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What states allow open carry of firearms?

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As of November 2014, most states allow the open carry of some type of firearm except for California, Florida, Illinois and Washington, D.C., according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Texas, South Carolina and New York let citizens carry long guns openly but not handguns.

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What states allow open carry of firearms?
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Massachusetts, New Jersey and Minnesota allow open carry of handguns but not long guns. All other states not previously mentioned let citizens openly carry handguns, but some have restrictions. Citizens of 31 states do not need a license or permit to openly carry guns, and 13 states have a license or permit requirement, according to LCPGV.

Open carry is a legal principle in the United States that allows citizens to carry firearms in public in plain view. Contrarily, concealed weapons are those firearms people carry that are hidden from plain sight. In many states with open carry laws, entities such as businesses, government agencies, schools, bars and public transportation vehicles may choose to ban firearms from their premises entirely, explains LCPGV.

Lawmakers in Texas introduced several bills in November 2014 regarding open carry in the state, according to Fox 4 KBTV. Some legislators want concealed permit holders to be able to carry handguns openly. State Rep. James White believes open carry of weapons reduces crime and gives ordinary citizens the ability to protect themselves responsibly.

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