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Summary for Open Carry

Alabama:   Legal while on foot in most public areas. Open carry on private property requires a carry license or consent from the property owner. Also all persons are prohibited from carrying firearms at or near a public demonstration.
Alaska:   Allowed by state law.
Arizona:   Unrestricted under state law in most public areas.
Arkansas:   There is some debate. A recent A.G. opinion asserts that one may open carry while on foot as long as one does not intend to use the handgun to commit a criminal offense.
California:   Prohibited in all public areas.
Colorado:   Permitted by state but some local jurisdictions may have restrictions.
Connecticut:   Permitted if licensed
Delaware:   Permitted however local ordinances may exist.
District of Columbia:   No open carry permitted
Florida:   Open carry is not legal in Florida except for a person engaged in fishing, camping, or lawful hunting or going to or returning from a fishing, camping, or lawful hunting expedition. [790.053, 790.25]
Georgia:   Open carry allowed only with permit
Hawaii:   Open carry allowed only with permit
Idaho:   Unrestricted in most public areas
Illinois:   Prohibited
Indiana:   Open carry allowed only with permit
Iowa:   Open carry allowed only with permit
Kansas:   Unrestricted in most public areas
Kentucky:   Unrestricted in most public areas
Louisiana:   Unrestricted in most public areas
Maine:   Unrestricted in most public areas
Maryland:   Open carry allowed only with permit
Massachusetts:   Open carry allowed only with permit
Michigan:   Unrestricted in most public areas
Minnesota:   Open carry allowed only with permit
Mississippi:   Unrestricted in most public areas
Missouri:   Unrestricted in most public areas
Montana:   Unrestricted in most public areas
Nebraska:   Unrestricted in most public areas
Nevada:   Prohibited in public areas
New Hampshire:   Unrestricted in most public areas
New Jersey:   Open carry allowed only with permit
New Mexico:   Unrestricted in most public areas
New York:   Prohibited by law
North Carolina:   Unrestricted in most public areas
North Dakota:   Open carry allowed only with permit
Ohio:   Not allowed in a motor vehicle / motorcycle.
Oklahoma:   Open carry allowed only with permit
Oregon:   No state restrictions
Pennsylvania:   Outside of Philadelphia, there is no law preventing open carry. However Opiate Emergency declaration might now restrict carry. Title 18 of state statutes states that "No person shall carry a firearm upon the public streets or upon any public property during an emergency proclaimed by a State or municipal governmental executive,"
Rhode Island:   Open carry allowed only with permit
South Carolina:   Prohibited in public areas
South Dakota:   Unrestricted in most public areas
Tennessee:   Open carry allowed only with permit
Texas:   Legal with License to Carry.
Utah:   Legal if the handgun is deemed unloaded. Utah's definition of unloaded is that there be no round in the firing position and at least two mechanical movements to fire.
Vermont:   Unrestricted in most public areas
Virginia:   Unrestricted in most public areas
Washington:   Unrestricted under state law in most public places
West Virginia:   Unrestricted in most public areas
Wisconsin:   No legal prohibition. Open carry is legal in places that aren't otherwise prohibited.
Wyoming:   Unrestricted in most public areas
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