favor of self defense across the country.
January 17, 2019
This extremely interesting map above shows how concealed carry laws have changed over the years, and how many states have gonf from either "no issue" or "may issue" laws to "shall issue" and even unrestricted concealed carry.
Compared to 1986, today's map paints a pretty different picture.
Only 8 states had "shall issue" concealed carry laws on the books in 1986, and Vermont was the only unrestricted state in the union.
A whopping 25 states had "may issue" laws, which means law enforcement can arbitrarily decide not to issue carry permits, even if applicants meet all the requirements. A stunning 16 states didn't issue any carry permits at all.