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AR to Become 'Constitutional Carry' State
National Review Online ^ | July 2, 2013 | Charles C. W. Cooke

Posted on 07/02/2013 12:03:09 PM PDT by neverdem

Good news from Arkansascarry.com:

In July, 2013, Arkansas will become the fifth state in the United States to enact “Constitutional Carry” into law. Act 746 of the 2013 General Assembly was signed into law by Governor Mike Beebe on April 4th, 2013, after receiving only one “nay” vote from the legislature.

Constitutional Carry occurs in a state when no laws exist that generally restrict the carry of handguns (open or concealed) for self-defense purposes. Arkansas law 5-73-120 currently prohibits the possession of a handgun if it is possessed “readily available for use with a purpose to employ the handgun… as a weapon against a person”, which puts the burden of proof of legal carry upon the person carrying the handgun. Act 746 changes the prohibitive language in July . . .

Thus Arkansas joins Vermont, Arizona, Alaska, and Wyoming in enjoying full “constitutional carry” rights. (Certain parts of Montana and New Mexico have such systems, too.) Effectively, “constitutional carry” means that citizens are presumed to enjoy the right to bear arms as a matter of course, rather than that right’s being contingent upon a permitting process. This is clearly preferable even to liberal permitting regimes, not just because it better abides by the logic of Anglo-American liberty but because it removes the scope for middlemen to interfere or to use the system as a means of raising money.

It is a rare thing indeed when lost rights are recovered. But gun rights really are in the midst of a tranformation. Until 2003, Vermont was the only state that retained its “constitutional carry” system. Now, there are five, and 13 other states are currently considering joining them. The progress that has been made in this area and with concealed-carry permitting over the last 20 years is nothing short of astonishing:

As a result of its changes, Arkansas will also become the 45th state to allow at least some form of Open Carry. Another map, this one from opencarry.org, shows the remaining holdouts:

Until such time as the whole country has adopted the regime, “constitutional carry” will continue to present a problem for some. Many states will happily accept CCW permits from other states, but if you don’t have one because you don’t need one? Well, tough. In consequence, a few states have started to allow non-residents to apply for the CCW permits. The state of Florida has become particularly popular: its CCW permit, available to non-residents, is recognized in 36 states.

Last year, Democratic Senators Mark Begich and Joe Manchin introduced a Senate bill that would have allowed ctizens with state-issued CCW permits to carry concealed handguns in any other state. The bill went nowhere, and it seems unlikely that it will pass any time soon (unless, perhaps, it is part of a bigger bill that includes federal gun restrictions). Hopefully, the states will continue restoring the Second Amendment of their own volition, rendering federal efforts to do so happily moot. (Hey, a New Yorker can dream.)


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Politics/Elections; US: Alaska; US: Arizona; US: Arkansas; US: Montana; US: New Mexico; US: Vermont; US: Wyoming
KEYWORDS: alaska; arizona; arkansas; banglist; constitutionalcarry; guncontrol; montana; newmexico; secondamendment; vermont; wyoming

1 posted on 07/02/2013 12:03:09 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

Always nice to get good news from home!


2 posted on 07/02/2013 12:06:15 PM PDT by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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To: neverdem

Thank you Neverdem for posting this.

Some good news in politics for a change, that I really needed, and overdue.

At least this important trend is encouraging and does provide some light of hope for our republic.


3 posted on 07/02/2013 12:16:50 PM PDT by Wildbill22 (They have us surrounded again, the poor bastards- Gen Creighton Williams Abrams)
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To: neverdem

Curious about the coincidence of the initials... Is AR also the AR-15 state?


4 posted on 07/02/2013 12:27:50 PM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: neverdem; All

Now that there are 5 states, who are the 13 in the wings, working on getting there???


5 posted on 07/02/2013 12:48:57 PM PDT by stevie_d_64 (It's not the color of one's skin that offends people...it's how thin it is.)
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To: neverdem

Does this mean “Open Carry” other than on your property?


6 posted on 07/02/2013 12:59:29 PM PDT by mosaicwolf (Strength and Honor)
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To: neverdem

I don’t know if you’re getting these messages, but I am transmitting from America’s North Korea, Illinois.

Send help immediately!


7 posted on 07/02/2013 1:25:53 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: stevie_d_64
Here is an article that lists some of them:

Constitutional or "Permitless" Carry in Play in Several States

8 posted on 07/02/2013 2:08:06 PM PDT by marktwain (The MSM must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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To: neverdem
Texas really needs to get rid of our RINOs so we can get Constitutional Carry here.
9 posted on 07/02/2013 2:12:52 PM PDT by zeugma (Those of us who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: mosaicwolf
Here is a discussion of the law:

AR:Constitutional Carry will be the Law in Arkansas Note that their may be legal challenges of the law.

10 posted on 07/02/2013 2:56:38 PM PDT by marktwain (The MSM must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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To: neverdem

Thank you, Arkansans, for helping lead the way!


11 posted on 07/02/2013 3:03:18 PM PDT by Standing Wolf
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To: neverdem

Color me jealous. I have to pay $20 every 5 years for this “privilege”.


12 posted on 07/02/2013 4:04:31 PM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: neverdem

Awesome and thank you AK for allowing the USConstitution to guide the way to proper law!


13 posted on 07/02/2013 4:25:52 PM PDT by veracious
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To: neverdem

Arkansas does this and elect a douche like Pryor at the same time.


14 posted on 07/02/2013 5:10:23 PM PDT by qaz123
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To: neverdem

I’m dumb. Does this mean anyone in Arkansas can strap on a six shooter without a license?


15 posted on 07/02/2013 7:55:21 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (If you vote for evil because you can't see evil, you ARE evil!)
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To: VerySadAmerican

Yep - the way God meant for it to be.


16 posted on 07/02/2013 7:59:33 PM PDT by 21twelve ("We've got the guns, and we got the numbers" adapted and revised from Jim M.)
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17 posted on 07/02/2013 11:04:17 PM PDT by neverdem (Register pressure cookers! /s)
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To: 1010RD

Move.

Now.


18 posted on 07/03/2013 1:31:41 AM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Psalm 83)
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To: VerySadAmerican

Well.......you probably have to be a certain AGE and all...


19 posted on 07/03/2013 1:32:50 AM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Psalm 83)
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To: 1010RD

Tuesday.


20 posted on 07/03/2013 3:10:16 AM PDT by Jeff Winston
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To: Brad's Gramma

Things will change in Illinois within the week.


21 posted on 07/03/2013 3:10:45 AM PDT by Jeff Winston
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To: Jeff Winston

Or course it’ll take a few months for things to really take effect.


22 posted on 07/03/2013 3:13:12 AM PDT by Jeff Winston
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To: neverdem

Thanks for the ping!


23 posted on 07/03/2013 7:24:19 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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