All states in America can make their own gun laws. It’s not regulated, in general, by the federal government. With that being said, even though the states come up with their own laws, there are some that make it easier to own and carry guns, more so, than others. Do you live in one of those states with beneficial laws for gun owners? If so, you’re lucky.
Some states, like California, New York, or New Jersey make being a law abiding gun owner much more difficult, expensive, and outright time consuming to get all your permits squared away. It’s not very fair, and definitely not inline with what the Second Amendment declares for the “right of the people to keep and bear arms.”
The Reasons These States Are Supportive of Gun Rights
In looking at the ranking of all 50 states, the ones who come out on top in support of gun rights do so for a few different reasons. For one, they don’t require any waiting period to purchase a firearm from a gun shop. Two, there isn’t any universal background check done on their citizens who are in the market to purchase any firearms. Third, they allow open carry without a license. Finally, all of these states have the option for constitutional or permitless carry. You don’t need a separate concealed carry license.
Furthermore, there isn’t any gun bans on certain weapons or capacity limits. Keep in mind that some of these laws deal with residents of the state only and not visitors. So check with the state laws before you travel anywhere with your firearms.
The Best Gun States
#1: Alaska- This state may seem like a whole other country. They are so permissive with their gun laws since many people hunt in this state. If you are legally allowed to possess a firearm, you can pretty much do so without restrictions or permits in Alaska.
#2: Arizona- Out there in the desert, they are adamant about their gun rights. You can even start to open carry at 18-years-old. Although, you do need to be 21-years-old to conceal carry in Arizona. They followed the lead of Alaska in constitutional carry after they made it legal, being the second state to do so.
#3: Wyoming- Another state with vast open spaces and abundant wildlife is Wyoming. Their gun policies fall inline with Alaska and Arizona. Just recently, as of July 2021, Wyoming now allows visitors to have the same rights regarding concealed or open carry (permitless) as residents.
#4: Montana- It just seems like the states way out west in America have it going the right way regarding their gun laws. Montana included. Even though it’s true, like in most places, you can’t carry in certain buildings like schools, that doesn’t include colleges or universities. As of June 2021, concealed and open carry is allowed on those campuses, but you need to have received some kind of firearms training even though a permit isn’t required.
#5: Idaho- This state is pretty much the same as the others. They even allow for the open carry of long guns in public. The only difference in this state is that they have a “body of men” exclusion for open carry except in some circumstances. You can’t be strolling along armed to the teeth with a group of people. That does seem kind of menacing, if you are walking around a city, instead of out in the woods hunting.