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State Open Carry Information

State Open Carry Status Min. Age Notations In Car Car Notes
Alabama Open Carry Friendly 18 yes permit required
Alaska Open Carry Friendly 14 yes Duty to inform LEO during a stop
Arizona Open Carry Friendly 18 License required within places that serve alcohol yes
Arkansas Open Carry Friendly 21 yes
California No Open Carry 18 yes only with county permit and within that county
Colorado Open Carry Friendly 18 Public Transportation is off limits to Open Carry. Open Carry is illegal in Denver. Some cites have banned Open Carry on their city owned property. yes
Connecticut Licensed Open Carry Only 21 yes permit required
Delaware Open Carry Friendly 18 State, National Parks and Forests are off limits as well as court houses, police stations and prisons. yes must be clearly visible
District of Columbia No Open Carry NA no
Florida No Open Carry NA no
Georgia Licensed Open Carry Only 21 yes in plain view or glovebox
Hawaii No Open Carry NA no
Idaho Open Carry Friendly 18 yes must be clearly visible
Illinois No Open Carry NA no
Indiana Licensed Open Carry Only 18 yes permit required
Iowa Open Carry Friendly 21 In cities (incorporated area) you must have an Iowa Weapon Permit or out of state permit or license yes permit required
Kansas Open Carry Friendly 18 yes
Kentucky Open Carry Friendly 18 yes in plain view or glovebox
Louisiana Open Carry Friendly 17 yes
Maine Open Carry Friendly NO Open carry not permitted in state & national parks yes permit required
Maryland Licensed Open Carry Only 18 no
Massachusetts Licensed Open Carry Only 21 prohibited in most public areas no
Michigan Open Carry Friendly 18 No carrying is allowed in banks, houses of worship, courts, theaters, sports arenas, day care centers, hospitals and any business licensed to sell alcohol yes permit required
Minnesota Licensed Open Carry Only 21 yes permit required
Mississippi Open Carry Friendly 18 yes
Missouri Open Carry Friendly NO Local authorities can have laws or ordinances regulating open carry. State preempts all firearm laws except for open carry yes 21 and over or at 18 'while traveling'
Montana Open Carry Friendly 14 Localities have limited power to prevent and suppress the carrying of concealed or unconcealed weapons to a public assembly, publicly owned building, park under its jurisdiction, or schools. yes
Nebraska Open Carry Friendly 18 State law allows local governments create restrictions. Requires a Omaha Open Carry Permit to open carry in Omaha yes must be clearly visible, local governments may restrict open carry.
Nevada Open Carry Friendly 18 Signs in public buildings only prohibit concealed carry yes must be clearly visible
New Hampshire Open Carry Friendly NO yes permit required
New Jersey Licensed Open Carry Only 21 yes permit required
New Mexico Open Carry Friendly 19 yes
New York No Open Carry NA yes permit required
North Carolina Open Carry Friendly 18 Open carry is permitted except where local laws prohibit the display of firearms. You may open carry in a motor vehicle but the firearm must be visible yes must be clearly visible
North Dakota Licensed Open Carry Only 18 If it is unloaded, and holstered you can carry during the daylight hours and 1 hour before and after daylight without a permit. Unloaded in ND means nothing in the chamber, magazine can be loaded and in the weapon yes permit required
Ohio Open Carry Friendly 18 yes permit required, duty to inform LEO during stop
Oklahoma Licensed Open Carry Only NA Handguns only yes permit required
Oregon Open Carry Friendly 18 The preemption statute only covers concealed handgun license holders yes with permit or outside localities that have banned open carry
Pennsylvania Open Carry Friendly 18 License required within Philadelphia city limits and during a state of emergency yes permit required
Rhode Island Licensed Open Carry Only 21 The restricted places listed for carrying concealed apply to open carries as well. yes AG Issued permit or by a person with a permit from any other state traveling through RI
South Carolina No Open Carry NA yes Open carry in vehicle is legal without license but can not be on your person
South Dakota Open Carry Friendly 18 yes must be clearly visible
Tennessee Licensed Open Carry Only 21 Open carry in vehicle is legal without license but can not be on your person yes permit required
Texas Licensed Open Carry Only NA no only if handgun is concealed
Utah Licensed Open Carry Only 21 Unlicensed open carry is allowed as long as the firearm is 'two actions away from firing', otherwise open carry requires a license yes
Vermont Open Carry Friendly 16 yes except for guns configured for hunting
Virginia Open Carry Friendly 18 yes must be clearly visible
Washington Open Carry Friendly 21 yes permit required
West Virginia Open Carry Friendly 18 In a vehicle the handgun must be in plain view yes except for guns configured for hunting
Wisconsin Open Carry Friendly 18 no
Wyoming Open Carry Friendly NO yes must be clearly visible

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