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  • Popcorn: The New York Times Had A Total Meltdown Over Missouri Constitutional Carry Law

    09/17/2016 4:59:40 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 40 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 17, 2016 | Matt Vespa
    It’s now law. In Missouri, you no longer need a license to carry a firearm in public. They’re the 12th state to adopt such a law known as constitutional carry; Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) represents a state with such a law. To those who love freedom and the Second Amendment, it’s a great day for the expansion of constitutional rights. For anti-gun liberals, it’s a day for hysterics, which wasperfectly captured by the editorial board of The New York Times: The measure has drawn no great national attention, but it certainly provides further evidence that gun safety cannot be...
  • Good Samaritan kills woman's attacker at Walmart (assaulted mother with infant in parking lot)

    09/12/2016 8:55:17 AM PDT · by amorphous · 62 replies
    Worldnet Daily ^ | 12 Sep 2016
    Two Good Samaritans are being credited with saving a woman’s life after she was attacked by two suspected carjackers who hit her over the head after she left Walmart was putting her infant child into a car seat in the store parking lot in Shawnee, Kansas on Sunday. A bystander, who rushed to the aid of the woman after hearing her screams, was shot multiple times by one of the suspects, according to police. Another Good Samaritan saw what happened, got out of his car and shot one of the attackers dead. A shopper who had just exited the store...
  • MO: Override of Gun Reform Veto Likely

    08/15/2016 5:42:33 AM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 1 August, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    On May 13, 2016, the Missouri legislature passed an omnibus gun legislation reform bill, SB 656.  It was the last day of the session.  While widely heralded as a permitless or "Constitutional" carry bill, there were several other notable features.  From the NRA-ILA: Recognize Missourians right to Constitutional/Permitless Carry where open carry is not prohibitedExpand Missouri’s current Stand your Ground laws Expand Castle Doctrine protections for anyone legally allowed into your home, vehicle, business and propertySpecify that except for credit card fees incurred, no additional fee beyond $100 may be charged to process concealed carry permits and allows military members...
  • MO: Permitless or “Constitutional” carry passes Legislature, on to Governor Nixon

    05/14/2016 8:31:02 AM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 14 May, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The Missouri omnibus firearm reform bill, SB 656, has passed the legislature on the last day of the session, May 13, 2016. It includes permitless or “Constitutional” carry. It will now go to Governor Nixon for signature or veto. According to the NRA-ILA, SB 656 has these primary features: Recognize Missourians right to Constitutional/Permitless Carry where open carry is not prohibitedExpand Missouri’s current Stand your Ground lawsExpand Castle Doctrine protections for anyone legally allowed into your home, vehicle, business and propertySpecify that except for credit card fees incurred, no additional fee beyond $100 may be charged to process concealed...
  • MS: Petition to Stop Church Protection Act and Constitutional Carry Fails with 3 Signatures

    04/18/2016 5:09:05 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Nearly two weeks ago, Ariel Draper started a petition on thepetitionsite.com to push Governor Phillip Bryant to veto Mississippi House Bill 786.  The goal of the petition was to get 1,000 signatures in support.  The petition had 3 signatures when the bill was signed into law today.  The petition used rather incendiary language.  From the petition: Mississippi House Bill 786 introduces legislation that would grant the following : To provide that killing a person while acting as a participant of a church or place of worship security team is JUSTIFIABLE homicide ; and for related purposes. Literally making a...
  • Mississippi Becomes 10th “Constitutional” Carry State; Governor Bryant Signs HB 786

    04/15/2016 3:25:39 PM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 15 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Mississippi became the 9th state to restore permitless carry today, the 15th of April, 2016.  It seems poetic that Governor Bryant chose to sign HB 786 into law a few days before most citizens were required to file their federal taxes. The easing of one burden helps reduce the pain of another, in this case.  HB 786 is titled the “Church Protection Act”, which is a correct description.  The bill provides that churches can create volunteer church security that will have the same protections that private security guards now have in Mississippi.  The program will require training and the...
  • MS: Permitless or “Constitutional” Carry goes to Governor Bryant

    04/09/2016 5:08:51 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 7 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    HB 786 is now headed to Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant.  The bill passed the House on a final concurrence vote of 85 to 35.  The Governor has five days to sign, veto, or allow the bill to become law.  From state.ms.us: Once a bill passes both chambers of the Mississippi Legislature it is sent to the governor for signature or veto. The governor has five days to either approve a bill by signing it into law, or to return it to the House of Representatives or the Senate with objections. If the governor does not take either action, the...
  • Mississippi Likely to Join Permitless "Constitutional" Carry Club

    04/07/2016 5:57:41 AM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 2 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
     Image of Andy Gipson from the clarionledger.com In a bill labelled a "Church Protection Act", the Mississippi legislature appears ready to join the permitless or "Constitutional" carry club.  If Governor Bryan signs the bill into law, Mississippi will become the third state this year to join the club, putting its members at 10, or 20 percent of the states. Members of the club can no longer claim any exclusivity.  They range from the East coast to the Pacific, from Alaska to Arizona, with midwest, eastern, and western members.  At 10 members, the club is larger than the dwindling "may issue"...
  • Why Permitless Carry has Taken so Long in Idaho: Three Powerful House Chairs Oppose it

    03/27/2016 5:49:45 AM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 20 March, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Idaho is a strong Republican state.  It is known for being Second Amendment friendly.  The reason it took so long to pass permitless or "Constitutional" carry is epitomized by the three Republican committee chairs shown above.  All three chose to vote against permitless carry.  They were the only Republicans in the House to do so. It says a great deal that these powerful people chose this political hill to die on.  Why?  Why not vote for the bill, and at least camouflage your actions?  How many are in the Idaho legislature who did exactly that? These are only the...
  • ID: Governor Otter Signs Permitless Carry, Idaho Becomes Ninth Constitutional Carry State

    03/26/2016 6:49:15 AM PDT · by rktman · 11 replies
    gunwatch.blogspot.com ^ | 3/26/2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Governor C.L Butch Otter reluctantly signed SB 1389, the permitless "Constitutional carry" bill that was passed by the Idaho legislature. His office sent the transmittal letter(pdf) to the President of the Senate today, the 25th of March, 2016. Idaho becomes the eighth state to restore permitless or "Constitutional" carry. Vermont never restricted concealed carry from those who were not felons or mentally defective. Governor Otter stated that he signed the bill with some reluctance, because the bill did not have a training requirement for the carry of firearms. There has never been a legal requirement for training in order to...
  • Governor Otter Signs SB 1389, Idaho Becomes Ninth Constitutional Carry State

    03/26/2016 6:33:45 AM PDT · by marktwain · 20 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 26 March, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Governor C.L Butch Otter reluctantly signed SB 1389, the permitless “Constitutional carry” bill that was passed by the Idaho legislature.His office sent the transmittal letter(pdf) to the President of the Senate the 25th of March, 2016.  Idaho becomes the eighth state to restore permitless or “Constitutional” carry.  Vermont never restricted concealed carry from those who were not felons or mentally defective. Governor Otter stated that he signed the bill with some reluctance, because the bill did not have a training requirement for the carry of firearms.There has never been a legal requirement for training in order to carry firearms,...
  • ID: Calls to Governor Otter for and against Permitless Carry 50-50

    03/23/2016 5:12:50 PM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 23 March, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    With the Idaho legislature’s permitless or “Constitutional” carry bill on Governor Butch Otter’s desk, I read a comment on the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance facebook page that seemed unlikely. It claimed that numerous disarmists were calling the Governor’s office to urge a veto.  From the ISAA facebook page: SB 1389, Constitutional Carry, was delivered to the Governor’s office yesterday (March 21st) at 2:40 p.m. With the Idaho legislature’s permitless or “Constitutional” carry bill on Governor Butch Otter’s desk, I read a comment on the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance facebook page that seemed unlikely. It claimed that numerous disarmists were...
  • ID: When will Governor Otter Sign Permitless Carry?

    03/22/2016 3:34:47 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 22 March, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    On Friday, 18 March, the Idaho permitless carry bill, S 1389 was passed by the Idaho House of representatives, 54 – 15.  Once a bill has passed both houses, there is a procedure to be followed for it to go to the Governor for consideration.  On Monday, 21 March, S 1389, S 1389 was enrolled and officially sent to Governor Butch Otter of Idaho.  From idaho.gov:   03/21 Returned From House Passed; referred to enrolling             Reported enrolled; signed by President; to House for signature of SpeakeReceived from Senate; Signed by Speaker; Returned to SenateReported signed by the Speaker & ordered delivered to Governor Monday is the official day that S 1389 was sent to Governor Otter.  He has five days, not counting Sunday, to sign or veto permitless carry. From idaho.gov: After...
  • Idaho House Passes Permitless or “Constitutional” carry

    03/21/2016 3:49:03 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 21 March, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The House in Idaho has passed S 1389 restore permitless carry. SB 1389 passed the Senate 27-8. It passed out of the House committee yesterday, March 17th. It will be sent to Governor Butch Otter. Governor Otter has been shown to be a Second Amendment supporter in the past. It seems likely that he will sign SB 1389. It is an incremental step that is not far off of existing law in Idaho. Governor Otter signed the Idaho campus carry bill in the face of intense opposition by the powerful higher education lobby in Idaho.The Idaho Sheriffs Association has...
  • Idaho Senate advances permitless concealed carry bill

    03/16/2016 1:08:38 PM PDT · by Domandred · 17 replies
    KTVB ^ | 3/16/2016 | AP
    BOISE -- The Idaho Senate has approved legislation that would allow residents 21 years old and up carry hidden guns without permits or training. Senate lawmakers voted 27-8 on Wednesday to advance the proposal over the House.
  • Permitless concealed carry in West Virginia soon to be law

    03/07/2016 10:59:22 AM PST · by Daffynition · 31 replies
    WVVA.com ^ | Mar 6, 2016 | John Asebe
    WEST VIRGINIA (WVVA) West Virginia will soon be among seven other states where residents can carry a concealed weapon without a permit. This comes after West Virginia Lawmakers voted this weekend to override Governor Earl Ray Tomblin's veto on House Bill 4145. The override on Tomblin's veto means that if you're older than 21 and live in West Virginia, permitless concealed carry will be law in 90 days. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin originally veto'd the bill with safety concerns. The West Virginia House and West Virginia Senate both voted to override Tomblin's veto.
  • WV: Legislature Overrides Governor Tomblin's Veto. Constitutional Carry Becomes Law

    03/05/2016 10:23:45 AM PST · by rktman · 11 replies
    gunwatch.blogspot.com ^ | 3/5/2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The West Virginia legislature did not waste any time in overriding Governor Tomblin's veto of HB 4145, also known as "Constitutional carry" or permitless carry. Governor Tomblin vetoed a similar bill in 2015, but the veto occurred after the legislature had adjourned, making a veto override difficult. This year, the Constitutional carry bill was passed early enough for the legislature to vote on a veto override if necessary. Governor Tomblin received the Constitutional carry bill on 26 February. He waited to the last possible day to veto it, 3 March. The House of Delegates overrode his veto on 4 March,...
  • WV: Legislature Overrides Governor’s Veto. Constitutional Carry Becomes Law

    03/05/2016 8:15:27 AM PST · by marktwain · 34 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 5 March, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The West Virginia legislature did not waste any time in overriding Governor Tomblin’s veto of HB 4145, also known as “Constitutional carry” or permitless carry.  Governor Tomblin vetoed a similar bill in 2015, but the veto occurred after the legislature had adjourned, making a veto override difficult.This year, 2016, the Constitutional carry bill was passed early enough for the legislature to vote on a veto override if necessary.  Governor Tomblin received the  Constitutional carry bill on 26 February.  He waited to the last possible day to veto it, 3 March.  The House of Delegates overrode his veto on 4...
  • WV: Governor Tomblin Vetoes Constitutional Carry, Again!

    03/03/2016 12:42:49 PM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 3 March, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    As shown on the West Virginia legislative page, Governor Tomblin has vetoed the Constitutional carry bill for the second year in a row.  Last year, 2015, Governor Tomblin vetoed a Constitutional carry bill after the legislature had adjourned. Today, 3 March, 2016, another Constitutional carry bill, HB 4145 was recorded as vetoed. From state.wv.us: Vetoed H Vetoed by Governor 3/3/16 03/03/16 H Vetoed by Governor 3/3/16 – House Journal 03/03/16 S To Governor 2/26/16 – Senate Journal 02/27/16 The West Virginia legislature can override his veto with simple majorities in both houses.  From wv.us:Action by the Governor  After a...
  • TN: Handgun Carry Permit Fees may be Reduced

    03/03/2016 5:44:12 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 3 March, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The Tennessee legislature is in the process of reducing the administrative fees required to obtain a Tennessee handgun carry permit.  The current fees are $115.  It was discovered that only $77 was required to process the permit.From wgnsradio.com:On Tuesday, February 23, an “administration” bill was presented in the Senate Judiciary Committee that has the effect of cutting the existing handgun permit fees charged to Tennesseans by more than half over time. That bill, which is referenced as Senate Bill 2566, was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee members on a 9-0 vote with no significant debate.John Harris, Executive Director...
  • WV: Constitutional Carry on Governor Tomblin's Desk

    03/02/2016 5:26:13 PM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 29 February, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The West Virginia Constitutional carry bill, HB 4145, has passed both the House and the Senate by wide, veto proof margins.  The House, 68-31, the Senate, 24-9.   The bill went to Governor Tomblin on the 26th of February.  According to West Virginia law, Governor Tomblin has five days to sign or veto the bill.  Last year, 2015, he did not receive the Constitutional carry bill until the last day of the session.  He was able to veto Constitutional carry after the legislature had adjourned, ensuring that his veto would not be overridden.  This year, 2016, Constitutional carry was passed...
  • WV: Constitutional Carry Passes Senate with Veto Proof Margins

    02/29/2016 7:50:26 AM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 27 February, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    The West Virginia Senate passed an amended HB 4145 on Monday, 22 February, 2016.  The bill is also called constitutional carry or permitless carry.  The bill passed with an overwhelming, veto proof margin of 24 to 9.From theintelligencer.net: People 21 years and older would be allowed to carry concealed guns in West Virginia without permits or training under a bill that passed the Senate on Monday. Senators voted 24-9 to approve the measure Monday. The bill requires at least one additional House vote before the Republican-led Legislature sends it to Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, who vetoed a similar...
  • ID:Hundreds Demonstrate for Constitutional Carry at Idaho Capitol

    02/27/2016 4:54:52 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 23 February, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Image from boiseweekly.com A large crowd of 700 people demonstrated for Constitutional carry at the Idaho Capitol on  February 20th.  Constitutional carry has been introduced for this session of the Idaho legislature.  The current version of the bills are HO422 and HO423.  Statement of purpose of HO422: This legislation would make Idaho a permitless carry state. Currently, permitless carry applies to all areas outside of city limits. This legislation specifies who may carry a concealed weapon without a permit. The bill also adds an age restriction for permitless carry to those 21 years or older. The concealed carry permitting statutes...
  • MI: Constitutional Carry Introduced for 2016

    02/13/2016 6:47:56 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 12 February, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    A virtual restoration of Constitutional carry was introduced to the Michigan legislature in 2015, but to my knowledge, it did not move.  This may have been because a scandal involving an extramarital affair involving the sponsor, Cindy Gamrat. Int 2016, Constitutional carry bills were introduced in the House, numbered 5301 to 5304.  From upnorthlive.com: "These bills simply place into law the Second Amendment rights of Michigan residents to bear arms without asking the government's permission to do so," Rep. Barrett said, sponsor of HB 5302. "The current concealed weapons permit amounts to nothing more than a state tax on...
  • Governor Herbert Continues to Block Utah Constitutional Carry in 2016

    02/08/2016 5:43:28 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 8 February, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Governor Herbert of Utah continues to be the main blocking force preventing the passage of Constitutional carry in Utah.  Utah is a gun friendly state.  There are open carry rights; the state constitution is strong.Utah Constitution, Art. I Section 6, enacted 1984: The individual right of the people to keep and bear arms for security and defense of self, family, others, property, or the state, as well as for other lawful purposes shall not be infringed; but nothing herein shall prevent the legislature from defining the lawful use of arms. Utah also has one of the lowest crime rates...
  • WI: Governor Walker Signs Constitutional Carry for Knives

    02/07/2016 3:27:55 AM PST · by marktwain · 21 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 6 February, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Knife Rights and Wisconsin Force worked together to pass a significant reform of antiquated knife laws in Wisconsin.  Wisconsin knife laws date back to the muckraker days, when the media was able to pass nonsensical laws based on "trendy", "progressive", emotional notions rather than on common sense, or any consideration for the the Constitution.  Wisconsin’s silly and dangerous switchblade ban dates to 1956.  It has been used to fine, convict and incarcerate hundreds, if not thousands of people who were only exercising their Second Amendment rights.In 1998, Wisconsin finally finished the arduous process to pass a right to keep and...
  • West Virginia Constitutional Carry very likely in 2016

    01/31/2016 5:41:53 AM PST · by marktwain · 18 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 31 January, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Last year, West Virginia came within a cats hair of enacting Constitutional carry into law.  The law passed with veto proof margins in the House and the Senate.  It was only through insider shenanigans that the bill was sent to Governor Tomblin late enough for him to veto it without a chance for a veto override.  From wvgazettemail.com: Lawmakers overwhelmingly approved a similar bill last year, by a 32-2 margin in the Senate and 71-29 in the House. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed the bill, citing "overwhelming opposition" from law enforcement officers statewide."In light of those concerns, and in...
  • West Virginia: Permitless Carry Legislation Introduced

    01/19/2016 11:17:22 AM PST · by NorthMountain · 11 replies
    Via Email ^ | 2016-01-19 | NRA
    On Tuesday, January 19, state Representative Saira Blair introduced House Bill 4145, legislation that would allow a law-abiding individual, who is 21 years of age or older, to lawfully carry a concealed handgun for self-defense without needing to first obtain a government-issued permit. HB 4145 also addresses a current deficiency in state law that prohibits an individual who is between the ages of 18 and 21 from obtaining a concealed weapon permit. HB 4145 has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee. Under the provisions of House Bill 4145, an individual who is over the age of 21, a citizen...
  • [Idaho Speaker of the House] Bedke Wants Secret Gun Committee To Vet Permitless Carry Bill

    01/07/2016 4:50:37 PM PST · by Domandred · 4 replies
    Idaho Reporter ^ | 1/7/2016 | Dustin Hurst
    Speaker of the House Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, said Thursday he will deploy a secret gun committee to vet a bill that would allow Idahoans to conceal firearms without a permit. Bedke, speaking to reporters at a briefing ahead of next week’s legislative session kick-off, offered tepid support for permitless concealed carry. “I would be supportive [of permitless carry] in concept,” Bedke told reporters. Two House Republican caucus members, freshman Reps. Ron Nate of Rexburg and Heather Scott of Blanchard, announced this week they will introduce a permitless carry bill in the upcoming session’s first two weeks. That announcement included quotes...
  • KS: Constitutional Carry Foils Robbery Attempt

    07/17/2015 5:12:41 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 14 July, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    When Governor Brownback signed the constitutional carry bill on the second of April this year, the disarmists predicted blood in the streets, just like a broken record.  Fortunately, those predictions have proved wrong, as they have, time and time again.   The law went into effect two weeks ago on July first.  Now we have one of he first fruits of the law.   A young man, carrying a pistol without a permit, foiled the robbery attempt of an Academy sporting goods store.   Many would say that robbing a gun shop is a really stupid idea, and it shows in this...
  • ME: Governor Paul Le Page Signs Constitutional Carry

    07/11/2015 4:33:50 PM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 July, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    For a late Independence Day present to patriots, Governor Paul Le Page signed LD 652, the Maine constitutional carry bill.   The law will go into effect 90 days after the legislature adjourns.  The bill was signed this today, July 8th, 2015, in a ceremony that was closed to the press.  I received notice from the press secretary, Adrienne Bennett, that the bill was signed about noon, central time.   Further confirmation comes from wmtw.com: AUGUSTA, Maine —Maine Gov. Paul LePage has signed a bill that will allow residents to carry a concealed handgun without obtaining a permit. Maine will become...
  • ME: Disarmist shows lack of Imagination

    07/06/2015 5:09:20 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 3 July, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Maine is moving toward constitutional or permitless carry.  It is not a large step for Maine, which has a fairly liberal concealed carry law and constitutional open carry.   The bill, LD 652 need only be signed by the Governor to become law, and it seems likely that Governor Le Page will sign it.  But that does not stop a Maine disarmist from complaining.  From centralmain.com: "And there is no good I can see in having anyone carry concealed guns without permits, training, background checks and minimum age requirements." So it all comes down to a lack of imagination on...
  • ME: Constitutional Carry Bill Goes to Governor Paul Le Page

    07/04/2015 5:52:01 AM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 1 July, | Dean Weingarten
    LD 652/SP 245, known as the constitutional carry bill, has been passed out of the special appropriations table, been  approved of in the Senate (again) by a 23 to 12 vote, and will now go to Governor Paul Le Page for signature or veto.   It does not appear that the legislature will be in session for three consecutive days in July, so if Governor Le Page does not sign the bill, it will not become law. Governor Le Page said that he would not sign the bill if it required Maine residents under the age of 21, on active...
  • Maine Constitutional Carry Entangled in Budget Negotiations

    06/17/2015 8:00:20 PM PDT · by marktwain
    Gun Watch ^ | 17 June, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    On 4 June, 2015, LD 652, the Maine constitutional carry bill passed the House, with the amendment required to meet Governor Paul Le Page's demand that 18-20 year old veterans not be required to have a permit to carry.  It was sent to the Senate for concurrence.  The Senate immediately concurred, and second amendment supporters believed that the bill would be sent to Governor Le Page for signature and enactment into law.  The last action on the bill was on June 4th.  From mainelegislature.org: 6/4/2015 House PASSED TO BE ENACTED. Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH. 6/4/2015 Senate On...
  • AR: Bizarre Article Attempts to Discredit AR Constitutional Carry

    06/09/2015 7:15:34 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 6 June, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Act 746 went into effect in 2013.  The law was clear at the time, and is clear now.  The Democrat Attorney General when the law went into effect, Dustin McDaniel, expressed an opinion about the law which seemed designed to cause confusion about the issue.   In the opinion, former AG McDaniel simply ignores the most important change in the law.    Here is the relevant section, ignored by McDaniel: 5-73-120. Carrying a weapon.(a) 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...
  • Maine Constitutional Carry passes Senate, House, with minor amendments

    06/05/2015 6:00:01 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 2 June, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
     LD 652 (SP 245), "An Act To Authorize the Carrying of Concealed Handguns without a Permit"  passed  the Senate, 23-12, last Friday. Today, 1 June, the Maine House  passed a lightly amended Constitutional Carry bill, 83-62.  The House added two amendments to the bill.   From pressherald.com: More votes are required in the Senate before the bill moves forward, for procedural reasons and because the House adopted two amendments to the bill. One would require anyone under age 21 to get a permit to carry a concealed weapon. The other would require a person carrying a concealed gun to tell...
  • Maine House Overwhelmingly Passes Constitutional Carry

    06/01/2015 7:09:28 PM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 7 replies
    Townhall ^ | 6/1/15 | Christine Rousselle
    The Maine House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed a bill to allow citizens to carry concealed weapons without a permit. L.D. 652, which would eliminate the permitting requirement to carry a concealed weapon (and also permit people to carry a weapon in a car), passed with bipartisan support in a 83-62 vote. The bill passed through the Senate on May 28. Gov. Paul LePage has indicated that he will sign the bill into law. Maine, a "shall-issue" state, has issued over 36,000 concealed weapons permits, including permits to out-of-state residents. Maine has exceptionally low crime rates, and a relatively high...
  • Maine's Chances for Constitutional Carry have Improved

    05/31/2015 5:50:30 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 30 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Yesterday, 28 May, 2015, the Maine Senate voted to restore Mainers second amendment rights.   The legislation would remove the requirement to obtain a permit to carry a concealed firearm.  The earliest ban on concealed carry in Maine that I could find, was passed in 1967.   It has never been illegal for Mainers to carry handguns openly.    The Maine Senate has a majority of Republicans, but the vote was expected to be closer.  The bill passed 21-14.  From the pressherald.com:  The decisive vote led advocates to predict passage in the House of Representatives, which could take up the proposal...
  • ME: Bloomberg Money Opposing Constitutional Carry

    05/05/2015 8:24:26 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    http://gunwatch.blogspot.com/2015/05/me-bloomberg-money-opposing.html | 3 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Maine may be the most likely state to pass constitutional carry next.  The state is one of those which has has preserved open carry without government permission, though that applies to over 60% of the states.   In addition, it has a quirky shall issue permit system that gives a little bit of arbitrary power, in the form of a "good moral character" requirement, to local police or to elected officials, if there is no police chief.  The system was created in 1985, one of the early "shall issue" laws. These characteristics have lead to an effective campaign to reform...
  • NH: As Predicted, Governor Hassan (D) says she will veto constitutional carry

    04/30/2015 8:48:59 PM PDT · by marktwain · 28 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 1 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    As predicted in an article three days ago, before Governor Hassan  had made a definite statement, she says that she will veto the New Hampshire constitutional carry bill.   The bill has passed both the Senate and the House, but not by veto proof margins.  From unionleader.com: CONCORD — Before the House could take a vote Wednesday, Gov. Maggie Hassan said she would veto a bill that would repeal the requirement for a concealed firearms permit. The House passed the measure by at 212-150 margin. Governor Hassan did not explain why the requirement for a permit was necessary, given that...
  • New Hampshire Senate Passes Constitutional Carry Reform

    04/29/2015 6:52:08 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 28 April, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    New Hampshire has always been a state that seemed likely to be one of the first to pass constitutional carry, which allows people who may legally own guns to carry them either openly or concealed without a permit. While attempts have been made in the past several years, various mishaps have resulted in no bill being passed.  Sister state Vermont has the longest border with New Hampshire, and Vermont has had constitutional carry since 1791, and one of the lowest crime rates in the nation. This year House Bill 582 was killed in the criminal justice committee, and it...
  • MS: Governor Signs 90% Constitutional Carry on April 10th (SB 2394)

    04/17/2015 5:15:19 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 April, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    How do we classify Mississippi now?  In Mississippi, you do not need a license to carry a handgun openly.   Under very liberal restrictions, you will not need a license to carry a handgun concealed.  The new law goes into effect on 1 July, 2015, in two and a half months.  From the NRA-ILA: Late Thursday, Governor Phil Bryant (R) signed Senate Bill 2394, a bill prioritized for passage by Lt. Governor Tate Reeves and sponsored by Sen. Terry Burton (R), and Senate Bill 2619, sponsored by Sen. Haskins Montgomery (D), into law.  These two measures make critical pro-Second Amendment reforms, including a clarification that...
  • KS: Governor Brownback Signs Constitutional Carry

    04/03/2015 6:36:48 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 3 April, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Governor Sam Brownback said that he would sign the Kansas constitutional carry bill on Thursday, 2 April, 2015, and he did exactly what he said he would do.  The bill restores Kansas to very close to the legal status that the entire country was in regarding the carrying of weapons, when the second amendment was ratified. Governor Brownback complimented gun owners.  He said that they have shown them selves to be responsible.  From ksnt.com: Supporters of the bill said gun owners have shown they can be trusted to carry concealed. Brownback said gun owners have shown they are responsible....
  • KS:Breaking: Governor Brownback will sign Constitutional Carry

    04/02/2015 6:48:16 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 2 April, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Today, April 2, 2015, Governor Sam Brownback of Kansas will sign SB 45, also known as the constitutional carry bill, into law.  The law will go into effect upon publication in the Kansas Register.  The bill restores second amendment rights in Kansas close to what they were when the Bill of Rights was ratified on December 15, 1791. The Kansas House Committee on Federal and State affairs passed SB 45, the constitutional carry bill on the 18th of March, 2015. The bill was supported by the Kansas State Rifle Association, The National Rifle Association, and The National Association for...
  • KS: Gov. Sam Brownback to sign bill allowing unlicensed conceal-carry

    04/01/2015 4:37:56 PM PDT · by jdege · 27 replies
    Topeka Capital-Journal ^ | April 1, 2015 | Tim Carpenter
    Wednesday, April 1, 2015Gov. Sam Brownback to sign bill allowing unlicensed conceal-carryBy Tim Carpenter Gov. Sam Brownback pledged to sign legislation Thursday allowing Kansas adults to carry concealed firearms without first obtaining a license or undergoing weapon training. [...]
  • MS: Passage of 90% Constitutional Carry Appears Likely

    04/01/2015 6:12:24 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 31 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    After a rocky start, Mississippi appears ready to pass a 90% constitutional carry bill.  Bickering among second amendment supporters seemed to doom constitutional carry in the state early this year.  Hard feelings were ignited between longtime legislative supporters of the second amendment, and serious, unfounded allegations were tossed about.   But it appears that those supporting the second  amendment in the Mississippi legislature have overcome those difficulties and passed a significant reform to restore second amendment rights on Friday, 27 March, 2015.  SB 2394  started off as an incremental reform to amend the concealed carry permit fees in Mississippi. ...
  • MT: Governor Bullock Vetoes Constitutional Carry

    03/30/2015 4:53:21 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 30 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Governor Bullock (D) of Montana vetoed constitutional carry, HB 298.   It seems that he did so on Friday the 27th of March.  He did not give a good reason for the veto; he simply applied the "we require a permit for everything else" excuse.  Perhaps we need to rethink this excessive requirement for permission from the state before we engage in our daily lives.  Five states have constitutional carry, and there is no evidence that it causes any problems.  Governor Bullock recommended that the gun muffler reform in HB 250 be improved to include all legal hunting.  It...
  • Maine Has the Chance to Lead on Gun Rights

    03/28/2015 12:35:54 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Red207 ^ | Jim Fossel
    In the coming days, as many Mainers scramble to finalize their tax returns, the Legislature will begin debating what has already become one of the most bipartisan bills of the session. Sponsored by freshman Republican Sen. Eric Brakey of Auburn, this legislation seeks to bring constitutional carry (already the law in Vermont) to Maine. Currently, if one wishes to carry a concealed firearm in Maine, one needs to apply for a permit to do so, through either the Maine State Police or your local police department. This bill would repeal that requirement, allowing anyone who can legally purchase a firearm...
  • SD: Constitutional Carry Killed by Senate Committee

    03/25/2015 6:56:28 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 25 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    On the first of February, 2015, I wrote about a gun law reform bill introduced in the South Dakota House.   The bill included a number of reforms, including removing the restriction on the legal carry of concealed firearms by people who could legally own firearms.  The bill passed the House 44 to 23 on the 10th of February, 2015.   The bill looked like a shoo in to pass the Senate, with Republicans in the majority in the South Dakota Senate, with 27 Republicans and 8 Democrats. But there have been a number of Republicans who are not interested in...
  • MT: Constitutional Carry Goes to Governor Bullock

    03/21/2015 5:15:14 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 21 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The Montana legislature has passed a constitutional carry bill to bring the last .6% of the state into harmony with the rest of the state.  HB 298 will make the legal conditions for the carry of firearms the same inside unmarked city boundaries as outside of those unmarked boundaries.  The bill passed the Senate 28 to 21.  It passed the House 56 to 43.  The Governor of Montana is a Democrat, Steve Bullock.  It remains to be seen if Governor Bullock will do the same as Governor Tomblin of West Virginia, and veto a popular bill when he sees...