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Gun Violence and Libraries: What's the Law?

Resources for libraries on addressing policies, education, and training on gun violence.

Federal Laws

State Gun Laws


Right to Carry - Laws which allow individuals to carry concealed handguns if they meet other state-legislated criteria.

Concealed Carry - The practice of carrying weapon, typically a handgun, in public in a concealed manner

Open Carry - The practice of allowing the permitted gun owner to carry a firearm on one's person in public

Stand Your Ground - Also called "no duty to retreat". Such laws remove the duty to retreat before using force in self-defense or to protect others from threats.

Castle Doctrine - A person attacked in his home can use reasonable force--including deadly force--to protect himself or another. Each state has different legal provisions.  Appears to have come from the English common law allowing protection of one's home -- or castle.

Strawman Purchase - A loophole in licensing. A felon, or someone unable to purchase legally, arranges with someone who can to acquire a weapon.