I get annoyed whenever these articles state that all 50 state now issue carry permits. There are several may issue states which in practice do not issue permits: NJ is notorious, and MD is about the same. MA has been getting more restrictive, and NY apparently depends on which county one lives in.
NJ has a pretense of issuing permits, but in practice does NOT.
CT is also a may issue state, but they actually DO issue permits, though the procedure is somewhat complicated and time consuming, and requires three checks to different agencies. But if one persists, and has no criminal record, the permit finally comes through.