How Concealed Carry Laws Have Changed

From 1986 to 2017, concealed carry laws have dramatically changed in favor of self defense across the country.

This map shows how concealed carry laws have changed in the United States from 1986 to 2017.
This map shows how concealed carry laws have changed in the United States from 1986 to 2017.wikimedia commons

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.

As of 2017, there are 29 "shall issue" states, meaning law enforcement must issue a permit if the applicant qualifies, and 13 states with unrestricted concealed carry aka "constitutional carry."

The only eight "may issue" states left are California, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island—and there are no "no issue" states in the U.S.