Here are the gun laws for all 50 U.S. states

The Second Amendment gave Americans “the right to keep and bear arms” back in 1789. But how does this constitutional right function in 2017? Who exactly is allowed to bear those arms—and when, and where, and how?

From the tragic mass shooting at a Las Vegas country music festival to the murder of 20 children at Sandy Hook Elementary and seemingly countless other incidents, gun control has been part of a prevalent and recurring discussion among state lawmakers and citizens across the nation. We live in an era where mass shootings and extreme gun violence are not only normalized but almost expected. There have been more than 200 recorded mass shootings in 2017 alone, and despite the death toll, these incidents don’t show any signs of ending. On both sides of the debate, one thing is clear: It is more important now than ever to understand the way gun control is being implemented in the U.S.

Gun laws across the nation vary significantly by state and conflicting state and federal gun laws often muddy the discussion about gun control nationwide. If you’re wondering what gun laws look like in your state, from campus carry regulations to the ownership of automatic weapons, here’s a breakdown for all 50 states.

Gun laws by state in the U.S.

Alabama

Buyer: 18 years or older, no limit to number of firearms purchased at one time, no waiting period

Concealed Carry: 18+ with concealed handgun licenses only available to Alabama residents, no firearm safety course required, license valid for five years

Open Carry: Allowed without permit, some handgun restrictions

Campus Carry: Allowed in some areas

Dealers: Must have a state license and license from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF), must keep record of firearm sales

Assault Weapons/Machine Guns: No regulations

News: Earlier this year, Alabama Sen. Gerald Allen (R) sponsored legislation to repeal restrictions on carrying or possessing firearms in public with or without a concealed pistol permit in Alabama. The bill, SB3, is currently pending in committee. It is set to be read on Jan. 9, 2018.


Alaska

Buyer: 18+, no limit to number of firearms purchased at one time, no waiting period

Concealed carry: Anyone 21+, no special permit

Open Carry: Anyone, no special permit

Campus Carry: Some areas, college decide

Dealers: No license required by state but federal law requires license from the ATF

Assault Weapons/Machine Guns: No assault weapons restrictions, machine guns generally prohibited with some exceptions and regulations


Arizona

Buyer: 18+, no limit to number of firearms purchased at one time, no waiting period

Concealed carry: Anyone 21+ (19 if serving in military), Arizona resident, permit issued by Arizona Department of Public Safety 

Open Carry: Anyone, no special permit

Campus Carry: Some areas, colleges decide

Dealers: No license required by state but federal law requires license from the ATF

Assault Weapons/Machine Guns: No assault weapons restrictions. Machine guns generally prohibited unless purchased prior to May 19, 1986, and registered under federal law

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Arkansas

Buyer: 18+ for handguns, no minimum age for long guns, no limit to number of firearms purchased at one time, no waiting period

Concealed carry: 21+ (18 in military service), concealed weapons license, required firearm safety training, license valid for five years

Open Carry: Allowed without permit, with some regulations and restrictions

Campus Carry: Prohibited

Dealers: No license required by state but federal law requires license from the ATF

Assault Weapons/Machine Guns: No assault weapons restrictions. Machine guns generally prohibited unless purchased prior to May 19, 1986, and registered under federal law


California

Buyer: Cannot purchase more than one handgun within 30 days, 10-day waiting period, 18+ to purchase long gun, 21+ to purchase handgun 

Concealed carry: Allowed with license, required firearm safety course, license valid for two years

Open Carry: Generally prohibited but sheriffs may issue licenses in counties with populations lower than 200,000, and chiefs of police for cities within such counties may also issue licenses

Campus Carry: Some areas, colleges decide

Dealers: Must have a state license and license from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives

Assault Weapons/ Machine Guns: Assault weapons must be registered. Machine guns prohibited

News: California cracked down with restrictive gun laws after series of mass shootings, but some  California gun owners are finding ways to keep their AR-15 rifles


Colorado

Buyer: No limit to number or firearms purchased at once, no waiting period to purchase, 18+ for handguns, no minimum age for long guns

Concealed carry: Must have permit, sheriff issues permit, 21+, resident of Colorado, must do firearm safety training or demonstrate competence

Open Carry: No special permit required

Campus Carry: Allowed at public colleges

Dealers: No state license required, federal law requires license from the ATF

Assault Weapons/Machine Guns: No assault weapons regulations, machine guns generally prohibited unless purchased prior to May 19, 1986, and registered under federal law


Connecticut

Buyer: No limit to number of firearms purchased at one time, 21+ for handguns, 18+ for long guns, two-week waiting period for long guns

Concealed carry: 21+ with permit, must complete firearm safety training, permit lasts five years

Open Carry: Must have permit for handgun, no laws specifically for open carrying of long gun

Campus Carry: Prohibited

Dealers: Must have a state license and license from the ATF

Assault Weapons/Machine Guns: Assault weapons allowed if possessed prior to July 1, 1994, specific automatic and semi-automatic weapons prohibited, machine guns prohibited

News: Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) plans to introduce a bill to strengthen gun background checks

District of Columbia

Buyer: 18+ for long guns, 21+ for handguns, 10-day waiting period, limit handgun purchase in 30-day period

Concealed carry: Must be 21+ with a license, take a required firearm safety course, and have a license valid for two years.

Open Carry: Prohibited

Campus Carry: Prohibited

Dealers: Must have a state license, a license from the ATF, and keep records of sales and detailed inventory.

Assault Weapons/Machine Guns: Assault weapons and machine guns prohibited

Delaware

Buyer: No waiting period for purchase, no limit to number of firearms purchased at one time, 21+ for handguns or long guns, 18+ for ammunition

Concealed carry: Allowed with Delaware concealed carry permit, must complete firearm safety course, permit valid for three years

Open Carry: Allowed, no permit required

Campus Carry: Prohibited

Dealers: Must have a state license and license from the ATF, maintain records  

Assault Weapons/Machine Guns: No regulation/machine guns prohibited.


Florida

Buyer: Three-day waiting period to purchase gun, 18+ for long guns, 21+ for handguns, no limit to number of firearms purchased at one time

Concealed carry: 21+, permit required, must complete firearms safety course, permit valid for seven years

Open Carry: Generally prohibited

Campus Carry: Vehicle storage only

Dealers: No state license required, but federal law requires license from the ATF

Assault Weapons/Machine Guns: No regulations. Yes, you can own a machine gun in Florida.


Georgia

Buyer: 18+ for handguns, no minimum age for long guns, no limit to number of firearms bought at one time, no waiting period

Concealed carry: 21+ with permit, no required firearm safety course, permit valid for five years

Open Carry: Allowed with weapons carry license for handgun, allowed for long gun without license

Campus Carry: Vehicle storage only

Dealers: Handgun dealers must have state license and all must have license and license from the ATF

Assault Weapons/Machine Guns: No regulation for assault weapons, machine guns allowed if registered and manufactured prior to May 19, 1986

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Hawaii

Buyer: 21+, no limit to number of firearms bought at once, background check and all firearms registered to state, permit required to purchase, must complete firearm safety course to purchase handgun

Concealed carry: 21+ with permit, firearm safety course not specifically required, permit valid for one year

Open Carry: Allowed for handguns with permit, allowed for long guns only for target practice or hunting with a license

Campus Carry: Colleges decide

Dealers: Must have a state license and license from the ATF, no record of firearm sales required

Assault Weapons/Machine Guns: Prohibits “assault pistols,” machine guns manufactured prior to May 19, 1986, allowed if registered


Idaho

Buyer: 21+ for handguns or 18+ for long guns, no permit required to purchase or possess, no limit to number of firearms purchased at one time

Concealed carry: 21+ for statewide carry, no permit required, 18+ outside of city limits, must be Idaho resident, county sheriff may require firearm safety course, permit valid for five years

Open Carry: No permit required

Campus Carry: Public colleges

Dealers: No state license required, but federal law requires license from the ATF

Assault Weapons/Machine Guns: No regulations


Illinois

Buyer: Background check, ten-year license “Firearm Owner’s ID” required, waiting periods between purchase and transfer, no restrictions on purchasing multiple firearms, 18+ to possess, 21+ to get Firearm Owner’s ID card

Concealed carry: 21+ with concealed handgun license, background check, must complete 16 hours of firearm safety training, license valid for five years

Open Carry: Prohibited for handguns and long guns

Campus Carry: Prohibited

Dealers: No state license required, but federal law requires license from the ATF

Assault Weapons/Machine Guns: No state regulation, but local jurisdictions can restrict assault weapons; machine guns prohibited

Indiana

Buyer: 18+ or 23+ if buyer has been adjudicated as a delinquent child for an act that would be a felony if committed as an adult, no waiting period, no limit to number of firearms bought at one time

Concealed carry: Concealed carry license, no required safety training, license valid for four years

Open Carry: Allowed with permit for handguns, no permit required for long guns

Campus Carry: Colleges decide

Dealers: Must have a state license and license from the ATF

Assault Weapons/ Machine Guns: No regulations for assault weapons / machine guns generally prohibited with exceptions


Iowa

Buyer: 18+ for long guns, 21+ for handguns, permit required to purchase, annual permit required for handguns, background check for handguns, three-day waiting period, no background check for long gun purchases, no limit to number of firearms bought at one time

Concealed carry: Allowed with concealed weapons permit, 18+ for professional permit, 21+ for non-professional permit, non-professional applicants must complete firearm safety course, permit lasts five years

Open Carry: Allowed statewide with license, no license required outside city limits

Campus Carry: Colleges decide

Dealers: No state license required, but federal law requires license from the ATF

Assault Weapons/Machine Guns: No regulation for assault weapons, machine guns prohibited


Kansas

Buyer: 18+, no permit required to purchase, no waiting period, no limit to number of firearms purchased at once

Concealed carry: Allowed without permit, 21+, must complete firearm safety course

Open Carry: Allowed without permit 

Campus Carry: Colleges decide

Dealers: No state license required, but federal law requires license from the ATF

Assault Weapons/Machine Guns: No restrictions for assault weapons, machine guns prohibited


Kentucky

Buyer: 18+, no waiting period, no limit to number of firearms purchased at one time

Concealed carry: Allowed with license, 21+, required firearm safety course, license valid for five years, must have background check

Open Carry: Allowed without permit

Campus Carry: Vehicle storage only

Dealers: No state license required, but federal law requires license from the ATF

Assault Weapons/Machine Guns: No regulations

News: Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin tweets about “political opportunists” promoting greater gun regulations after Las Vegas shooting 


Louisiana

Buyer: 17+ (but national requirement of 18+ trumps state law), no limit to number of firearms purchased at one time, no waiting period, no background check from dealers

Concealed carry: Allowed with concealed carry permit, 21+, must complete firearm safety course, permit valid for five years

Open Carry: Allowed without permit

Campus Carry: Prohibited

Dealers: No state license required, federal law requires license from the ATF

Assault Weapons/Machine Guns: No regulations on assault weapons, machine guns generally prohibited


Maine

Buyer: 18+ for handguns, 16+ for long guns (but federal law imposes 18+ restrictions), no limit to number of firearms purchased at once, no waiting period

Concealed carry: 21+ without permit, 18+ with permit, firearm safety course required, concealed handgun permit valid for five years

Open Carry: Allowed without permit

Campus Carry: Prohibited

Dealers: No state license required, federal law requires license from the ATF

Assault Weapons/Machine Guns: No regulations on assault weapons, some machine guns allowed if registered and meet criteria


Maryland

Buyer: 21+ for assault weapons or handguns, 18+ for long guns, can only buy one handgun and assault weapon within a 30-day period, firearm safety course required to purchase handguns and assault weapons, permit required to purchase firearms

Concealed carry: Allowed with permit, firearm safety required, permit valid for two years

Open Carry: Allowed with permit

Campus Carry: Prohibited

Dealers: Must have a state license and license from the ATF

Assault Weapons/Machine Guns: Assault weapons generally prohibited with some regulations but allowed if specific criteria are met, machine guns must be registered


Massachusetts

Buyer: 18+ for long guns, 21+ for handguns, no limit to number of firearms purchased at one time, no waiting period, permit to purchase required for handguns

Concealed carry: Allowed with license, 21+, firearm safety course required for some, license valid for six years

Open Carry: Allowed for handguns with permit, prohibits open carry of long guns, firearm safety course required

Campus Carry: Prohibited

Dealers: Must have a state license and license from the ATF, must conduct buyer background checks, must maintain permanent record of firearm sales

Assault Weapons/Machine Guns: Prohibited


Michigan

Buyer: 18+ for long guns, 21+ for handguns, no waiting period, no limit to number of firearms purchased at once, permit required to purchase handguns

Concealed carry: Allowed with license, 21+, Michigan resident, required firearm safety course, license valid for up to five years

Open Carry: Allowed without permit

Campus Carry: Allowed in some areas

Dealers: No state license required, federal law requires license from the ATF

Assault Weapons/Machine Guns: No regulations for assault weapons, machine guns prohibited unless licensed by federal government


Minnesota

Buyer: 18+ in cities without parent consent, 14+ outside cities with parent consent (but federal laws require 18+)

Concealed carry: 21+ with permit, required firearm safety training, permit valid for five years, annual background check

Open Carry: Handguns allowed with permit to carry, open carry of rifles and shotguns in public prohibited

Campus Carry: Allowed in some areas

Dealers: No state license required, federal law requires license from the ATF. State law requires dealers to post signs on premises with: “It is unlawful to store or leave loaded firearm where a child can obtain access”

Assault Weapons/Machine Guns: Some regulations for assault weapons, machine guns generally prohibited with some exceptions


Mississippi

Buyer: 18+ for handguns, no minimum age to possess rifles or shotguns, no limit to number of firearms bought at one time

Concealed carry: Allowed with permit and 21+, required firearm safety course, valid for five years

Open Carry: Allowed without permit

Campus Carry: Allowed at public colleges

Dealers: No state license required, federal law requires a license from the ATF

Assault Weapons/ Machine Guns: No regulations


Missouri

Buyer: 18+, no waiting period, no limit to number of firearms purchased at one time

Concealed carry: Allowed without permit, 19+ or 18 if active-duty U.S. military, required firearm safety course

Open Carry: Allowed without permit

Campus Carry: Prohibited

Dealers: No state license required, federal law requires license from the ATF

Assault Weapons/Machine Guns: No assault weapons regulations, machine guns prohibited


Montana

Buyer: No specific age restriction, child access prevention law prohibits children under 14 from possessing firearm (federal age restrictions differ), no limit to number of firearms purchased at one time

Concealed carry: 18+ with concealed weapons license, required firearm safety course, license valid for four years

Open Carry: Allowed without permit

Campus Carry: Vehicle storage only

Dealers: No state license required, federal law requires license from the ATF

Assault Weapons/Machine Guns: No regulations for assault weapons, machine guns may be owned as long as not used for offensive or aggressive purpose

Nebraska

Buyer: 18+, permit required to purchase, no limit to number of firearms purchased at one time

Concealed carry: 21+ with concealed handgun permit, required firearm safety course, permit valid for five years

Open Carry: Allowed without permit

Campus Carry: Vehicle storage only

Dealers: No state license required, federal law requires license from the ATF; dealers must distribute information about the dangers of leaving loaded firearm unattended around children

Assault Weapons/Machine Guns: No regulations for assault weapons, machine guns prohibited


Nevada

Buyer: 18+, no permit required to purchase, no waiting period

Concealed carry: 21+ with concealed firearm permit, background check required, firearm safety course required, permit valid for five years

Open Carry: Allowed, no permit required

Campus Carry: Vehicle storage only

Dealers: No state license required, federal law requires license from the ATF

Assault Weapons/Machine Guns: No regulations for assault weapons, machine guns generally prohibited unless purchased prior to May 19, 198, and registered under federal law

News: Site of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history


New Hampshire

Buyer: 18+, 16+ to buy ammunition

Concealed carry: Allowed with license, no firearm safety course requirement, license valid for four years

Open Carry: Allowed with permit to possess loaded firearm

Campus Carry: Prohibited

Dealers: Local license required to sell handguns and federal law requires license from the ATF

Assault Weapons/Machine Guns: No regulations

News: Required license for concealed carry will be repealed in February


New Jersey

Buyer: 18+ for long guns, 21+ for handguns, required permit for purchase for handguns, seven-day waiting period

Concealed carry: Allowed with permit, required firearm safety course, permits valid for two years, non-residents must get New Jersey permit

Open Carry: Allowed for handguns with handgun carry permit, allowed for long guns with Firearms Purchaser ID Card

Campus Carry: Prohibited

Dealers: All firearm dealers and employees must have a valid retail license and federal law requires license from the ATF

Assault Weapons/Machine Guns: Prohibits assault firearms with a few exceptions, machine guns allowed with application and license


New Mexico

Buyer: 19+ for handguns, no age requirement for long gusn, no limit to number of firearms purchased at once, no waiting period

Concealed carry: 21+ with license, New Mexico residence

Open Carry: Allowed without permit

Campus Carry: Prohibited

Dealers: No state license required, federal law requires license from the ATF

Assault Weapons/Machine Guns: No regulations


New York

Buyer: 21+ for handguns, 16+ for long guns (federal law limits purchases to 18+), permit required to purchase handguns, no waiting period

Concealed carry: Allowed with permit, generally does not require firearm safety course, permit valid three to five years

Open Carry: Prohibited

Campus Carry: Prohibited

Dealers: State license required and federal law requires license from the ATF

Assault Weapons/Machine Guns: Assault weapons prohibited unless owned prior to Jan. 15, 2013, and valid assault weapon owners must register gun to state and undergo background check; machine guns prohibited


North Carolina

Buyer: 18+ for handguns, no minimum age for long guns (18+ for purchases under federal law), permit required to purchase handguns, background check for handgun purchasse but not long gun purchases

Concealed carry: 21+ with permit, required firearm safety course, permit valid for five years

Open Carry: Allowed without permit

Campus Carry: Prohibited

Dealers: No required state license but federal law requires license from the ATF. Firearms sellers must display warning at purchase counter: “It is unlawful to store or leave firearm that can be discharged in a manner that a reasonable person should know is accessible to a minor”

Assault Weapons/Machine Guns: No assault weapons regulations, machine guns prohibited unless purchased prior to May 19, 1986, and registered under federal law


North Dakota

Buyer: 18+ for handguns, no minimum age for long guns, permit to purchase handgun

Concealed carry: 18+, no permit required to carry concealed handgun

Open Carry: Unloaded handgun open carry during the day for any person, open carry for anyone for long gun without permit

Campus Carry: Colleges decide

Dealers: No required state license but federal law requires license from the ATF; dealers must keep records of firearm purchases

Assault Weapons/Machine Guns: No assault weapons regulations, machine guns generally prohibited with exceptions

Ohio

Buyer: 18+ for long guns, 21+ for handguns, no limit to number of firearms purchased at one time

Concealed carry: 21+ with license, Ohio resident, required firearm safety course at leasts 12 hours of training, license valid for five years

Open Carry: Allowed, no permit required

Campus Carry: Vehicle storage only

Dealers: No required state license but federal law requires license from the ATF

Assault Weapons/ Machine Guns: No assault weapons regulations, unlawful to carry machine guns without license

News: New Ohio law allows handguns on workplace property

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Oklahoma

Buyer: 18+, no permit required for purchase, no waiting period, no limit to number of firearms bought at one time

Concealed carry: 21+ with handgun license, required firearms safety training course, license valid for five years

Open Carry: Allowed without license

Campus Carry: Vehicle storage only

Dealers: Required state license, and federal law requires a license from the ATF

Assault Weapons/ Machine Guns: No assault weapons regulations, prohibits machine guns unless purchased prior to May 19, 1986, and registered under federal law


Oregon

Buyer: 18+, no waiting period, no limit to number of firearms bought at one time

Concealed carry: 21+ with license, resident of the county, required firearm safety course, license valid for four years, sheriff of the county keeps record of all handgun licensees

Open Carry: Allowed without permit

Campus Carry: Allowed in some areas

Dealers: No required state license but federal law requires license from the ATF

Assault Weapons/Machine Guns: No assault weapons regulations, prohibits machine guns unless purchased prior to May 19, 1986 and registered under federal law.

News: In August, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed into law a gun confiscation bill, which allows temporary firearm confiscation in “extreme” instances in which a person poses a threat to his or her self or others

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Pennsylvania

Buyer: 18+, no permit required to purchase

Concealed carry: 21+ with license, does not require firearm safety course, license valid for five years

Open Carry: Allowed without license, except in Philadelphia

Campus Carry: Allowed in some areas

Dealers: Required state license and federal law requires license from the ATF

Assault Weapons/Machine Guns: No assault weapons regulations, machine guns prohibited unless purchased prior to May 19, 1986, and registered under federal law

Rhode Island

Buyer: 18+ for long guns, 21+ for handguns, permit required to purchase handguns, seven-day waiting period, no limit to number of firearms purchased at one time

Concealed carry: 21+ with license, required firearm safety course, license valid for four years

Open Carry: Allowed with license

Campus Carry: Prohibited

Dealers: Required state license and federal law requires license from the ATF; dealers may not display handguns or imitation handguns where they can be seen from street

Assault Weapons/Machine Guns: No assault weapons regulations, machine guns generally prohibited, attorney general may issue state license to manufacture and sell machine guns and parts


South Carolina

Buyer: 18+ for handguns, no minimum age for long guns, no waiting period, no limit to number of firearms purchased at one time

Concealed carry: Allowed with permit, required firearm safety course, concealed weapons permit valid for five years

Open Carry: Prohibited open carry of handguns, long guns allowed in restricted areas

Campus Carry: Vehicle storage only

Dealers: No required state license but federal law requires license from the ATF

Assault Weapons/Machine Guns: No assault weapons regulations, machine guns generally prohibited unless purchased prior to May 19, 1986, and registered under federal law

News: Earlier this year, the South Carolina House and a Senate panel approved a bill allowing handgun carrying without a permit, and it is currently awaiting committee consideration


South Dakota

Buyer: 18+ for handguns, no minimum age for long guns, no limit to number of firearms purchased at one time

Concealed carry: Allowed with permit, no required firearm safety course, permit valid for four years

Open Carry: Allowed without permit

Campus Carry: Colleges decide

Dealers: No required state license but federal law requires license from the ATF; dealers not allowed to sell handguns if purchasers are known personally by dealer

Assault Weapons/Machine Guns: No assault weapons regulations, machine guns generally prohibited unless purchased prior to May 19, 1986, and registered under federal law

News: South Dakota senator received backlash for comments on Las Vegas shooting


Tennessee

Buyer: 18+ for handguns, no minimum age for long guns, no waiting period, no limit to number of firearms purchased at one time

Concealed carry: 21+ with permit, required firearm safety course, permit valid for eight years

Open Carry: People with handgun permits can open carry loaded guns, long guns can be open carried unloaded

Campus Carry: Vehicle storage only

Dealers: No required state license but federal law requires license from the ATF

Assault Weapons/ Machine Guns: No assault weapons regulations, machine guns generally prohibited unless purchased prior to May 19, 1986, and registered under federal law


Texas

Buyer: 18+, no limit to number of firearms bought at one time

Concealed carry: 21+ with handgun license, required firearm safety course, license valid for four years

Open Carry: Allowed with permit

Campus Carry: Allowed in some areas at public colleges

Dealers: No required state license but federal law requires license from the ATF, pawnbrokers may not display pistols for sale in front window of store

Assault Weapons/ Machine Guns: No assault weapons regulations, machine guns generally prohibited unless purchased prior to May 19, 1986, and registered under federal law


Utah

Buyer: 18+, no limit to number of firearms purchased at one time, no waiting period period

Concealed carry: 21+ with permit, required firearm safety course, permit valid for five years

Open Carry: Allowed with unloaded firearms, loaded firearms openly carried require permit

Campus Carry: Allowed at public colleges

Dealers: No required state license but federal law requires license from the ATF

Assault Weapons/ Machine Guns: No assault weapons regulations, machine guns allowed if 18+


Vermont

Buyer: 16+ but federal law limits purchases to 18+, no limit to number of firearms purchased at one time, no waiting period

Concealed carry: Allowed without permit

Open Carry: Allowed without permit

Campus Carry: Prohibited

Dealers: No required state license but federal law requires license from the ATF

Assault Weapons/Machine Guns: No assault weapons or machine gun regulations, except in context of hunting


Virginia

Buyer: 18+, no minimum age for rifles but federal law limits purchases to 18+, no waiting period

Concealed carry: 21+ with permit, permit valid for five years, required firearm safety training

Open Carry: Allowed without permit, with restrictions on handguns

Campus Carry: Colleges decide

Dealers: No required state license but federal law requires license from the ATF

Assault Weapons/ Machine Guns: Assault weapons allowed with some regulations, machine guns allowed with some regulations and must be registered


Washington

Buyer: 18+ for long guns, 21+ for handguns, no limit to number of firearms purchased at one time, no waiting period

Concealed carry: 21+ with license, no required firearm safety course, license valid for five years

Open Carry: Persona may not carry, exhibit, display or draw any firearm or weapon apparently capable of bodily harm in a manner that manifests an intent to intimidate or warrants alarm for the safety of others

Campus Carry: No

Dealers: Required state license and federal law requires license from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives

Assault Weapons/ Machine Guns: No assault weapons regulations, machine guns generally prohibited unless purchased prior to May 19, 1986, and registered under federal law


West Virginia

Buyer: 18+, no limit to number of firearms purchased at one time, no waiting period

Concealed carry: 21+ with permit (or 18-21 with provisional permit), required firearm safety course, permit valid for five years

Open Carry: Allowed with no permit

Campus Carry: Prohibited

Dealers: No required state license but federal law requires license from the ATF

Assault Weapons/Machine Guns: No assault weapons restrictions, machine guns generally prohibited unless purchased prior to May 19, 1986, and registered under federal law


Wisconsin

Buyer: 18+, no waiting period, no limit to number of firearms purchased at one time

Concealed carry: 21+ with license, required firearm safety course, license valid for five years

Open Carry: Allowed without permit

Campus Carry: Colleges decide

Dealers: No required state license but federal law requires license from the ATF; dealer must register each handgun sold or owned

Assault Weapons/Machine Guns: No assault weapons restrictions, machine guns generally prohibited


Wyoming

Buyer:  18+ for long guns, 21+ for handguns, no limit to number of firearms purchased at one time, no waiting period

Concealed carry: 21+ (or 18+ if local sheriff makes recommendation) with license, required firearm safety course, license valid for five years

Open Carry: Allowed without permit

Campus Carry: Prohibited

Dealers: No required state license but federal law requires license from the ATF

Assault Weapons/Machine Guns: No assault weapons regulations, machine guns allowed except in state game fields or forests

For more information about each state’s specific gun laws visit: The Law Center to Prevent Gun ViolenceThe National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action, or the state’s official government website.

Editor’s note: This article is regularly updated for relevance.

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