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Accession Number PB2012-113971
Title Gun Control: States' Laws and Requirements for Concealed Carry Permits Vary across the Nation.
Publication Date Jul 2012
Media Count 90p
Personal Author N/A
Abstract The number of states allowing concealed carry permits is increasing, and states broadly differ in eligibility requirements and the extent to which they have reciprocity agreements. In June 2002, 7 states and the District of Columbia prohibited the concealed carry of handguns. As of March 2012, individuals can carry concealed handguns in all but 1 state (Illinois) and the District of Columbia. 'Shall-issue' states - in which issuing authorities are required to issue a permit to an applicant that fulfills the objective statutory criteria generally issue more permits than states with greater discretion in granting permits (may-issue states). Because of differing eligibility requirements, some states would issue a permit to an applicant, while others would not. For example, some states define what constitutes a disqualifying felony differently or have different firearms training requirements. As of March 2012, 39 states that issue permits and Vermont (permits not required) recognize concealed carry permits from other states. Of the 9 states that do not grant reciprocity, 8 are may-issue states.
Keywords Applications
Background checks
Concealed handguns
Gun control
Law enforcement
State law
States (United States)

Source Agency General Accounting Office
NTIS Subject Category 91C - Fire Services, Law Enforcement, & Criminal Justice
43D - Police, Fire, & Emergency Services
92C - Social Concerns
Corporate Author Government Accountability Office, Washington, DC.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1225
Contract Number N/A

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