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  • KS:Constitution Carry set to Pass Kansas Senate

    01/25/2015 3:40:05 PM PST · by marktwain · 3 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...
  • Countdown to Constitutional Carry(WI)

    03/24/2011 4:49:37 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | 23 March, 2011 | WGO
    Madison, Wisconsin --( While the Wisconsin legislature debates the budget, gun owners prepare for their own protests if movement is not swift to repeal Wisconsin’s ban on carrying concealed weapons. In the wake of the chaos broiling over in Madison, WGO leadership engaged in talks with legislators to support constitutional (Vermont-style) carry. Such a bill would not require any permit, fees, background check, fingerprinting or the establishment of criminal databases to carry a weapon for self-defense. If you can legally buy the gun, you can carry it, said WGO. While a time frame for introduction of a bill is expected...
  • Constitutional Carry Indefinetly Postponed in Colorado

    03/23/2011 4:41:24 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies ^ | 23 March, 2011 | marktwain
    The Colorado Open Carry bill has been indefinitly postponed in the Colorado Senate: Summarized History for Bill Number HB11-1205 (The date the bill passed to the committee of the whole reflects the date the bill passed out of committee.) 02/04/2011 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary 02/24/2011 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole 03/01/2011 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments 03/02/2011 House Third Reading Passed 03/10/2011 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans & Military Affairs 03/22/2011 Senate Committee on State, Veterans & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely This information is prepared as...
  • Wyoming is Fourth State to Adopt 'Constitutional Carry'

    03/22/2011 7:34:32 PM PDT · by marktwain · 20 replies ^ | 21 March, 2011 | John Haughey
    Wyoming became the fourth state to affirm the right of its citizens to carry a concealed firearm without a special government-issued license when the state's House of Representatives Wyoming approved a "Constitutional Carry" bill in a 48-8 vote several weeks ago, and Gov. Matt Mead signed it into law on March 3. Wyoming joins Alaska, Arizona, and Vermont as states that have adopted Constitutional Carry. It goes into effect on July 1. Similar proposals are being pondered in Colorado and Montana. In Colorado, House Bill 1205 would make it legal for people to carry a gun without a permit. The...
  • Colorado Constitutional Carry in Senate Committee on Tuesday 3/22/2011

    03/22/2011 4:58:36 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies ^ | 21 March, 2011 | Rocky Mountain Gun Owners
    Colorado Constitutional Carry in Senate Committee on Tuesday 3/22/2011 Contact needed with Committee Members Rocky Mountain Gun Owners Rocky Mountain Gun Owners Colorado --( This Tuesday the Constitutional Carry bill (HB1205) will be heard in the Senate State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee. This bill has already moved out of the House, but to reach the Senate floor it needs to first pass through this committee. Take the time to join Rocky Mountain Gun Owners and help us pass Constitutional Carry in Colorado. This bill is designed to do one thing: allow citizens who are legally eligible to possess handguns...
  • Constitutional Carry Bill Advancing in the Colorado Legislature but Faces an Uphill Battle

    03/19/2011 6:24:19 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies ^ | 18 March, 2011 | NRA
    FAIRFAX, Va. --( On March 2, House Bill 1205 passed in the Colorado House by a 20 to 15 vote. House Bill 1205, introduced by state Representative Chris Holbert (R-44), would allow residents to carry a concealed handgun without a permit as long as they are legally eligible to purchase and possess a firearm. The NRA strongly supports the constitutional right of Coloradans to carry for self-defense. Despite NRA support for this bill, HB 1205 faces an uphill battle as the Democratic leadership in the state Senate has consistently assigned pro-gun bills to the Senate State, Military & Veterans Affairs...
  • House panel OKs unlicensed carry bill (NH)

    03/11/2011 6:32:25 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies ^ | 10 March, 2011 | GARRY RAYNO
    CONCORD – New Hampshire may soon be rolling back gun control laws to allow anyone to carry a firearm without a concealed weapons permit. The House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee voted 11-6 Wednesday to recommend HB 330 (click to view status and text) pass the House. In addition to eliminating concealed weapons permits, the bill removes restrictions related to transporting firearms in vehicles. While the bill expands the right to carry a firearm, those changes will not trump other laws that ban weapons from public schools, restrict who may possess a weapon, or govern hunting, according to lawmakers....
  • Lawmakers discuss pros, cons of gun bill (SC)

    02/28/2011 4:07:53 AM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies ^ | 27 February, 2011 | NICK McCORMAC
    Some state lawmakers in South Carolina are working to make it easier for gun owners to carry concealed weapons. A recent proposal unanimously approved Thursday by a bipartisan state House Judiciary subcommittee would allow any legal gun owner over the age of 21 to carry a concealed weapon without a permit. Gun laws and the rights of gun owners were thrust into the spotlight again following the Jan. 8 shooting of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., and a shooting at a Florida school board meeting in December. The state legislation - dubbed "The South Carolina Law-Abiding Citizens Protection Act" -...
  • House speaker supports gun legislation, despite others’ concerns

    02/25/2011 8:11:58 PM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies
    The Nashua Telegraph (N.H.) ^ | February 25, 2011 | KEVIN LANDRIGAN
    CONCORD – House Speaker William O’Brien, R-Mont Vernon, personally signed onto legislation that would make New Hampshire the fourth state to allow concealed guns to be carried without a permit. But law enforcement leaders, gun victims and some gun owner rights leaders from differing perspectives criticized the plan across the spectrum. Some attacked it as either a too open-ended policy that threatens public safety while other Second Amendment defenders said it does not deliver enough freedom for the right to bear arms. Rep. Jennifer Coffey, R-Andover, said her bill (HB 330) may need some tweaking but the current system of...
  • Concealed-carry gun measure moves on(CO)

    02/25/2011 5:55:25 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies ^ | 24 February, 2011 | Eli Stokols
    DENVER -- A controversial measure that would allow gun owners to carry concealed weapons without permits, and thus avoid a second round of background checks, is moving forward. House Bill 1205, sponsored by Rep. Chris Holbert, R-Parker, sailed through the House Judiciary Committee on an 8-3 vote, despite opposition from gun-control groups. Holbert, a gun-owner himself, wrote the bill along with Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, a group of Second Amendment advocates who find the second round of backround checks for concealed-carry permits unnecessary. "I can carry open on my home town streets, but if I put my coat over my...
  • Bill allowing concealed, loaded guns worries police(NH)

    02/25/2011 5:51:03 AM PST · by marktwain · 63 replies · 1+ views ^ | 25 February, 2011 | NA
    CONCORD – A bill that would allow almost anyone to carry a concealed, loaded handgun on their person or in a car got the thumbs-down from police yesterday, but was defended by gun-rights activists. New Hampshire State Police Capt. John Lalacheur said the changes in House Bill 330 (click for link to status and text) are unnecessary and will complicate matters for police trying to fight gang and drug violence, and an upcoming Hells Angels weekend this summer. "The ability for people to carry a loaded weapon in a vehicle will present a greater danger to citizens and law enforcement...
  • Wyoming State House moves Constitutional Carry closer to final passage 48 to 8

    02/24/2011 7:17:24 PM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies ^ | 23 February, 2011 | Anthony Bouchard
    We aren’t done, but I’ve got some good news for you. The first phase of passing the Jaggi-Jennings Constitutional Carry through the Wyoming State House was accomplished this afternoon. House members agreed to move this common-sense legislation forward by a vote of 48 to 8. Even though we’re definitely not done yet, and I know that I don’t have to tell you that anything can happen in politics, this is still great news. Because of your emails and phone calls, these House members have moved our bill past its first reading with an overwhelming majority. Our next steps are the...
  • Wyo. House gives first OK to concealed guns bill

    02/23/2011 7:15:51 PM PST · by neverdem · 1 replies
    KULR-8 ^ | February 23, 2011 | AP
    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming residents could carry concealed guns without a permit under a bill that has cleared its first hearing in the state House of Representatives. The House voted 48-8 Wednesday in favor of the bill, which already has passed the Senate. If the bill passes, Wyoming still would continue to offer concealed-carry permits for citizens who want to carry their guns in other states under reciprocal agreements. The permit system requires police background checks for applicants...
  • Idaho: Permitless Carry Introduced in the Gem State

    02/23/2011 6:37:42 PM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | February 23, 2011 | NA
    ·11250 Waples Mill Road ·   Fairfax, Virginia 22030    ·800-392-8683   Idaho: Permitless Carry Introduced in the Gem State   Wednesday, February 23, 2011   As of President’s Day, the Idaho Senate had introduced Senate Bill 1126 and assigned it to the State Affairs Committee.  Commonly known as Permitless Carry legislation, this bill would amend the existing concealed carry law to allow law-abiding Idahoans to carry a concealed firearm without the burdensome requirement of acquiring an Idaho carry permit. The approval of this pivotal legislation would bode well for law-abiding citizens of Idaho who wish to protect not only themselves but family...
  • House Green Lights Concealed Carry Without Permit (MT)

    02/22/2011 12:50:10 PM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies ^ | 02-21-11 | NA
    Associated Press HELENA – The state House backed a bill Monday that would allow people to carry concealed weapons in urban areas without a permit, giving a victory to lawmakers and gun rights supporters who are pushing a slate of firearms legislation. House Bill 271 would allow anyone eligible to obtain a concealed weapon permit to carry without actually applying for a permit. It is already legal to carry a concealed weapon in rural areas without a permit. Gun rights advocate Rep. Krayton Kerns described the proposed concealed carry process as "self-certification." Kerns argued it's important to restore gun rights...
  • Wyoming Legislature enters home stretch

    02/21/2011 4:34:45 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies ^ | 20 February, 2011 | BEN NEARY (AP)
    Another Senate bill coming up for a hearing in the House this week would allow Wyoming citizens to carry concealed handguns without a permit. Buchanan said he expects the bill will pass, but said he expects a spirited debate. A similar handgun bill passed the House in the last legislative session but failed in the Senate.