Which U.S. States Allow Open Carry of a Firearm?


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As of August of 2014, the majority of states, 44, allow open carry of a firearm according to the Wall Street Journal. In 13 of the states, a special permit or license is required. Only six states specifically ban open carry: California, Florida, New York, Illinois, Texas and South Carolina.

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Washington D.C. also prohibits open carry of a firearm according to CNBC. While concealed carry is legal in all 50 states, there are laws associated with it in that some states are unrestricted, some require a permit, and some issue a permit after the fulfillment of a standardized set of criteria such as a minimum age and background check according to CNBC. Laws regarding open carry are different when applied to long guns, which are commonly associated with hunting, according to the Wall Street Journal. Some individuals are prohibited by law from carrying a firearm at all. This includes felons, individuals convicted of a misdemeanor of domestic violence, individuals found to be addicted to drugs or alcohol and those who have been involuntarily committed to a mental institution according to Wikipedia. To be considered to be carried openly, some states require that it only be partially visible while others require it to be fully visible. The National Rifle Association strongly supports both conceal carry and open carry according to the executive director of the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action, Chris W. Cox.

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