Firearm Restrictions by State

Gun Laws by State

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Last updated June 2018.

Overview of State Gun Laws

Gun laws in the US vary tremendously between each state. The majority of legislation relating to guns is enacted at the state level and these laws are independent of Federal Firearms Laws. This has resulted in a broad variation of gun laws across the US, with each state taking a different stance on issues such as permit requirements, carry laws, private and commercial sales, and self-defense laws.

In some states the firearms laws can be significantly less restrictive than federal laws. However, individuals are not exempt from federal laws just because the state laws are less restrictive. In most cases it is left to the discretion of local law enforcement as to whether or not they will enforce federal laws. The Supreme court has ruled in Printz v United States that local law enforcement are not obligated to enforce federal firearms laws.

There are forty states that have a provision that protects the right to bear firearms, similar to the Second Amendment to the US Constitution. Some of the states that do not have this protection are California, Minnesota, Maryland, Iowa, New Jersey and New York.


Firearm Sales and Purchases

 Some States require consumers to obtain a permit to legally   purchase a firearm. These permits can just cover handguns or be   extended to long guns and ammunition in the more restrictive   states. For example, Illinois requires a buyer to have an FOID   card to purchase any firearm or ammunition although lately they   have allowed concealed carry permits to be used for purchases.   But the buyer must still have been issued an FOID Card. Other   states will also often allow a concealed carry license to be used   as a purchase permit or to substitute as a background check.   Background checks are required by federal law on all persons purchasing a firearm from a licensed dealer. This law is not one that can be bypassed at a State level. Requirements of the ATF for FFL licensee's requires the FFL to perform these background checks prior to completing any sale. To facilitate these checks the FBI maintains a database where all requests are processed through called the FBI NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Check System).

As the purchaser of products, you are required to comply with all Federal, State and Local laws regarding the legality of your purchase. If you order magazines unlawfully and attempt to have the items shipped to an address that is not legal, the online shopping cart will not automatically prevent you from doing so. However you will still be subject to a 15% restocking fee upon the cancellation of your order.

Firearm Restrictions

It is the buyer's responsibility to know their local laws before purchasing firearms.

  • Maryland: No Firearms
  • New Jersey: No Firearms
  • New York: No Firearms
  • Washington D.C.: No Firearms
  • California: No Firearms
  • Connecticut: No semi-auto rifles
  • Massachusetts: No handguns, restrictions on semi-auto rifle

Magazine Restrictions

It is the buyer's responsibility to know their local laws before purchasing firearms.

  • California: 10 round limit
  • Connecticut: 10 round limit
  • Hawaii: 10 round limit
  • Maryland: 10 round limit
  • Massachusetts: 10 round limit
  • New York: 10 round limit
    • New York City: magazines prohibited
    • Buffalo/Rochester: 5 round limit
  • Washington D.C.: 10 round limit
  • Colorado: 15 round limit
  • New Jersey: 10 round limit
  • Cincinnati, Ohio: 10 round limit
  • Cleveland, Ohio: 10 round limit
  • Columbus, Ohio: 20 round limit
  • Dayton, Ohio: 10 round limit

Ammunition Restrictions

It is the buyer's responsibility to know their local laws before purchasing firearms.

  • Chicago, IL: no ammo
  • Cook Country, IL: no ammo
  • Washington D.C.: no ammo
  • Massachusetts: no ammo
  • New York: no ammo
  • Illinois: no ammo
  • Connecticut: no ammo
  • Maryland: no ammo
  • New Jersey: no ammo
  • Alaska: no ammo
  • California: no ammo

Knives

It is the buyer's responsibility to know their local laws before purchasing firearms.

  • New York: no knives
  • Other states have knife ownership restrictions, please check your local laws before purchasing a knife online.