Prepared by: ATF Office of Enforcement Programs and Services.
Last updated: July 25, 2019
Note: Notwithstanding the dates set forth below, permits qualify as alternatives to the background check requirements of the Brady law for no more than 5 years from the date of issuance. The permit must be valid under State law in order to qualify as a Brady alternative.
|State / Territory||Qualifying Permits|
|Alaska||Concealed weapons permits marked NICS-Exempt|
|Arizona||Concealed weapons permits qualify.|
|Arkansas||Concealed weapons permits issued on or after April 1, 1999 qualify. *|
|California||Entertainment Firearms Permit only|
|District of Columbia||None *|
|Georgia||Georgia firearms licenses qualify.|
|Hawaii||Permits to acquire and licenses to carry qualify.|
|Idaho||Concealed weapons permits qualify.|
|Iowa||Permits to acquire and permits to carry concealed weapons qualify.|
|Kansas||Concealed handgun licenses issued on or after July 1, 2010 qualify as alternatives to the background check.|
|Kentucky||Concealed Deadly Weapons License (CDW) and Judicial Special Status CDW issued on or after July 12, 2006 qualify.|
|Louisiana||Concealed handgun permits issued on or after March 9, 2015 qualify.|
|Michigan||Licenses to Purchase a Pistol qualify. Concealed Pistol Licenses (CPLs) issued on or after November 22, 2005, qualify as an alternative to a National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) check. CPLs issued prior to November 22, 2005 and Temporary Concealed Pistol Licenses do not qualify as NICS alternative.|
|Mississippi||License to carry concealed pistol or revolver issued to individuals under Miss. Stat. Ann. § 45-9-101 qualify. (NOTE: security guard permits issued under Miss. Stat. Ann. §97-37-7 do not qualify).|
|Montana||Concealed weapons permits qualify.|
|Nebraska||Concealed handgun permit qualifies as an alternative. Handgun purchase certificates qualify.|
|Nevada||Concealed carry permit issued on or after July 1, 2011, qualify.|
|North Carolina||Permits to purchase a handgun and concealed handgun permits qualify.|
|North Dakota||Concealed weapons permits issued on or after December 1, 1999 qualify. *|
|Northern Mariana Islands||None|
|Ohio||Concealed weapons permits issued on or after March 23, 2015, qualifies as an alternative to the background check requirements.|
|South Carolina||Concealed weapons permits qualify.|
Gold Card Concealed Pistol Permits and Enhanced Permits to Carry a Concealed Pistol issued on or after January 1, 2017.
|Texas||Concealed weapons permits qualify.|
|U.S. Virgin Islands||None|
|Utah||Concealed weapons permits qualify.|
|West Virginia||Concealed handgun license issued on or after June 4, 2014 qualify.|
|Wyoming||Concealed weapons permits qualify.|
* While certain permits issued in these states prior to November 30, 1998 were “grandfathered” as Brady alternatives, none of these grandfathered permits would still be valid under State law as of November 30, 2003.