how many states have a caliber limit?

how many states have a caliber limit?

This is a discussion on how many states have a caliber limit? within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Here in Oklahoma we are limited to .45 caliber or smaller for Concealed carry. Do any other states have a similar limit?...

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    how many states have a caliber limit?

    Here in Oklahoma we are limited to .45 caliber or smaller for Concealed carry. Do any other states have a similar limit?
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    My .44 mag is a "smaller" caliber than .45. It's .429. which makes it .083 smaller than a .45 which is around .451. Would it be legal for CC under that law?

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    Yes it would. 44<45 so you'd be fine.
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    Surprisingly New York doesn't have any such laws
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    Rhode Island has a limit. You must carry no larger than the gun that you qualify with on the shooting part of the test. I used a 45, but normally I carry a S&W 40 cal. Must shoot 190/300 or better on the standard Army L target 30 rounds, 30 minutes.
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    Was the law passed before 454s and 500s were invented?
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    Well, the 454 would still be legal, it's a lengthened 45 Colt round, often called Long Colt. for that matter I think the 480 Ruger is actually a lengthened 454 round, so it would be as well, but 50 caliber would not be. Granted I wouldn't want to carry a concealed .500 S&W magnum, not a good round for people, but on the other hand, if you're in the woods, or hangun hunting it'd be nice to be able to just toss a jacket over it when heading to a store for food, gas etc.
    I think the law predates most but not all of the .50 calibers. Not sure what real purpose it serves actually. "Other than preventing Dirty Harry on steroids scenarios, "This is a .500 S&W magnum, the most powerfull hangun in the world, do you feel lucky punk? "
    I carry .45 auto and .380,occasionally a .357, hoping to add a .40 into my rotation soon. Just curious as to whether other states, and which ones, may have something similar.
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    So would a .223 or a 7.62x39 pistol be legal? Little hard to conceal but do-able

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeephipwr View Post
    So would a .223 or a 7.62x39 pistol be legal? Little hard to conceal but do-able
    If you can get that round into a pistol, then yes they would be legal.

    This is one of those laws written by people that have no clue about guns. The laws states

    derringer, a revolver and a semiautomatic pistol, provided no pistol shall be capable of firing larger than .45 caliber ammunition
    So anything that shoots less than .460 is legal but something like 50 GI is illegal eventhough it's not significantly more powerful the 45 acp.
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    In response to the OK law, Texas legislators are now considering Senate Bill 45-200-800, which mandates all Texans carry a handgun of at least .45 caliber, with bullet weight of at least 200 grains, and a powder charge sufficient to produce 800 FPS velocity. Troopers will stop OK folks at the border, and confiscate their wimpy pistols.

    OK, just kidding!

    Texas does have a lower limit, though, for folks during the shooting portion of the CHL class. As I recall, it is minimum .32 caliber. Folks can carry smaller on the street.

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    Despite Oklahoma's caliber limit, we don't have anything that say you can't carry bigger than you qualify with. The only thing the law says is that if you qualify with a derringer, you can carry a derringer. Qualify with a revolver and you can carry both, qualify with a semi and you can carry all three.
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    Quote Originally Posted by paaiyan View Post
    Despite Oklahoma's caliber limit, we don't have anything that say you can't carry bigger than you qualify with. The only thing the law says is that if you qualify with a derringer, you can carry a derringer. Qualify with a revolver and you can carry both, qualify with a semi and you can carry all three.
    I'd love to see someone show up and qualify with a Contender in .50 Whisper...
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    Quote Originally Posted by gasmitty View Post
    I'd love to see someone show up and qualify with a Contender in .50 Whisper...
    Why not a Glock in 50 AE?

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    Caliber limit....

    If someone could conceal the .500 smith or a desert eagle, he doesnt need a gun.
    I think a MINIMUM caliber limit does indeed make sense.

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