I think it is important for the people to take back control over their personal rights from those who see the role of government as one of controlling personal choices. Many laws aimed at controlling the right to defend oneself have been used to disarm minorities, who have been under protected by police and who have been subjected to attacks from various groups.
This is why we see organizations such as Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership, National African American Gun Association, and the Pink Pistols.
by Mark Chesnut, Editor
Monday, January 30, 2017
We told you two weeks ago how four states are pursuing “permitless” concealed carry this year, vying to join the 11 other states that require no permitting process for law-abiding Americans to carry a concealed firearm for self-defense.
What a difference two weeks make!
Since then, five other states—South Dakota, Minnesota, Utah, Indiana and Texas—have joined New Hampshire, North Dakota, Kentucky and New Mexico in starting the process of deregulating concealed carry for their citizens.
Eleven states—Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming—have already adopted permitless carry laws, often referred to as “constitutional carry” laws because they expressly affirm the Second Amendment’s right to keep and bear arms.
Meanwhile in Texas, another state where “permitless” open carry is not restricted but concealed carry is, Republican state Rep. Jonathan Strickland has introduced House Bill 375. That measure would allow any individual who is not prohibited from possessing a firearm to carry concealed without a license.
Texas concealed-carry permits would still be available to those who wish to obtain them, and another measure introduced this year addresses the high cost of those permits. Senate Bill 16, introduced by Republican state Senators Robert Nichols and Joan Huffman, eliminates original and renewal application fees for a carry permit. The current fee for an original license is $140—one of the highest fees in the country.
Gun owners in all nine states where “permitless” carry is currently being considered should make their voices heard. After all, the ability of law-abiding Americans to defend themselves and their families is a right, not a privilege.