26 states have either passed or are in the process of adopting constitutional carry laws

Ohio became the 23rd state to sign constitutional carry into law on Monday.

Updated: March 14, 2022 - 11:06pm

After Ohio became on Monday the 23rd state to have constitutional carry for firearms signed into law, more than half of all U.S. states have now either enacted or are in the process of adopting constitutional carry.

The NRA's Institute for Legislative Action defines "constitutional carry" as the right of "anyone who is legally allowed to posses a firearm to carry that firearm without a permit from the state." 

The other states that also have constitutional carry are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

Alabama signed their constitutional carry into law on Thursday, but it will not go into effect until January 2023.

The Indiana state legislature passed constitutional carry last Tuesday, and it is heading to the governor for him to sign.

On Friday, the Georgia House passed a constitutional carry bill after the state Senate had passed its own. The House bill will go to the upper chamber for consideration, and Gov. Brian Kemp has already expressed his support for constitutional carry.

The Nebraska state legislature passed constitutional carry legislation on Friday, but it has another round of votes to face before being passed out of the legislature and sent to the governor.

If the pending constitutional carry bills in Indiana, Georgia, and Nebraska are all enacted into law, 26 states will then have constitutional carry.

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