U.S. States with Open Carry Laws

According to OpenCarry.org (https://opencarry.org)

In 30 of the 50 U.S. states, you can legally carry around a gun with no permit.

In 15 of the 50 U.S. states, you can legally carry around a gun as long as you have a permit.

In 5 of the 50 U.S. states, you cannot legally carry around a gun**

Open Carry States

**One of the “No Open Carry Permitted” states — California — allows citizens to carry a loaded and exposed (not hidden) gun with a permit if they live in a county that has fewer than 200,000 people. 30 out of 58 of California’s counties have fewer than 200,000 people, meaning that 2,077,850 California residents (5% of the state’s total population) are legally allowed to carry arms — assuming they are not parolees or mentally ill.

States with Red Flag Laws

Nineteen (19) states and the District of Columbia have enacted Red Flag laws. In general, a Red Flag Law is a gun control law that allows police officers or family members to request that a state court issue an order temporarily taking the firearms from a person who might be a danger to others or to themselves. The order is issued if the gun owner’s statements and actions indicate that they are a threat. The guns are eventually returned to the owner unless another court hearing extends the period of confiscation.

In addition to Washington D.C., the following states have enacted Red Flag Laws:












New Mexico

New Jersey

New York


Rhode Island




Washington D.C.

States with Red Flag Laws

Firearm Deaths per 100K People per State

The following chart shows the number of firearm deaths per every 100,000 people for each state. With 47.92/100K, Maryland has the highest percentage of deaths. In terms of total deaths, though, Texas has the highest with 3,353. 

The smallest state in the U.S., Rhode Island, also has the lowest ratio and the least number of deaths.

Deaths per 100K people