Legal Boundaries By State – September 2019 Update

In May 2019, we released “Legal Boundaries by State – The Travel Guide For American Gun Owners” in both ebook and physical book formats. We vowed to update the book at least twice a year, and today we have officially released another update.

What Changed?

There have been three types of updates:

We Were Wrong:

There was a small number (less than 5) of things that readers brought to our attention that we had wrong. So, yeah, we can admit when we screw up, which is one reason we commit to updating the book several times a year…

Things Have Changed:

Just since May, we've seen a lot of things change. For example, reciprocity changes since May have rolled out that affect about 12 states.

Clarifying Something:

Based on reader feedback, we've updated a couple of pieces of content that, while technically accurate it wasn't clear enough or comprehensive enough to be helpful to the reader.

The Updated eBook is Available For Free For All Past Buyers.

We are keeping our commitment… namely:

If you buy or have ever purchased the eBook (or the combo eBook + Physical Book), you have permanent and ongoing access to the latest version of the eBook forever.

If you had ever purchased the eBook before, visit your account page to find the download link or the link included in the receipt email initially sent to you when you made the purchase.

Do You Want to Keep Up To Date With The Latest Gun Laws?

We think it is critical, especially when traveling, to be aware of the various and ever-changing gun laws in each state you travel to. This book is the most helpful resource you can find, and it works even where you don't have internet access on the road!

Click here to learn more and purchase your copy.

Here is a recent review of the book by the Shotgun Nation YouTube Channel:

About Jacob Paulsen

Jacob S. Paulsen is the President of provides in-person and online firearm training for American gun owners. The Company is currently teaching in-person classes in 25+ states with a team of more than 55 instructors. Jacob is a NRA certified instructor & Range Safety Officer, USCCA certified instructor and training counselor, Utah BCI instructor, Affiliate instructor for Next Level Training, Graduate and certified instructor for The Law of Self Defense, and a Glock and Sig Sauer Certified Armorer. He resides in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado with his wife and children.


  1. Ron Steiner on September 28, 2019 at 10:34 am

    I just bought digital copy of Legal Boundaries by state, how do you bring it up in a Kindle to read and update ?

    • Jacob Paulsen on September 28, 2019 at 10:37 am

      Rob I honestly don’t know. I don’t own a Kindle. The eBook is delivered as a PDF file and so I don’t know how you load a PDF file onto your Kindle. You can download it to your phone or computer from the link in your receipt or via your “my account” page on our site. You can also access it in our no-cost mobile app if you have the app installed on your device.

      • Jim M on October 13, 2019 at 3:11 pm

        How do you annotate changes from one edition to the next? Change bars in the margin, index of changes or do I need to locate changed text myself?

        • Jacob Paulsen on October 14, 2019 at 11:57 am

          We do not annotate changes. The edition is marked on the very first page of the book with the month and year but there is no changelog within the text itself.

    • Daryl G. Allen on October 5, 2019 at 11:39 am

      Rob you must have the PDF Viewer installed on your Kindle. It is easy to install.

    • Brian on October 5, 2019 at 11:42 am

      You should have a folder called “Docs” on your home page. The .pdf should be there and you can open it with Kindle.

  2. john on September 29, 2019 at 1:05 am

    I just purchased my e copy but I don’t know how to download it.

    • Jacob Paulsen on September 30, 2019 at 7:12 am

      after you have purchased the book you can download it from two places. First, the link that is inside of the email receipt from the purchase. Second, via this website by clicking on the “User Dashboard” link above, logging into your account, and then clicking on “my downloads.”

  3. Dennis Lewis on September 29, 2019 at 6:15 pm

    Need up date book

    • Jacob Paulsen on September 30, 2019 at 7:12 am

      Dennis, after you have purchased the book you can download it from two places. First, the link that is inside of the email receipt from the purchase. Second, via this website by clicking on the “User Dashboard” link above, logging into your account, and then clicking on “my downloads.”

  4. ktmrider on September 30, 2019 at 6:17 am

    Don’t know how to download the ebook

    • Jacob Paulsen on September 30, 2019 at 7:12 am

      ktmrider, after you have purchased the book you can download it from two places. First, the link that is inside of the email receipt from the purchase. Second, via this website by clicking on the “User Dashboard” link above, logging into your account, and then clicking on “my downloads.”

  5. Tam Paliotti on October 1, 2019 at 4:26 am

    Good Morning.

    could you please send me the updated link to the legal boundaries, i purchased this book several months ago have no idea were my receipt is however i did purchase this account name Tam paliotti

    • Jacob Paulsen on January 27, 2020 at 8:24 pm

      Tam, just contact our support team via the contact page in the above menu.

  6. Mark on October 11, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    Jacob, although I really enjoy and appreciate the work you all make available on concealed carry, I have some concerns about the accuracy of the legal data in this book. Do you document the source of your data? Is it put together or even reviewed by true experts (lawyers?) from each state? Or is it based upon the best a handful of concealed carriers with varying understanding of the laws of their state?
    How do I know I can trust the data for any particular state? After all, expertise in concealed carry is not the same as expertise in gun law, as much as we would like it to be.

    • Jacob Paulsen on October 12, 2019 at 2:56 pm

      Mark, thanks for asking. We use a number of sources and we go based on the 2 or more sources rule. To be specific what I’m saying is that everything in the book is verified but at least 2 sources considered industry standards. That could be other legal reference material or it could be press released or statements issues by Attorney Generals or State Police etc. Under no circumstance is the information supplied by any individual or group of individuals considered as a credible source. Most of the information in the book is widely researchable and easy to proof in a large number of sources. I’ll also add that in the first printing we sold over 1000 copies of the physical book and many more thousands of the digital eBook and we did discover through the help of customer feedback a handful (less than 5) outright errors. Those have been corrected in the latest edition. We also endeavor to only include content that can be verified and can be easily monitored. For example, we did not include information about if gun-free zone signs have the force of law as it is difficult in a number of states to say definitively that they do or don’t. So we choose to exclude that. We also did not include information about local jurisdictions. For example, laws that are different in Chicago than the state of Illinois at large. We do clarify if states have uniformity or not but we do not go into any local detail in those states that lack uniformity primarily because even if we could research it and include the information initially there would be no way for us to really monitor it closely enough to be confident we would be made aware of any changes at that level. So in summary… Everything in the book is verified by at least 2 credible industry-standard sources. Everything in the book is information we feel we can confidently monitor and be apprised of changes. Everything in the book is concrete enough that we feel we can speak to it with confidence and without any ambiguity.

  7. David Meyer on October 12, 2019 at 6:29 am

    Does this book also apply to HR 218 better known as the “Law enforcement officers safety act? Signed into law by President. George W. Bush.x

    • Jacob Paulsen on October 12, 2019 at 2:47 pm

      There is nothing in the book specific to LEOSA but it does comprehensively cover varying gun laws by state and even under LEOSA one must follow all specific state laws so I would say it is still a valuable resource. Of course one carrying under LEOSA has some restrictions that one with a valid and honored permit may not have and that is not covered in the book at all.

  8. Robert J Stabbe on October 12, 2019 at 10:49 am

    How often do you update the physical copy of the book, in addition to updates to the
    E book, do you offer updates to the the physical copy or would I need to buy the new book with or without a discount?
    Thank you

    • Jacob Paulsen on October 12, 2019 at 2:48 pm

      Robert, thanks for asking. The physical book is updated at the same time as the eBook. So each time we publish a new release the eBook is updated and any purchase of the physical book will be the latest version. If you want to purchase the latest version of the physical book we don’t currently have any sort of returning customer discount for that purpose but it sounds like a reasonable suggestion we will consider.

  9. wscrisafulli on November 1, 2019 at 9:48 am

    Please create and offer a Kindle version of the book as well as the PDF (side benefit is you can also sell it on Amazon as a Kindle book!). Much of my personal defense library is on my Kindle (it’s nice to be able to read Grossman’s “On Killing” on an airplane or in another public place without having observers call in the crazy man reading about killing people!).

    It is relatively easy for individuals to get a PDF file to their Kindle. All one has to do is email the PDF file to their Kindle’s email address. Every Kindle has a unique email address provided by Amazon. To find it, click on “Your Account” and then “Manage your Kindle content and devices”, then “Devices”. In the list that is displayed, find the Kindle you want it sent to and click the “…” button to the left of it. In the pop up box you will see that device’s email address listed. You can email and PDF file to your Kindle using this method.

    However, the resulting file is readable on the Kindle but it will not allow for changing the font or anything like that. Each page will be displayed in full screen mode on the Kindle. This can make reading the document typeface really small and impossible to read without zooming and scrolling around each page. There is a solution to this. Simply add the word “convert” as the Subject of the email you send. This converts the PDF to a more usable Kindle format, often more readable depending on how the conversion program interprets any complexities of the original PDF file.

    I have done this with the PDF and it produces a very readable document on my Kindle. However, this particular document would benefit greatly from having a hyperlinked table of contents to be able to quickly jump to each state/section of the book. The USA maps showing reciprocity could also be optimized for the Kindle’s monochrome display; as it is now they are difficult (but not impossible) to read. Please consider producing a native Kindle version to optimize these two areas. This would also allow you to sell it on Amazon as a Kindle eBook.

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