They seem to be pretty middle of the road... some states are better, some are worse.
One may not even possess a handgun in NY without a NY pistol permit, even if locked up and unloaded, and they will not issue one to out-of-staters under any circumstances.
And it's a felony!
Right denied. Still say that's middle of the road?
Even in CA I can legally carry openly, unloaded, with a loaded mag on my belt.