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Attention gun owning citizens of the nation, here are four important gun laws that you need to know like the back of your hand:

  1. Concealed Carry
  2. Open Carry
  3. Castle Doctrine
  4. Stand Your Ground

So what are these laws, and how do they apply to you? Below is a short description of each one.


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The practice of carrying a weapon out of public view, which includes hiding it under a jacket, tucked into a waistband, or stowed in a bag, is legal in all 50 states, but most require a special permit. In the past decade, 10 states have passed laws reversing this requirement. Eight states currently allow students to carry concealed guns on college campuses.



Open carry is the act of publicly wearing a firearm in plain sight. You can freely carry rifles and shotguns in 44 states, and openly tote handguns in 45 states.



Castle laws, also known as “defense of habitation” laws, recognize the right to use deadly force in a situation of self-defense that occurs inside one’s own car or residence. The doctrine draws its name from English common law, which states, “For a man’s house is his castle.” The laws exist in 46 states.



Also known as the “shoot first” law, Stand Your Ground enables the right to use deadly force in self-defense. This was George Zimmerman’s successful argument for fatally shooting Trayvon Martin. These laws exist in 23 states.


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