In your opinion, which state(s) is/are the most gun friendly?


doublenutz

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One word of caution for Florida though, as the Northeast libs move down there for retirement and winter homes, the political climate seems to be changing. If they don't watch their state voting, soon they'll be living in Jersey. :eek: As CCW laws increase and States, citizens and LEO's get used to the idea, things seem to improve. I compare the Northeast to the old Communist Soviet Union, except for maybe Vermont. :(

My Florida CCW paper work and finger print card came in the mail today.:D
 

Apollo

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Oklahoma recognizes alot of states. Even Neveda. But Nevada doesn't recip. I wish Iowa, ILL, and Wisconsin would get there act together.
 

doublenutz

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Missouri is a shall issue state that recognized by more states than any other. 34 and counting.


34 is lovely but, is is as easy to get a non-resident CCW as Florida which has 31 and only requires US Citizenship.:eek: If so, it will be the next one I obtain.
 

Mountain man

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"Vermont: This state has the best carry laws of any state in America. Unlike many of the states out west that allow unlicensed open carry, Vermont also allows concealed carry without a permit, for both residents and nonresidents"

I would double check that nonresident CC in Vermont. I grew up and lived there for 50 years, From what I have been told by state and local cops and read in Vermont laws, you have to be legal in your home state to carry in Vermont. So non resident without a permit from home, no concealed carry. Vermont does recognise all other states permits
 

weekendskp

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I would have to give Missouri my vote. They recognize all other states permit, you can carry in your vehicle without a permit, do not frown no open carry (which is good on a windy day) and if you go into a place that is posted and they catch you all they can do is ask you to leave, if you do so case closed but if you refuse then things change real fast

Emphasis added on carrying in posted places. There is no "gun related charge" associated with carrying in places posted off limits like there is in many states. Even if you are asked to leave and do not you might get a citation ($100 fine). Missouri is gun friendly, but restricts too many odd places, ie. churches, hospitals, daycare, amusement parks. The "peaceable journey law" has been on the books for a long time. Anyone 21 or over can vehicle concealed carry without a permit. I would put Missouri on the list somewhere around 9 or 10. By my count, Missouri is accepted in 37 other states.
 
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JrFreak

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PA isn't bad. Not sure where it ranks, but you don't need training (which I actually don't agree with) and you can carry concealed just about anywhere... cept for govt buildings and in schools.
 

verge

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I really liked TN but have never carried in Texas because I hear it it is simply a strange state to carry in (strange as in way to many rules).

Texas is not really strange, stay out of schools, court houses, bars or any place where legal notice not to carry is given with your CCW. Pretty simple.
 
I guess that by "gun friendly" I was thinking mostly how Nevada treats it's citizens. But things are changing for the better.

Nevada now has reciprocity with Alaska, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Tennessee and Utah. ;)

Non-res permits are an issue but at least it's a step in the right direction. The wheels turn slowly!
I like our concealed carry most of the time ( sure beats , Il. where I'm from ) . But don't get Henderson Parks where I've seen public urination and strange dogs where I can't take mine . I stay way off on the sidewalk . Morons for public officials ( I'm sure bad guys and urination guy complies ! ) God Bless .
 

retirednak

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I'm going to start this thread by giving my top ten list of most gun friendly states, based on a variety of factors, but primarily on what can or cannot be carried, and how easy it is to legally carry.





3. Alaska: Like Vermont, Alaska does not require a permit to carry either openly or concealed. Unlike Vermont, however, Alaska offers residents the option of getting a permit to be used for Alaskans who travel to other states and wish to carry. Alaska has slightly more off limits places than Vermont, requires carriers to notify police if they're carrying, and even requires anyone who is carrying to notify residents whose homes they enter that they are carrying. Besides those drawbacks, Alaska is otherwise a pretty good gun state by virtue of the fact that it is shall-issue/no permit required, is class III friendly, and has no magazine capacity restrictions.


Where did you get the info about the state offering residents who travel to other states and wish to carry? This is new to me and would like more info since I will be traveling to the lower 48 this summer.
 

RedLegRider

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Wyoming just passed a law to allow carry concealed without a permit. It is a shall issue state and you don't have to inform police you are carrying and don't have to notify anyone you are carrying when entering their home.
I would now put Wyoming at number three on your list, just one ahead of Alaska.
 

Unfettered Might

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I'm going to start this thread by giving my top ten list of most gun friendly states, based on a variety of factors, but primarily on what can or cannot be carried, and how easy it is to legally carry.

1. Arizona: Without a doubt, Arizona is the most weapons friendly state in America. An Arizona concealed weapons permit is exactly that, and it allows the carrying of handguns, long guns, class III weapons that are legally owned (including hand grenades), as well as knives, pepper spray, and expandable batons. Arizona also allows unlicensed open carry of all these weapons, whether in a vehicle or on foot. No other state is as liberal as Arizona in what people are allowed to carry. Furthermore, there are no magazine capacity restrictions, it is shall-issue, and it honors CCW permits from every state.

2. Vermont: This state has the best carry laws of any state in America. Unlike many of the states out west that allow unlicensed open carry, Vermont also allows concealed carry without a permit, for both residents and nonresidents. In Vermont, there are very few places that are off limits and schools are not one of them (for nonstudents). Like Arizona, there are no magazine capacity restrictions, and it is Class III friendly.

3. Alaska: Like Vermont, Alaska does not require a permit to carry either openly or concealed. Unlike Vermont, however, Alaska offers residents the option of getting a permit to be used for Alaskans who travel to other states and wish to carry. Alaska has slightly more off limits places than Vermont, requires carriers to notify police if they're carrying, and even requires anyone who is carrying to notify residents whose homes they enter that they are carrying. Besides those drawbacks, Alaska is otherwise a pretty good gun state by virtue of the fact that it is shall-issue/no permit required, is class III friendly, and has no magazine capacity restrictions.

4. Idaho: Open carry friendly, shall issue, extremely cheap CC permit
($10), no magazine capacity restrictions, Class III friendly, and honors permits from all 50 states.

5. Wyoming: Also open carry friendly, shall issue, no magazine capacity restrictions, Class III friendly.

6. Indiana: Ok, so being a Hoosier has made me slightly biased toward Indiana, but let me explain why. In Indiana, there is a choice between a 4-year permit ($40) and a lifetime permmit ($125). Also, no training is required for a permit, the state just recently passed the stand your ground law, and it honors permits from every state and foreign country.

7. New Hampshire: I really wanted to put New Hampshire higher on this list, but, nevertheless, it is open carry friendly (for pedestrians), a concealed carry permit is extremely cheap ($10 for residents, $20 for nonresidents), and no training is required to obtain a permit.

8. Montana: Typical of western states, Montana is open carry friendly, car carry friendly, has very few off limits places, and honors most states' permmits.

9. Virginia: Open carry friendly friendly. What keeps Virginia from being ranked higher is its one handgun per month law for people without permits, and its restrictions on high capacity magazines and handguns that have threaded barrels. Otherwise, Virginia is shall issue and is perhaps the most open carry friendly state in America.

10. Florida: Despite its prohibition on open carry, Florida has, in many ways revolutionized the concealed carry movement in this country. While not the first state to become shall issue, it was the first big state to allow it, as well as becoming the first state to actually pass a law not to require people threatened outside their homes or vehicles to retreat before using deadly force (a.k.a the stand your ground law/Castle Doctrine law).

Kentucky should definitely be in this list. I wonder how many of the above states don't have self defense laws that match up to the gun laws.

PROS
- Open carry of ANY WEAPON without a permit, although city and county government may regulate weapons other than a firearm, but not if you have a CCDW permit
- Storage of firearm in any OEM compartment in a vehicle without a CCDW permit, just passed and law in 90 days once the governor signs the bill
- Open carry is constitutionally protected by our state constitution
- The only places off limits for OC is a courthouse, detention center, K-12 schools(can keep in car though) and active meetings of the general assembly
- No gun registration required for face to face sales
- Concealed carry with a permit, of ANY WEAPON, shall issue
- VERY Class III friendly
- Castle Doctrine, home, vehicle and any place you have a right to be
- Stand your ground
- You can't be arrested for killing someone in self defense, in public or otherwise, unless there is RAS it was not self defense.
- You are legally protected from civil liability and criminal prosecution in a case of self defense
- You can shoot someone for arson, kidnapping or a forcible felony
- No mag capacity restrictions
- No ammo restrictions
- Preemption law, NO city or county government can make gun laws that are more strict than the state
- Pro gun culture
- Many businesses that I hear are not gun friendly, I've never had a problem with because of our pro-gun culture.
- You NEVER hear of MWAG calls
- Do not have to inform officer of possession
- Firearms cannot be confiscated, by law, under ANY conditions as long as you are legal to possess them
- We can go into our police stations and sheriff's offices OCing
- We can go into a bar with an OCed and unloaded firearm, mag in pocket
- 35 other states recognize our CC permit
- No stop and ID law, so LE cannot force you to ID yourself, even if they want to know if your a felon or not, because your carrying a firearm
- People from other states can OC a firearm as soon as they cross our state line, can't do THAT in Indiana
- "No Firearms" signs carry no weight of law, you must be told by property owner or trustee to leave the premises, obviously you face criminal trespass if you still refuse to comply once police are present
- Notwithstanding the negative of the last positive, employers and even private property owners cannot refuse your right to have a firearm in your vehicle, on their property, without them facing civil liability.

CONS
-Not a completely constitutional carry state. Had a bill going this year and a short legislative session and it died in committee. But hey, they want to talk about it for a bit, that's fine. The pro gun mentality will prevail and we'll get it next year.
- CC license is a little pricey at 135.00, the training is ridiculously easy to pass though
- Cannot use deadly force to protect property. However, you can physically stop someone and if there is more than one or the one is armed, your good to go.

The first two will no longer exist once constitutional carry gets passed next year, so how many will that leave for the CONS list? 1 and I can live with that one.

I think you should really reconsider Kentucky's position. Looks to me that if we get complete constitutional carry next year, we'll belong at number 2 or 3. As it stands now? I'd say number 4.
 

Snozz

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Why not Texas?

I noticed Texas is not on the list. I live here in Kalifornia and am looking to get the hell out of this Socialist state. I thought Texas would at least be on the list.
I'm going to start this thread by giving my top ten list of most gun friendly states, based on a variety of factors, but primarily on what can or cannot be carried, and how easy it is to legally carry.

1. Arizona: Without a doubt, Arizona is the most weapons friendly state in America. An Arizona concealed weapons permit is exactly that, and it allows the carrying of handguns, long guns, class III weapons that are legally owned (including hand grenades), as well as knives, pepper spray, and expandable batons. Arizona also allows unlicensed open carry of all these weapons, whether in a vehicle or on foot. No other state is as liberal as Arizona in what people are allowed to carry. Furthermore, there are no magazine capacity restrictions, it is shall-issue, and it honors CCW permits from every state.

2. Vermont: This state has the best carry laws of any state in America. Unlike many of the states out west that allow unlicensed open carry, Vermont also allows concealed carry without a permit, for both residents and nonresidents. In Vermont, there are very few places that are off limits and schools are not one of them (for nonstudents). Like Arizona, there are no magazine capacity restrictions, and it is Class III friendly.

3. Alaska: Like Vermont, Alaska does not require a permit to carry either openly or concealed. Unlike Vermont, however, Alaska offers residents the option of getting a permit to be used for Alaskans who travel to other states and wish to carry. Alaska has slightly more off limits places than Vermont, requires carriers to notify police if they're carrying, and even requires anyone who is carrying to notify residents whose homes they enter that they are carrying. Besides those drawbacks, Alaska is otherwise a pretty good gun state by virtue of the fact that it is shall-issue/no permit required, is class III friendly, and has no magazine capacity restrictions.

4. Idaho: Open carry friendly, shall issue, extremely cheap CC permit
($10), no magazine capacity restrictions, Class III friendly, and honors permits from all 50 states.

5. Wyoming: Also open carry friendly, shall issue, no magazine capacity restrictions, Class III friendly.

6. Indiana: Ok, so being a Hoosier has made me slightly biased toward Indiana, but let me explain why. In Indiana, there is a choice between a 4-year permit ($40) and a lifetime permmit ($125). Also, no training is required for a permit, the state just recently passed the stand your ground law, and it honors permits from every state and foreign country.

7. New Hampshire: I really wanted to put New Hampshire higher on this list, but, nevertheless, it is open carry friendly (for pedestrians), a concealed carry permit is extremely cheap ($10 for residents, $20 for nonresidents), and no training is required to obtain a permit.

8. Montana: Typical of western states, Montana is open carry friendly, car carry friendly, has very few off limits places, and honors most states' permmits.

9. Virginia: Open carry friendly friendly. What keeps Virginia from being ranked higher is its one handgun per month law for people without permits, and its restrictions on high capacity magazines and handguns that have threaded barrels. Otherwise, Virginia is shall issue and is perhaps the most open carry friendly state in America.

10. Florida: Despite its prohibition on open carry, Florida has, in many ways revolutionized the concealed carry movement in this country. While not the first state to become shall issue, it was the first big state to allow it, as well as becoming the first state to actually pass a law not to require people threatened outside their homes or vehicles to retreat before using deadly force (a.k.a the stand your ground law/Castle Doctrine law).
 

tattedupboy

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I started this thread way back in '07. I had no idea people were still posting on it!

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tray

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I started this thread way back in '07. I had no idea people were still posting on it!

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Has any State changed their laws since 2007 when you began this thread? That would be interesting too follow.
 

tattedupboy

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Has any State changed their laws since 2007 when you began this thread? That would be interesting too follow.

Well, I know that New Hampshire nonresident permits are no longer $20 (they're $100 now). Arizona no longer requires a permit for concealed carry. And I believe Virginia got rid of its on handgun per month law.

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