That’s what the liberal ninnies at the Washington Post must be wondering right about now. Despite their best efforts to stampede the American public into surrendering yet another of its consitutional rights (and one very dangerous to the Leftist project), more and more states are moving toward — gasp! — Constitutional Carry. Which means, basically, “shall not be infringed.”
This may be the year that several states will allow people to walk around in public with concealed guns — no permit required.
Let me stop right there: Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!
Gun rights advocates have had tremendous success in recent decades making it easier to obtain a concealed-carry permit. In most states, the process is now a fairly straightforward: Applicants typically have to pass a background check. Some states also ask that applicants take a gun safety class, and some may reject applications if there is evidence of mental illness.
A handful of states are far more permissive. Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Wyoming and Vermont don’t require a permit at all for concealed carry in public. Vermont has never had such a requirement; Alaska went permit-free in 2003; Arizona in 2010; Wyoming in 2011 (limited to residents); and Arkansas in 2013.
Yeah, and you know how dangerous Vermont is, what with every stump-toothed Green Mountain good ol’ boy packing and whatnot. Gee, isn’t about time we hear from some anti-Constitutional scholar at the Brady Center about how awful the latest turn of events is? Coming right up!
These victories have been hard-wrung. “Even if a majority of the legislature or the governor might be in favor of concealed-carry laws, it’s generally agreed that having some sort of training or background check is really important,” said Brian Malte, the national policy director for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
But in 2014, Republicans took control of nearly a dozen state chambers, allowing permitless concealed-carry efforts to resurge in places like New Hampshire, West Virginia and Maine.The American public has recently been tilting toward gun rights; a Pew poll last month showed guns rights supporters pulling ahead of gun control supporters 52 to 46.
But Americans also want background checks, which permitless concealed-carry laws could do away with. A Quinnipac poll last year also showed that an overwhelming majority of voters, both Democrat and Republican, support background checks for all gun purchases. A similar majority would also bar people suffering from mental illness from purchasing guns.
Somebody needs to tell the Post and its crack reporters than constitutional rights are not subject to opinion polls or plebiscites. Further, the place to learn gun safety is in the home or the community, not from the state or federal government.
Gun control advocates say that about 18 states are looking at permitless carry laws this year, depending on how you count. Here is a roundup of the more prominent bills…
Feel free to click on the link at the top to see which terrifying Galt’s Gulch-type crazy lands are considering following the plain text of the Second Amendment. Then consider moving there. Freedom is always worth fighting for.