I noticed after visiting many forums, many people asking questions like: “I’m moving to Colorado, can I take my AR with me” or “Can I drive through Kentucky with my AR in the trunk. To follow is a complied list of gun laws, state by state, defining concealed carry and open carry laws, whether or not you can own an AR and whether or not there is a back ground check to own a weapon. Look no further and ask no more here is your list.

 

These laws are subject to change and due to the uproar as of late they possibly could be out of date by tomorrow. Use with caution and double check each states Department of Justice website and it would probably be smart to check the county and city’s local laws you are interested in.

 

Alabama
Statute Rifles Pistols Notes and Further Reading
Permit to purchase NO NO Open carry is permitted, but handgun must be in holster. Open carry in vehicle is prohibited without license.
Registration NO NO
License required NO NO
Concealed carry permit NO YES
Open Carry permitted YES YES
AR laws NO NO
Background checks NO NO

 

Alaska
Statute Rifles Pistols Notes and Further Reading
Permit to purchase NO NO Open or concealed carry without permit
Registration NO NO
License required NO NO
Concealed carry permit NO NO
Open Carry permitted YES YES
AR laws NO NO
Background checks NO NO

 

Arizona
Statute Rifles Pistols Notes and Further Reading
Permit to purchase NO NO Anyone over 21 years of age may carry any concealed weapon or firearm but must disclose to law enforcement when confronted.
Registration NO NO
License required NO NO
Concealed carry permit YES YES
Open Carry permitted YES YES
AR laws NO NO
Background checks NO NO

 

Arkansas
Statute Rifles Pistols Notes and Further Reading
Permit to purchase NO NO Concealed handgun carry license for residents and nonresident journey through state exempt except through airports.
Registration NO NO
License required NO NO
Concealed carry permit NO YES
Open Carry permitted TES YES
AR laws NO NO
Background checks NO NO

 

California
Statute Rifles Pistols Notes and Further Reading
Permit to purchase YES YES All sales through dealer and California DOJ retains serial numbers and transfers. It is illegal to possess any type of AR weapon. Open carry is permitted in rural areas when permitted by local jurisdiction. Long guns may be carried when permitted by rural municipalities. Ten day waiting period for all weapons.
Registration YES YES
License required NO NO
Concealed carry permit YES YES
Open Carry permitted PARTIAL PARTIAL
AR laws YES YES
Background checks YES YES

 

Colorado
Statute Rifles Pistols Notes and Further Reading
Permit to purchase NO NO AR’s banned in Denver. Open carry is permitted elsewhere. Transportation restrictions apply. Transfers must request license through dealer.
Registration NO NO
License required NO NO
Concealed carry permit NO YES
Open Carry permitted YES YES
AR laws NO NO
Background checks YES YES

 

Connecticut
Statute Rifles Pistols Notes and Further Reading
Permit to purchase YES YES Certificate of eligibility for pistols, revolvers and long guns. State has registry of serial numbers of purchased guns. Registration required for AR’s. No permit necessary except for vehicle and is an open carry state. Private party transfers require a dealer and background check.
Registration PARTIAL PARTIAL
License required NO NO
Concealed carry permit YES YES
Open Carry permitted PARTIAL YES
AR laws YES YES
Background checks YES YES

 

Delaware
Statute Rifles Pistols Notes and Further Reading
Permit to purchase NO NO Open carry without permit is permitted. Transfers other than relative require dealer.
Registration NO NO
License required NO NO
Concealed carry permit YES YES
Open Carry permitted YES YES
AR laws NO NO
Background checks YES YES

 

District of Columbia
Statute Rifles Pistols Notes and Further Reading
Permit to purchase YES YES Registration required .50 caliber and above prohibited. Concealed carry is under court challenge. Illegal to own magazines with more than 10 rounds.
Registration YES YES
License required YES YES
Concealed carry permit NO YES
Open Carry permitted NO NO
AR laws YES YES
Background checks YES YES

 

Florida
Statute Rifles Pistols Notes and Further Reading
Permit to purchase NO NO Allows concealed carry of any weapon except machine guns. Open carry is generally banned but concealed is allowed without license. It is illegal to maintain a firearms list in Florida.
Registration NO NO
License required NO NO
Concealed carry permit NO YES
Open Carry permitted NO NO
AR laws NO NO
Background checks NO NO

 

Georgia
Statute Rifles Pistols Notes and Further Reading
Permit to purchase NO NO Concealed or open carry with permit.
Registration NO NO
License required NO NO
Concealed carry permit YES YES
Open Carry permitted YES RESTRICTED
AR laws NO NO
Background checks NO NO

 

Hawaii
Statute Rifles Pistols Notes and Further Reading
Permit to purchase YES YES No license required but must register all firearms within 5 days of arrival to Hawaii. Limit magazines to 10 rounds. Non permissive to open carry by practice.
Registration YES YES
License required NO NO
Concealed carry permit NO YES
Open Carry permitted NO YES
AR laws NO YES
Background checks YES YES

 

Idaho
Statute Rifles Pistols Notes and Further Reading
Permit to purchase NO NO May carry concealed when outside the confines of city limits.
Registration NO NO
License required NO NO
Concealed carry permit NO YES
Open Carry permitted YES YES
AR laws NO NO
Background checks NO NO

 

Illinois
Statute Rifles Pistols Notes and Further Reading
Permit to purchase YES YES Limited discretion concealed carry permits other states not recognized. Cook county and Chicago have AR bans.
Registration NO NO
License required NO YES
Concealed carry permit YES YES
Open Carry permitted NO NO
AR laws NO NO
Background checks YES YES

 

Indiana
Statute Rifles Pistols Notes and Further Reading
Permit to purchase NO YES May carry openly with license. Not required to disclose possession of firearm.
Registration NO NO
License required NO NO
Concealed carry permit NO YES
Open Carry permitted YES YES
AR laws NO NO
Background checks NO NO

 

Iowa
Statute Rifles Pistols Notes and Further Reading
Permit to purchase NO YES Iowa issues a permit to carry which is not limited to firearms.
Registration NO NO
License required NO NO
Concealed carry permit N/A YES
Open Carry permitted YES YES
AR laws NO NO
Background checks NO YES

 

Kansas
Statute Rifles Pistols Notes and Further Reading
Permit to purchase NO NO My carry concealed or openly without permit.
Registration NO NO
License required NO NO
Concealed carry permit NO YES
Open Carry permitted YES YES
AR laws NO NO
Background checks NO NO

 

Kentucky
Statute Rifles Pistols Notes and Further Reading
Permit to purchase NO NO May carry openly without permit.
Registration NO NO
License required NO NO
Concealed carry permit NO YES
Open Carry permitted YES YES
AR laws NO NO
Background checks NO NO

 

Louisiana
Statute Rifles Pistols Notes and Further Reading
Permit to purchase NO NO Open carry permitted without license.
Registration NO NO
License required NO NO
Concealed carry permit NO YES
Open Carry permitted YES YES
AR laws NO NO
Background checks NO NO

 

Maine
Statute Rifles Pistols Notes and Further Reading
Permit to purchase NO NO Permit less open carry permitted.
Registration NO NO
License required NO NO
Concealed carry permit NO YES
Open Carry permitted YES YES
AR laws NO NO
Background checks NO NO

 

Maryland
Statute Rifles Pistols Notes and Further Reading
Permit to purchase NO YES Handgun license required. State maintains a permanent record of all handgun transfers. Open carry is permitted with license. All private transfer regulated.
Registration NO YES
License required NO NO
Concealed carry permit NO YES
Open Carry permitted YES YES
AR laws YES YES
Background checks NO YES

 

Massachusetts
Statute Rifles Pistols Notes and Further Reading
Permit to purchase YES YES Registration not required but transfers are recorded. Police chief approves license. Training required for license. Larger cities like Boston more restrictive.
Registration NO NO
License required YES YES
Concealed carry permit NO YES
Open Carry permitted NO YES
AR laws YES YES
Background checks YES YES

 

Michigan
Statute Rifles Pistols Notes and Further Reading
Permit to purchase NO NO Permit required to purchase from individual. Shall issue for concealed carry. Individual townships may restrict laws further.
Registration NO YES
License required NO NO
Concealed carry permit NO YES
Open Carry permitted YES YES
AR laws NO NO
Background checks NO YES

 

Minnesota
Statute Rifles Pistols Notes and Further Reading
Permit to purchase NO YES Permit to purchase required for AR weapons and handguns through FFL dealers. Must be 18 years old to purchase AR with permit to purchase.
Registration NO NO
License required NO NO
Concealed carry permit NO YES
Open Carry permitted YES YES
AR laws NO NO
Background checks NO NO

 

Mississippi
Statute Rifles Pistols Notes and Further Reading
Permit to purchase NO NO Conceal carry for pistols by DPS except for schools and court buildings.
Registration NO NO
License required NO NO
Concealed carry permit NO YES
Open Carry permitted YES YES
AR laws NO NO
Background checks NO NO

 

Missouri
Statute Rifles Pistols Notes and Further Reading
Permit to purchase NO NO Shall issue state for concealed carry. Local governments may not regulate.
Registration NO NO
License required NO NO
Concealed carry permit NO YES
Open Carry permitted YES YES
AR laws NO NO
Background checks NO NO

 

Montana
Statute Rifles Pistols Notes and Further Reading
Permit to purchase NO NO Concealed carry allowed outside of townships without license. Shall issue otherwise.
Registration NO NO
License required NO NO
Concealed carry permit NO YES
Open Carry permitted YES YES
AR laws NO NO
Background checks NO NO

 

Nebraska
Statute Rifles Pistols Notes and Further Reading
Permit to purchase NO NO Concealed carry permit required for handgun purchase. Omaha requires registration and is much stricter.
Registration NO NO
License required NO NO
Concealed carry permit NO YES
Open Carry permitted YES YES
AR laws NO NO
Background checks NO YES

 

Nevada
Statute Rifles Pistols Notes and Further Reading
Permit to purchase NO NO Open carry permitted and no registration required.
Registration NO NO
License required NO NO
Concealed carry permit NO YES
Open Carry permitted YES YES
AR laws NO NO
Background checks NO NO

 

New Hampshire
Statute Rifles Pistols Notes and Further Reading
Permit to purchase NO NO Open carry. No license required except for vehicle carry.
Registration NO NO
License required NO NO
Concealed carry permit NO NO
Open Carry permitted YES YES
AR laws NO NO
Background checks NO NO

 

New Jersey
Statute Rifles Pistols Notes and Further Reading
Permit to purchase YES YES Purchaser card required, registration and record keeping. Open carry only with permit. No AR’s allowed.
Registration NO YES
License required NO NO
Concealed carry permit YES YES
Open Carry permitted YES YES
AR laws YES YES
Background checks YES YES

 

New Mexico
Statute Rifles Pistols Notes and Further Reading
Permit to purchase NO NO 15 Hour hand gun course required. No loaded firearm may be transported at any time.
Registration NO NO
License required NO NO
Concealed carry permit NO YES
Open Carry permitted YES YES
AR laws NO NO
Background checks NO NO

 

New York
Statute Rifles Pistols Notes and Further Reading
Permit to purchase NO YES Rifle and shotgun permits required. All hand guns banned in NY city. No state permits valid inside NY city. AR banned unless you owned before 2013 and was registered. Open carry law very vague. Just don’t do it.
Registration NO YES
License required NO YES
Concealed carry permit NO YES
Open Carry permitted YEs NO
AR laws YES YES
Background checks YES YES

 

North Carolina
Statute Rifles Pistols Notes and Further Reading
Permit to purchase NO YES County Sheriff issues permits. Concealed handgun permit required. North Carolina is a Shall issue state.
Registration NO NO
License required NO NO
Concealed carry permit NO YES
Open Carry permitted YES YES
AR laws NO NO
Background checks NO YES

 

North Dakota
Statute Rifles Pistols Notes and Further Reading
Permit to purchase NO NO Shall issues for concealed carry. Open carry for long guns but only with permit for hand guns.
Registration NO NO
License required NO NO
Concealed carry permit NO YES
Open Carry permitted YES YES
AR laws NO NO
Background checks NO NO

 

Ohio
Statute Rifles Pistols Notes and Further Reading
Permit to purchase NO NO 8 hours training class and 2 hour range time required for permit. Open carry state but vehicle restrictions apply.
Registration NO NO
License required NO NO
Concealed carry permit NO YES
Open Carry permitted YES YES
AR laws NO NO
Background checks NO NO

 

Oklahoma
Statute Rifles Pistols Notes and Further Reading
Permit to purchase NO NO All private sales are legal, no waiting periods. No shortened barrels permitted.
Registration NO NO
License required NO NO
Concealed carry permit NO YES
Open Carry permitted NO YES
AR laws NO NO
Background checks NO NO

 

Oregon
Statute Rifles Pistols Notes and Further Reading
Permit to purchase NO NO Records of firearm sales maintained. Shall issue state for residents. Private party sales through licensed dealer.
Registration YES YES
License required NO NO
Concealed carry permit YES YES
Open Carry permitted YES YES
AR laws NO NO
Background checks YES YES

 

Pennsylvania
Statute Rifles Pistols Notes and Further Reading
Permit to purchase NO NO All handguns undergo PCIS check at point of sale. Records maintained in state database. Private transfers must go through licensed dealer.
Registration NO NO
License required NO NO
Concealed carry permit YES YES
Open Carry permitted YES YES
AR laws NO NO
Background checks NO YES

 

Rhode Island
Statute Rifles Pistols Notes and Further Reading
Permit to purchase NO YES Handguns must complete safety exam. Licenses issued by state attorney general’s office. Buyers must pass background check.
Registration NO NO
License required NO NO
Concealed carry permit NO YES
Open Carry permitted YES YES
AR laws NO NO
Background checks YES YES

 

 

South Carolina
Statute Rifles Pistols Notes and Further Reading
Permit to purchase NO NO Shall issue state for concealed carry.
Registration NO NO
License required NO NO
Concealed carry permit YES YES
Open Carry permitted YES NO
AR laws NO NO
Background checks NO NO

 

South Dakota
Statute Rifles Pistols Notes and Further Reading
Permit to purchase NO NO Open carry permitted but must be in clear view if in vehicle.
Registration NO NO
License required NO NO
Concealed carry permit NO YES
Open Carry permitted YES YES
AR laws NO NO
Background checks NO NO

 

Tennessee
Statute Rifles Pistols Notes and Further Reading
Permit to purchase NO NO Loaded long gun open carry is illegal.
Registration NO NO
License required NO NO
Concealed carry permit NO YES
Open Carry permitted YES YES
AR laws NO NO
Background checks NO NO

 

Texas
Statute Rifles Pistols Notes and Further Reading
Permit to purchase NO NO Licensed carry of handgun is only available to non-felons, non-fugitives and underage.
Registration NO NO
License required NO NO
Concealed carry permit NO YES
Open Carry permitted YES YES
AR laws NO NO
Background checks NO NO

 

Utah
Statute Rifles Pistols Notes and Further Reading
Permit to purchase NO NO Open carry allowed without permit and concealed carry of loaded firearm with permit.
Registration NO NO
License required NO NO
Concealed carry permit YES YES
Open Carry permitted YES YES
AR laws NO NO
Background checks NO NO

 

Vermont
Statute Rifles Pistols Notes and Further Reading
Permit to purchase NO NO May carry open or concealed without permit as long as you are US citizen and not federally prohibited.
Registration NO NO
License required NO NO
Concealed carry permit NO NO
Open Carry permitted YES YES
AR laws NO NO
Background checks NO NO

 

Virginia
Statute Rifles Pistols Notes and Further Reading
Permit to purchase NO NO Proof of age and citizenship required.
Registration NO NO
License required NO NO
Concealed carry permit NO YES
Open Carry permitted YES YES
AR laws NO NO
Background checks NO NO

 

Washington
Statute Rifles Pistols Notes and Further Reading
Permit to purchase NO NO Retail dealers must record and report pistol sales. Open carry lawful without permit.
Registration NO PARTIAL
License required NO NO
Concealed carry permit NO YES
Open Carry permitted YES YES
AR laws NO NO
Background checks YES YES

 

West Virginia
Statute Rifles Pistols Notes and Further Reading
Permit to purchase NO NO Open carry permitted but local restrictions and grandfather clauses apply.
Registration NO NO
License required NO NO
Concealed carry permit NO YES
Open Carry permitted NO YES
AR laws NO NO
Background checks NO NO

 

Wisconsin
Statute Rifles Pistols Notes and Further Reading
Permit to purchase NO NO Open carry permitted for all weapons
Registration NO NO
License required NO NO
Concealed carry permit NO YES
Open Carry permitted YES YES
AR laws NO NO
Background checks NO NO

 

Wyoming
Statute Rifles Pistols Notes and Further Reading
Permit to purchase NO NO Open carry without permit. Nonresident restrictions.
Registration NO NO
License required NO NO
Concealed carry permit YES YES
Open Carry permitted YES YES
AR laws NO NO
Background checks NO NO