Skip to comments.The 2nd Amendment: A Concealed Carry Permit
Posted on 01/25/2012 9:18:22 AM PST by marktwain
When Obama was running for president in 2008, he promised to fundamentally change America a phrase which lucid Americans took as meaning he was going to bring his leftist agenda to bear on us all. And if Obama has had any success as president, its certainly been his success in changing us fundamentally from a nation under law to a nation that often looks lawless. From a nation in which one feels secure into a nation in which more and more people are feeling that their security is in their own hands (literally). And this has led not only to record breaking gun sales since Obamas election, but also to changes in state laws around the country to make it easier for law-abiding citizens to carry a handgun for their own protection.
As a result of this, Wisconsin, which was one of the few states to not have some form of concealed carry law within its borders, now has one thanks to their much maligned Republican legislature and Gov. Scott Walker. With the stroke of a pen in July of 2011, Walker made Wisconsin the 49th state in the union to allow the concealed carry of handguns. (Only Illinois, Obamas old stomping ground, continues to deny its citizens this option right.)
And while I dont want to take away from what Walker has accomplished in Wisconsin, during the last few years the momentum has shifted from seeking to allow licensed citizens to carry concealed handguns to allowing all citizens without a felony in their criminal record or mental health problems to carry concealed without a license or a permit. In other words, the growing push abroad is to recognize the 2nd Amendment as a sufficient permit for concealed carry and go from there. After all, the 2nd Amendment does say we have the right not only to keep but also to bear arms.
Arizonas Gov. Jan Brewer espoused this view on April 16, 2010, when she signed legislation recognizing the right for Arizonans to carry a concealed handgun without a permit. Said Brewer upon signing the legislation: This legislation not only protects the Second Amendment rights of Arizona citizens, but restores those rights as well.
At the time, Arizona joined Vermont and Alaska as the only states recognizing what many have come to refer to as Constitutional Carry: so named because the foundation of the right to bear arms is spelled out in the Constitutions Bill of Rights. But since Arizona took that step, Wyoming has followed suit and Kentucky state legislator Mike Harmon has been pushing for Constitutional Carry in the Bluegrass State as well. Moreover, there have been similar bills put forward in at least six other states.
America has a gun culture, which historically speaking, is closely intertwined with our recognition of the God-given duty to preserve our own lives and our own liberty. And as it seems that more and more citizens are realizing this, perhaps well be fortunate enough to see more and more states follow Alaska, Vermont, Arizona, and Wyoming down the path that recognizes not only our right to keep arms, but our right to bear them without infringement as well.
As Ted Nugent put it: The 2nd Amendment is my concealed carry permit.
New Hampshire representative Jenn Coffey is one of the movers and shakers for freedom in New Hampshire:
Our Constitution is sufficient. We don't need this constant, communist slathering of positive law on top of it.
Incredibly frustrating that in order to exercise a protected Right that we have to jump through these hoops.
Oklahoma has issued Concealed Carry Permits in since 1995. For those hard core blue folk that is 16 years.
If you look at a map of The United States from the early 1980's then compare it to today the change from no issue, may issue and shall issue states has changed dramatically.
Today shall issue states are in the majority, some may issue states have become shall issue and no permit required states are showing up on the map.
It is the states that have taken the bull by the horns in most cases to begin to return that freedom to us. I call it States Rights because the federal government has done little if anything positive when it comes to Concealed Carry.
Things are far from perfect in the various states but at the present time we the citizens are gaining in small increments.
There is even "talk" of National Reciprocity.
The statement "I am from the federal government and I am here to help you" comes to mind. To me there is great danger in that statement because what Washington D.C. gives can be taken away with the stroke of a pen.
It is 150 miles to my state capital, it is 1,500 miles to Washington. Where can I be the most effective when it comes to the politics of gun control?
Good start. Now when will they begin licensing the priviliges citizens have under the first and fifth and other amendments?