4 States With Owner-Friendly Gun Laws

As a gun owner, I want to make sure that I live in a state that supports my constitutional rights. If you feel the same way about your weapons and your responsibility to protect your home and family, here's what you need to know about the states that have the most owner-friendly gun laws.

Arizona

This southwestern state has a sizable firearm industry and famously permissive gun statutes. Arizona allows all adults ages 21 and older to openly carry a firearm in public without a permit. The state does require an open carry permit for those ages 18 to 21.

For a concealed carry permit, you must be a U.S. citizen with no felony or mental health history. You must also complete a state-approved firearms safety course. Arizona allows concealed carry almost everywhere except:

  • Businesses that have a "No Weapons" sign
  • Bars and restaurants that serve alcohol
  • Areas where federal law prohibits weapons

Unlike in many states, you can also carry your gun in Arizona parks, forests and wildlife management areas.

Arizona does not require a background check for private sales of firearms. You do not have to inform a law enforcement officer that you have a gun during a traffic stop, but you do need to answer the question truthfully if he or she asks you.

Texas

The Lone Star State also has laws that protect gun owner rights. Texas prohibits denial of a concealed carry permit to anyone who meets all the legal requirements. The state also recognizes concealed carry permits from 47 other states.

Texas also has a stand your ground law, which allows individuals to use deadly weapons or force when threatened with violence. The state recognizes the castle doctrine, which allows the use of force to protect one's home.

If you rent your home, your landlord cannot prevent you or your guests from having weapons in certain areas of the residence. School districts may not have restrictions about how guns and ammunition can be stored in a vehicle in the school parking lot.

Idaho

Gun aficionados appreciate living in Idaho because of the friendly weapon laws. The state allows anyone to purchase a firearm without a license or registration of the weapon. Although Idaho issues carry permits, you do not need a permit to engage in either concealed or open carry as long as you are at least 18 years old. You can even carry your gun in restaurants in the state.

Individuals who cannot qualify to own a firearm in other states because of a previous mental health diagnosis can apply to own a gun in Idaho through the state's rights restoration process. Property owners cannot file noise complaints against nearby gun ranges if the range already existed when they bought the property.

Alaska

Not only do more gun owners live in Alaska than in any other state, but this rural paradise was also the first U.S. state to pass a law permitting carry without a permit. This regulation allows concealed carry for all Alaska residents who are at least 21 regardless of whether they have a permit. However, you must live in the state for at least 90 days before taking advantage of this law.

You must wait three years to carry a weapon after completing substance abuse treatment and six years after conviction for two or more misdemeanor offenses. The law includes provisions for legal concealed carry in weapons, state parks and private vehicles. However, the law will enforce "No Weapons" signs posted by businesses.

If you're in the process of building your survival armament but you live in a state with strict gun laws, you may want to think about a move to one of these states with a strong Second Amendment culture.

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Lawrence Gubernath - October 11, 2020 Reply

What about Ohio?

Alexander Weaver - October 11, 2020 Reply

I live in an open carry state presently but still feel uncomfortable carrying a weapon. While stationed and living in beautiful Arizona I carried my weapon openly while riding my motorcycle as it seemed to be a deterrent for ill-intent people who threw objects, mostly food products and liquids, out from open vehicle windows at motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians. I can honestly say I never had to draw my weapon in the five years I lived there.

Robert Mowery - October 11, 2020 Reply

You left out Oklahoma. As long as you are not a convicted Felon, you can open or conceal carry with no license needed.

Dan - November 7, 2020 Reply

Iowa has open carry too

Kevin Wayt - March 9, 2021 Reply

I thought NV was open carry as well…

Robert Nowicki - March 9, 2021 Reply

Damnit. I had my hopes set on Jersey, too.

Scotty Clark - March 9, 2021 Reply

Here in Tennessee it’s a Gun Friendly State you can carry your Gun anywhere in the State in your vehicle without a Permit they have a Law they’re wanting to pass you can even carry your Handgun anywhere without a Permit in Tennessee. Tennessee Respects the 2nd Amendment
Thanks

Clinton - March 9, 2021 Reply

I have had a CHL (Concealed Handgun Lisence) since Texas first passed the law. I attended classes and then had to qualify with a shooting passing score from all standard shooting positions. I have renewed my liscence for so many years that I can do it online without furthur testing, background checks, or etc. Even though Texas is an open carry state, I choose to use concealed carry rather than open carry. It attracts less attention if no one knows whether you are carrying or not. And I am proud to say I have never had to pull my weapon on anther person.

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