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More States Allowing Permitless Carry: Self Defense A ‘Natural Born’ Right




From The Wash­ing­ton Times — Amid the ris­ing num­ber of Amer­i­cans licensed to car­ry a con­cealed hand­gun, more states are pass­ing laws that don’t require a per­mit to car­ry firearms, embrac­ing the view that self-defense is a “nat­ur­al born” right.

Mis­souri became the fourth state this year to approve a so-called “con­sti­tu­tion­al car­ry” law when Repub­li­can leg­is­la­tors over­rode a veto by Demo­c­ra­t­ic Gov. Jay Nixon on Sept. 15, mak­ing per­mit­less car­ry legal. West Vir­ginia, Mis­sis­sip­pi and Ida­ho also have adopt­ed con­sti­tu­tion­al car­ry laws in 2016, bring­ing the total num­ber of such states to 12.

States that focus on free­dom real­ize that if self-defense tru­ly is a nat­ur­al-born right, and the Sec­ond Amend­ment tru­ly affirms that nat­ur­al-born right, you shouldn’t have to ask the gov­ern­ment for per­mis­sion to exer­cise it,” said Tim Schmidt, pres­i­dent of the U.S. Con­cealed Car­ry Asso­ci­a­tion in West Bend, Wis­con­sin. “Kind of like you don’t have to ask the gov­ern­ment to exer­cise the First Amend­ment.”

Missouri’s law spec­i­fies 17 places where peo­ple can’t car­ry guns, includ­ing church­es, air­ports, sports are­nas, cour­t­hous­es, liquor stores, schools, hos­pi­tals and polling places on Elec­tion Day. It will take effect Jan. 1.

The Mis­souri chap­ter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in Amer­i­ca, part of Michael Bloomberg’s Every­town for Gun Safe­ty, object­ed that the legislature’s action “makes Mis­souri the first new ‘stand your ground’ state since Trayvon Martin’s death.”

The group said the law “dis­man­tles Missouri’s con­cealed car­ry per­mit require­ment and lets peo­ple — includ­ing some vio­lent crim­i­nals, cer­tain repeat drug offend­ers, and peo­ple with no firearms safe­ty train­ing — car­ry hid­den, loaded hand­guns in pub­lic.”

Rep. Lau­ren Arthur, North Kansas City Demo­c­rat, called it a “stu­pid, dan­ger­ous piece of leg­is­la­tion.”

The Nation­al Rifle Asso­ci­a­tion said the devel­op­ment in Mis­souri “will improve the abil­i­ty of law-abid­ing gun own­ers to exer­cise their Sec­ond Amend­ment rights.”

Mr. Schmidt, whose for-prof­it com­pa­ny offers train­ing, edu­ca­tion and firearms lia­bil­i­ty insur­ance poli­cies, said Pres­i­dent Obama’s efforts at impos­ing gun con­trol reg­u­la­tions, com­bined with an uptick in vio­lent crime across the U.S., are aid­ing the rise in peo­ple car­ry­ing firearms.

I cer­tain­ly think it’s helped,” he said of Mr. Obama’s agen­da. “It’s the whole fear thing — everybody’s afraid he’s going to pass some action and take the guns away, so they go to the store and buy more.”

The FBI’s lat­est annu­al report showed vio­lent crime in the U.S. rose about 4 per­cent in 2015, includ­ing an 11 per­cent rise in homi­cides.

I don’t think peo­ple need to read the FBI crime report to real­ize that crime is a prob­lem,” Mr. Schmidt said. “Every­body wants safe­ty and secu­ri­ty for their fam­i­ly. The great­est thing about the increase in con­ceal car­ry leg­is­la­tion is that it’s help­ing peo­ple to real­ize that they can be that first line of defense for their fam­i­ly.”

Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Don­ald Trump also has brought renewed atten­tion to the issue of con­cealed car­ry; he has a per­mit in New York to car­ry a hand­gun and has pro­posed an expan­sion of gun rights to make any state’s per­mit applic­a­ble nation­wide.

One of Mr. Trump’s sons, Don­ald Trump Jr., also revealed last week that his wife, Vanes­sa, has a per­mit to car­ry a con­cealed weapon.

She’s a tough woman,” he said in an inter­view with Silencer­Co, a com­pa­ny that makes gun silencers. “But she can’t stop an aggres­sive bad guy who’s out to get her. She has a con­cealed weapons per­mit. She prac­tices with me and she enjoys it. It’s a big part of our lifestyle. And we need to be able to defend our­selves.”

Last year Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Repub­li­can, intro­duced a bill that would estab­lish nation­al con­cealed car­ry pol­i­cy, requir­ing all states to rec­og­nize gun car­ry per­mits from any oth­er state. Dan Gross, pres­i­dent of the Brady Cam­paign to Pre­vent Gun Vio­lence, said states that use “rea­son­able dis­cre­tion in award­ing con­cealed car­ry per­mits would be forced to accept the stan­dards of states with rep­re­hen­si­bly low stan­dards, like Flori­da.”

There are more than 1.6 mil­lion con­cealed weapon licens­es in Flori­da, which last month announced it would expe­dite con­cealed car­ry appli­ca­tions for active mil­i­tary mem­bers and vet­er­ans “in the wake of attacks against mil­i­tary per­son­nel in Chat­tanooga, Ten­nessee” in 2015. The Flori­da Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Con­sumer Ser­vices said it has sped up approval for more than 50,000 con­cealed weapon license appli­ca­tions for mil­i­tary per­son­nel and vet­er­ans.

Dur­ing Mr. Obama’s pres­i­den­cy the num­ber of peo­ple with con­cealed car­ry per­mits has increased from about 6 mil­lion to near­ly 15 mil­lion. More than 6 per­cent of all adults in the U.S. now has a per­mit to car­ry a con­cealed weapon, accord­ing to John R. Lott Jr. at the Crime Pre­ven­tion Research Cen­ter.

Mr. Schmidt said regard­less of the dif­fer­ences in state laws on con­cealed car­ry per­mits, firearms edu­ca­tion and train­ing are still cru­cial. His asso­ci­a­tion offers webi­na­rs with sim­u­lat­ed self-defense sce­nar­ios.

I like to say that firearms self-defense train­ing is like eat­ing and bathing — you’ve got to do it on a reg­u­lar basis,” he said. “It’s not some­thing you do once.”




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