Mandatory Mask Orders: Can You Still Carry in Your State? State by State

Over the past few days, we have heard the same question from almost every legal gun owner, “Can I legally carry while wearing a mask?” Depending on the state, a person not otherwise prohibited from possessing a firearm under state and federal law may be allowed to carry a gun in a non-prohibited place while wearing a mask.
Keep in mind all other laws still apply. Take time to learn the law!


Here is a quick detail State by State:

Alabama

Yes. The State of Alabama allows you to carry with a mask on.

Alaska

Yes. The State of Alaska allows you to carry with a mask on.

Arizona

Generally yes. While gun owners can carry a firearm while wearing a mask, Arizona may outlaw the wearing of a mask to conceal one’s identity, conceal one’s identity with intent to commit a crime, or other restrictions not directly related to firearms. See Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 13-701.

Arkansas

Yes. The State of Arkansas allows you to carry with a mask on.

California

No. California prohibits or will likely interpret the law to prohibit wearing a mask while carrying a firearm. See Cal. Penal Code § 25300.

Colorado

Yes. The State of Colorado allows you to carry with a mask on.

Connecticut

Generally yes. While gun owners can carry a firearm while wearing a mask, Connecticut may outlaw the wearing of a mask to conceal one’s identity, conceal one’s identity with intent to commit a crime, or other restrictions not directly related to firearms. See C.G.S. § 53-37a.

Delaware

Generally yes. While gun owners can carry a firearm while wearing a mask, Delaware may outlaw the wearing of a mask to conceal one’s identity, conceal one’s identity with intent to commit a crime, or other restrictions not directly related to firearms. See Del. Code Ann. Tit 11, § 1301.

Florida

Generally yes. While gun owners can carry a firearm while wearing a mask, Florida may outlaw the wearing of a mask to conceal one’s identity, conceal one’s identity with intent to commit a crime, or other restrictions not directly related to firearms. See Fla. Stat. § 876.155.

Georgia

Generally yes. While gun owners can carry a firearm while wearing a mask, Georgia may outlaw the wearing of a mask to conceal one’s identity, conceal one’s identity with intent to commit a crime, or other restrictions not directly related to firearms. See Ga. Code Ann. § 16-11-38See also Executive Order 04.11.20.02 Regarding the use of face masks/coverings to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Hawaii

Yes. The State of Hawaii allows you to carry with a mask on.

Idaho

Yes. The State of Idaho allows you to carry with a mask on.

Illinois

No. Illinois prohibits or will likely interpret the law to prohibit wearing a mask while carrying a firearm. See 720 ILCS 5/24-1.

Indiana

Yes. The State of Indiana allows you to carry with a mask on.

Iowa

Yes. The State of Iowa allows you to carry with a mask on.

Kansas

Yes. The State of Kansas allows you to carry with a mask on.

Kentucky

Yes. The State of Kentucky allows you to carry with a mask on.

Louisiana

Generally yes. While gun owners can carry a firearm while wearing a mask, Louisiana may outlaw the wearing of a mask to conceal one’s identity, conceal one’s identity with intent to commit a crime, or other restrictions not directly related to firearms. See La. Rev. Stat. § 14:313.

Maine

Yes. The State of Maine allows you to carry with a mask on.

Maryland

Yes. The State of Maryland allows you to carry with a mask on.

Massachusetts

Generally yes. While gun owners can carry a firearm while wearing a mask, Massachusetts may outlaw the wearing of a mask to conceal one’s identity, conceal one’s identity with intent to commit a crime, or other restrictions not directly related to firearms. See MGL c. 268 § 34.

Michigan

Generally yes. While gun owners can carry a firearm while wearing a mask, Michigan may outlaw the wearing of a mask to conceal one’s identity, conceal one’s identity with intent to commit a crime, or other restrictions not directly related to firearms. See MCL § 750.396.

Minnesota

Generally yes. While gun owners can carry a firearm while wearing a mask, Minnesota may outlaw the wearing of a mask to conceal one’s identity, conceal one’s identity with intent to commit a crime, or other restrictions not directly related to firearms. See Minn. Stat. 609.735.

Mississippi

Yes. The State of Mississippi allows you to carry with a mask on.

Missouri

Yes. The State of Missouri allows you to carry with a mask on.

Montana

Yes. The State of Montana allows you to carry with a mask on.

Nebraska

Yes. The State of Nebraska allows you to carry with a mask on.

Nevada

Yes. The State of Nevada allows you to carry with a mask on.

New Hampshire

Yes. The State of New Hampshire allows you to carry with a mask on.

New Jersey

Yes. The State of New Jersey allows you to carry with a mask on.

New Mexico

Generally yes. While gun owners can carry a firearm while wearing a mask, New Mexico may outlaw the wearing of a mask to conceal one’s identity, conceal one’s identity with intent to commit a crime, or other restrictions not directly related to firearms. See N.M. Stat. Ann. § 30-22-3.

New York

Yes. The State of New York allows you to carry with a mask on.

North Carolina

Generally yes. While gun owners can carry a firearm while wearing a mask, North Carolina may outlaw the wearing of a mask to conceal one’s identity, conceal one’s identity with intent to commit a crime, or other restrictions not directly related to firearms. See N.C. Gen. Stat. §§ 14-12.714-12.814-12.914-12.1014-12.11.

North Dakota

Generally yes. While gun owners can carry a firearm while wearing a mask, North Dakota may outlaw the wearing of a mask to conceal one’s identity, conceal one’s identity with intent to commit a crime, or other restrictions not directly related to firearms. See N.D.C.C. § 12.1-31-15.

Ohio

Generally yes. While gun owners can carry a firearm while wearing a mask, Ohio may outlaw the wearing of a mask to conceal one’s identity, conceal one’s identity with intent to commit a crime, or other restrictions not directly related to firearms. See Ohio Rev. Code § 3761.12.

Oklahoma

Generally yes. While gun owners can carry a firearm while wearing a mask, Oklahoma may outlaw the wearing of a mask to conceal one’s identity, conceal one’s identity with intent to commit a crime, or other restrictions not directly related to firearms. See Okla. Stat. tit. 21 § 1301.

Oregon

Yes. The State of Oregon allows you to carry with a mask on.

Pennsylvania

Yes. The State of Pennsylvania allows you to carry with a mask on.

Rhode Island

Yes. The State of Rhode Island allows you to carry with a mask on.

South Carolina

Yes. The State of South Carolina allows you to carry with a mask on.

South Dakota

Yes. The State of South Dakota allows you to carry with a mask on.

Tennessee

Yes. The State of Tennessee allows you to carry with a mask on.

Texas

Yes. The State of Texas allows you to carry with a mask on.

Utah

Yes. The State of Utah allows you to carry with a mask on.

Vermont

Generally yes. While gun owners can carry a firearm while wearing a mask, Vermont may outlaw the wearing of a mask to conceal one’s identity, conceal one’s identity with intent to commit a crime, or other restrictions not directly related to firearms. See local ordinance.

Virginia

Generally yes. While gun owners can carry a firearm while wearing a mask, Virginia may outlaw the wearing of a mask to conceal one’s identity, conceal one’s identity with intent to commit a crime, or other restrictions not directly related to firearms. See Va. Code § 18.2-422.

Washington

Yes. The State of Washington allows you to carry with a mask on.

Washington, D.C.

No. Washington, D.C. prohibits or will likely interpret the law to prohibit wearing a mask while carrying a firearm. See D.C. Code § 22-3312.03.

West Virginia

Generally yes. While gun owners can carry a firearm while wearing a mask, West Virginia may outlaw the wearing of a mask to conceal one’s identity, conceal one’s identity with intent to commit a crime, or other restrictions not directly related to firearms. See W. Va. Code § 61-6-22.

Wisconsin

Yes. The State of Wisconsin allows you to carry with a mask on.

Wyoming

Yes. The State of Wyoming allows you to carry with a mask on.


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