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South Dakota Now Constitutional Carry State

From AP:

South Dakota is the 14th state to enact such a law for both residents and visitors. Pennington County Capt. Marty Graves tells KOTA-TV he thinks it’s a good thing for gun owners. Graves says it will lighten the work load for his office because it will no longer issue the permits and collect the fees.

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Constitutional Carry Bill In Ohio

From Guns.com:

The measure, HB 178, eliminates the state’s concealed weapons license requirement and codifies the right of a person who is 21 or older and not otherwise prohibited from possessing a firearm to carry a handgun without first getting a CWL. The bill won the 7-4 approval of the House Federalism Committee this week.

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Bill Introduced To Prevent Conflict With Gun-Free Schools Act

From Guns.com:

The Constitutional Carry States’ Rights Act was filed last week by U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds, a South Dakota Republican, who stressed the state’s pending permitless concealed carry law could pose an issue for those passing near school zones. In short, the federal Gun-Free School Zones Act bans carrying firearms within 1,000 feet of a school zone, with an exception for those with a carry permit. Supporters of the bill fear that those practicing legal constitutional carry may not meet that exception.

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Michigan Moves Toward Constitutional Carry

From M Live:

Michigan gun owners could carry concealed weapons without a license, letting license-holders carry in gun-free zones and carry loaded weapons on off-road vehicles under Republican-sponsored bills pending in the state House.

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Constitutional Carry On Horizon In Alabama

From NRA-ILA:

The Alabama Senate could bring Senate Bill 4, Constitutional Carry, to the floor for a vote next week!  SB 4, sponsored by Senate Gerald Allen (R-21), would recognize a law-abiding citizen’s unconditional Right to Keep and Bear Arms for self-defense in the manner they choose.  

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Kentucky Passes Constitutional Carry

From Lexington Herald-Leader:

The Republican-led Senate approved Senate Bill 150 on a 29-8 vote and sent it to the GOP-led House for its consideration. Kentucky could become the 15th state in the nation to adopt a permitless carry law.

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Oklahoma To Be Next Constitutional Carry State?

From Gun Owners of America:

That whirlwind — Constitutional Carry — would make Oklahoma the 16th state in the country to recognize the right to protect yourself and your family without first getting the government’s permission. This would mean that nearly a third of the fifty states would be “Constitutional Carry” states.

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South Dakota Passes Constitutional Carry

From Gun Rights Watch:

As of July 1st this year, a new law allowing both South Dakota residents and visitors to carry concealed handguns called Constitutional Carry will go into effect. Gov. Kristi Noem tweeted yesterday that she will sign the bill today, which had passed the House and Senate within the past few weeks.

South Dakota is the 13th state to pass such a law. The state has restored the rights of its citizens to protect themselves however they see fit without government interference.

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South Dakota Senate Passes Constitutional Carry

From Guns.com:

The measure, Senate Bill 47, zipped through the chamber’s judiciary committee last week and sailed to an easy 23-11 victory this week in the Republican-controlled body, heading to the state House for further consideration. The move would repeal the requirement that those carrying a concealed pistol or revolver first obtain a license to do so.

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Constitutional Carry Moving Forward

From The Truth About Guns:

State Rep. Jonathan Stickland has filed a bill to allow “Constitutional Carry” — to let any Texan who legally owns a handgun carry it openly or concealed without first getting a permit— across the state.

After years of unsuccessful attempts, supporters of legislation that would allow people to carry concealed handguns without a permit in South Dakota anticipate revived prospects for the conservative prize once GOP Gov.-elect Kristi Noem takes office in January.

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The Correlation Between Democrats and Disarmament

From Slow Facts:

The carry rate varies from a high of about 15 percent down to zero in some states.  The number of us who will get our permit is determined by the issuing scheme and the costs.  These factors explain how many, but they don’t explain why.

The answer is politics.  Some states have Democrats as their governor, attorney general, and in control of their legislatures.  Others have Republicans in those positions.  The degree of Democrat control is strongly linked to the decline in carry permits.  Look at the next figure.  All the states in the upper left corner are Republican controlled while all the states in the lower right corner are all Democrat controlled.

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North Dakota Passes Constitutional Carry

From Guns.com:

House Bill 1169 codified the right of those with a North Dakota drivers’ license or state-issued ID card to carry a concealed handgun. The bill passed the House last month 83-9 and the Senate this week 34-13. Burgum, who carried an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association during his election campaign last year, contends the measure reaffirms Second Amendment rights.

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NYT Continues Irrational Fear Of Guns

From The Federalist:

Nobody—not even the editorial board of The New York Times—is free from the moral responsibility to do a little research before commenting on a matter of public import. If you are going to talk about a contentious public issue, you should learn a little bit about it beforehand to avoid misleading others and making yourself look profoundly foolish.

Unfortunately the Times’s editorial board recently ignored this timeless advice and issued an editorial that was essentially a grand exercise in willful ignorance. According to the Times, Missouri’s recent passage of a “constitutional carry” gun law has transformed the Show-Me State into “the shoot-me state.” The Times says the law represents “a wholesale retreat from gun safety in the state.”

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MO Passes Constitutional Carry

From NRA-ILA:

Sponsored by state Senator Brian Munzlinger (R-18), and state Representative Eric Burlison (R-133) SB 656 would:

  • Recognize Missourians right to Constitutional/Permitless Carry where open carry is not prohibited
  • Expand Missouri’s current Stand your Ground laws
  • Expand Castle Doctrine protections for anyone legally allowed into your home, vehicle, business and property
  • Specify that except for credit card fees incurred, no additional fee beyond $100 may be charged to process concealed carry permits and allows military members extra time to renew their permits
  • Implement 10, 20 and 50 year options for non-reciprocity issued permits
  • Allow components of firearm training for RTC permits to be online

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Open Carry Encounter Goes Well

From The Truth About Guns:

I often open carry, especially in the summer when the temperatures make concealed carry a bit more cumbersome. I was open carrying at this Yuma, Arizona gas station when a man approached me. He asked if Arizona is an open carry state. I told him it was, and went on to explain that most states were. He said he was from Colorado, where open carry was forbidden in some cities.

The encounter illustrates an often underrated advantage of open carry: it’s an excellent way to meet interesting, mostly friendly people who are potential allies. About 95 percent of the contacts that I make while openly carrying are amiable and curious, as this gentleman was.

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