The standard concealed carry map floating around shows states in a few broad categories: may-issue, shall-issue, and permitless. It’s a good map at a glance, but it lacks useful information on the actual experience of carry. Since I just got back from a vacation, and didn’t want to do any real writing work, I went ahead and put together an improved map.
- Onerous shall-issue means states with a waiting period in excess of two weeks, a training requirement, or an application fee of greater than $100.
- Permissive shall-issue states impose lesser requirements.
- De facto shall-issue states are statutorily may-issue, but shall-issue in practice.
- Onerous may-issue states deny carry permits as a matter of course.
MA and NY: rural sheriffs likely to issue permits, but urban-dwellers basically out of luck.
- PA: processing time of up to 45 days allowed, but most counties issue permits immediately.
- WI: average processing time of about one week.
- WA: average processing time appears to be under one week, except in the Seattle area.
- SD: temporary permit issued within five days.
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