No license required in PA for open carryCreating a map of state laws on vehicle carry can be complex, because there are so many variations and restrictions, not to mention case law, that are unique to each state. But, it wouldn't hurt to have a map that gives a general overview of the situation.
I propose a map that covers the law for exactly one thing: possession within a vehicle of a handgun that is loaded and accessible for use. Any state that restricts car carry to unloaded, or locked in a case, would be the same as no carry at all.
Here are the three broad categories:
- No license required
- License required
- No legal car carry
I took my information from handgunlaw.us, and it's likely that I missed something. I didn't include age requirements, which vary. If anyone cares to look over my list and make corrections or suggestion, feel free.
1. No license required
Alaska (Must inform police if stopped for an official purpose)
Florida (Must be "cased", but this includes a glove compartment or console)
Georgia (Own vehicle only, or with owner's permission)
Idaho (License required inside any city limits)
South Carolina (Must be concealed in a compartment)
Texas (Concealed only)
Virginia (Concealed in a compartment)
West Virginia (Some debate about non-residents)
Wisconsin (1,000 foot gun free school zones for non-licensees)
Wyoming (Off-body only)
2. License required
Arkansas (Effectively, despite their journey law)
Delaware (License not required for Open Carry)
Hawaii (Good luck with that one)
Nebraska (License not required for Open Carry)
North Carolina (License not required for Open Carry)
3. No legal car carry
District of Columbia
Thanks for taking a look and making suggestions.
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