Open Carry – State Laws

The following information on Open Carry -State Laws was received by one of the board members of South Carolina carry from the South Carolina Senate Judiciary committee.

 

Open Carry – State Laws

 

3 states (California, Florida, and Illinois) prohibit the carrying of any firearm openly in public.  Another 2 states (New York and South Carolina) prohibit the open carrying of a handgun, but not a long gun, and another 3 states (Massachusetts, Minnesota, and New Jersey) prohibit the open carrying of a long gun, but not a handgun.  In the remaining states, the open carrying of firearms is generally allowed, although some states require the person to first obtain a permit or license.  Open carry laws frequently have exceptions.  In states that allow open carrying, many still prohibit open carrying in specific locations such as schools, state-owned businesses, places where alcohol is served, and on public transportation, among other locations. 

 

Open Carrying of Handguns: 

5 states (California, Florida, Illinois New York, and South Carolina) prohibit the open carrying of handguns in public places.  31 states allow the open carrying of a handgun without any license or permit, although in some cases the gun must be unloaded.  15 states require some form of license or permit in order to openly carry a handgun

 

States that Prohibit Open Carrying of Handguns:
California
District of Columbia
Florida
Illinois
New York
South Carolina

 

States that Require a Permit or License to Openly Carry Handguns:
Connecticut
Georgia
Hawaii
Indiana
Iowa
Maryland
Massachusetts
Minnesota
Missouri
New Jersey
Oklahoma
Rhode Island
Tennessee
Texas
Utah

 

States that Otherwise Restrict the Open Carrying of Handguns:
Alabama
Alaska
Arkansas
Michigan
North Dakota
Pennsylvania
Virginia
Washington

 

Open Carrying of Long Guns: 

6 states (California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota and New Jersey) generally ban the open carrying of long guns (rifles and shotguns).  In the 44 remaining states, openly carrying a long gun is legal, although in 3 of these states (Iowa, Tennessee and Utah) the long gun must be unloaded.  In addition, Virginia and Pennsylvania limit the ability to openly carry long guns in certain cities.  In a majority of states, it is legal for an individual to openly carry a loaded firearm in public without a permit.

 

States that Prohibit Open Carrying of Long Guns:
California
District of Columbia
Florida
Illinois
Massachusetts
Minnesota
New Jersey

 

States that Restrict, But Do Not Prohibit, the Open Carrying of Long Guns:
Iowa
Michigan
Pennsylvania
Tennessee
Utah
Virginia

 

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