A concealed carry weapon permit is valid anywhere in the state that issued the permit, with some exceptions depending on the state, notes the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Most states have at least some restrictions on where the concealed weapon can be carried, with the majority of states prohibiting concealed weapons in schools, prisons, jails, courthouses and government buildings.
All states issue concealed carry weapon permits, and most states recognize other states' permits, reports Charles D. Wilson for The Washington Times. Some states place additional restrictions on locations where a concealed carry weapon permit is valid, explains the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Some states do not permit concealed weapons in places of worship, bars or other places serving alcohol, polling places, public sporting events or hospitals. A few states ban concealed weapons from gambling establishments and mental health facilities.
As of 2015, there is no national reciprocity regulations that require states to recognize the concealed carry permits issued by another state, though legislation has been proposed, states Wilson. In some states, a concealed carry weapon permit is only valid if issued by that state, according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Some states only recognize permits issued by specific states, usually those with similar permit requirements. Other states recognize permits from any state.