Concealed Carry in as Many States as Possible

I went back to the shooting range yesterday with a friend, for more target practice.  Going every week got expensive, so it had been a couple weeks and I was practically going through withdrawal!  When my friend asked about going, I jumped at the chance.

After shooting, I got to thinking about my plans to get a CCL (concealed carry license).  They’re on hold because I’m trying to pace my survival spending.  Other things like food, water, and survival books will prove a much better investment should disaster strike sooner, rather than later.  However, it is a high priority for me simply because the process takes so long.  I might have a month-long wait to take the class, then up to 60 days for the permit itself to be issued.  If I ever want or need it, I doubt I’ll have 90 days advance notice.

As a Kansas resident, my concealed carry permit will allow me to carry a concealed handgun in 23 states.  That’s pretty good, almost half the country.  It’s because a lot of states have reciprocal concealed carry agreements, honoring each other’s licenses.  To me, this is smart.  If you trust that another state has done the due diligence to verify a person’s CCL-worthiness, it saves time and money.

Sadly, my home state of Nebraska doesn’t see it that way, which makes it the only neighboring state that doesn’t recognize a Kansas concealed carry permit.  They will also only issue a CCL to residents, so the only way to legally carry a concealed weapon in Nebraska is to live there and get the permit.  Nebraska is the state I travel to most, since my family lives there.

But that did get me thinking.  I’d read in Neil Strauss’ Emergency that he got his permit in Arizona, even though he was a California resident.  I found that a number of states will issue permits to nonresidents.  By combining the right permits, I could potentially gain a lot more ground!  I was right.  Getting a Texas concealed carry permit (where I also have family, and occasionally visit) would add nine states to my list.  If I chose Arizona instead of Texas, I’d have to make a special trip but it would give me all the Texas states plus three more.

All of the green states recognize a Kansas concealed carry permit.

All of the green states recognize a Kansas concealed carry permit.

The yellow states are what I would gain by getting a Texas concealed carry permit in addition to my Kansas CCL.

The yellow states are what I would gain by getting a Texas concealed carry permit in addition to my Kansas CCL.

The red states are the ones I'd add by getting an Arizona concealed carry permit as my second permit, instead of a Texas CCL.

The red states are the ones I'd add by getting an Arizona concealed carry permit as my second permit, instead of a Texas CCL.

As you can see, I have the ability to add a dozen states to my concealed carry list just by qualifying in one extra state.  This is almost three quarters of the country, and most of the non-participating states are in New England which is small, and unpleasant for conservatives like me anyway.

If you would like to play around with your concealed carry options, the best place is USA Carry’s Reciprocity Maps which use flash to generate a map of your options with just a couple clicks.

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One Response to “Concealed Carry in as Many States as Possible”

  1. Doug McCorkle Says:

    Very good site! Also the one about the Reciprocity Map was great. I am told (I do not have my CCL yet, cash flow issues) that Florida issues to non residents. As a mater of fact one of the ranges here (near Mcpherson Ks.) has the CCL class and for a few dollars more will also do the paperwork for Fl. If you go with FL you will get all of the other states Az offered plus Washington. Might as well grab all you can while you can. Now that Obamacare has passed, I suspect that gun control will be the next target.
    Thanks for the info. Hope you have your CCL by now.

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