Guns and Ammo just released their ranking for Best States for Concealed Carry for 2014. Where does your state rank?
Ever wonder where your state ranked amongst the rest for concealed carry? For strictly curiosity's sake, I do, and since I live in Ohio and am pretty familiar with Ohio's laws, I figured we would score pretty well against other states.
Boy, was I surprised when Guns and Ammo Magazine released their Best States for Concealed Carry ranking this year and ranked Ohio 40th out of 50 states in the nation, dropping us one rank from 39 in 2013.
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They determine the rankings on a point-based system by assigning points to different categories and then totaling out the score. With a total of 95 points to earn, each state has their work cut out for them.
The general categories they use are Method of Issuance, Reciprocity, Training Time, Application Fee, Stand your Ground/Castle Doctrine, "Best States for Gun Owners 2014" ranking (that is a ranking that Guns and Ammo puts out to determine which are the most gun-friendly states), Duty to Inform, Preemption of Home-Rule and Nonresident Permit Issuance. Each category is then scored with some weighted more then others. Keep in mind that since state specific laws can change, this is pretty objective.
The Top 5 States in 2014, according to Guns and Ammo, this year:
- North Dakota
The states surrounding Ohio scored out like this:
- Kentucky - 10th
- Indiana - 13th
- Pennsylvania - 14th
- West Virginia - 26th
- Michigan - 30th
While I am disappointed that Ohio didn't score higher, I can also understand why. Ohio's laws compared to Kentucky's for example are pretty tight. For example, in Kentucky you can have a loaded gun in the car and stored away where in Ohio, unless you have a permit, you have to have the gun unloaded. Indiana has no training requirement and can get a lifetime license, where Ohio has 12 hours of training requirement and the license needs to be renewed every 5 years. There is currently legislation making its way through the State Government here in Ohio that will help to loosen a lot of restrictions on concealed carriers so in the future we should hopefully score higher.
As always, regardless of how someone scores out and ranks states, you should always be aware of what the gun laws and concealed carry laws are for the state you live in and any states you may work in or travel through. It is your responsibility to be complaint with the laws, no matter how silly they may seem.
This also brings up a good point that our work to retain and expand our rights never end. There is still a lot of work to be done in Ohio to expand our concealed carry rights and this ranking just shows that. Regardless of your state, join a local Second Amendment advocacy group that works in your local state. They are the ones that need your help to expand your rights. In Ohio, check out the Buckeye Firearms Association and Ohioans for Concealed Carry groups. They are constantly lobbying for change in Ohio for our Second Amendment rights.
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Oh, in case you were wondering, Ohio Ranked 4th in the nation for Best States for Gun Owners (most gun-friendly states).
Where did your state rank this year? Are you happy or surprised? Let us know.