Carry Is Breaking Out All Over

From America’s 1st Freedom:

State legislatures from coast to coast are working to crack concealed-carry regulations and restore freedom to their citizens.

This feature appears in the June ‘17 issue of NRA America’s 1st Freedom, one of the official journals of the National Rifle Association.  

While pro-Second Amendment legislation like National Reciprocity and the Hearing Protection Act weave their slow, methodical course through Congress—countered at every turn by gun control Democrats and their surrogates in the media—state legislatures around the country are working to repeal gun control and to expand the exercise of our Second Amendment-protected rights via pro-self-defense legislation.

It is important to note that state legislatures are not working to expand Second Amendment-protected rights, but to expand the exercise of the rights that are already there. These rights have been denied to the people via myriad gun control schemes.

Consider state-level efforts undertaken to secure “permitless” or “constitutional” carry in 2017.

In New Hampshire, a three-year push to liberate residents from the burdensome task of acquiring a permit to exercise firearm freedoms finally prevailed. According to the Union Leader, then-Gov. Maggie Hassan, a Democrat, vetoed legislation to repeal the permit requirement in 2015 and 2016. But legislators continued to push, and on Feb. 22, Republican Gov. Chris Sununu signed Senate Bill 12 (SB 12), thereby abolishing the state’s requirement that residents get a permit to carry a concealed handgun for self-defense.

SB 12 was sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley, who pushed the measure as a way to roll back the irrational imposition of gun control on concealed carriers. After all, open carry without a permit was already legal in New Hampshire, and Bradley did not agree with criminalizing law-abiding citizens simply because their clothing—perhaps a jacket or a sweatshirt—happened to cover their gun.

Shortly after, on March 23, Republican North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum signed HB 1169 to abolish the concealed-carry permit requirement in his state as well. Upon signing the bill, the West Fargo Pioneer quoted Burgum as saying, “North Dakota has a rich heritage of hunting and a culture of deep respect for firearm safety. As a hunter and gun owner myself, I strongly support gun rights for law-abiding citizens. House Bill 1169 allows citizens to exercise their Second Amendment right under the U.S. Constitution.”

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