State Gun Purchasing Requirements

Get information about gun permit requirements in all 50 states.

Consult the chart below to learn whether or not your state requires a permit to purchase a handgun or to carry a concealed weapon. Click on the link to your state for detailed information.

State

Handgun Purchase Permit/Concealed Handgun Permit Penalty
Alabama No/Yes Up to one year in jail or fined up to $500
Alaska No/No - certain restrictions apply Class B misdemeanor (up to 90 days in jail)
Arizona No/No   Anything from a misdemeanor to a serious felony offense
Arkansas Yes/Yes Range from a Class B misdemeanor to a serious felony offense
California Yes/Yes Anything from a misdemeanor to a serious felony offense
Colorado No/Yes Class 2 misdemeanor or class 5 felony depending on the conviction
Connecticut Yes/Yes A fine up to $1,000, or up to 5 years in prison, or both
Delaware No/Yes Class D felony, and/or several years in prison
D.C. All guns outlawed except for keeping in the home, business, or for specified rec. purposes. A fine up to $1,000, up to one year in jail, or both
Florida No/Yes A fine up $5,000, up to fiver years in prison, or both
Georgia No/Yes A fine from $250 to $1,000 and up to 5 years in prison
Hawaii Yes/Yes A fine of up to $2,000, up to one year in jail, or both
Idaho No/Yes Fines and up to one year in jail
Illinois Yes/Yes 1st offense a fine up to $2,500 and up to one year in jail
Indiana No/Yes Anything from a misdemeanor to a serious felony offense
Iowa Yes/Yes A fine from $625 up to $6,250 and jail time
Kansas No/Yes A fine, time in jail or prison, or both
Kentucky No/Yes A fine up to $500 and possible jail time
Louisiana No/Yes A fine up to $500, up to six months in jail, or both
Maine No/Yes A fine up to $2,000 and possible jail time
Maryland No/Yes A fine of at least $250 and possibly 30 days in jail
Massachusetts Yes/Yes Anything from a misdemeanor to a serious felony offense
Michigan No/Yes A fine up to $2,500 and the possibility of 5 years in prison
Minnesota Yes/Yes A fine of up to $3,000, up to one year in jail, or both
Mississippi No/Yes A fine of at least $100, up to six months in jail, or both.
Missouri No/Yes None specified - court determines
Montana No/Yes A fine up to $500, up to six months in jail, or both
Nebraska No/Yes None specified - court determines
Nevada No/Yes A fine up to $10,000, at least one   year in prison, or both
New Hampshire No/Yes A fine of up to $1,000, up to a year in jail, or both
New Jersey Yes/Yes (must be unloaded in public) Depending on the type of weapon involved, you may receive five or more years in prison for a gun carry violation
New Mexico No/Yes A fine up to $500, up to six months in jail, or both
New York Yes/Yes A fine of up to $1,000, up to 12 months in jail, or both
North Carolina Yes/Yes A fine of up to $1,000, up to 60 days in jail, or both
North Dakota No/Yes None specified - court determines
Ohio No/Yes Penalties include a fine of up to $1,000, up to six months in jail, or both
Oklahoma No/Yes Jail time for at least 10 days, fined up to $500, or both
Oregon No/Yes Jail up to 6 months, fined up to $2,500, or both
Pennsylvania No/Yes Penalties include a fine of up to $15,000, up to seven years in prison, or both
Rhode Island Yes/Yes Penalties include a fine of up to $10,000, at least one year (and up to ten years) in prison, or both
South Carolina No/Yes Penalties include a fine of up to $10,000, up to ten years in prison, or both
South Dakota No/Yes Penalties include a fine of up to $2,000, up to one year in jail, or both
Tennessee No/Yes Penalties for a first violation include a fine of up to $500, up to 30 days in jail, or bot
Texas No/Yes Penalties include a fine of up to $2,500, up to one year in jail, or both
Utah No/Yes Penalties include a fine of up to $2,500, up to one year in jail, or both
Vermont No/Yes None specified - court determines
Virginia No/Yes Penalties for a first offense include a fine of up to $2,500, up to 12 months in jail, or both
Washington No/Yes Penalties include a fine of at least $250 (and up to $1,000), at least 24 hours (and up to 90 days) in jail, or both
West Virginia No/Yes Penalties for a first offense include a fine of at least $100 (and up to $1,000), up to 12 months in jail, or both
Wisconsin No/Yes Penalties include a fine of up to $10,000, up to nine months in jail, or both
Wyoming No/No (if qualified) It is a misdemeanor to carry a handgun in Wyoming if you would not be eligible to obtain a concealed carry. Penalties for a first offense include a fine of up to $750, up to six months in jail, or both

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