12 States Where Anyone Can Carry A Concealed Weapon

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1. Alaska
> Concealed carry permit required: No
> Gun ownership rate: 61.7% (the highest)
> Firearm-related death rate: 23.4 per 100,000 (the highest)

The presence of firearms increases the likelihood of gun violence — accidental or otherwise. In Alaska, 61.7% of the adult population owns a gun, the highest gun ownership rate of any state. There were also 23.4 gun deaths per 100,000 residents in Alaska in 2015, the highest firearm fatality rate in the U.S.

In addition to relatively unrestricted concealed carry, Alaskans do not need a background check to purchase firearms from private dealers. They are also not subject to a waiting period when buying a gun, and adults in the state are allowed to purchase assault rifles, .50 caliber firearms, and high capacity ammunition magazines.

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2. Arizona
> Concealed carry permit required: No
> Gun ownership rate: 32.3% (25th highest)
> Firearm-related death rate: 13.8 per 100,000 (18th highest)

Arizona has some of the least restrictive gun laws in the country. Consumers in the state can buy as many firearms as they want in a single exchange, including .50 caliber weapons and assault rifles, with no waiting period. And if they buy from a private seller, also without a background check.

In 2011, Jared Loughner killed six and injured 13 more, including his primary target Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, in a mass shooting outside a Tucson grocery store. Loughner legally purchased the murder weapon in Arizona after he had been rejected by the Army for failing a drug test and was suspended from college for erratic behavior.

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3. Idaho
> Concealed carry permit required: No
> Gun ownership rate: 56.9% (3rd highest)
> Firearm-related death rate: 14.7 per 100,000 (15th highest)

Idaho is one of only six states where over half of all adults are gun owners. Gun restrictions in the state are few. State residents do not need a permit to purchase or carry rifles, shotguns, or handguns, nor do they need to register their firearms or obtain an ownership license.

Idaho is one of the latest to join the ranks of states that do not require concealed carry permits. In March 2016, the state senate voted 54-15 in favor of loosening concealed carry restrictions. The law, Senate Bill 1389, went into effect July 1, 2016. State residents still need a Concealed Weapons License to carry a concealed firearm in k-12 schools and college campuses, public or private.

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4. Kansas
> Concealed carry permit required: No
> Gun ownership rate: 32.2% (25th lowest)
> Firearm-related death rate: 11.4 per 100,000 (21st lowest)

Under the NRA endorsed Personal and Family Protection Act, signed into law in 2012, adults in Kansas have been allowed to carry a concealed weapon without a license or a permit since 2013. A unique provision in the law that went into effect July 1, 2017 now allows gun owners to carry concealed weapons on the campuses of the state’s six public universities as well as in community colleges and technical schools statewide. For many legislators, the law is intended to make state colleges safer — though the law is widely unpopular among employees in Kansas schools.

An estimated 32.2% share adults Kansas own firearms, a slightly larger share than the 29.1% U.S. gun ownership rate.