Alaska, Arizona, Vermont and Wyoming allow residents to carry a firearm without a permit. When Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard signs a measure allowing any adult with a valid state driver’s license to carry a concealed weapon, South Dakota will become the fifth permit-less carry state.
By the time state legislatures adjourn in late spring, as many as 11 more states — Colorado, Iowa, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Virginia — could also allow law-abiding residents to carry a firearm without a permit.
The legislative momentum has gun-grabbers wringing their hands and claiming pro-Second Amendment groups, such as their ubiquitous demon, the NRA, exert too much influence in state legislatures. You expect that.
What you don’t expect is a blatant misinterpretation of civil rights advocates’ intent in supporting these proposals — especially not in a lead paragraph of a feature story in USA TODAY, “Gun-control advocates view the efforts as part of a long-range strategy to eventually weaken gun laws across the country…” writes Jonathan Ellis in a March 7th story.
The efforts are part of a long-range strategy to restore a fundamental right accorded by the Bill of Rights and the U.S. Constitution.
That “intent” and purpose was confirmed on March 4 when Maryland’s U.S. District Court upheld that the Second Amendment “right to bear arms is not limited to the home.” The court ruled that Maryland citizens should not be required to submit a “good and substantial reason” when applying for a concealed carry permit.
There are four — soon to be five and, perhaps, as many as 16 — states where citizens don’t need government permission to exercise a Constitutional right.
There should be 50.
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