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Some states require a license or permit to anyone who will sell firearms. In addition, certain states, such as California, prohibit anyone who is not a licensed dealer from selling firearms. This means that private parties will not be allowed to deal with the sale of firearms unless they go through a licensed dealer. When it comes to selling in gun shows, some states require background checks and other additional requirements for sellers.


Some states, such as Hawaii and New York, require gun purchasers to obtain a permit. A background check is a common requirement in some states for anyone who wishes to buy a gun.

Open and Concealed Carry

Open carry means that the firearm is carried in plain sight, while concealed carry means possessing the gun, but it is hidden from view. Most states allow open and concealed carry of guns, but some require a permit or license. However, be sure to check the specific regulation for your gun type as it differs from state to state.

Restrictions of Guns in Certain Places

In addition to laws surrounding open and concealed carry, some states also have additional regulations when it comes to bringing a gun to certain areas. Usual areas with additional requirements and prohibitions include worship venues, hospitals, sports venues, college campuses, and any place that serves alcohol.

Safety and Stolen Guns

Some states require a locking device when transferring or selling guns. When it comes to stolen or missing guns, it is mandatory in some states to report them.