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The National Rifle Association continues to be the elephant in the room when it comes to National and States firearms legislation. Rather than us trying to keep you informed - Hit this link to the NRA Institute for Legislative Action.
Handgunlaw.us – 2/28/14 Late Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 California State Attorney General Kamala Harris filed a petition on behalf of the state to ask the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review and reverse its decision in Peruta vs. County of San Diego. This most likely means those few counties in California that stated they would issue permits for Self Defense will most likely put all those applications on hold until this is settled in the courts. Full Story Here: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/feb/27/california-attorney-general-tries-overturn-gun-car/
Handgunlaw.us - 2/27/14 - The Connecticut State Police has sent out letters to those who tried to register their so called assault weapons and standard capacity magazines but missed the deadline. Telling them they had to dispose of those firearms and magazines or be breaking the law. You can read the letter here. http://www.handgunlaw.us/documents/CT-PA13-220.jpg
Handgunlaw.us - 2/24/14 - No Appeal in San Diego Concealed Carry Case, “May Issue” Becomes “Shall Issue”. Earlier this month, a ruling by the Ninth US District Court of Appeals struck down restrictions in San Diego County, California over carrying concealed weapons. On Friday, San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore notified the County Board of Supervisors that he will not be seeking an appeal. LA Times article.
Handgunlaw.us - 2/21/14 - Virginia Now Honors Kansas. . . TN Parking Lot Storage Law
Virginia has added Kansas to the list of states it honors. This brings to 30 the number of states that Virginia honors. Kansas honors all other states Permit/Licenses. http://www.vsp.state.va.us/Firearms_Reciprocity.shtm
Handgunlaw.us - 2/5/14 – Delaware has removed Virginia as a state they honor. They had them listed for seven days. Handgunlaw.us does not know why they put them back and then took them off again. Delaware has done this in the past with two other states.
Handgunlaw.us - 1/31/14
Delaware has done it again. First they just moved their Reciprocity list to a new page today. They have also put Virginia back on the list of states they honor. They listed Virginia as a state they would honor for most of 2013 but stated that on December 7, 2013 they would drop them. They did remove Virginia from their list shortly after that date. Now Virginia is back on their listing as a state they will honor. I state this with my tongue firmly planted firmly in my cheek: Beau Biden, who has Joe Biden’s genes, is the AG of Delaware!
Here is a good article for everyone who carries and travels should read. Other states most likely have a similar system and have collected data from the other states on who has a permit/licenses to carry. http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2014/01/16/driving-through-maryland-how-the-lawful-florida-gun-owner-was-targeted-hint-maryland-coordination-and-analysis-center/Handgunlaw.us also needs your assistance. There are so many bills in the different state legislatures that keeping track of all of them by myself is getting to be almost impossible. Especially the ones that are only small changes to the firearm laws in that state. If a law changes in your state I ask for a heads up from you on that change. The state and bill # are all I need. If there is a change please drop me an email at email@example.com and let me know. Your assistance would be greatly appreciated. www.handgunlaw.us will be updated late this evening or early tomorrow with changes listed above.
Handgunlaw.us – 1/6/14
Ohio and Arizona signed a Reciprocity Agreement many years back and it came to our attention that the way it was worded Ohio would only honor the Arizona Resident permit. No one in either office was sure how that wording got in the agreement. Ohio didn’t seem to care about it but would tell people that was the law as agreed to. Ohio would not put on their website that they would only honor the Arizona Resident Permit so it really didn’t matter to them but that was the agreement. Ohio and Arizona have signed a new agreement and have removed that reference so Ohio will now honor Resident and Non-Resident permit/license issued by the state of Arizona. You can read the Agreement Here.
Wisconsin will honor the Missouri License issued/renewed on or after 8/28/13. The reason WI only honors those after the date is the way Missouri conducts background checks. This is the 4th state Wisconsin honors by a given date the permit/license was issued. Missouri Honors all other states permit/licenses. http://www.doj.state.wi.us/dles/cib/conceal-carry/reciprocity
Though a court struck down the NY law that only allowed 7 rounds max to be loaded in a 10 rd mag one Prosecuting Attorney in NY has stated that only effects one part of the state and the law is still in effect in other parts of the state. It was just the NY Eastern Division Court that ruled on this matter. NY could also at any time get a stay in that ruling. Handgunlaw.us recommends you only load 7 rds in a mag in NY until this is finally settled. Use Caution! A link to the ruling can be found here: http://www.handgunlaw.us/documents/agopinions/NYDisCtRulingOn7RdMags.pdf
I have updated the Knife Law Document adding the knife laws for about 80 more cities. That makes over 500 cities listed in the document. This listing only applies to [b] “Folding Type Knives.”[/b] The whole law is not listed but gives you the main points and a link to read the entire law. http://www.handgunlaw.us/documents/USKnife.pdf You can access this link on www.handgunlaw.us by putting your mouse pointer over the Global Links at the top of the page “Knife Law Links” and that opens seven links below it. Click on “Knife Law Links” there to view the document. I went through 3000+ cities ordinances looking for additions. Do be aware that all cities that have knife laws are not listed. These are just the ones I could find.
New Mexico - 01/03/14 - Gun Control Measure Pre-Filed for 2014 Session of the New Mexico Legislature. Anti-gun state Representative Miguel Garcia (D- Bernalillo) has introduced House Bill 44, legislation which criminalizes non-dealer firearm transfers at gun shows and takes the first step towards a universal ban on private gun sales, for the upcoming 30-day legislative session that begins on January 21st. The bill mirrors the version of House Bill 77 that was being debated on the floor of the state Senate when the 2013 session was gaveled to a close before a final vote on the measure. To view a copy of HB 44, click here http://www.nmlegis.gov/Sessions/14%20Regular/bills/house/HB0044.pdf
For more information Click here.
Handgunlaw.us - 12/23/13 - Handgunlaw.us wants to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Due to the Holidays and family matters our next update will most likely be in early 2014.
West Virginia/Alabama - 12/14/13 - The West Virginia Attorney General is reporting that West Virginia will now honor Alabama. This brings to 30 the number of states West Virginia Honors. Alabama honors all other states Permit/Licenses. http://www.wvago.gov/gunrecep.cfm
Mississippi - 12/14/13 - The Mississippi Attorney General has put out an opinion on where those with an Enhanced Mississippi
Permit can carry and also addresses city restrictions and open carry. You can read the part that just talks about where those with just an Enhanced Permits can carry Here: http://www.handgunlaw.us/documents/agopinions/MSAGOpinionWhereEnhancedPermitHoldersCanCarry.pdf
and the whole opinion here: http://www.handgunlaw.us/documents/agopinions/MSAGOpiniontoClarifyGunCarry.pdf
Florida - 12/14/13 - The Florida 1st District Court of Appeals ruled that State Colleges/Universities in Florida can’t have rules/regulations about securing firearms in your vehicle in their parking areas. The Univ of N. Florida was sued in court and the court ruled that they could not ban or have restrictions for Guests/Students/Faculty from storing firearms in their locked vehicles in their parking areas. This ruling applies to all State supported Colleges/Universities. Private Colleges/Universities can have rules that apply to Students/Faculty on storing firearms in their vehicles on Private College/University property but that person is not breaking a law but only a school rule and they could be expelled or fired for breaking that Private Schools rule. You can read the ruling
Illinois - 12/14/13 - The Illinois State Police have added additional Information to their website for applicants. You can see their latest info Here: https://ccl4illinois.com/ccw/public/home.aspx
Delaware - Drops Virginia 12/6/13. On Dec. 7 2013 Delaware will no longer honor Virginia. Virginia has not made any public statement if they will drop Delaware. Delaware has had Dec 7, 2013 posted on their website for the last 9 or 10 months stating, “Virginia reciprocity will be revoked on December 7, 2013.´I do not know why they dropped them or why they kept honoring them when posting a date that they would drop them so far in the future. http://attorneygeneral.delaware.gov/crime/concealedweapons.shtml
North Dakota - Now Honors Mississippi 12/6/13. The North Dakota is now reporting they have reciprocity with Mississippi. This agreement has been held up for reasons unknown as Mississippi has honored all states for the last few months. North Dakota will honor any state that honors them. http://www.ag.state.nd.us/BCI/CW/reciprocity.htm
Mississippi - 12/6/13. Mississippi Attorney General has released an opinion on where Mississippi Residents with an Enhanced Permit can carry. You can see the Opinion at this link. http://www.handgunlaw.us/documents/agopinions/MSAGOpinionWhereEnhancedPermitHoldersCanCarry.pdf
Handgunlaw.us - 11/22/13 Illinois Does Not Honor Oklahoma . . . Alabama AG Incorrect Info
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) which issues OK Licenses to Carry is reporting on their Reciprocity Page listing that Illinois honors Oklahoma. Illinois WILL NOT honor an Oklahoma License to Carry for general carry in Illinois. Talking via phone to OSBI they understand that IL will only honor the OK License to Carry in a vehicle but they state it is the License holders responsibility to read that Illinois will only honor the Oklahoma License as long as the person stays in their vehicle while in Illinois. The way they have it listed along with the other states listed many Oklahoma residents seeing the listing may believe they can carry in Illinois. They stated they will not note on their website that the OK License is only valid while in their vehicle and again stated it was the persons responsibility to know the law in Illinois if they were going to carry there. http://www.ok.gov/osbi/Handgun_Licensing/Reciprocity/index.html
The Alabama Attorney General has still not updated his website with the new Alabama law that went into effect almost 4 months ago 8/1/13. He is still stating that Alabama will only honor those states that honor Alabama (New AL law has universal recognition) AG site still states a person can’t even transport a handgun secured and unloaded without a permit. (They can without a permit now if unloaded and secured. Alabama is even Shall Issue now) All three emails I have sent them asking when they are going to update their website have gone unanswered. http://ago.alabama.gov/Page-Gun-Reprocity-Law
The Alabama District Attorneys Association and the Alabama Sheriffs Association working together put out a synopsis on the new law 5 days before it even went into effect and they have it all spelled out. The AG still can’t update his website even when it is pointed out to him. Here is what the Alabama District Attorneys and Sheriffs Association have put out. http://www.walkercountysheriff.com/uploads/3/0/9/5/3095346/analysisofact2013-283.pdf
Handgunlaw.us - 11/1/13
West Virginia now honors Iowa. West Virginia will add more states but no time table has been given on when they will add them to their list. Iowa honors all other states. West Virginia “SHOULD” add Alabama, Indiana, Montana, Nebraska and Nevada in the coming months. Reason being those states already honor West Virginia and West Virginia just has to go through the process of getting an agreement or something in writing from that states “Governor” stating they honor the West Virginia permit for West Virginia to honor them.
Illinois New Carry Law Section 40. Non-resident license applications.
(a) For the purposes of this Section, "non-resident" means a person who has not resided within this State for more than 30 days and resides in another state or territory.
(b) The Department shall by rule allow for non-resident license applications from any state or territory of the United States with laws related to firearm ownership, possession, and carrying, that are substantially similar to the requirements to obtain a license under this Act.
(c) A resident of a state or territory approved by the Department under subsection (b) of this Section may apply for a non-resident license. The applicant shall apply to the Department and must meet all of the qualifications established in Section 25 of this Act, except for the Illinois residency requirement in item (xiv) of paragraph (2) of subsection (a) of Section 4 of the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act.
So it looks like Illinois will have to approve a state before a resident of that state can apply for a non resident permit in Illinois. The list could be very long or it could be very short. I have seen posts with non-residents wondering if they should take the class now and apply early or wait. Handgunlaw.us advises all non residents to wait to take the class as it could be a waste of money if your resident state is not on the approved list.
Handgunlaw.us - 10/28/13 - Second Notice:
Handgunlaw.us has broken down the “Who Honors My Permit” into two separate documents and has put a link to each page in the “Top Left Panel”. The “Who Honors My Permit” link has been removed. What you will now see is “St. Honoring My Lic.” and “Lic. My State Honors”. This change means you only see the page with the appropriate information. This also allows us to remove the Notice Page that required another mouse click to see the chart. Size constraints make it impossible for us to make the titles for the links longer without a major change in the layout of our Index Page. We believe this will be more convenient for our readers. You are welcome to print those documents but be aware that each requires legal size paper (8.5” X 14”) set to print in landscape mode for them to print correctly. This size had to be used to keep each listing on one page.
Handgunlaw.us - 10/28/13
West Virginia and New Hampshire have signed a reciprocity agreement. This makes 28 states that West Virginia will honor and 23 who New Hampshire will honor. On a side note I live in West Virginia and talk to the person in Charleston who is responsible for obtaining agreements. With West Virginia’s new law they can sign with anyone who will sign with them. I talked to him about 3 weeks ago and ask why they haven’t talked to New Hampshire yet. He didn’t know why but would check on it. Looks like he did.
A Pennsylvania Court has ruled that a resident of Pennsylvania must have a “Valid Pennsylvania Permit/License” to carry in Pennsylvania. Residents can’t carry on a non resident permit/license that Pennsylvania honors anymore. A very small number of Pennsylvania residents were doing this. The Pennsylvania AG has been amending reciprocity agreements with the wording that only that states “Resident Permit” is valid in Pennsylvania. You can see the Court Decision here: http://www.handgunlaw.us/documents/agopinions/PASuperiorCtPAResidentsMustHavePAPermit.pdf
On Oct 31 www.handgunlaw.us may be offline for brief periods. Our server is being updated to a new and more powerful server. If you have trouble reaching the site then, you now know why. Simply wait a little bit - 10 minutes or so - and try again. There should only be a minimum of interruption of service - if any at all.
Handgunlaw.us - 10/25/13
Virginia will now honor the Idaho Enhanced Permit. Idaho issues two types of permits. Regular and Enhanced. The Enhanced takes additional training. Idaho did this so they could get more Reciprocity. NV, SC, NM and now VA honor only the Idaho Enhanced. Idaho honors all other states permit/licenses.
Illinois – The Illinois State Police have published a listing of acceptable previous training they will accept towards the required 16 hours of training needed to get a carry permit. You can see that listing here: http://www.isp.state.il.us/firearms/ccw/CCWPriorTrainingCredit.pdf
To keep up with information about IL and carry info issued by the IL State Police this is the site to keep your eye on. http://www.isp.state.il.us/firearms/ccw/ccw-index.cfm
I also received an email from a gentleman who sent me the reply from the Illinois State Police. He didn’t want me to use any info that could identify him because of his position. He ask if Illinois Honored any other states permit/licenses. Here is the response concerning non residents traveling through Illinois:
“Out of state residents (who do not have a concealed carry license in their
state) traveling through Illinois with a firearm must transport it unloaded,
enclosed in a case, and not easily accessible to them in the vehicle. If
the individual has a concealed carry license in their state of residence,
they can transport the firearm loaded and anywhere in the vehicle. It must
remain in the vehicle and must be locked away if they exit the vehicle.”
This is not the last word on how they will interrupt their law but it looks like it is turning out just as I feared. Illinois would require a permit/license from your home state before they would honor it while traveling through Illinois.
Arkansas – Things are still in flux in Arkansas on Open Carry being legal and state RKBA’s Organizations are still saying that Arkansas is now a permitless carry state. There have been open carry marches with no arrests that I am aware of. Handgunlaw.us is still recommending you not open carry or carry without a valid permit/license until this is settled in the courts which I believe is what it will take.
Handgunlaw.us - 10/18/13
ILLINOIS: The Administrative Rules for how the IL State Police will administer the IL Carry Permits are in the process of being written. Until they are completed we will not have the exact procedures for application. They are wanting fingerprints to be supplied electronically but the law states if fingerprints are not part of the application they must accept it but they have 30 additional days to issue the Permit. The Illinois State Police are stating now that you can start applying on or about January 10, 2014.
Illinois has also come up with a standardized “No Gun Sign” for places that post their property. You can view the Info and see an image of the sign here: http://www.isp.state.il.us/firearms/ccw/ccw-index.cfm ; In my opinion the sign is too small. If you are interested in keeping up with what the IL State Police are putting out about their new carry law this link is the link to bookmark.
CONNECTICUT. The Connecticut Citizens Defense League is reporting that the way the law is worded that you can carry a declared Higher Capacity magazine in your firearm but it can only be loaded with 10 rounds. Connecticut’s law requiring a magazine be “within” the firearm “limits the number of declared ‘large capacity magazines’ one is able to carry, along with the number of bullets it can contain. So it looks like if you carry spare magazines they have to be 10 round or less type magazines or you are in violation of the law. You can’t under the law carry a higher capacity magazine only loaded with 10 rounds unless it is “Within” the firearm. Will this matter to authorities? No one is sure but that is the way the law is worded. The Law states: (7) Pursuant to a valid permit to carry a pistol or revolver, provided such large capacity magazine (A) is within a pistol or revolver that was lawfully possessed by the person prior to the effective date of this section, (B) does not extend beyond the bottom of the pistol grip, and (C) contains not more than ten bullets. http://ccdl.us/blog/2013/10/10/what-did-governor-malloy-say/
Handgunlaw.us – 9/26/13 -
Arkansas passed a new law this year stating they would honor all other states permit/licenses. Yesterday Handgunlaw.us received information that Arkansas was telling Idaho they would not honor their Permit as they issued a Weapons Permit and not a Handgun Permit. Arkansas told them they would only honor Handgun permits. After going to the Idaho State Police site that had this document posted Handgunlaw.us contacted Arkansas Carry and told them what their State Police were telling other states. Handgunlaw.us also contacted two other parties that could have influence with the Arkansas State Police.
Within 36 hours of Handgunlaw.us making these contacts and letting people know what the Arkansas State Police were stating the Arkansas State Police had reversed their policy. They have sent another letter to Idaho telling Idaho they would honor their permit/licenses. All this in 36 hours. Arkansas Carry was the main driving force behind the AR State Police changing their policy.
The Two links below explain what they were stating. The first link is their first correspondence with Idaho. The second link is their follow up in less than 36 hours after it was brought to people’s attention what they were doing. The first correspondence is no longer available on the Idaho Site. The second correspondence is now posted there.
You can also view what Arkansas Carry had to state about this and what the results were Here.
Handgunlaw.us - 9/20/13 - No Reciprocity Between SC and Idaho Enhanced Permit!!!!
I just heard from the State of Idaho and South Carolina has not returned a signed agreement for South Carolina and the Idaho Enhanced Permit. Idaho told me they have sent two draft agreements to South Carolina with no response. The Idaho State Police have been instructed to remove their reference that South Carolina honors the Idaho Enhanced. South Carolina has always been very slow at responding to every state that has contacted them from all that I hear.
There could be reciprocity for SC/Idaho Enhanced in the future but not at this moment. Do be aware that the NRA and It looks to me like Legal Heat (From their Facebook Page) are reporting that South Carolina Honors the Idaho Enhanced. NO AGREEMENT EXISTS AT THIS TIME!
Handgunlaw.us - 9/20/13 - VA Drops MO. . . MO AG Site Updated . . . AL AG Out of Date Info …
Virginia has removed Missouri www.vsp.state.va.us/Firearms_Reciprocity.shtm from the list of states they honor. I do not know the reason why they removed Missouri. Missouri honors all other states permit/licenses. This is what the Virginia Citizens Defense League www.vcdl.org/ sent out in an updated about this:
“ Missouri concealed handgun permits are no longer honored in Virginia. I have not yet had time to see what happened. But we need to fix this situation permanently by honoring ALL other permits. VCDL will work yet again to get such a bill passed during the next General Assembly session.”
The Missouri AG was still listing Nevada and Virginia as states that honor their Permit/License to Carry. I contacted them last Friday and Monday they updated their listing. The Missouri AG doesn’t have someone watching all those other states. They were listing those states to assist their residents to keep them informed of where their Missouri Permit/License was valid.
But then the Alabama AG has not updated his web site http://ago.alabama.gov/Page-Gun-Reprocity-Law Starting Aug 1 Alabama honored all other states. His web site doesn’t show that. No reply from an email to him on why the delay on updating his site. One AL Sheriff has it worded on his FAQs www.madisoncountyal.gov/sheriff/pistolfaq.html Another has the new law posted on his site. www.montgomerysheriff.com/Sites/Montgomery_County/Documents/Sheriff/Act%202013-283%20Gun%20Bill.pdf I know the difficulties of keeping info up to date and States have a lot more pages to watch over than I do. Many times they just need a heads up and they take care of it. Can’t fix something if you don’t know it’s broken.
Handgunlaw.us - 9/12/2013 - Where the comments below specifically relate to Colorado and Western States - it serves as an advisory to all those elected officials in every state that "We The People" have chosen and elected to serve as our representatives that failing to follow the will of their constituients can provoke a recall of their seats.
Politicians in so-called “blue states” out west should take notice: Colorado voters sent a strong message on Tuesday in the recall elections of two Democratic State Senators who voted for restrictive firearms laws during their most recent legislative session. Backers of the recall were able to oust the incumbents despite a personal contribution of $350,000 from leading gun control advocate New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to a Democratic issues committee and extensive ground support from Organizing for America. With the loss of those two seats, Democrats now only hold the upper chamber in that state by a one-vote margin going into the 2014 elections.
Handgunlaw.us - 9/12/2013 - NC . . . DC & Empty Brass . . ID/SC Reciprocity . . . IL Car Carry & Laser Sights
North Carolina laws will change the 1st of Oct. The big one is carry in restaurants. Restrictions on some places we are not allowed to carry will be removed. North Dakota passed a new law and they now have restaurant carry. I never saw one word in print about North Dakota and them passing Restaurant Carry. South Carolina is the only state that doesn’t allow restaurant carry of some type now. The NC Page will be updated at Handgunlaw.us on or about Aug 1.
Emily Miller of the Washington Post (Emily Get Your Gun) has a new book out and she states in her book that DC Police have been advised to arrest anyone who has any cartridge components in a vehicle that are accessible to anyone in the vehicle. If you have an empty shell casing, primer, powder that is the same as having loaded ammunition and in DC you have to have a license to possess ammo. I checked out their laws and it is posted below. It is a big fine and could be a year in jail. Be careful!
DC Code § 7-2501.01. Definitions http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/dccode/
(2) "Ammunition" means cartridge cases, shells, projectiles (including shot), primers, bullets (including restricted pistol bullets), propellant powder, or other devices or materials designed, redesigned, or intended for use in a firearm or destructive device.
DC Code § 7-2506.01. Persons Permitted to Possess Ammunition
(a) No person shall possess ammunition in the District of Columbia unless:
(1) He is a licensed dealer pursuant to subchapter IV of this unit;
(2) He is an officer, agent, or employee of the District of Columbia or the United States of America, on duty and acting within the scope of his duties when possessing such ammunition;
(3) He is the holder of a valid registration certificate for a firearm pursuant to subchapter II of this chapter; except, that no such person shall possess restricted pistol bullets;
(4) He holds an ammunition collector's certificate on September 24, 1976; or
(5) He temporarily possesses ammunition while participating in a firearms training and safety class conducted by a firearms instructor.
I keep getting emails saying Idaho has signed an agreement for their “Enhanced Permit Only” with SC. There is no agreement yet. I have contacted the ID State Police who forwarded me to the Attorney Generals Office and am awaiting a return call from them. Nothing since I called them Friday Sept 6th. The ID State Police jumped the gun on listing this. Pun intended. There is no direct link to the ID State Police Listing you have to get to it as described below and see for yourself.
Go to this Link: http://www.isp.idaho.gov/BCI/index.html
Click on “License to Carry Concealed Weapon.” When the widow opens below click on “CWL Reciprocity with other States” at the bottom of the window. On that page it shows Reciprocity with South Carolina. Click on South Carolina and you will see the communications between ID and SC. As the communications state ID sent them a draft agreement which SC requires to honor someone but nothing after that. Nothing from SC showing a signed agreement. On other states in that list it shows the actual letters stating they honor ID or a signed agreement. There is nothing like that there from SC. I have informed Major Weir of SLED (by email) about what the Idaho State Police are stating telling him. I would hate to see a good guy/gal get arrested by just following what their state police is telling them. I have not heard back from him.
The ID State Police had that listing there since mid July. SC Just added New Mexico to the list of states they honor and if they had a signed agreement with ID they would have added them also. No Agreement has been signed and delivered yet so SC does not honor the Enhanced ID Permit at this time. They will as soon as they have a signed agreement. SC has been slow in the past with the paperwork.
Illinois law allows those with a valid permit/license in their home state to keep that loaded firearm on their person if traveling through Illinois in a vehicle. If you must stop and leave the vehicle you can store the loaded firearm in a closed container in a locked vehicle. If you wish to store it in the trunk or back of the vehicle you have to unload it before exiting the vehicle. The wording in the law states if you can legally carry a firearm in your home state you can carry in your vehicle in Illinois. Handgunlaw.us is stating at this time that you should have a permit/license from your state of residence before carrying in a vehicle while traveling through IL. The Administrative Rules have not been written yet and for IL to know what states allow permitless carry, Carry on another states permit/license etc etc is a huge task and I don’t see them doing it. I expect them to state a permit/license from your state of residence or if we get lucky any valid permit/license. Until they do write the Admin Rules Handgunlaw.us will continue to recommend you not carry in a vehicle in IL without a resident permit/license. For more information on carry in a vehicle see the RV/Car Carry Section of the IL page at www.handgunlaw..us
Also Chicago and Cicero Illinois have Ordinances that ban Laser Sites. I have checked other cities in IL for such ordinances but I can’t check every city. Be Careful! Chicago PD has been advised to confiscate any firearms with attached Lasers. IL Preemption states that the state has preemption on Firearms and Ammunition. It doesn’t mention accessories. Chicago is in the process of rewriting their firearm laws to comply with the new state preemption and I am hearing that this is being removed in the new ordinance but looking at the bill I do not see this being removed. If they don’t remove it I see a court case settling it one way or the other. Use Caution! http://www.handgunlaw.us/documents/ChicagoPDLetterToLEOsOnNewCarryLaw.pdf
Chicago and Laser Sights! http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/ah/supp_info/rules_and_ordinances/ordinance_.html
8-20-060 Possession of a Laser Sight Accessory, Firearm Silencer or Muffler.
(a) It is unlawful for any person to carry, possess, display for sale, sell or otherwise transfer any laser sight accessory, or a firearm silencer or muffler.
(b) The provisions of this section shall not apply to any members of the armed forces of the United States, or the organized militia of this or any other state, or peace officers, to the extent that any such person is otherwise authorized to acquire or possess a laser sight accessory, or firearm silencer or muffler, and is acting within the scope of his duties.
(c) Any laser sight accessory, or firearm silencer or muffler, carried, possessed, displayed or sold in violation of this section is hereby declared to be contraband and shall be seized by and forfeited to the city.
Cicero and Laser Sights. http://www.municode.com/Library/IL/Cicero
Sec. 62-195. Laser sight accessories.
(a) Definition. The term "laser sight accessory" means a laser sighting device which is either integrated into a firearm or capable of being attached to a firearm.
(b) Possession of laser sight accessories prohibited. No person shall sell, offer or display for sale, give, lend, transfer ownership of, acquire or possess any laser sight accessory in the town provided, that this section shall not apply to any members of the armed forces of the United States, or the organized militia of this or any other state and police officers as defined in this Code to the extent that any such person is otherwise authorized to acquire or possess a laser sight accessory and is acting within the scope of his duties.
I have found two other cities that ban firearm lasers. Many other cities have ordinances against illuminating a person or property with a laser. Again there could be more cities that ban lasers.
Roselle, Illinois Sec. 13-9. http://www.municode.com/Library/IL/Roselle
Thornton, Illinois Sec. 10-1-13 http://www.municode.com/Library/IL/Thornton
Handgunlaw.us - 9/9/2013 - SC/NM Reciprocity . . . Warning!! . . . Mississippi Open Carry. . . CO Election
South Carolina and New Mexico have signed a reciprocity agreement. SC requires signed agreements while NM has honored SC for some time now.
Again I need to post a warning. Nevada has dropped both Missouri and Rhode Island as states they honor. Pennsylvania has stopped honoring Idaho. Other RKBA’s groups out there are still reporting that NV honors MO and RI and that PA honors ID. Be careful!
The Mississippi Supreme Court has struck down the lower court order putting a hold on Open Carry in Mississippi. Everyone knew that was the only logical decision the court could make but everyone had to wait for the decision.
Handgunlaw.us has just completed checking all the links on all the state pages and major documents on the site. The updated files will be uploaded to the site late Friday or early Saturday. We try to check all the links every 6 months. (There are over 1000 links on all those documents.) The one thing that really frustrates me on any site I visit is clicking on a link and getting an error page or page not found. If you find a broken link on Handgunlaw.us I ask that you click on contact us at the bottom of the main page and let me know. I just need to know it no longer is working. I can take it from there. Thank you!
www.handgunlaw.us ; does not get political and just reports the laws. That doesn’t mean we don’t have strong beliefs about the RKBA’s! The Colorado recall election is extremely important as can be seen by the amount of money being poured in from outside sources on both sides of the issue. This is one we MUST WIN!!! This will send a message to all other politicians that they must respect our rights or pay a huge price! Help in any way you can as the outcome will affect us all!
Alabama – 8/7/13 - August 1 Alabama’s new laws went into effect. The state is now officially “Shall Issue.” Open Carry wording was added making the carrying of a visible firearm not an offense of any type. Alabama will now honor all other states permit/licenses. Applicants can now obtain Licenses that are valid for up to 5 years.
North Dakota – 8/7/13 -Their new law states that they will not issue a Non-Resident Permit/License to a resident of any state that does not have reciprocity in their law or who doesn’t honor their Permit/License. Also they passed Restaurant Carry. You can carry in an establishment that serves alcohol as long as you stay in the Restaurant part and the restaurant part does not restrict those under 21 from that part of the establishment. North Dakota also added Nevada to the list of states they will honor.
Nevada - 8/7/13 -Nevada Has Dropped Missouri and Rhode Island from the list of states they honor. They have added Idaho Enhanced and North Dakota Class 1 Permit/Licenses to the list of states they honor.
West Virginia - 8/7/13 -West Virginia Law has changed and they are now allowed to honor anyone who honors them. They have added Idaho to the list of states they honor and in the coming weeks should add more. Until they add a state to their official listing that state is not honored.
Arkansas – 8/7/13 -Their new law goes into effect August 16, 2013. At that time Arkansas will honor all other states permit/licenses. They also have changed their wording on what a journey is and other word changes. Some in the RKBA’s community are stating that Arkansas will be a Permitless Carry state. Those in authority state it does not allow Permitless Carry everywhere. There will be court cases over the coming months if not into years about their new law. Until they get everything ironed out I would not carry in Arkansas without a valid permit/license.
North Carolina – 8/7/13 -Getting lots of email about North Carolina and their new laws. The new law does not go into effect until October 1, 2013. Until that time NC law is the same as it was last year. Their new law does allow for Restaurant Carry but again it does not go into effect until October 1, 2013.
Alabama - 7/26/13 - Starting August 1, 2013 Alabama will honor all other states permit/licenses.
West Virginia – 7/26/13 - West Virginia now honors Idaho. West Virginia changed their laws on how they will honor other states and will be adding more states to the list of states they honor in the coming months.
Handgunlaw.us - June 14, 2013
July 1 Kansas will honor all other states permit/licenses. August 1 Alabama will honor all other states permit/Licenses. July 12 West Virginia will start honoring all states that honor them. West Virginia will honor about 11 more states. I will not add these states as being honored by West Virginia until the AG lists them. Many Police Officers go by the AG listing. I do believe WV will be very proactive in getting those states listed quickly.
August 16 Arkansas will honor all other states permit/licenses. Others have reported July 17 as I have reported in the past. Now I am not sure. Arkansas states bills passed will take effect 90 days after the legislature adjourns. The Arkansas Legislature adjourned May 17, 2013 so that would make the effective date on or about August 16. Unless Handgunlaw.us receives confirmation on an earlier date it will report the new law as effective August 16.
There are other changes coming in the following months. Idaho will start issuing an Enhanced Permit/License which will make their permit/license more acceptable for other states to honor. Idaho already honors all other states permit/licenses. Illinois has major changes coming. Restrictions on Magazines and certain firearms have been passed in a few states. Other states are making their Permit/License info private. Plus there are many bills still pending in some state legislatures that could have major changes in places where a permit/license holder can carry and how permit/licenses are issued. These changes will be added as appropriate or on their effective date.
I have also had compute problems and have received a new computer. The Programs we use to update the site have been updated and I have been working with them to become more familiar with them. You may have received an e-mail stating the site was updated and nothing showed up on the Updates Page etc. This happened as I was learning the new program and made a few cosmetic changes to make sure I can use the program properly. I should have mentioned that at the time. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
Handgunlaw.us – 4/22/13 – Update to State Pages
There are about ten states that only issue what would be a Non-Resident Permit/License to Military stationed in their state. On the state page maps for those states I have marked the states that only except that states Resident Permit/License. Military personnel when in the Armed Services can keep their Home of Record Drivers License. Though their numbers would be small when compared to those issued to residents they need to know the facts when carrying when in those states that only honor Resident Permit/Licenses.
Handgunlaw.us - 4/19/13 - Updates
Starting July 1, 2013 Kansas will honor all other states permit/licenses. Kansas has also amended their firearm laws to allow carry in state and municipal buildings unless they are posted and have security.
Starting late July 2013 Arkansas will honor all other states permit/licenses. The exact date is not set as the law takes effect 90 days after the legislature adjourns.
It looks like the Alabama Legislature will also pass universal recognition in the near future. It passed the house with a huge majority and from all I hear the Senate will pass it and the Governor will sign it. This bill also makes Alabama a Shall Issue state and would make Permit/licenses valid from 1 to 5 years at the request of the Applicant.
West Virginia also has a bill that has passed one house by a huge majority. This bill would change West Virginia Reciprocity from they must have a signed agreement and the state must have certain restrictions to If you honor us we will honor you.
Other states have passed restrictions on the type of firearms people can own/possess/purchase and the size of Magazines a firearm can contain or the amount of ammo that can be loaded in a firearm. This info has been added to the Restrictions section of each states page if applicable.
To view other updated items on www.handgunlw.us go to the Updates Page at http://www.handgunlaw.us/updates.htm There you will find a list of all the lastest changes on www.handgunlaw.us
Texas - 4/14/13 -Texas Senate to Consider Bill Targeting Out-of-State Carry Licenses
Are you, or is someone you know, a Concealed Handgun Licensee looking to relocate to Texas from a neighboring state? Or are you, or is someone you know, a former neighboring state resident with a CHL who has already moved to Texas? Be aware of the implications of a bill making its way through the process in the Texas Legislature.
SB 481 could be voted on by the Texas Senate late Tuesday morning. It states that a person's carry license issued by another state may not be recognized in and will not be valid in Texas if the person has established a domicile in the Lone Star State. ("Domicile" is defined as the place where a person has the person's true, fixed and permanent home and principle residence and to which the person intends to return whenever absent.)
In other words, licensees from other states who move to Texas and establish residency would automatically lose the validity of their out-of-state licenses, as well as the money and time spent invested in obtaining them. For instance, say a resident of New Mexico, 15 hours of training which can cost between $150 and $250 to obtain a license in that state, then spends $100 paid to New Mexico to obtain a license from the state. Then one year into his four year license, his employer transfers him to or relocates to Texas. Under SB 481, he would have to take another 10-15 hours of training and pay at least, another $140 to obtain a Texas CHL in order to lawfully protect himself as soon as he establishes residency, foregoing the 3 years left on his New Mexico carry permit. Currently, he could enjoy the benefits of reciprocity until his out-of-state license expired. Not under SB 481.
Texas prides itself on attracting businesses to start or relocate there. Employees, or those seeking job opportunities, often follow. Those who have concealed handgun licenses from other states will have to spend a great deal of time and money becoming "legal" in the Lone Star State if SB 481 does pass.
Contact State Senators and urge them to OPPOSE SB 481!
Missouri - 4/13/13 - Missouri Secretly Shares Entire CCW List With Feds Against State Law!
Missouri State Senator Kurt Schaefer confirmed today that the Missouri Highway Department did in fact share confidential CCW lists with the federal government in violation of Missouri law. The Missouri State Highway Patrol has twice turned over the entire list of Missouri concealed weapon permit holders to federal authorities, most recently in January, Sen. Kurt Schaefer said Wednesday. Questioning in the Senate Appropriations Committee revealed that on two occasions, in November 2011 and again in January, the patrol asked for and received the full list from the state Division of Motor Vehicle and Driver Licensing. Schaefer later met in his office with Col. Ron Replogle, superintendent of the patrol.
Handgunlaw.us strongly suggests that ALL Concealed Licensees follow this story, understand and demand your licensing information be held in confidence in states that have legislated that protection into their statutes. We must hold our state officials accountable for these egregious violations of our rights legally granted. I can not state how reprehensible Gov. Nixon and his elected and appointed officials are for this malfeasance of office.
If you live in MO, make your voice heard to force action to protect any further violations of the law in your state.
Handgunlaw.us - 4/2/13 - NM, AK, FL, PA, WI, Pages Updated with Reciprocity Updates and Court Decisions.
New Mexico has added Alaska to the list of states it will honor. New Mexico is moving in the right direction after a year ago dropping all the states it honored but 5 and then reposting most of them after political pressure was put on those in charge of the Firearms Unit. AK has Constitutional Carry and anyone 21 or older who can legally own a firearm can carry one concealed. With Constitutional Carry AK doesn’t need to make a statement that they will honor all other states permit/licenses but they do. http://www.dps.nm.org/index.php/nm-concealed-carry/reciprocity-agreements/
New MexicoWas stating it would only honor permit/licenses from the states it honors if the person was a U.S. Citizen. Residents Aliens were denied permit/licenses and NM DPS was stating they would not honor a permit/license from the states they honored if the person was a Resident Alien. The U.S. District Court for NM issued an Injunction against the NM DPS for not issuing to Residents Aliens in NM. That Order Stated:It Is Therefore Hereby Ordered that Plaintiffs’ Motion for Preliminary Injunction is Granted and Defendant Hubbard is preliminarily enjoined from enforcing the citizenship provision in Section 29-19-14(A)(1) of the Concealed Handgun Carry Act pending resolution of this action. SO ORDERED this 30th day of March, 2013 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Residents Aliens with a Permit/License that NM Honors should still use caution before carrying in NM.
The Injunction can be read Here: http://www.handgunlaw.us/documents/agopinions/USDisCtForNewMexicoResidentAliensPermitIssue.pdf
Pennsylvania announced it had signed a new agreement with Florida and no longer honors the FL Non-Resident. Rereading the Agreements Pennsylvania’s Agreement with Maine states the same thing. PA will only Honor the Maine Resident Permit. I have contacted the PA AG asking them to note these issues for FL and ME on their website. http://www.attorneygeneral.gov/crime.aspx?id=184
The Wisconsin AG has announced Conditional Reciprocity with Alaska. Wisconsin requires certain background checks be run on applicants in the states they honor. Alaska Permit/Licenses issued/renewed on or after 1/14/13 are valid in Wisconsin. Wisconsin did the same thing with WV awhile back and they also will honor the VA Non-Resident Permit but not the Virginia Resident Permit because of the different background checks VA runs on Resident vs Non-Resident. The WI AG has it listed on his website as such: http://www.doj.state.wi.us/dles/cib/conceal-carry/reciprocity
As of this post the AK DPS has not posted info on this change in reciprocity.
Handgunlaw.us - 3/5/13 - Nevada No Longer Honors Arizona
On February 28, 2013 the Nevada Sheriffs’ and Chiefs’ association voted unanimously to end the recognition of Arizona concealed weapon permits. Effective the date of this release the State of Nevada will no longer recognize Arizona concealed weapon permits. You can read the News Release Here.
I have made changes to the "Who Honors My Permit" document format. I believe it makes it easier to follow. Handgunlaw..us is also gathering info on "Open Carry" and a section on that topic may be added to each states page in the future. It will be short and sweet and give just basic information. I have ask for feedback on what I have per state. If you would like to view this information and give me feedback on your state it would be greatly appreciated. You can view it here. http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=705684 You can email me with any info on Open Carry at firstname.lastname@example.org
Many changes in state laws are coming and some will not be good for those in the RKBA's community while some will be. Handgunlaw.us appreciates any information you can give us on law changes in your state. Do drop us an email and let us know what is changing in your state. We try to keep up but with so many changes coming it is easy to miss something. We depend on people just like you giving us a heads up when something changes and what to thank those who have taken the time to let us know when there have been changes in their state laws in the past.
Pennsylvania - 2/8/13 - PA No Longer Honors FL Non-Resident Permit/License
The PA AG has posted a newly signed Reciprocity Agreement with Florida. The wording has changed. It now states:
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania shall give full faith and credit to a valid Concealed Handgun License issued by the State of Florida to legal residents of the State of Florida;
PA already had a signed agreement with FL and now they have signed a new one. PA has been in a running argument with residents of PA carrying in PA with a FL Non-Resident Permit/License. Mainly in Philadelphia is where this has been coming up. But from the new agreement PA will no longer Honor the FL Non-Resident Permit/License. FL no longer puts the Address of their Permit/License holder on the Permit/License so your state issued ID will tell them your state of Residence. You can read the new agreement here:
Arkansas - 2/5/13 - Church Protection Act Passes House by an Overwhelming Majority
Today, the Arkansas House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 71, the Church Protection Act, by an overwhelming bipartisan 85-8 vote. It now returns to the state Senate for a procedural vote, then will be sent to Governor Mike Beebe (D) for his expected signature. Governor Beebe has publicly stated he has no objection to the legislation. Complete Story Here.
New Mexico - 1/24/12 - HB 77, Rep. Miguel Garcia's sweeping gun control bill will be heard on Monday, January 28, at 1:30 or upon adjournment of the House in Room 309 of the State Capitol in Santa Fe. We need as many people as possible to attend and speak in opposition to the measure. The committee will likely ask for a show of hands in the room for and against the bill, and then allow each person to stand up and briefly speak from their seat. Arguments should be clear, concise and not repetitive. Speak to HB 77, not to other gun control proposals in Washington or other gun-related bills filed in New Mexico.
Read it here: HB 77.
USA - 1/13/13 - Many in the RKBA's community are planning rallies for Saturday January 19, 2013. One is for everyone to visit a firearms dealer or gun range on that day. Another is calling for citizens to gather at their state capitals at noon on 1/19/13. Handgunlaw.us does encourage your participation but asks you to insure any planned rallies at state capitols DO NOT compromise those working in your respective capitols to improve your states firearms laws.
Most request No Camo, Dress Neatly, Pro Gun Slogans (Family Friendly). Check with your state RKBA's organization for more information if they are planning your capitol rally. You can find your state Org by clicking on "State RKBA Org's" in the left column of the main page here at www.handgunlaw.us.
Handgunlaw.us encourages you to contact your Local, State and Federal Representatives and let them know your feelings on Gun Control. Letters, Calls and emails are encouraged. We also recommend you join your State RKBA Organization and National Organizations that are fighting for our firearm rights. Your voice and membership matter!
Remember, The way you let people know how you really feel is to participate in your states legislative processes and hearings to work to actually change the parts of the law you don't agree with - not showing off your guns to the people that can manipulate that display against you.
Michigan – 12/23/12 – MI Gov Signs Bills
While the governor rejected Senate Bill 59,he did sign two other bills that streamline the process for handgun purchases and eliminate restrictions on interstate rifle and shotgun transactions to states contiguous to Michigan. Story Here.
Ohio – 12/23/12 - Governor John Kasich Signs HB495; Ohio's Concealed Carry and Firearms Laws Continue to Be Improved.
HB495, sponsored by Rep. Terry Johnson (R), makes three changes to current law:
• Eliminates the "demonstrated competency" requirement for second and future CHL renewals, making CHL training similar to a hunting license.
• Fixes the definition of a "loaded gun" to match the commonly accepted definition.
• Allows law-abiding gun owners to have their firearms stored in their cars in the state-owned parking garages such as the one under the Statehouse.
"This represents a dramatic improvement to the law," said Jim Irvine, Buckeye Firearms Association Chairman. "We solved the critical issues of removing the ill-conceived 'demonstrated competency' for renewals that start next month, and achieved a workable definition of a "unloaded firearm.'" The law, which received bi-partisan approval in the House (66-23) and Senate (26-7), will take effect on March 22, 2013.
Handgunlaw.us - 12/17/12 - Active Shooters in Schools: The Enemy is Denial
Preventing juvenile mass murder in American schools is the job of police officers, school teachers, and concerned parents.
(This is a must read and the only way we can protect our children in our schools. This is a Law Enforcement Trainer talking to Law Enforcement) Read the Story Here.
Alabama - 12/14/12 - State Lawmakers To Review Guns To Work Bill
Many Alabama gun owners have to leave their firearms behind when it’s time to go to work, but a bill under review by lawmakers may soon change that. State Sen. Roger Bedford (D-Russellville) is sponsoring legislation that would allow gunowners to bring their firearms to the workplace, as long as the weapons stay locked in their vehicle and out of sight. Story Here.
Ohio - 12/14/12 - Pro-Gun Reform Legislation Passes Both Chambers, Sent to Governor for his Signature
Today, the Ohio Senate approved House Bill 495 by a 26-7 vote and the Ohio House concurred with this measure by a 66-23 vote. HB 495 will now be sent to Governor John Kasich (R) for his expected signature. If enacted, this NRA-priority legislation would make many necessary improvements to Ohio’s concealed carry laws. Story Here.
Handgulaw.us - 12/14/12 – Selection of Stories on the 7th Circuit Illinois Ruling
Illinois - 12/12/12 Concealed Carry: Court Strikes Down Illinois' Ban
The state of Illinois would have to allow ordinary citizens to carry weapons under a federal appeals court ruling issued today, but the judges also gave lawmakers 180 days to put their own version of the law in place. Complete Story Here.
Ruling can be viewed Here. (Incorrect Link Repaired)