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  • Report Shows No Group of Americans Is More Law-abiding Than Concealed Carry Holders

    08/18/2016 8:58:27 AM PDT · by rktman · 26 replies ^ | 8/17/2016 | Cortney O'Brien
    “Indeed, it is impossible to think of any other group in the U.S. that is anywhere near as law-abiding" as concealed carry permit holders. So concluded the Crime Prevention Research Center following its new report, “Concealed Carry Permit Holders Across the United States 2016." The center studied the rate of criminal offenses among concealed carry holders in Florida and Texas when coming to its conclusion. The findings speak for themselves.
  • Concealed gun permits soar 215%, record 14.5 million, ‘explode under Obama’

    08/11/2016 5:03:31 PM PDT · by Cheerio · 21 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8/10/16 | Paul Bedard
    Americans now holding permits to pack a concealed weapon in public has soared 215 percent since 2007 to over 14.5 million, a record, according to a new report. The Crime Prevention Research Center said that last year alone a record 1.73 million were approved in states requiring them. John. R. Lott Jr., president of the Center, added that as the number of concealed carry permits has increased, the murder rate has dropped. Much of the surge in permits has come due to gun control threats from President Obama and highly-publicized mass shootings that have prompted several law enforcement officials to...
  • Two injured when construction foreman returns fire on ex-worker (CHL holder defends himself)

    04/30/2014 2:49:12 PM PDT · by Deek · 12 replies
    Austin American Statesman ^ | 4/30/2014 | Nicole Chavez and Ciara O'Rourke
    3 p.m. update: A man is hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after the construction foreman he shot pulled out a concealed handgun and shot back, according to police. The man had been employed at a construction site at Rio Grande Street near Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard but was fired this month, senior police officer Veneza Bremner said. He returned to the site last week and was threatening the foreman, a disturbance that was reported to police, she said. When he returned again Wednesday, he shot and injured the foreman, according to police. The foreman, who is a concealed handgun license...
  • Bill proposes allowing elected officials to carry concealed weapons in courthouses (SD)

    01/30/2014 11:59:02 AM PST · by aimhigh · 11 replies
    KSFY ^ | 01/29/2014 | Mark Roper
    Some state lawmakers who worry about their safety want the right to carry guns while on public property. A new house bill would allow state legislators to arm themselves while visiting the Capitol or county courthouses.
  • Texas Concealed Handgun License Murder Rates

    10/22/2013 7:13:38 AM PDT · by marktwain · 32 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 October, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    Texas is one of the few states that tracks crimes committed by concealed carry weapon permit holders.  In Texas, the permit is called a concealed handgun license, or CHL. The Texas Department of Public Safety has filed annual reports of the convictions of CHL holders from 1996 through 2011.   They wait two years to obtain final conviction information before publishing the totals, so 2011 is the last year that they have data for. The number of CHL holders that commit murder or manslaughter is remarkably low.  From the DPS reports for 1996 through 2011  the number of murder and...
  • Allen West considering a run against Marco Rubio in 2016

    10/02/2013 9:45:06 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 48 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 10/2/13 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    Allen West, beloved Tea Party candidate, is telling D.C. bloggers he’ll take a run at Marco “Speaks With Forked Tongue” Rubio’s Senate seat in 2016. “If I see people are not taking our country down the right path, God will set my feet on the right path,” said the Colonel. (1) Rubio’s fatal mistake was to coax the Tea Party into backing him–and back him they did, right into the Senate’s front door–and then promptly putting in with old guard, Senate liberals who were playing him for a fool. This mistake just may doom his re-election bid. It’s something you...
  • Concealed Handguns License holders in Texas can now carry any category of handgun

    05/28/2013 5:29:03 AM PDT · by marktwain · 44 replies
    ktxs ^ | 26 May, 2013 | AP
    AUSTIN, Texas - (AP) - The Texas Legislature has changed the law for concealed handgun license holders to allow them to carry any category of weapon.
  • Help with Texas CHL question (vanity)

    01/23/2013 7:19:05 PM PST · by Feckless · 25 replies
    Vanity | 1/23/2013 | Feckless
    My employer (TxDOT) is requiring a xerox copy of my CHL
  • Texas: Pro-Gun Measure Introduced for the 2013 Legislative Session

    11/21/2012 8:16:44 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    16 November, 2012 | NRA-ILA
    November 12 was the first day that bills could be pre-filed for the upcoming session of the Texas Legislature. State Representative Dan Flynn (R-Van) has pre-filed House Bill 47, an NRA-backed measure that reduces the number of classroom instruction hours required for issuance of an original Concealed Handgun License (“CHL”) to four hours. Currently, students taking a Department of Public Safety (“DPS”) approved course for their first CHL must receive at least ten but not more than fifteen hours of classroom training from a qualified handgun instructor. Under this proposed legislation, the existing core elements of classroom instruction (firearms laws...
  • Bystanders help stabbing victim(TX CCW)

    08/14/2012 5:15:43 PM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | 13 August, 2012 | Victoria Maranan
    DENISON, TX-Bystanders rushed to the aid of a Denison woman who was stabbed during an altercation Monday afternoon. The names of both people involved in the stabbing have been released. Denison police say 64-year-old James Livingston of Sherman allegedly stabbed 31-year-old Sarra Armstrong of Denison. Investigators said bystanders got involved in the incident trying to protect Armstrong from further injuries. It was a typical Monday afternoon for John Polonchak until someone ran into his automotive store saying a woman had just been stabbed. "I had a concealed carry permit so I grabbed my weapon, ran down the road, saw a...
  • Concealed carry: Why the uproar?

    05/01/2012 3:39:33 PM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) ^ | April 30, 2012 | Ken Hanson
    April 8, 2012, marked the anniversary of a law that affects the lives of more than 270,000 Buckeyes. Ohio’s concealed-handgun license law turned 8 years old on that Sunday afternoon. Notably absent from the festivities were blood in the streets, Wild West reenactments and an epidemic of accidental gun injuries. To understand the significance of this event and why today it seems completely unremarkable, simply Google “Ohio concealed carry 2003” and prepare to be astonished. • “The widespread carrying of concealed handguns, however, will result in far more cases of senseless killings that occur simply because a loaded gun was...
  • Vanity: Is it legal to CHL on Army Corps of Engineers property?

    07/03/2011 10:14:55 PM PDT · by West Texas Chuck · 25 replies · 1+ views
    Interesting weekend. I drove up to a little place called Bismarck, Arkansas. I go up there a lot, buddy of mine is camp host at a Boy Scout camp there. We camp right on Lake Degray, it is a beautiful area just south of Hot Springs. My buddy is sort of a joker, here is my story … We get there Friday afternoon, talk to my bud, drive down to our camp spot and start making camp. Haven’t been there 10 minutes when a Hot Springs county deputy sheriff comes rolling up. I’ve seen LEOs out there maybe once before...
  • Texas lawmakers give themselves right to carry guns anywhere

    05/10/2011 6:20:58 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 25 replies
    KLBJ Radio website ^ | 10 May 2011
    Without debate, the Texas Senate today approved a bill to allow lawmakers to carry concealed handguns anywhere, even in places where average Texans cannot. At a time when legislation allowing concealed-handgun license holders to carry their pistols inside buildings on university and college campuses is stalled, and may not pass, Senate Bill 905 was approved 25-6 in just a matter of minutes. Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, said the measure that would allow legislators, statewide elected officials, some former legislators and some state employees to carry their concealed weapons in bars, churches and hospitals and at sporting events and other places...
  • Lawsuits carry over $50K price tag for Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office (Concealed Handgun Permit Issue)

    08/24/2010 12:32:30 PM PDT · by Rio · 12 replies
    KDRV TV ^ | 8/23/2010 | Steven Sandberg
    MEDFORD, Ore. - Two lawsuits involving the Jackson County Sheriff's Office are costing the county more than $50,000, according to numbers released this week by the Medford Mail Tribune newspaper. Jackson County Sheriff Mike Winters must pay more than $40,000 in legal fees in a case involving concealed handgun permit holder information.
  • Some gun registration in Omaha may stop

    04/09/2010 10:18:50 AM PDT · by neverdem · 2 replies · 411+ views ^ | April 8, 2010 | Associated Press
    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Omaha will likely be forced to stop requiring those with concealed-carry gun permits to register their firearms with the city. On Thursday, lawmakers gave final approval to a bill (LB817) that would stop the practice in Omaha. Gov. Dave Heineman must now decide whether to sign the measure. The approval of the bill follows an opinion from Attorney General Jon Bruning's office that Omaha has been violating state law by forcing people who have permits to carry concealed guns to also register their guns...
  • Maine seeks to stymie federal law on guns in parks

    02/25/2010 4:10:10 PM PST · by neverdem · 8 replies · 587+ views ^ | Feb 24, 2010 | GLENN ADAMS
    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Lawmakers in Maine, home to one of the nation's most-visited national parks, are considering whether to override a new federal law that allows guns in the sanctuaries. A law that took effect Monday lets licensed gun owners take firearms into national parks and wildlife refuges - provided state law doesn't say otherwise. No states have laws that supersede the new policy, officials say. The Maine bill would outlaw guns in Acadia National Park and the St. Croix Island International Historic Site...
  • Utah Legislature: 'Flashing' of guns has broad support

    02/23/2010 8:29:18 PM PST · by neverdem · 53 replies · 705+ views
    Deseret News ^ | Feb. 20, 2010 | Josh Smith
    SALT LAKE CITY — As gun rights bills flow through the Legislature, a new poll shows Utahns support gun owners displaying their weapons if they feel threatened. Sixty-five percent of respondents favor HB78, according to a Deseret News/KSL-TV poll conducted by Dan Jones & Associates, while 30 percent oppose the idea. The poll has a margin of error of 5 percent. The survey of 410 Utahns also revealed that more educated and wealthier respondents were less likely to support the proposal. Mirroring legislative debates, 70 percent of Republicans favored the bill while 56 percent of Democrats indicated support. HB78, which...
  • Governor Signs Delaware Right-to-Carry Reform Bill!

    02/23/2010 2:27:16 PM PST · by neverdem · 20 replies · 521+ views
    NRA - ILA ^ | February 23, 2010 | NA
    ·11250 Waples Mill Road ·   Fairfax, Virginia 22030    ·800-392-8683   Governor Signs Delaware Right-to-Carry Reform Bill!   Tuesday, February 23, 2010   Please Thank the Governor Today!NRA-ILA is happy to report that Governor Jack Markell (D) has signed House Bill 258 into law.HB258 will extend the validity of a concealed carry permit from 2 years to 3 years for initial licenses and 3 years to 5 years for renewal licenses. Thank you to all of the NRA members who answered the call to action in support of HB258.  This victory would not have been possible without you.Please contact Governor Markell and thank...
  • Concealed Carry Jacket

    Just wondering if any Freepers have tried this jacket for concealed carry. Any feed back would be helpful. Thanks.
  • Girls grab their guns as crime rises

    05/26/2009 11:21:17 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 44 replies · 1,784+ views
    The Monitor ^ | May 26, 2009 | Sandra Gonzalez
    Dressed in jean capris and blue slip-on Keds, Melva Worley just got out of a piano lesson. But inside her cotton canvas tote bag, there isn't a book of sheet music; there's a 38 caliber revolver and a box of shells. Worley doesn't look like the typical shooter who would walk into Hole in the Wall gun range, but she isn't the lone woman doing it these days. In fact, the McAllen practice range and store has been seeing two to three new female customers a month, according to Manny Trevińo, who has helped run the practice range and store...
  • Texas Campus Carry needs your help to pass!

    05/07/2009 10:55:32 AM PDT · by Ainast · 3 replies · 418+ views
    Texas Campus Carry needs your help. We need to convince members of the house and senate calender committees to legally carry their firearm on campus. Remember, a CHL holder has to be 21 years of age* and have a clean record with no felonies at all. That means that very few on campus are even eligible to carry. If you want to help please follow the link for more instructions or you can call these numbers to voice your support. You can also visit for more information. House Calendars Committee Chair: Rep. Brian McCall (512) 463-0594 Vice Chair: Rep....
  • Have Your Concealed Handgun Permit Yet?

    05/06/2009 5:50:04 AM PDT · by Sasparilla · 35 replies · 1,578+ views
    Contrary to the anti gun claims of "shootouts" at every car accident and a return to the Wild West, the advent of concealed legal handgun carry has come faster than many people thought that it ever would. Being among the first to liberalize handgun laws, the state of Florida opened a veritable floodgate of changes in almost every state's laws to allow concealed carry. Of the 18 million Floridians, over 1 million have concealed carry permits. Permit holders in Florida are the usual law abiding people found in the general population of licensees, and the bane of criminals. God forbid...
  • Obama Administration Halts Pending Bush Regulations (New national park concealed carry still OK)

    01/28/2009 6:45:11 PM PST · by neverdem · 3 replies · 865+ views
    NRA - ILA ^ | January 23, 2009 | NA
    ·11250 Waples Mill Road ·   Fairfax, Virginia 22030    ·800-392-8683   Obama Administration Halts Pending Bush Regulations   Friday, January 23, 2009   NRA-ILA has received many recent inquiries regarding the new Obama administration's order to all federal agencies and departments to halt all pending regulations until incoming administration staff can review those regulations.  In particular, members are concerned about the order's impact on the new rule governing the concealed carrying of firearms in national parks.In a statement issued only hours after Obama took office, the White House said, "This afternoon, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel signed a memorandum sent...
  • Concealed Carry Permits Are Life Savers

    01/26/2009 1:55:06 PM PST · by neverdem · 39 replies · 2,511+ views
    HUMAN EVENTS ^ | 01/26/2009 | Rep. Cliff Stearns
    The right to bear arms is more than a Constitutional right: every human being has the natural unalienable right to self-defense. Cicero said 2,000 years ago, “If our lives are endangered by plots or violence or armed robbers or enemies, any and every method of protecting ourselves is morally right.” The U.S. Constitution, the constitutions of 44 states, common law, and the laws of all 50 states recognize the right to use arms in self-defense. Right to carry laws respect the right to self-defense by allowing individuals to carry concealed firearms for their own protection. So many liberal politicians and...
  • MT Rep Kerns proposes conceal-carry for workplace

    01/22/2009 8:19:17 PM PST · by neverdem · 1 replies · 264+ views ^ | Jan 15, 2009 | NA
    MT Representative Krayton Kerns (R-Laurel) is proposing a bill that he says is much more effective than the proposed "Castle Doctrine" legislation (see story).In addition to protecting yourself at home, Kerns' bill would allow a conceal-carry in Montana towns and would also allow for gun protection in the work place.Kerns says the other bills do not address all the issues: ""Those bills are very weak and they don't really accomplish much. They're a feel-good, pro-gun bill. We won't hinder gun rights by passing those bills, but we won't advance them a heck of a lot either. They're frosting. They're fluff."Kerns' bill...
  • Police shoot woman suspected of wounding man with arrow (CHL holders respond)

    01/20/2009 5:37:38 AM PST · by cbkaty · 26 replies · 1,273+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Jan. 20, 2009, 5:31AM | ANITA HASSAN
    A woman was shot by a police officer and two civilians after she walked into a northwest Houston office building and shot a man with a bow and arrow Monday afternoon, authorities said. Witnesses told investigators Julie Parker, 30, came into the Texas Components Corp.. office in the 1600 block of West Sam Houston Parkway with a bow and arrow and what appeared to be a handgun about 3 p.m., said Houston Police Department Sgt. John Chomiak.
  • Aggie Senator to Propose Concealed Handguns on College Campuses

    12/04/2008 12:22:23 PM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies · 471+ views ^ | Nov 30, 2008 | Ashlea Sigman
    Email Address: They're small, hidden, pack a powerful punch, and permit holders can carry them most places in Texas. However, when it comes to handguns, a college campus isn't one of those places. "That's in my opinion, a big problem," said Matthew Rogers. Rogers started Texas A&M's chapter of Students for Concealed Carry on Campus. "All we're asking is that you allow us to make that choice. If I can legally carry somewhere else, allow me to make the decision whether or not I want to carry here on campus," said Rogers. At least one person in the Texas...
  • St. Louis Alderman Quincy Troupe calls on residents to carry handguns for safety

    12/02/2008 4:03:25 PM PST · by neverdem · 16 replies · 1,094+ views
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH ^ | Dec. 02 2008 | Jake Wagman
    ST. LOUIS — Alderman Charles Quincy Troupe's neighborhood has seen nine homicides in 10 months this year, more than all but one other section of the city. With gunplay wreaking havoc on his ward, Troupe thinks he has found an answer: citizens arming themselves. The alderman is pleading with constituents to get guns of their own — and learn how to use them. Troupe, who represents a swatch of north St. Louis, is encouraging residents to apply for concealed weapons permits so they can start carrying a firearm. The city's new police chief, among others, worries that introducing even more...
  • Concealed weapons: State cracks down on gun permits

    11/03/2008 1:23:05 PM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies · 832+ views
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 11/03/2008 | Sheena McFarland
    Budget hike allows bureau to catch up on overdue revocations and suspensions Scores of concealed weapon permit holders were able to carry their guns for months after they should have had their licenses suspended or revoked for crimes ranging from unspecified felonies to drunken driving. The problem wasn't fixed until the second half of 2007 when the state Bureau of Criminal Identification received a budget hike and hired four additional investigators. Those new staffers helped the agency to clear a huge backlog of shelved enforcement actions. The result was a dramatic spike in revocations and suspensions of concealed-carry permits. They...
  • Is It Time for Federal Reciprocity of Concealed Carry Permits?

    08/10/2008 10:50:18 AM PDT · by neverdem · 31 replies · 879+ views
    HUMAN EVENTS ^ | 08/08/2008 | A.W.R. Hawkins
    Like a lot of people down here in Texas, I keep a gun close at hand. This usually means one in my vehicle and one on my person. I’ve kept one in my vehicle for nearly two decades and one on my person since 1998, when I got my first concealed carry permit. It’s hard to beat the protection that my concealed carry permit affords my family and friends, even if they aren’t armed. The fact that I am armed means they are safer when with me whether they realize it or not; and everything from annual FBI crime numbers...
  • Perry: Allow concealed handguns anywhere in Texas

    05/01/2007 12:02:53 AM PDT · by FreedomCalls · 153 replies · 2,473+ views
    The Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | Apr. 30, 2007 | Jay Root
    AUSTIN — Gov. Rick Perry, mulling ways to stop the kind of murderous rampages that recently left 33 dead on a college campus in Virginia, said Monday there’s one sure-fire solution he likes: allow Texans to take their concealed handguns anywhere. Period. Perry said he opposes any concealed gun-toting restrictions at all — whether it’s in a hospital, a public school, a beer joint or even the local courthouse. “The last time I checked, putting a sign up that says 'Don’t bring your weapons in here,' someone who has ill intent on their mind — they could care less," Perry...
  • Texas Land Commisioner Patterson's Ready. Aim. Vote! eCards Now Online!

    10/25/2006 9:36:46 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 2 replies · 236+ views
    News Patterson eCards Now Online! Using web campaigning in new ways 2006-10-04 | by MDL Jerry Patterson campaign ecards are once again available online! Similar to the emailable photo messages available during his 2002 campaign, the new ecards are now ready to send from You can choose from several photos of Commissioner Patterson, including the famous, or infamous, gun photo used in 2002 which drew national attention. If you would like to email a friend about your support, or opposition to, Commissioner Patterson, visit
  • TX: Richards' gun stance not worth applauding

    09/28/2006 9:39:18 AM PDT · by kiriath_jearim · 47 replies · 1,313+ views
    Star-Gazette (Texas) ^ | 9/26/06 | Ron Benjamin
    The Sept. 18 Molly Ivins column lauded former, and now deceased, Texas Gov. Ann Richards. Ivins wrote: "Annie told the Texas Legislature that if it passed a right-to-carry law, she would veto it. They did and she did." Yes, Richards vetoed the law. A few weeks later in Texas, at a Luby's Restaurant, a crazed gunman shot 17 or 19 Texans who were disarmed by Richards' veto, but the same veto did not disarm the crazed gunman. Ivins makes a joke about Richards saying that a Texas woman wouldn't be able to find a handgun in her handbag. Well, there...
  • Man Charged in Teen's Death Apologizes

    11/13/2005 9:07:20 PM PST · by FreedomCalls · 18 replies · 755+ views
    WTVF, News Channel 5 ^ | 11/13/2005 | Staff
    The man accused of randomly shooting and killing a 15 year old girl says he didn't mean to do it. Stephen Scott, 18, was arrested on Sunday morning. He's charged with killing an innocent teenager at the James Cayce homes in east Nashville on Saturday night. Stephen Scott says he was aiming the gun at a man who robbed him earlier. But the bullet went through an apartment window at the Cayce homes killing 15 year old Denise Brown. “I didn’t try to shoot that little girl man. I just want everybody to know that man,” said Scott. Police say...
  • U.S. Marine Rtd. Jerry Patterson (TX CHL) is in Crawford. Hoo-yah!

    08/27/2005 12:04:39 PM PDT · by BellStar · 23 replies · 1,558+ views
    Anymouse saw and talked to Jerry Patterson walking up the road in Crawford. Born in Houston, Texas on November 15, 1946 Jerry Patterson has devoted his life to public service. He served his country as a U.S. Marine for over twenty years and served as state Senator for six. Recently, he has also served as state relations director for the American Red Cross. As State Senator from District 11, Patterson’s major legislative successes included passage of the historic concealed handgun law, a constitutional amendment allowing home equity lending, the state coastal management plan and the creation of the Texas State...
  • Gun bills OKd by House panel - Concealed-carry moves sicken foes [Illinois]

    03/09/2005 12:09:08 PM PST · by Mini-14 · 26 replies · 1,278+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | March 9, 2005 | Erika Slife and Ray Long
    SPRINGFIELD -- Average citizens could carry concealed weapons under two bills that won overwhelming approval in a House committee Tuesday, setting up a rare, full-blown House floor fight over the issue that advocates say will make people safer and critics contend will lead to more gun violence.The move further buttressed the National Rifle Association's strategy to not only blunt Mayor Richard Daley's push for gun-control laws but to take the fight to him with a frontal assault of its own."I'm heartsick," said House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie (D-Chicago), a major advocate of gun control. The NRA is on a...
  • Woman plays defense in men's game (Two-time USA Olympian hockey star Angela Ruggerio)

    01/31/2005 1:10:06 AM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 39 replies · 1,389+ views
    Associated Press story on Yahoo! ^ | January 29th, 2005 | Kelly Kurt
    Woman plays defense in men's game By KELLY KURT, Associated Press Writer January 29, 2005 TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Angela Ruggiero would be happy to put off her preparation for the next Olympics for another shot at playing in a men's professional hockey match. The two-time Olympian became the first woman to make more than a token appearance at a position other than goalie in a U.S. men's professional hockey game, playing defense and getting an assist Friday night for the Tulsa Oilers of the Central Hockey League. Ruggiero said Title IX, the federal law that bars sex discrimination in...
  • How chasing the ''gun guy'' image is hurting Kerry in swing states

    10/27/2004 8:16:35 AM PDT · by RamingtonStall · 19 replies · 2,238+ views
    How chasing the ''gun guy'' image is hurting Kerry in swing states Date: Friday, October 22 @ 17:21:23 EDT Topic: National Politics By Chad D. Baus Since the Democrat party has based its entire hate-Bush campaign on Michael Moore conspiracy theories, I would like to offer up one more theory for them to chew on: The Clintonistas John Kerry hired in September to rescue his campaign want Hillary to run in '08, and they are using the gun issue to sabotage John Kerry in swing states. Though some Democrats have no trouble believing that President Bush is personally going to...
  • More Now Carry Guns (CA)

    07/19/2004 10:41:14 AM PDT · by neverdem · 26 replies · 1,307+ views
    LA Times ^ | July 19, 2004 | Daryl Kelley
    As security fears increase, police and sheriffs have issued 28% more permits for concealed weapons statewide since 2000. The number of California residents who can legally carry a gun has surged 28% since 2000, reaching the highest level in decades following a spike in applications after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, new state figures show. California sheriffs and police chiefs had issued more than 45,000 concealed weapon permits by the end of 2003, up about 10,000 in three years, including steep increases in Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties, according to the state Department of Justice. Of California's 58 counties,...
  • U.S. House passes "cops-only" national conceal carry law

    06/24/2004 10:19:15 AM PDT · by Mini-14 · 45 replies · 2,461+ views
    U.S. Congressional website ^ | June 23, 2004 | Rep Cunningham, Randy (Duke)
    There are 2 other versions of this bill.   GPO's PDF Display Congressional Record References Bill Summary & Status Printer Friendly Display - 8,332 bytes.[Help] Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004 (Engrossed as Agreed to or Passed by House) 108th CONGRESS 2d Session H. R. 218AN ACTTo amend title 18, United States Code, to exempt qualified current and former law enforcement officers from State laws prohibiting the carrying of concealed handguns. HR 218 EH 108th CONGRESS 2d Session H. R. 218 AN ACT To amend title 18, United States Code, to exempt qualified current and former law enforcement officers...
  • Change to concealed carry law will make NH safer

    04/29/2004 11:31:59 AM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies · 203+ views ^ | April 29, 2004 | John R. Lott Jr.
    DEBATES OVER whether citizens should be allowed to carry concealed handguns always seems to end up with fearful stories about what might happen. We hear horror stories about how permit holders might endanger the lives of others and of shootouts in the streets. But within a year, all the fuss dies away. No state that has adopted a right-to-carry law has rescinded it, and for good reason. New Hampshire, whose original right-to-carry law was adopted in 1923, is an old hand at dealing with these fears. Yet, in seeking to further liberalize its law, many of the old concerns are...
  • Problems in concealed weapons law addressed (Michigan)

    04/28/2004 11:34:09 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies · 200+ views
    The South Bend Tribune ^ | April 26, 2004 | JAMIE GUMBRECHT
    Lawmakers trying to make 3-year-old measure consistent with DNR rules CORRECTION (April 27, 2004): Because of a reporting error Monday, the hometown of state Sen. Ron Jelinek was incorrect. He is from Three Oaks. The Tribune regrets the error. LANSING -- Legislators are again trying to tweak Michigan's 3-year-old concealed weapons law, attempting to clarify its limitations. A Senate bill that would allow people licensed to carry concealed weapons to have them in hunting areas has passed the conservation and outdoor recreation committee. The Senate approved the bill and it is awaiting action in the House. Sens. Michelle McManus, R-Lake...
  • Conceal-carry files are confidential, opinion says

    04/20/2004 8:35:40 PM PDT · by neverdem · 1 replies · 108+ views
    The Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | Apr. 20, 2004 | NA
    ASSOCIATED PRESS FRANKFORT - Test scores and other material on file for people with licenses to carry concealed deadly weapons are exempt from public inspection, an attorney general's opinion says. An exemption carved into the Open Records Act prohibits release of identifying information -- other than a paper listing of names of all licensees. The prohibition applies to everyone in the public, including attorneys involved in lawsuits, the opinion by Assistant Attorney General Michelle D. Harrison said. The opinion, legally binding in public-records cases, came in an appeal by Michael Lucas of Pikeville, an attorney in a wrongful-death lawsuit involving...
  • Negotiators put together compromise concealed carry bill (Kansas)

    03/31/2004 9:28:31 AM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies · 157+ views
    The Morning Sun ^ | March 31, 2004 | NA (AP)
    TOPEKA (AP) - House and Senate negotiators agreed Tuesday on the details of a bill that would allow Kansans to carry concealed handguns, including at the Statehouse. The compromise measure now awaits acceptance - without amendment - by both chambers, which would send it to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and a likely veto. Sebelius has said she would prefer to limit concealed-carry to retired law enforcement officers and would probably not sign more permissive legislation. Approved by the House earlier this month, the bill won Senate passage Friday after being amended to allow concealed weapons in the Capitol and in restaurants...
  • Lines form early for concealed carry(Missouri)

    03/30/2004 9:58:44 AM PST · by neverdem · 5 replies · 93+ views
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | 03/29/2004 | Tim Rowden and Florence Shinkle
    <p>Patrick and Beverly Shelby were far back in line Monday and had a couple of hours to stand in the early morning sunshine as they waited to apply for permits to carry concealed weapons.</p> <p>The Shelbys were among about 60 congenial early-risers who lined up outside the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department in Hillsboro by 8 a.m., hoping to be the first to complete the application process.</p>
  • Police prepare for rush of concealed-carry applications(Ohio)

    03/30/2004 9:34:44 AM PST · by neverdem · 13 replies · 223+ views
    The Cincinnati Enquirer ^ | March 30, 2004 | David Eck
    BATAVIA - With the date of Ohio's new concealed carry law quickly approaching, hundreds of people in Clermont County are gearing up to apply for permits to legally carry concealed firearms. "We've given out almost 200 applications today already," Clermont County Sheriff A.J. Rodenberg said Monday, the first day his office made applications available. "People could come by and pick them up." Authorities in other Southwest Ohio counties also are preparing to accommodate the new law, which goes into effect April 8. The application can also be downloaded from the Ohio attorney general's Web site ( . A passport-type photo...
  • Concealed weapons law takes effect soon Some unlikely candidates are ready to carry firearms

    03/08/2004 1:43:58 PM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies · 187+ views
    Akron Beacon Journal ^ | Mar. 08, 2004 | Andale Gross
    One is a fifth-grade teacher, another a stroke victim who walks with a cane. Not exactly the folks you would expect to be packing heat. But both recently took firearms training so they can become eligible to carry a concealed weapon come April. That's when Ohio's new ``concealed carry'' law takes effect -- for those who qualify and are trained. It's not surprising that some Ohioans want to carry guns. But it is surprising to shooting instructors just who some of those people are. Bob Campbell is one of the unlikely students. The 64-year-old Mantua man suffered a stroke five...
  • Statistics don't support scary stories about concealed-carry

    03/05/2004 9:26:16 AM PST · by neverdem · 11 replies · 2,676+ views
    Duluth News Tribune ^ | Mar. 04, 2004 | DR. RONALD BRACE
    The Feb. 13 Point of View column by Dr. Greg Bachhuber -- "Concealed-carry laws place guns into hands of unskilled people" -- (and your newspaper's editorial as well) contains all the misinformation and mistrust that every opponent of concealed-carry believe. The problem is it just isn't true. The fact that concealed-carry laws have a 10-plus-year record that is open and available to the public in most states refutes the worries he expressed. The consensus is that at worst there is no harm done by these laws, and at best crime decreases, up to 8 percent in a few studies. Let's...
  • CONCEALED CARRY: Weapons battle not over, GOP says

    02/05/2004 8:56:31 AM PST · by neverdem · 24 replies · 223+ views
    The Saint Paul Pioneer Press ^ | Feb. 05, 2004 | TODD RICHMOND, AP
    MADISON, Wis. — Republicans vowed Wednesday to oust from office those who helped defeat a bill to let Wisconsin residents carry concealed weapons. They also promised to introduce a new, leaner version of the bill next year. The rhetoric reflected a bitter rift in the Legislature over the proposal to lift Wisconsin's 134-year-old ban on concealed weapons. The schism has grown deeper after the state Assembly sustained Gov. Jim Doyle's veto of the legislation Tuesday, failing by one vote to get the two-thirds needed for an override. Sen. Dave Zien, R-Eau Claire, one of the plan's authors, warned lawmakers who...
  • Students attend firearms course

    01/12/2004 2:51:03 PM PST · by neverdem · 9 replies · 235+ views
    The Akron Beacon Journal ^ | Jan. 12, 2004 | AP
    Instructors arrange class after Ohio adopts concealed-carry law Associated Press AUSTINBURG - Instructors are getting a quick jump on Ohio's new law allowing people to carry concealed weapons. ``Welcome to the 46th state that allows concealed carry,'' John Bailey, a National Rifle Association certified firearms instructor, told eight students as they began a two-day, 16-hour weekend course on Saturday. ``This course is a self-defense course. It could save your life,'' he said. Bailey and two other instructors arranged the course to coincide with Ohio's concealed carry legislation signed into law Thursday by Gov. Bob Taft. County sheriffs will issue the...