More and more states allow concealed handguns without permit

This news is sure to drive the gun control Left up the wall.

At least 11 states have passed laws allowing the concealed carry of guns without a permit, including Idaho, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Vermont, West Virginia, and most recently New Hampshire.

In Missouri, lawmakers last year overrode Gov. Jay Nixon’s (D) veto and passed a package of gun legislation that established a “stand your ground” law and allowed people to carry concealed handguns without a permit. Concealed-carry permits were no longer necessary in the state starting Jan. 1. The bill’s sponsor, state Sen. Brian Munzlinger (R), said: “The basis of this whole bill is that it allows law-abiding citizens to protect themselves and their families.”

A week ago, on February 22, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu (R) signed a law that allows anyone who has purchased a licensed pistol or revolver to carry it, loaded or unloaded, on him or herself or in a vehicle. Sununu’s predecessor, Sen. Maggie Hassan (D), twice vetoed the legislation. Jeb Bradley (R), the majority leader of the state Senate, said, “We have historically allowed people to openly carry a pistol. I don’t see why you have to get a second permit if you’re a law-abiding citizen and legally entitled to own a gun.”

The New Hampshire law went into effect immediately. Previously, gun owners had to apply for a concealed-carry permit with the local police chief, who granted or denied the request. Bradley said that numerous people were unfairly denied permits, but police chiefs testified during hearings that few applications were turned down.

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But the permitless concealed carry is opposed by some police chiefs:

  • In New Hampshire, Portsmouth Police Commissioner Joseph Plaia, who is a member of Granite State Coalition for Common Sense — an offshoot of the gun control group Americans for Responsible Solutions founded by former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords  — said in a statement: “This bill will eliminate the state’s long-standing permitting system and prevent local law enforcement from making important determinations that help keep guns out of dangerous hands.”
  • In Missouri, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay (D) and the city’s police chief Sam Dotson said it would make neighborhoods less safe and make it more difficult for police to do their jobs.

Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, said the passage of such laws are an “anomaly” and occur in “legislatures that have been doing the NRA’s bidding.”

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures and the National Rifle Association (NRA), 16 states have introduced legislation this year to do the same, including Colorado, Indiana, Kentucky and Texas.

The legislation has been dubbed “permitless carry” or “constitutional carry,” as proponents believe that people have a constitutional right to carry a gun with as few restrictions as possible. Gun rights advocates see the laws as the next frontier in Second Amendment rights. Jennifer Baker, a spokeswoman for the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, said, “That’s kind of the next step in expanding law-abiding gun owners’ constitutional right to self-protection. It’s where a lot of states are moving.”

Nationwide, the legislation has been contentious and has failed in states that are traditional bastions of gun rights, with law enforcement members, politicians and gun proponents arguing that the bills go too far:

  • In Montana, Gov. Steve Bullock (D) vetoed a bill allowing for the carrying of concealed guns without a permit on February 23, saying in a veto letter that the state’s sheriffs may require safety training before granting a concealed-carry permit and can deny permits to people struggling with mental illness. Equating the bill to allowing people to drive cars, fly planes or erect buildings without determining if they are eligible and able to do so, Bullock wrote: “While I will fiercely defend the 2nd Amendment rights of our citizens, I cannot support an absurd concept that threatens the safety of our communities by not providing for the basic fundamentals of gun safety or mental health screening.”
  • In South Dakota, Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R), who said he is a lifetime member of the NRA, vowed in an op-ed in the Rapid City Journal that he would veto a bill that would establish permitless carry in the state because it is “bad legislation” that could have many unintended consequences. South Dakota does not require a permit to purchase a gun and a concealed-carry permit costs $10 and requires a background check.

Source: Washington Post

~Eowyn

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19 responses to “More and more states allow concealed handguns without permit

  1. It’s from the WA Pest you say? Thanks, that’s purr-feckt, as my parrot’s cage needs new floor paper and I have some compost to wrap!

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  2. Why do Politicians consider our Second Amendment protected Right,as written and understood,LESS valid today than it was 200 years ago,when there were NO restrictions on our right to properly defend ourselves,our friends and families and our Country with force equal to that wielded by the oppressors and the criminal element? The risk to lawful Americans is the same now as ever,if not worse,but somehow our Constitutionally protected,God given RIGHTS are depleted and watered down? Politicians who are acting AGAINST Constitutional Carry,as well as our OTHER Rights that have been “re-interpreted” to infer Governmental over-reach into them,need to be removed from office,as they are anti-American to its face. (I won’t call it TREASON,as TREASON carries a much tighter and stricter interpretation than this Constitutionally,but they are but different panels of the same quilt.)

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  3. ManCavePatriot

    This is just one more reason for the increase in citizen mobility.

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  4. Having held a carry permit for 37 years, I can tell you that this is really about a small revenue boost for underfunded law enforcement agencies. The police don’t worry about people who obtain and keep a pistol permit. It’s the people who are already criminals that cause gun related crimes.

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    • Please explain how a law allowing for concealed carry without permit is “really about a small revenue boost for underfunded law enforcement agencies”. Thanks!

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      • The sheriffs who oppose permitless carry do not want the revenue stream to end. This is not about keeping the public safe. It’s just another way to get a few more bucks. They know permit holders aren’t criminals and are not going to cause problems. But once you feed any county agency money, it becomes very difficult to give it up.

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  5. Kevin J Lankford

    If one understands our Constitution and understands our second amendment, then permission is the last thing we need. If not for the true U.S. citizens conceding to this false authority of any federal or state government regulating an unregulatable right in our past, we would not be suffering these infringements now.

    If the true U.S.citizens mean to regain their inalienable rights as enshrined in our Constitution, they will have to commit in unison to challenge and defy the arrogance of the corrupted and venal power mongers who are intent on our enslavement.

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  6. Well, this is great. We finally leveled the playing field with criminals. They will always have guns, so why not law abiding people too?!!

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  7. I worked at place that had a sign that said

    For YOUR Safety
    

    No Guns, Knives or
    Other Weapons allowed.

    I often wondered how many criminals got to the door and said to themselves.
    “Oh my 9 and switchblade are not allowed. I better not go in.”

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  8. While this is a good thing, being an longtime observer of the US tyranny and their machinations, I can assure all that there is a dark lining attached with this.

    First, one must ponder why the states are loosening handgun restrictions at the same time that the Khazarian fifth-column controlling the US tyranny and states, and the Khazarian-media, are simultaneously engaged in a war against our guns.

    Second, the US tyranny must, will, come for our guns. Period. They cannot allow the most armed people on the planet, after maybe the Swiss, to have the means to reject their tyranny.

    I believe the US tyranny is shrewdly creating an environment that will ameliorate their taking of our long guns; The guns that keep them awake at night. They will come for our long guns, and then tell us that, “You still have your rights, as we still permit you your handguns.”

    Sadly, I have believed this since at least 2008, and the Sandy Hook farce in 2012 has only reinforced this belief.

    “Got long guns?”

    An American citizen, not US subject.

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  9. The reason behind the push to enact “paperless” “constitutional carry” is to KILL “national” or interstate carry. No permit? NO CARRY outside your state.. See how simple that was. Please note how many states got behind this the INSTANT the push for interstate CC permit recognition gained momentum. Also this would allow the hard core anti gunners to kill CC by just repealing the law allowing CC. This is about killing CC. NOT making “better”.

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  10. I’ll gladly, here and now, elucidate all the un- and ill-informed which sadly includes high-ranking police officials and elected office-holders; ALL and EVERY GUN LAW, Federal, State and Municipal, IS ABSOLUTELY UNCONSTITUTIONAL and VIOLATES the SECOND AMENDMENT.There, can’t make it any plainer. Anyone who says otherwise has an agenda.

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    • AMEN to that!! As the Second Amendment is WRITTEN and INTENDED,there is no further discussion of it. If the Founders had intended any limitations on guns,registries or special licenses or permits,THEY WOULD HAVE INCLUDED MENTION OF THEM IN THE TEXT OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT.

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  11. I’ll throw my 2 cents in on this …..
    Question #1 : Do you have to APPLY AND ASK PERMISSION to exercise your freedom of speech ?
    Question #2 : Do you have to APPLY AND ASK PERMISSION to exercise your freedom of religion ?
    Question # 3 : Do you have to APPLY AND ASK PERMISSION to exercise your freedom of self incrimination ?
    Question # 4 : Do you have to APPLY AND ASK PERMISSION to exercise your right to avoid illegal searches and seizures ?
    Question # 5 : Is it really a right if you have to APPLY , ASK PERMISSION , AND PAY A FEE , TO ATTAIN THAT SO-CALLED CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT .

    I say no , as in HELL NO . Just another way the slimeball politicians look to raise revenue . Also , why would anyone want to TELL the POLS that you have a weapon , or two , or three ……..

    Random thoughts from a wandering mind , interested to hear others opines on this !!!

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  12. A PERSON DOESN’T KILL – it’s the weapon that kills. I own a weapon for MY protection. I don’t play with my gun, I never show my gun to anyone. It is stored in a safe place, carry it when necessary. And will use it if threatened.

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