I wrote recently about the dawn of the era of permitless carry, as a nascent stage in the expansion of gun carry rights following the normalization of shall issue concealed carry.
Of course I am not unique in observing this expanding right to bear arms. Over many years, Rob Vance has graphically depicted this and John Richardson has shared Vance’s graphic on his blog, No Lawyers Only Guns and Money.
The passage of permitless carry in New Hampshire and North Dakota has prompted the release of the latest graphic showing blue (permitless carry) continuing to grow and red (no permits issued) continuing to shrink.
UPDATE: As Jonathan notes in the comments, the graphic speaks to the issue of CONCEALED carry only, which of course has a complex relationship to OPEN carry, which is also a form of firearms carry right. Here in North Carolina, shall issue concealed carry was banned in 1879 then legalized again in 1995, but the right to open carry was reiterated during a legal challenge to the concealed carry ban back in 1882.
Note that the graphic depicts the % of the US population that lives in states covered by different laws. It does not speak to how many or what proportion of the population carries concealed or has a permit.
It is interesting to observe that the 13 states that have permitless carry are much less populous (9.7% of US pop) than the 6 states and DC classified as may issue (CA, DC, MD, MA, NJ, NY, RI) or no issue (Hawaii) (27.4% of US pop).
There are many nuances in the realities of concealed carry permitting, about which I will have a chapter in my book. But this graphic provides an excellent way of picturing the dramatic changes that have taken place in concealed carry laws over the past 30 years.