In his recent Backwoods Home Magazine blog post (Weirdness in Wisconsin), author and self-defense teacher Massad Ayoob asks a very poignant question about the prospect for passing a Shall-Issue license-to-carry bill in Wisconsin amidst the state’s economic turmoil.
“Where will funding for the licensing bureaucracy come from?” asks Mas.
Gun owners’ civil rights activists have a brilliant answer: simply pass permitless carry. Called “Constitutional carry” by some, such a law allows any law-abiding citizen with a clean criminal record to carry loaded and concealed in public. It will entail only a cost-free vote and a stroke of the Governor’s pen. That model has worked for Vermont for as long as any living citizen can remember, and every year Vermont is one of our lowest crime states per capita, some years THE lowest. It has worked for years in Alaska. It is working in Arizona, and will undoubtedly work in Wyoming, which just became the fourth state to pass permitless carry.
Anyone familiar with Mas Ayoob’s books, and the classes he conducts through the Massad Ayoob Group, knows that this man is no wild right-wing radical. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more respected name in the firearms industry. And here he is, saying the very same thing WGO has been shouting from the rooftops all these years. I point that out only for this reason: Constitutional Carry is not an extreme position. It’s simply the sensible position, consistent with the Second Amendment (which declares that the right to bear arms shall not be infringed) and, as a concept, admits that our rights are not to be granted by permission slip.
Of course, Ayoob is not making an argument from a definitional platform of rights, per se, he’s simply pointing out an economical argument. In other words, he’s being intellectually honest and arriving at the same conclusion.
It [Constitutional Carry] will work in Wisconsin. It would be a brilliant stroke that would cut the Gordian Knot, at least on this issue, for an entangled Wisconsin legislature.
While my personal interactions with Ayoob have not been many — I’ve met the man once and talked on the phone a few times with him — I can tell you that he is a monumental name to be on the side of Constitutional Carry. Given his long-standing support for Shall-Issue permit carry, I am glad to see him putting his usual cool, collected rational thought-process to the issue of Constitutional Carry (an issue that tends to get clouded with over-charged emotions and egos).
As a long-time fan of his concealed carry and other firearms books, it’s pretty clear to me that Mas Ayoob is a man who wants the good guys armed at all cost. Or, in this case, at no cost at all.
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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.