“Constitutional carry” is the name that gun rights activists have given to bills that legalize both concealed and openly carried handguns in public.
The current state legislative sessions across the country have seen a surge of states supporting “constitutional carry” and gun rights advocates have had tremendous success in recent decades making it easier to obtain a concealed-carry permit. In most states, the process is fairly straightforward. Applicants need to pass a background check. Some states also ask that applicants take a gun safety class, and some even check for evidence of mental illness.
Presently residents of Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Vermont, and Wyoming don’t require a permit at all for concealed carry in public. Vermont has never had a requirement; Alaska went permit-free in 2003; Arizona in 2010; Wyoming in 2011 (limited to residents); and Arkansas in 2013. Other states such as Idaho, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico and Oklahoma recognize a limited form of constitutional carry.
Last year Republicans took control of nearly a dozen state chambers, allowing permit-less concealed-carry efforts to re-surge in places like New Hampshire, West Virginia, Texas, Kansas, Colorado, Idaho and Maine. A large amount of the American public has recently been tilting toward gun rights, although you hear different in the mainstream media. While I firmly believe that our right to bear arms should not require a government issued permission slip, an overwhelming amount of voters support obtaining a special permit from law enforcement agencies to carry concealed firearms. So we must all band together in support of our Constitutional rights. I highly recommend you support the NRA and become a member if you’re not already.
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