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  • 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: LateThursday, 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 twomeasures make criticalpro-Second Amendmentreforms, includinga 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...
  • WV: Tomblin Vetos Constitutional Carry

    03/20/2015 1:20:56 PM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 21 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    You have to give West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin credit for Machiavellian use of power. He cleverly waited until the legislature adjourned, sin die, before vetoing the popular constitutional carry bill. The bill SB 347, would have removed some of the restrictions on carrying concealed weapons by those who can legally own them. It passed with overwhelming margins and bipartisan support in both the Senate (32-2) and the House (71-29). For a non budget bill, such as SB 347, simple majorities would have been enough to override a veto. Which is why the Governor waited until the legislature...
  • KS: Constitutional Carry Passes House Committee

    03/20/2015 5:42:52 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 19 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The Kansas House Committee on Federal and State affairs has passed SB 45, the constitutional carry bill, to the full House today, the 18th of March, 2015. This bill is one of several constitutional carry bills moving in state legislatures around the country. A similar bill is sitting on Governor Tomblin of West Virginia's desk. It passed with large veto proof margin in both houses. From my reading of West Virginia law, we should find out the fate of that bill on Friday. The Kansas bill, SB 45 is about half way home. According to the chart of how...
  • WV: Governor Tomblin has until 20 March Veto, Approve, or Ignore Constitutional Carry

    03/19/2015 11:47:05 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    SB 347 is a gun law reform bill that removes restrictions on carrying weapons from people who can legally own guns. It does *not* eliminate the West Virginia concealed carry permit. It makes the permit optional while in West Virginia. It has become the focus of national attention, as phone banks paid for with former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's money vie with grass roots activists in West Virginia for Governor Tomblin's attention. From wsaz.com: CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A bill that would abolish West Virginia's conceal carry permit law has passed through the House and Senate, and now...
  • WV: Constitutional Carry Goes to Governor Tomblin

    03/14/2015 4:20:21 PM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 15 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The West Virgina Senate has made short work of confirming the passage of SB 347, also known as the Constitutional Carry bill. The bill was amended in the House to change the minimum age for carrying concealed without a permit from 18 to 21. It passed the House by a 71 to 29 margin, with 51 Republicans and 20 Democrats voting for the bill. Yesterday, 13 March, the Senate confirmed the amended House vote. Observers at opencarry.org predict that Governor Tomblin will allow the bill to become law without his signature: No one expects him to. He's expected to...
  • WV: Constitutional Carry Passes the House with Bi-Partisan Support

    03/13/2015 6:05:39 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 13 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The West Virginia Constitutional Carry bill, SB 347 has now passed the House. The vote was 71 to 29. This is a very comfortable, veto proof margin. The bill was amended in the House to raise the age for concealed, permit-less carry from 18 to 21, on the 11th of March. On the third read today, the 12th of March, it passed with 71 to 29. The vote was both bi-partisan and sufficient to override a veto. 51 Republicans and 20 Democrats voted for the bill. 13 Republicans and 16 Democrats voted against it. One of the Republicans who...
  • Idaho Constitutional Carry and a "Secret Committee on Gun Law"

    03/10/2015 6:34:00 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 10 March, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Idaho House Speaker Scott Bedke I have been watching the drama in Idaho, as grassroots activists attempt to get constitutional carry passed in the state. You would think that this would be easy; Idaho is a gun friendly state. You would be wrong. While Idaho has done a number of reforms in recent years, the constitutional carry bill is stalled. The best attempt at understanding what is happening was compiled by Domandred, a contributor on freerepublic.com. He wrote an essay explaining his view of the situation from inside of Idaho. From freerepublic.com: Constitutional Carry is currently available in five...
  • NRA Backed Secret Legislative Committee Kills Idaho Constitutional Carry

    03/07/2015 4:01:24 PM PST · by Domandred · 25 replies
    Freerepublic ^ | 3/7/2015 | Domandred
    Constitutional Carry is currently available in five States. Fourteen States have active legislation pending to move the State to a Constitutional Carry model, including Maine, New Hampshire and Colorado. Idahos legislation (HB89) has been blocked and declared dead by an ad-hoc secret committee. This ad-hoc secret committee has no published members, no scheduled meetings, and no public hearings on bills being voted on. This committee has handles all bills introduced that cover firearms in the State of Idaho. It is rumored it is a joint House and Senate committee. Idahos multiple concealed carry levels Idaho currently has multiple levels of...
  • 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 wmtv.com: 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 argusleader.com: 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 legiscan.com: (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 nhliberty.org 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 gjsentinel.com: 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...