Despite the institutional gun lobby’s misguided derision aimed at those of us who support Vermont-style concealed carry — that is, concealed carry without permit — and their vacuous claims that such legislation just isn’t a political possibility worth fighting for, yet another state has stepped up to the plate to defy these naysayers.
SALT LAKE CITY — Gun rights advocates in Utah are pushing a new law that would let residents carry loaded, concealed firearms in public without a permit.
In its newsletter this week, the Utah Shooting Sports Council listed the so-called “Constitutional carry” law as one of its top priorities for the 2011 Legislature, which convenes in January. The council says permits are “little more than bureaucratic permission slips” to exercise Second Amendment rights. Proposal would allow Utahns to carry hidden guns without permit, deseretnews.com, Oct. 8, 2010
Similar legislation was introduced in several states like Iowa and Colorado, and passed in Arizona and Alaska. Not possible, the establishment claimed.
“Not the political reality,” screamed the neo-cons (as the bills were introduced and passed right under their noses, without their help, and often in the face of their fighting against such bills).
Constitutional Carry, as it is becoming known, is catching on. In fact, we’ve been pushing for it from the beginning.
“Basically, the right to keep and bear arms is a personal right just like you have freedom of religion, freedom of speech,” Sandstrom said. “You don’t get a freedom of religion permit. As a reporter, you don’t get a First Amendment permit. So why guns?” Read more
Editor’s note: WGO is the active state-based gun organization in Wisconsin pushing for Constitutional Carry, and we’ve surveyed candidates about this very issue since our inception. To help us fight for Constitutional Carry in the Badger State, click here to join. If you’re already a member of WGO, click here to donate.
About the Author: Corey Graff is the executive director of Wisconsin Gun Owners, Inc. (WGO), a pro-gun activist, and a life-long gun owner from Wisconsin.