Oct 21 2012

Concealed Carry Law Info for Your State

I’ve had many casual conversations with people about concealed carry laws, and one thing that I keep noticing over and over again is that there is quite a bit of confusion out there about what the laws actually say. I’ve heard many concealed carry permit holders, who are supposed to know the laws that govern their CCW permit, speak some pretty ridiculous and just plain silly things regarding what they “think” the law says.

Just as an example, I actually had someone tell me that it is illegal to carry a gun in a church or a hospital, which is completely false. In reality, the laws in my state (Iowa) make absolutely no mention of any such restrictions. I’m not sure how these myths get started, but nonetheless, they are surely out there.

If you have a permit to carry, it is critically important that you know the laws in your state. I really can’t stress this enough. Knowing the laws in your state is more for your protection than anything else. If you get caught carrying where you’re not supposed to, you can have your permit revoked and possibly face criminal charges depending on the situation. As we all know, ignorance of the law is not a valid excuse, and it is the responsibility of the CCW permit holder to know and follow the laws in your state, or any state you may be traveling to.

So, with all the myths about gun laws floating around out there, and with every state having different gun laws, where is the best place to find accurate information? Fortunately, such a source exists. It is a website called Handgunlaw.us

Here is a screenshot of the home page.

As you can see, front and center there is a map of the good old USA. All you have to do is click on your state to find gun law information that is specific for your state. One other very important thing to notice on the home page is at the very top where it says “Last Update”. Since laws do change from time to time, the people that run this site are constantly keeping the site updated as the laws change. This way you know that the information you find on the site will be current and up to date with the most recent gun laws.

When you click on your state, a PDF document will open up containing everything there is to know about handgun laws in your state, including links to the actual statutes that are on the books in your state. One of the things that I really like is the “Reciprocity Map” on the top of each state page. The reciprocity map is an easy to read, color coded map that will tell you what other states will honor your CCW permit. This is especially helpful for traveling or going on vacation. When planning a trip you can easily and quickly find out if your CCW permit is honored in the states you’ll be traveling to.

The features that I’ve mentioned are really just the tip of the ice berg. There is a TON of other very useful and interesting information to explore. So, do yourself a favor and check out Handgunlaw.us, print out a copy of the laws for your state, and learn them backwards and forwards. Then the next time you hear someone perpetuating another gun law myth you can tell them what’s what.

Have a good one,



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  1. Gary Slider

    Thank you for the kind words about Handgunlaw.us

    We try to give the most comprehensive and up to date info as possible. Being able to do that takes time but we have to thank our readers for contacting us and telling us about changes in the different states. Many of the small changes in states laws don’t show up in the Gun News outlets. Without our readers support Handgunlaw.us would not be what it is today.

    Again thank you for your kind words about Handgunlaw.us and if you or any or your readers have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us by clicking on “Contact Us” at the bottom of the main page at http://www.handgunlaw.us

    Stay Safe,
    Gary Slider
    Co-Owner http://www.handgunlaw.us
    Member Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network.

    1. Tom

      Hi Gary,

      Thank you for taking the time to read my article. It is websites like yours that give clarity to the jumbled mess of information out there about gun laws. A truly valuable resource. That is also what I try to provide for my readers, which is a goal we both share. Thanks again, and if there’s anything I can do to help don’t hesitate to ask.

      Have a good one,


  2. Gary Slider


    Thank you. I run searches every day looking for mentions of Handgunlaw.us This helps me as people will get into discussions about information I have on the site. 99.9% of the mentions are very positive. But once in awhile I will have something that people don’t understand (What I write is not what people read) and it helps me to make sure what I have is understandable. Sometimes I don’t have enough of a law quoted that makes a difference. Sometimes I have to much or a link is broken or they have a better link. Those searches help me make the site better. When I read things like you wrote about the site I always like to say “Thank You.” Even when I get something negative I still say Thank you. Like I stated people giving me a heads up on law changes etc from our readers is the heart of Handgunlaw.us. Without that assistance Handgunlaw.us would not be what it is today.

    Stay safe, Gary Slider

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