Lawmakers in Texas, Indiana, and South Dakota are in a race to make their respective state the 13th state to abolish a concealed carry permit requirement.
The push is being sponsored by Republicans in every instance, all of whom are pushing to recognize the Second Amendment as a sufficient concealed carry permit in and of itself.
In Texas, the push is being spearheaded by state representative Jonathan Stickland (R-92nd) via HB 375. The text of HB 375 is clear: “Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, a person who is not otherwise prohibited by law from possessing a firearm shall not be required to obtain any license to carry a handgun as a condition for carrying a handgun.”
In Indiana, the push to abolish a concealed carry permit requirement is being sponsored by Jim Lucas (R-Seymour). CBS 4 reports Lucas’ belief that it is “immoral” to require law-abiding citizens to get a concealed carry permit before being allowed to exercise their Second Amendment right to bear arms. And he equates a permit requirement with criminalizing law-abiding citizens in that it “[forces] an innocent person to jump through hoops and pay money to the state to prove their innocence and exercise a constitutional right.”
In South Dakota, the permitless carry effort is being led by state representative Lynne DiSanto (R-35th). She believes permitless carry is the kind of carry “the Constitution intended.” According to the Associated Press, DiSanto has the practical hope that removing the permitting cost and hassle will make it easier for South Dakota residents to keep and carry gun for defense of themselves and their families.
Twelve states currently recognize permitless carry: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Vermont, Wyoming, and West Virginia. It should be noted that there are certain parts of Arkansas and Montana where a permit is required, but the vast portion of both states–99.4 percent, according to Gun Owners of America–is permitless.
Earlier this year, GOA executive director Erich Pratt said “Law-abiding citizens should not have to ask for permission to exercise a constitutionally-protected right. That’s the beauty of Constitutional Carry, it honors the Second Amendment which says the right to keep and BEAR arms ‘shall not be infringed.’”
It’s been noted many times – the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. There are more stories than we can count about the difference made when an armed citizen saw a crime being committed. With the increase in lone wolf attacks, more people need to be armed and it should be acceptable to carry everywhere, including college campuses, although there will be many that will continue to uphold the ban.
While I agree that it is our right to carry, unencumbered by the government, there are downsides to consider – training in particular. Not everyone is qualified to use a handgun, and just because they’re allowed to carry doesn’t mean they should do so without learning more about handguns.
Then there are the laws that vary from state to state regarding where and in what situations it’s acceptable to shoot an intruder or thief. Not all states have the castle law and citizens who aren’t aware of the gun laws in their state could end up in more trouble than they realize when defending their property.
While those issues are worrisome, we will have to accept and contend with them in order to fully experience the Second Amendment as it was intended.
“I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery” – Thomas Jefferson, January 30th 1787