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Rhode Island Supreme Court Chides Police Chief for Failure to Issue Carry Permits

East Providence Police Chief Christopher J. Parella is in trouble with the Supreme Court of Rhode Island. Again. He failed to issue licenses to carry handguns to three more applicants, without explaining any reason for doing so.

State Police Illegally Ties Drivers License To Carry Permits Violating the Law

State Police are actively breaking the law by having a persons LTCF disclosed to them whenever they pull over a driver. You see, a recent update to the NCIC was done that now couples the information. Only one problem…such a move is completely illegal.

Welcome To Constitutional Carry Missouri, Governor’s Veto OVERRIDDEN

Missouri becomes the 10th Constitutional Carry state in the nation, meaning that 20% of the states in America no longer require the extortion of money from and the hat in hand begging of citizens in order to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights.

Idaho Set To Become 9th Constitutional Carry State

On the heels of West Virginia’s override of gun control Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s veto of Constitutional Carry, the Idaho Senate has overwhelmingly passed their own permit-less carry bill by a vote of 27-8.

West Virginia Overrides Gun Control Governor’s Veto For BIG Win

The lawmakers of West Virginia stood their ground in the face of Gun Control Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s veto attempt to ground the 2nd Amendment under heel.

Constitutional Carry: New Hampshire Falters While Maine Rises

In an update from earlier articles I have written about the 2 New England states bucking the gun control trends from nearby states of Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York, Maine and New Hampshire have both passed legislation allowing their citizens to fully exercise their right to keep and bear arms without the bureaucracy, cost, or invasion of privacy and human dignity that goes along with begging the government to do so. Unfortunately, New Hampshire’s leading mouth breather, Gov. Maggie Hassan has gone against the will of the legislature and the will of the people by vetoing the Constitutional Carry measure. Hassan gave the standard two faced talk from both sides of her mouth by stating that she supports the 2nd Amendment but by eliminating the need for people to beg the government to exercise their rights it would “compromise the public safety of our citizens.” No…the only thing it...

Maine Poised To Join States With Constitutional Carry

In big news the Maine Senate has passed legislation for Constitutional Carry by a vote of 21-14. In a surprising twist, the vote did not fall completely on party lines, as three Democrats voted in favor of liberty while 2 Republicans turned their back on the Constitution and on the rights of the people. The bill now heads to the state Legislature which is expected to pass it when it is taken up within the next couple of days. The bill, L.D. 652, will Maine the seventh state that allow individuals to carry a concealed handgun without a permit. It has 96 co-sponsors, more than half the members of the Legislature, and the blessing of some members of the Republican and Democratic leadership. It will also be the first New England state that passes constitutional carry.  Vermont doesn’t count because the Green Mountain State has ALWAYS respected the rights of...

The Constitutional Carry Tide Keeps Rolling

Despite one of the most anti gun Presidents in our history at the helm, more and more states are poised to do away with the permit system for its citizens to carry firearms.  Currently 10% of states have laws enacting Constitutional Carry; the carrying of firearms without first coming to the government, hat in hand to ASK if its ok. That number could more than double by the end of the year with states currently debating and others on the precipice of introducing legislation constitutional carry laws. From Godfather Politics: Just when Barack Obama and his liberal tyrant friends have been pushing so hard to enact stricter anti-gun and Second Amendment defying laws, some states are looking to pass laws that would not require a special permit to carry a concealed weapon. Currently, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Vermont and Wyoming do not require any special permit to carry a concealed weapon....

Wyoming Moves To Ban Criminal Empowerment Areas aka “Gun Free Zones”

Between states like Indiana and New Hampshire pushing for Constitutional Carry and court victories in places like California that are making May-Issue states an endangered species, so far this is a good year for the 2nd Amendment and common sense. Common sense is poised for another big win as in Wyoming, a sensible thinking state rep by the name of Allen Jaggi introduced House Bill 114.  A bill which passed the Wyoming House of Representatives without any watering down amendments by an overwhelming vote of 42-17. What does HB 114 do?  It outlaws the state of Wyoming from enforcing the fatal fallacy of Gun Free Zones.  From the bill itself:  (a) This section shall be known and may be cited as the “Wyoming Repeal Gun Free Zones Act.” (b) Persons holding a valid concealed carry permit 2 issued by the state of Wyoming under W.S. 6-8-104(a)(ii)  may carry a concealed...

New Hampshire Seeks To Empower Citizens By Equal Firepower Measures

I am appreciating New Hampshire more and more as of late.  The Live Free Or Die state is really living up to its motto.  As you may have read about last week, NH is on the verge of becoming likes its neighbor Vermont and doing away with its firearm carrying licensing system to become a Constitutional Carry state. On the heels of that legislation is another bill, brought forth by State Representative J.H Hoell, that would bar the police from becoming a paramilitary force without consent of the people. The proposed legislation is now in committee. If it’s passed and signed into law by the governor, state and municipal agencies in New Hampshire will be barred from buying or even accepting free offers of “military style equipment” for police use, except with the approval of the assembled citizenry at a public town meeting. That prohibition would include not just MRAPS...

Live Free Or Die: New Hampshire On Verge Of Enacting Constitutional Carry

The Granite state is poised to crack under the pressure of inalienable rights as legislation has been introduced to make New Hampshire the seventh Constitutional Carry state in the nation. The legislation I refer to is Senate Bill 116 that was recently introduced by Republican Senators Jeb Bradley and David Boutin. The bill is rather direct and concise in its objective and intent. This bill: I. Increases the length of time for which a license to carry a pistol or revolver is valid. II. Allows a person to carry a loaded, concealed pistol or revolver without a license unless such person is otherwise prohibited by New Hampshire statute. III. Requires the director of the division of state police to negotiate and enter into agreements with other jurisdictions to recognize in those jurisdictions the validity of the license to carry issued in this state. IV. Repeals the requirement to obtain...

Indiana Takes First Step To Become Constitutional Carry State

Constitutional Carry is the precedent currently set in 5 states which dictates that a law abiding citizen needs no permission or permit from the government to exercise their God given right to keep and bear arms. Alaska, Wyoming, Vermont, Arizona and Arkansas may have a new state joining their ranks if State Rep. Jim Lucas of Indiana has anything to say about it. Lucas has introduced House Bill 1144 which would strike down the permitting scheme currently in place and would repeal whole chunks of the nearly 30 pages of laws dealing with carrying firearms. Most important among them is the “poll tax” that requires law abiding citizens to pay for the ability to exercise their rights.  Colloquially known as purchasing a carry permit. If this bill passes it will take effect on July 1, 2015. Lucas puts it rather succinctly as to whom this bill is directed at: “This...

2nd Amendment Infringements Endanger US Troops and Their Families

When you add up the number of military personnel, including National Guard, Reservists and the Coast Guard, the United States has about 2.2 million service members who have volunteered to put their lives on the lines to defend this nation of ours. Yet a great deal of these troops have been betrayed by their state governments and denied the protection that the 2nd Amendment enumerates.  Even by the MOST LIBERAL ANTI GUN interpretation of the 2nd Amendment, these 2.2 million people (if no one else) should not have their 2nd Amendment right infringed. If you are a service member in Vermont or Alaska or Arizona then you have nothing to worry about because your state recognizes the 2nd Amendment rights of all it’s citizens.  Yet if you live in New York, Maryland, San Francisco and other such dens of iniquity you are pretty much out of luck, just like...

Gun Grabber Heads Implode as DC Ban Ruled Unconstitutional – All law abiding can now carry

Shockingly over the weekend a Judge ruled that “the right to keep and bear arms” ACTUALLY included bearing arms. In Palmer v District of Columbia, Federal Judge Frederick Scullin Jr. ruled that the Second Amendment existed OUTSIDE a person’s home.  With a decision so obvious I do wonder why it took 5 years to issue this decision.   Perhaps the five year wait had to do with Judge Scullin delving DEEPLY into both Heller v DC and MacDonald v Chicago to issue this resounding and total conclusion:  “there is no longer any basis on which this court can conclude that the District of Columbia’s total ban on the public carrying of ready-to-use handguns outside the home is constitutional under any level of scrutiny.” That wording is important.  According to the correct ruling of Judge Scullin, the right to bear arms is just as paramount as the right to keep them....

Has Ohio Been A Constitutional Carry State All Along?

As I was looking into my travels this Memorial Day weekend I took a minute to have a refresher course on what the gun laws are in the states that I will be travelling to.  I am planning on heading to Cincinnati Ohio to root on my Alma Mater’s, the University of Pittsburgh’s, Ultimate Frisbee Team En Sabah Nur. Yes…your champion of gun rights and all things 2nd Amendment himself was a big time Ultimate Frisbee player.  With ESN, a team on which I was a founding member, I was a 4-time National Qualifier after an injury left him unable to continue playing football at Pitt…but I digress :o) Anyways, while I know Open Carry is legal in the Buckeye state (fortunate for me since Ohio and Pennsylvania do not have CCW reciprocity) I wanted to delve into the motor vehicle aspect of firearm transportation.  From what I heard...

Common Sense Gun Laws Being Attacked By Gun Controllers

In Georgia, gun controllers are once again proving that common sense gun laws to them only include ones that seek to stamp out the 2nd Amendment completely. The gun haters are currently foaming at the mouth at HB-60 that is currently awaiting Governor Deal’s signature to be enacted into law. HB-60 basically tosses in a whole helping of common sense but the gun control zealots are once again doing their prognostication of blood running in the streets. Here are the highlights of HB-60: It allows CHOICE of private business owners on who they allow into their establishments Removes bars from the off limits list and treats them like every other piece of private property in GA in that the property owner has the right to eject a person from their property. Allows church carry if the church agrees to allow guns in churches and establishes up to a $100...

My problem with the Utah CCW Permit

You would think that a state founded by people who faced government oppression would have a healthy distrust of the Federal Government. After being driven from their homes in the east, having their First Amendment rights stripped, and having their territory whittled away by DC cartographers in order to minimize their influence and power in government, one might imagine the state of Utah would be a little less willing to play ball with the Federal Government.   Utah just passed the 500,000 mark for issuing concealed carry permits.  That’s about 25% of the population of the state. That doesn’t mean that 1 in 5 Utahns are walking around armed, though that’d be a great start.   Around 60% of those permits are for out of state residents who live in places that their state license might not grant them a great deal of reciprocity.  A Utah CCW will get...

Open Carry should not only be legal, but encouraged

With recent cases of open carry being debated and argued in court and legislatures, namely Mississippi and Arkansas, one might question what the big deal is.  Depending on your mindset you might question what the big deal is one way or the other. There are the anti gunners who seem to crap their pants at even the THOUGHT of someone with a gun on their hips who would prefer to watch someone club a new born child to death and call it a really late term abortion than to see someone exercising their 2nd Amendment rights.  Then there are the pro gun people who, sometimes fanatically, rail against the practice of open carrying for a myriad of reasons from tactical disadvantage to “you’ll ruin it for everyone”. On the flip side you have the average OCer who just prefers that method to carry or doesn’t have the option to...