The History of Concealed Weapons Laws in the United States, Part 4: The Dawn of the Era of Permitless Carry

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When I began this blog nearly 5 years ago, I had no idea that I would be talking about the dawn of a new era of concealed carry in the United States. But developments in the past couple of years have forced my hand. Before highlighting those developments, I will review the broad pattern of development in concealed weapon laws for the record .

A very rough dating of various “eras” of concealed carry in the US looks like this:

Briefly, in the early republic, no special licensing was required to bear arms, either openly or concealed.

But beginning with Kentucky in 1813, there was a movement in several southern states to ban the carrying of concealed weapons in public. In time, these prohibitions spread from the south to the rest of the United States…

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