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  • Maine for Constitutional Carry?

    03/02/2015 3:07:58 PM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 1 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Maine may be gearing up to pass constitutional carry.  A young state Senator has introduced a bill to restore the ability to carry concealed weapons without a permit.  He has gathered 96 sponsors for the bill, which is short and easy to understand.  From Under the present law, it is illegal for gun owners to wear a jacket over their weapon unless they have a special permit.  Sen. Eric Brakey, R-Auburn has submitted a bill that he said he would restore Second Amendment rights. The bill has bipartisan support in the state legislator, with 96 sponsors. Here is...
  • WV: Senate Democrats Vote for Constitutional Carry

    03/02/2015 10:32:17 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 1 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    L Constitutional carry, or permitless carry, has passed the West Virginia Senate with an astonishing 32 to 2 vote.   That means that 14 of the 16 Democrats in the Senate voted for the bill.  The two that voted against it were Sen. Ronald Miller (D) and Senator Corey Palumbo (D).   Perhaps the vote is not that astonishing. After all, this is merely the state of affairs that the country was in for most of its existence, nearly everywhere, before the Civil War, or War Between the States if you prefer.  Even after the war, most states did not criminalize...
  • NH: Constitutional Carry at Critical Point

    03/02/2015 4:42:24 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 2 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Constitutional carry is moving in New Hampshire.  The bill is SB116 in the Senate and HB582 in the House.  It passed the Senate on 12 February.  It was introduced by the Senate Majority leader.  Constitutional carry came within a hair of being passed in 2011.  Many believe that hamhanded tactics by the NRA representative killed the process.  In 2011, it had passed the House, 244 to 109.  Here is the analysis of SB116/HB582: This bill:I. Increases the length of time for which a license to carry a pistol or revolver is valid.II. Allows a person to carry a loaded,...
  • Kansas Senate Passes Constitutional Carry

    02/26/2015 12:40:07 PM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 27 February, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The Kansas Senate has passed SB 45, the bill that moves Kansas into the constitutional carry status of Arkansas, Arizona, Alaska, Wyoming, and Vermont.  If the bill passes the house and is signed by Governor Brownback, a person who can legally own a firearm and who is 21 or over will be able to carry a firearm concealed without fear of prosecution.   The bill, SB 45 had 26 cosponsors and was introduced by the Majority leader, Terry Bruce, of Hutchinson.  The bill passed with an overwhelming, veto proof, bi-partisan margin of 31 to 7.  The seven members that voted...
  • Kansas is poised to ditch requirement for a concealed-carry permit for guns

    02/26/2015 7:22:15 AM PST · by Second Amendment First · 26 replies
    KC Star ^ | Feb, 25, 2015
    Kansas appears on the verge of becoming among the most welcoming states to people who want to pack heat. A bill promising Kansans the ability to carry concealed firearms — without taking safety training or weathering the background checks required in most of the country — won initial approval in the state Senate on Wednesday. The change, expected to pass Thursday to a likely receptive House, would make Kansas a “constitutional carry” state. That would mean citizens would not need a permit to carry a hidden gun. The bill would maintain the current permit process for people who want to...
  • AR: 'Controversy' about Constitutional Carry Over

    02/25/2015 9:13:53 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 February, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The questions about whether Arkansas is a constitutional carry state are over.  The result was never in any real doubt.  On April 4th, 2013, the Governor of Arkansas signed Act 746.  The law clarified a definition in Arkansas law, that had been abused over the years.  The change likely returned the law to its original meaning.  I wrote about it on 25 April. I wrote: This change clarifies the meaning of the law to what was likely the original intent; that a person may not carry a weapon with the intent of using it for unlawful purposes. There does...
  • South Dakota House Passes Constitutional Carry; HB1116

    02/25/2015 3:28:08 AM PST · by marktwain
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 February, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    HB1116, has passed the South Dakota House,  44-23.  While that is an enormous majority, it is short, by one vote, of the 2/3 necessary to override a potential veto by Governor Daugaard. The house has 70 members, 58 of which are Republicans.  In the Senate, there are 27 Republicans and 8 Democrats, a bit tighter ratio.   The Governor, Dennis Daugaard, has been in office since 2011.   Governor Daugaard vetoed a constitutional carry bill in 2012, citing concerns of law enforcement officials.   From the Gov. Dennis Daugaard vetoed a bill Friday that would have allowed any resident 18...
  • ID:Two Rallies in Support of Constitutional Carry

    02/24/2015 5:06:38 PM PST · by marktwain
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 February | Dean Weingarten
    The above rally in Boise, on Saturday, 21 February, 2015, was attended by over 200 supporters of H0089.  The bill, which would remove a number of current restrictions on the carry of firearms in Idaho law.   The local media is said to have reported that there were "dozens" That is accurate but misleading.  After all, 300 people are also "dozens" of people.  Common usage is that once 200 items are reached, they are called "hundreds", not "dozens".  From ISSA facebook page: Watched Channel 2 and 7 news tonight. No surprise that coverage was sparse and biased. Good thing we...
  • UT: Constitutional Carry with a twist

    02/13/2015 9:46:04 AM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 11 February, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    An interesting variation on constitutional carry has been introduced in the 2015 Utah legislature.  Constitutional carry, that is, concealed or open carry of a weapon without the requirement to first obtain permission from the government, passed with veto proof majorities in 2013.  It was vetoed by Governor Herbert, and the 2013 legislature did not have the political will to hold an override session.   Now the same legislator,  Curtis Oda, pictured above, has introduced the same bill under a new number.    Utah has a unique requirement in its open carry law.  Open carry is accepted with a peculiar twist: the...
  • ID: Constitutional Carry Rally, 21 February, 2015 Boise

    02/11/2015 4:59:59 AM PST · by marktwain
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 February, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The Idaho Second Amendment Alliance (ISAA) has organized a rally in support of the constitutional carry bill introduced into the House, H0089.  The rally is scheduled to take place on 21 February at 3:30 p.m. at the Capitol in Boise.  From the ISAA facebook page: We will be meeting at the Center on the Grove (850 W Front St) and marching up to the capitol building. Several speakers will give a few brief words on the capitol steps. We will have a table setup at the Center on the Grove where you can buy hats, window decals, and signup...
  • Idaho Introduces Constitutional Carry

    02/09/2015 11:21:59 AM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 8 February, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Idaho has introduced a constitutional carry bill to restore the right to carry a weapon without a permit, along with other reforms.  The constitutional carry portion of the bill is an incremental reform, as legal, non-felon residents of Idaho already have the right to carry weapons openly and concealed without a permit in 99 percent of the state.  The changes include the removal of restrictions on the legal carry of loaded, concealed handguns in vehicles and the ability to carry of concealed weapons without a permit in public places.  The law removes the section that lists all of those...
  • Bill would allow concealed guns without a permit (Idaho Constitutional Carry)

    02/06/2015 3:58:13 PM PST · by Domandred · 89 replies
    KTVB ^ | 2/6/2015 | Kim Fields
    BOISE -- A new bill introduced in the Statehouse would allow Idaho residents to carry concealed weapons without a permit. But not everyone is on board. No permit needed to carry concealed weapons. That's the proposal. A handful of states have similar laws already on the books. Gun control advocates say the new laws are part of a long-range strategy to weaken gun laws across the country, but supporters say armed, law-abiding citizens prevent crime. The House State Affairs Committee voted Thursday to introduce the bill, dubbed the "Constitutional Carry" bill. It passed along party lines -- with four Democrats...
  • WV: Constitutional Carry Introduced in Senate

    02/05/2015 5:28:09 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 4 February, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    A constitutional carry reform bill has been introduced in the West Virginia Senate this year, 2015.  SB347 would remove the penalties for carrying a concealed weapon, if the person is not otherwise prohibited from possessing firearms.   From   (a) Any person who carries a concealed deadly weapon without a state license or other lawful authorization established under the provisions of this code, who is prohibited from possessing firearms under section seven of this article shall be is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not less than $100 nor more than $1,000 and may...
  • SD: Gun law Reform Bill Introduced

    02/02/2015 4:54:37 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 1 February, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    A gun law reform bill, HB1116, has been introduced into the South Dakota house.  The bill has 28 co-sponsors.  The house has 70 members, 58 of which are Republicans, and 12 Democrats.   36 votes will be needed to pass the bill.   In the Senate, there are 27 Republicans and 8 Democrats, a bit tighter ratio.   The South Dakota Governor is Dennis Daugaard, who has been in office since 2011.   Governor Daugaard vetoed a constitutional carry bill in 2012, citing concerns of law enforcement officials.   In 2013, Governor Daugaard signed a bill that specifically allowed school districts to...
  • NH: Constitutional Carry Introduced

    02/01/2015 5:04:48 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 31 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Constitutional carry has been introduced in New Hampshire by Jeb Bradley(r).  David Boutin and J.R. Hoell are cosponsors.   The bill number is SB116, and is being followed at the site.  Here is the analysis if the bill: This bill:I. Increases the length of time for which a license to carry a pistol or revolver is valid.II. Allows a person to carry a loaded, concealed pistol or revolver without a license unless such person is otherwise prohibited by New Hampshire statute.III. Requires the director of the division of state police to negotiate and enter into agreements with other jurisdictions...
  • KS:Constitution Carry set to Pass Kansas Senate

    01/25/2015 3:40:05 PM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    SB 45 allows those who may legally own a gun to carry it concealed, without a permit.   The bill has 26 co-sponsors.  Only 21 senate votes are needed for passage. The bill changes a number of laws, but the primary effect is to reform the law by removing the requirement to have a concealed carry license in  order to legally carry a handgun concealed.  People in Kansas already have the right to carry handguns openly. From the text of the bill(pdf): (5) possession of a concealed handgun by an individual who islicensed by the attorney general to carry a...
  • TX:Governor Elect Abbot says he will sign Constitutional Carry if it Comes to his Desk

    11/18/2014 3:53:58 PM PST · by marktwain · 60 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Governor elect Greg Abbot said that he supported open carry when he was running for governor.   Some said that he did not mean it.  Shortly after he was elected, he took the time to re-iterate his support for an open carry reform, saying that he would sign such a reform if it came to him from the legislature.   He said:  If it is good enough for Massachusetts, it is good enough for Texas. “If open carry is good enough for Massachusetts, it's good enough for the state of Texas,” Abbott said. Now he has solidified and expanded his remarks,...
  • AR: Law Journal: Meaning of Carry Law Plain, Legislature Screwed up

    02/26/2014 3:59:53 PM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 27 February, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Constitutional Carry Walk in Little Rock, Arkansas An article in Arkansas  Law Notes by Associate Professor Laurent Sacharoff and student Jacob Worlow, expresses their understanding and concern with Act 746 (formerly H.B. 1700), the act that made constitutional carry the law in Arkansas.  The law went into effect in August of 2013. The authors deserve credit.  They clearly state what the law does, rather than attempt to use sleight of hand to discredit it, as did Attorney General McDaniels.   They mention that the vast majority of prosecutors in the state agree with their interpretation of the plain language of...
  • SC:Constitutional Carry Killed in Committee

    02/20/2014 7:15:10 AM PST · by marktwain · 41 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 21 February, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Senator Lee Bright, Sponsor of the Constitutional Carry Bill South Carolina's up and coming governor, Nikki Haley is in favor of Constitutional Carry (the ability to exercise second amendment rights without first receiving government permission), but the Senate Judiciary Committee shot down the bill anyway.   The Committee's Chairman, Senator Larry Martin,  R-Pickens, is credited with killing the bill last year as well.  He is a fervent opponent of the open carry of firearms.     "You can carry a weapon openly if this bill is adopted and I'm offended by that," said committee chair Sen. Larry Martin (R-Pickens).  South Carolina...
  • Constitutional Carry Considered in South Carolina

    02/05/2014 4:50:33 PM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 6 February, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    In 2012 a constitutional carry bill died in a subcommittee in South Carolina.  In 2013, constitutional carry was taken on the road, and received major grassroots support.   That bill, S115, made it to the full committee, and is still alive.  In 2014, constitutional carry is bottled up in the South Carolina Senate Judiciary committee meeting.    WLTX reports: Columbia, SC (WLTX) - A bill that would allow South Carolinian's to carry guns without a concealed weapons permit did not make it out of the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday. South Carolina is one of five states that does not allow...
  • CO:Constitutional Carry Considered

    01/31/2014 4:56:57 PM PST · by marktwain · 19 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 1 February, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Two legislators, Jared Wright (R-Fruita) and Chris Holbert (R-Parker) introduced HB1041.  The measure would remove the requirement to obtain a permit from the state in order to possess concealed weapons.   The same restrictions that now apply to concealed carry permit holders would also apply to people who would be eligible for the permit. The permit system would be retained for those who wish a permit for purposes of reciprocity with other states. Representative Wright said that a permit should not be required to exercise a constitutional right.  From “This is in essence allowing law-abiding citizens to carry a...
  • AR: Constitutional Carry Percolating in Arkansas Media

    11/02/2013 7:17:50 PM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 3 November, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    Arkansas passed ACT 746, which went into effect on August 16th of this year, (2013).   The act effectively legalizes constitutional carry in Arkansas because it changes the definition of what constitutes the illegal carry of weapons.  The old law did not require any intent;  the new law makes carry of weapons illegal only if the carrier has the intent to illegally use the weapon. AG McDaniel's, a Democrat, issued an opinion that the new law does not allow open carry.  The opinion is nicely dissected by Steve Jones here.  Essentially, the AG simply dodges the real issue, and never addresses...
  • Arkansas state representative says Act 746 decriminalizes open carry

    07/19/2013 8:53:28 AM PDT · by marktwain · 24 replies
    Fort Smith Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 17 July, 2013 | Steve D. Jones
    Gun rights advocates received a big boost yesterday when Arkansas State Representative Nate Bell, R-Mena, gave his opinion that Act 746 will decriminalize open carry on August 16th, 2013, the date it takes effect.Representative Bell was one of many sponsors of HB1700, the enacting bill that passed April 4th, 2013. On a July 16th Facebook post, Bell declares it was the original intent of the sponsors to decriminalize open carry. It was the intent of the sponsors of Act 746 to decriminalize the open carry of a firearm by persons not prohibited from legally possessing the firearm. It’s my belief...
  • AR to Become 'Constitutional Carry' State

    07/02/2013 12:03:09 PM PDT · by neverdem · 22 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 2, 2013 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    Good news from 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...
  • AR:Constitutional Carry will be the Law in Arkansas

    04/24/2013 6:44:19 PM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 25 April, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    On 4 April, 2013, Arkansas HB1700 became ACT 746. The revised law will not go into effect until late July or early August of this year. The bill makes a definition change in the statute that has been interpreted to limit the legal carrying of weapons in Arkansas. The original language was this:A person commits the offense of carrying a weapon if he or she possesses a handgun, knife, or club on or about his or her person, in a vehicle occupied by him or her, or otherwise readily available for use with a purpose to employ the handgun,...
  • Mont. Senate ok's concealed carry without permit

    03/23/2013 8:29:19 AM PDT · by marktwain ^ | 22 March, 2013 | AP
    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A bill that would allow concealed carry without a permit is shooting toward passage after receiving the Senate's initial endorsement.
  • Constitutional or “Permitless” Carry in Play in Several States

    03/14/2013 2:04:37 PM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 March, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    In spite of the enormous push for more infringements on citizen’s Second Amendment rights by the old media and their “progressive” legislative allies, several states continue to work toward restoring rights lost in the last century’s growth in governmental power. South Dakota, South Carolina, Utah, Georgia, Montana, and Nevada all have bills pending that would implement Constitutional, or permitless carry. Utah is the most likely to pass a measure into law first, as veto proof majorities have already passed a bill. It only needs Governor Herbert’s signature to become law. This version varies from other state’s Constitutional carry in that...
  • Showdown looms between gov, legislators over 'constitutional carry'

    03/14/2013 7:28:52 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 13 March, 2013 | Dennis Romboy
    SALT LAKE CITY — A showdown between Gov. Gary Herbert and state lawmakers could be coming now that the Utah Legislature has passed a so-called "constitutional carry" gun law. The Senate passed HB76 Wednesday by a vote of 22-7, with all five Democrats and two Republicans voting against it. Although Herbert has stopped short of saying he would veto HB76, he reiterated several times that Utah's gun laws aren't broken and don't need changing. But should he reject the bill, the Legislature could override his veto with a two-thirds majority vote. The measure passed by more than a two-thirds majority...
  • Vermont, Alaska, Arizona, Wyoming… North Carolina?(constitutional carry)

    11/16/2012 6:29:56 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies ^ | Matthew Carberry
    Constitutional Carry may soon be coming to North Carolina. Long ridiculed by outsiders as the “Massachusetts of Dixie” because of our restrictive (by Southern standards) gun control laws, North Carolina is poised to take its place among the leaders in gun rights reform. Sources, which I can’t divulge, have made it clear that Constitutional Carry is on the radar. We can expect to see some concrete movement in the New Year. While the Federal elections were disappointing for gun owners, North Carolina, coming off a historic Republican led redistricting plan, has turned the entire State government over to the Republican...
  • NH bill on optional gun licenses tabled

    05/03/2012 11:01:24 AM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies
    Foster's Daily Democrat ^ | May 3, 2012 | NORMA LOVE
    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Citing a spate of violence that included the shooting death of a police chief, New Hampshire's Senate killed a bill Wednesday that would make permits optional to carry concealed, loaded guns anyplace where gun possession is legal. The Senate voted 17-7 to table the House-passed bill that Gov. John Lynch had promised to veto. Senate President Peter Bragdon said no further action is expected on the bill this session. Under the bill, gun owners could still have gotten permits so they could travel to states with reciprocal permit agreements. The bill also would have increased from...
  • New Hampshire: Permitless Carry Scheduled for Senate Consideration Today

    05/02/2012 2:54:04 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | May 2, 2012 | NA
    House Bill 536, important permitless carry legislation, is scheduled for consideration by the state Senate today. Introduced by state Representative J.R. Hoell (R-13), this Right-to-Carry legislation would repeal the existing law that requires a person to have a concealed firearm license in order to carry concealed. However, HB 536 would not eliminate the current carry permitting system, which will still be required for those who wish to 1) participate in reciprocal concealed carry permit agreements when traveling to other states, 2) be protected in "gun-free school zones" and 3) be exempt from NICS when purchasing a firearm. In New Hampshire,...
  • Constitutional Carry under attack from Republicans (NH)

    05/02/2012 12:38:29 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies
    National Association for Gun Rights ^ | April 19, 2012 | NAGR Staff
    This is it! The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on Constitutional Carry on Thursday, April 26th! Unfortunately the lying politicians in Concord are ready to follow through with their threats to kill Constitutional Carry. Inside sources are now saying that the next scheduled vote on HB-536 is only a part of a scheme to kill it. Yep, that’s right. Despite SIGNED pledges to support and pass Constitutional Carry from a majority of the Senate — Republican Senator Peter Bragdon is still leading the anti-gun crusade at the capitol. He’s even ready to take a page out of former...
  • Why You Should Spend a $2 Bill at Starbucks on Feb. 14

    01/26/2012 9:48:22 AM PST · by marktwain · 26 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 25 January, 2012 | Robert Farago
    As you may know, TTAG commentator Greg responded to a Valentine’s Day Starbucks boycott by the National Gun Victims Action Council by organizing a BUYcott. He’s asking gun owners to reward Starbucks for its letter-of-the-law firearms policy by buying a beverage or food item with a two dollar bill (a suggestion made by NukemJim, the bill representing the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms) on the 14th of Feb. Not forgetting to “thank the clerk for Starbucks’ support of the Constitution.” Ahead of Starbuck’s Appreciation Day–which has already well and truly gone viral—our own Tim Tritt contacted the...
  • Wyoming Joins the Ranks of Constitutional Carry

    07/01/2011 11:05:47 AM PDT · by JohnPierce · 13 replies
    Monachus Lex ^ | 07/01/2011 | John Pierce
    While Wyoming has never regulated the open carry of a firearm, concealed carry was regulated and required a permit issued by the state. But not anymore. Wyoming’s ‘Constitutional Carry’ bill went into effect today propelling Wyoming into the elite group of states that allow citizens to carry a concealed firearm without requiring a permit in order to do so. But there are benefits to keeping the permit even after the bill takes effect ...
  • WI - Walker says concealed carry bill should require training, permits

    06/03/2011 1:06:30 PM PDT · by Jean S · 24 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 6/3/11 | Emma Roller and Patrick Marley
    Madison - After weeks of refusing to weigh in on what a bill to allow people to carry concealed weapons should look like, Gov. Scott Walker said Friday the measure should include requirements that people obtain permits and get training. The move is a blow to some of Walker's fellow Republicans in the Senate who have tried to advance a bill that would allow people to carry hidden guns without getting permits or training. A bill that fits the description of "constitutional carry" was approved by a Senate committee last week, but some Republicans in the Senate have opposed the...
  • WI - Flynn implores Walker to reshape concealed carry bill

    06/02/2011 2:44:27 PM PDT · by Jean S · 35 replies · 2+ views
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 6/2/11 | Gitte Laasby
    The chief of Wisconsin's largest police force issued his most scathing criticism of the state's proposed concealed carry bill during a news conference Thursday. Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn urged Gov. Scott Walker to "provide some adult supervision" and ensure that a final law contains requirements to obtain a permit to carry concealed weapons and some stipulations for that, including basic training and not being a "criminal, drug abuser or insane." The news conference came after a gunfight overnight between Milwaukee police officer Jose Viera and an armed suspect in the Sherman Park neighborhood. "I also want to take this...
  • Wisconsin: Some Lawmakers Threatening a Return to the Dark Days of Doyle!

    05/27/2011 4:51:05 PM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 27 May, 2011 | nra-ila
    In 2003 and 2005, your NRA advocated for the strongest Personal Protection Act (PPA) possible but a number of detrimental amendments had to be accepted in order to climb to the two-thirds supermajority votes in the Assembly and Senate needed to potentially override Governor Jim Doyle’s promised vetoes. The bills during those two years would have been much stronger had only simple majority votes from each house been necessary, as is the case now. The provisions of the 2011 PPA are now being robustly debated in Madison. It is with great disappointment that we must report that some legislators who...
  • What SB93's (as amended) permit gets you (WI CCW/Constitutional Carry)

    05/27/2011 12:08:25 PM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies ^ | 27 May, 2011 | Wisconsin Carry Chairman
    This is correct. I talked with a senior staffer who told me it was DEFINITELY NOT their intent that you have to lock your case. I pointed out that nearly EVERY hunter in the state will be in violation of the law on their way from their home to their hunting grounds because most cases are just zipper-shut. This current bill (if it doesn't get amended more) (big if) EXPANDS the ability to OC. You NO LONGER have to do your 'routine' to get in and out of your car. EVEN if you don't get a permit, You can now...
  • Wisconsin - State panel OKs bill that wouldn't require permits for concealed carry

    05/25/2011 3:09:17 PM PDT · by Jean S · 10 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 5/25/11 | Patrick Marley
    Madison - Wisconsin residents would be allowed to carry concealed weapons without getting permits or any training under a bill a Senate committee approved Wednesday, and the lead sponsor of the measure said she supported allowing people to bring guns into the state Capitol. The vote came the same day an email from a top aide to Gov. Scott Walker was released that said as of six months ago Walker was prepared to sign "any" concealed weapons legislation. The email was written before the idea was proposed to allow people to carry hidden guns without permits, and Walker said Wednesday...
  • Wisconsin Constitutional Concealed Carry SUPPORT SB93

    05/13/2011 4:47:14 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies ^ | 12 May, 2011 | Wisconsin Gun Owners
    Wisconsin --( Three Lies Being Told by Politicians Lie: “If we push for Constitutional Carry, we’ll get nothing.” Lie: “We support Constitutional Carry, but it’s not the political reality right now.” Lie: “The permit-to-carry bill will give you ‘special benefits’” (If you consider being registered in a Department of Justice criminal database “special benefits” this statement is actually true). Madison Hearing: AB127/SB90 – Permit-to-Carry This hearing is a manipulation, a fabricated dog-and-pony show and is an insult to your intelligence. This hearing presents you with a false dilemna: Support a bad carry bill AB127/SB90, or publicly oppose “concealed carry.” This...

    05/12/2011 2:20:23 PM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies ^ | 9 May, 2011 | ProGunsNew Hampshire
    Dear PGNH member: We've sent you emails before urging you to contact your state rep or state senator on some piece of legislation, but this is the most serious request we've ever sent. The Constitutional Carry bill, HB330, passed the NH House of Representatives by a vote of 244 to 109, and is now in the Senate. You'd think it would be a slam dunk, but... remember the old adage about "too many cooks in the kitchen spoil the broth"? Well, the NRA rep, John Hohenwarter, and GO-NH, are urging the Senate to "amend" HB330 by replacing it with a...
  • Flash – Governor vetoes permitless carry inside cities(MT)

    05/11/2011 1:34:49 PM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    MSSA ^ | 11 May, 2011 | Gary Marbut
    I just got a call from the Associated Press wanting comment on the Governor’s veto of HB 271, to allow concealed carry without a permit inside city limits. According to the AP, the Governor vetoed 15 bills today, including HB 271. I told the AP something like, “It’s too bad the Governor sees people who are inside city limits as second-class citizens, and not as trustworthy as their country cousins who live outside cities. This does call into question the Governor’s longtime claim that he’s pro-gun.” I expect the Governor’s veto message (when it becomes available) to say that HB...
  • Bills on the Governor’s desk(MT Constitutional Carry)

    04/30/2011 9:59:24 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies · 1+ views
    MSSA ^ | 30 April, 2011 | Gary Marbut
    There are three MSSA bills on Governor Brian Schweitzer’s desk. The Governor needs messages asking him to sign these bills. You can phone messages to the Governor’s office at 444-3111, or you can email the Governor at: I doubt that the Governor’s staff are actually reading the text of emails, so be sure to put what you want in the Subject line, such as “Please sign HB XX.” Here are the bills. HB 159, to prevent FWP from regulating ammunition. We asked for this bill because of FWP’s ill-conceived proposal last year to ban lead shot for upland game...
  • FLASH – permitless carry passes Senate 30-20(MT)

    04/28/2011 9:06:59 PM PDT · by marktwain · 31 replies
    MSSA ^ | 28 April, 2011 | Gary Marbut
    MSSA’s permitless carry bill, HB 271, has passed the Senate with a vote of 30-20. More properly said, the Senate has concurred in the conference committee report on HB 271 by a vote of 30-20. The conference committee version only affects concealed carry INSIDE the city limits of an incorporated city or town. Concealed carry outside city limits (99.4% of Montana) has not required a permit since 1991. Open carry inside city limits has never required a permit in Montana. The CC version of HB 271 allows a person to carry concealed (“wholly or partially covered by clothing or wearing...
  • Lawmakers Seek to Loosen Gun Laws (New Hampshire)

    04/22/2011 5:38:36 PM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies
    New Hampshire Public Radio ^ | April 20, 2011 | Elaine Grant
    The legislation, which passed the House, would make New Hampshire the fifth state in the nation not to require gun permits, after Vermont, Wyoming, Alaska and Arizona. Republican Representative Jennifer Coffey testified that so-called Constitutional carry would make women safer. “This decriminalizes the actions of an innocent law-abiding citizen," she said. "It does in no way shape or form empower a criminal. A criminal is just that – today a person who cannot carry, tomorrow if this bill was to pass, they still cannot carry.” The Department of Safety and the state Police Chiefs Association oppose the bill. Sunapee Police...
  • Concealed weapon bill finds support(NH)

    04/21/2011 6:14:57 PM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies ^ | 21 April, 2011 | GARRY RAYNO
    CONCORD – Gun owners turned out in force Wednesday to support the concept of a bill that would end mandatory licenses to carry a concealed pistol or revolver, loaded or unloaded, but not necessarily the bill's content. The bills would allow most people to carry a concealed weapon without a license. Exemptions would be for convicted felons or those with a history of mental illness or violent behavior. Supporters said House Bill 330 (click to view status and text)re-enforces second amendment rights and decriminalizes the actions of law-abiding citizens without empowering criminals. However, while many spoke in favor of the...
  • MT: Montana Permitless Carry Bill to be Voted on by Full House & Senate

    04/08/2011 6:50:40 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies ^ | 7 April, 2011 | NRA-ILA
    FAIRFAX, Va. --( NRA-supported House Bill 271, sponsored by state Representative Krayton Kerns (R-58), passed out of the Conference Committee this morning and anti-gun Senate amendments were stripped out of the bill. In fact, HB 271 was made better than it was as introduced! The current language simply says that the prohibition on concealed carry does not apply to “a person who is eligible to possess a handgun under state or federal law.” Existing law allows any person who can legally own and possess a firearm to carry it openly, either loaded or unloaded, anywhere in the state, including within...
  • I-Team: New Gun Laws Possible in Nevada

    03/26/2011 6:39:17 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | 25 March, 2011 | Jonathan Humbert
    LAS VEGAS -- When it comes to guns, Nevadans are passionate. New state bills working their way through Carson City could allow anyone who buys a gun to conceal it with no restrictions. It's just one of the many changes that could come. For advocates it's about privacy and principle. They feel if you go through a background check and can legally own a gun, you shouldn't have to go through more tests to conceal it. Others say that means more danger anywhere, anytime. For the uninitiated, the Clark County Shooting Park may seem like a place filled with people...
  • Concealed weapons carry bill clears Senate committee (MT)

    03/24/2011 5:23:53 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies ^ | 23 March, 2011 | AP
    A measure to allow people in cities to carry a concealed gun without a permit is moving through the Senate. Republican Rep. Krayton Kerns’ House Bill 271 cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday. The bill was amended to require completion of a training course to carry without a permit.
  • Constitutional Carry Plainly Explained and Defended(WI)

    03/24/2011 4:59:49 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies ^ | 23 March, 2011 | Richard Church
    Wisconsin --( Concealed carry is coming to Wisconsin. It is an absolute certainty that before the current legislative session is complete, a concealed carry law will be passed and the governor will sign it. Such legislation has passed the legislature before, but has always fallen victim to the governor’s veto pen. Not this time around. But what kind of concealed carry law will we have? For many, it seems, there is a disconnect between the rights asserted in the First Amendment and rights asserted in the Second. No state requires a permit to exercise the freedom of religion. You do...