If you travel, like us, and you carry, like us, the failure of one jurisdiction to recognize another’s permit is a major problem. You probably already know about the two sites that try to parse out the laws for you, USA Carry.com and HandgunLaw.us (we like USA Carry better because it takes into account the different privileges resident vs. non-resident permits get you, and steers you to the applications you need).
There’s also a great animated graphic that shows how shall-issue has spread across the land.
But one thing that’s been lacking is a good statistical infographic that puts the state of reciprocity — or lack of the same — in perspective. Many of the facts such a graphic would point out are pretty obvious: for instance, the states that restrictive shall-issue laws — basically, the states where only those connected to the ruling politicians or to organized crime, which is usually the same thing, can get licenses — do not accept any out of state licenses. Period. Full stop.
And the states that are most permissive about letting their own citizens pack tend to be most welcoming to out-of-state legal carriers. The states where the clerisy gets the vapors about their own
peasants citizens bearing arms, are most likely to restrict out-of-staters.
But now we have the graphic, courtesy of 5.11 Tactical (the great pants guys, yeah). They call the graphic States of Honor and it’s a an excellent visual display of the fifty-state (plus DC) graph of three basic questions: Which State’s license is most widely accepted? (Tie: Michigan and Arkansas, 39 states). Michigan is a surprise to us. With 10 states honoring only their own permit, and Illinois (and DC) completely banning licensed carry, that’s as good as theoretically possible; either of these permits gets you privileges in every state that does not ban carry or recognize only its own permit. But neither of these permits is available to non-residents. (Most of the widely recognized permits are available to residents only. The most-recognized permit available to non-residents is Arizona’s. However, many states specify that they only require resident permits.
So if you carry, this infographic may be less immediate use than the maps from USA Carry, but it’s still fascinating (and if you do not carry, why not? Think about it, the life you save may be your own, or someone you love, or like the guy who interrupted a stabbing in San Antonio this week, a stranger, but someone somebody else loves. Just as the answer to vile speech under the 1st Amendment freedom principle is contrary speech, the answer to evil people going armed with ill intent is for men and women of good will to go armed. There are more of us than there are of them).
Many people work around the lack of national reciprocity by acquiring multiple licenses.
The post on 5.11’s blog is over a month old, sorry, but we’re just getting to it. They also had an interesting post on which states had how many license holders. (we were shocked to see our home state. a permissive shall-issue state, has under 10,000 legal carriers. We also see some places where reciprocity can be improved). That’s almost begging to be crosstab’d with the other information and made into an infographic, too.