Thursday, March 23, 2006

January 1, 2007

Thats the date Kansas gets concealed carry permits.

Congratulations to Kansans for becoming 37th on the list of states to have a shall issue license or unrestricted carry law.

This is even more critical than most states, because prior to this legislation there was no legal way for Kansans to defend themselves outside of their homes, without special dispensation from law enforcement, as Kansas isn't an open carry state, except on rural property. They technically were not even a may issue state, because there was no legal permit, and the ability to carry required extraordinary circumstances (or political clout)to obtain a dispensation from the state (death threats weren't sufficient).

There are now 47 states which allow for some form of concealed carry, including two states that require NO permit whatsoever (Vermont and Alaska).

The holdouts? No they aren't New York, Massachusetts, or California; those states all have may issue type licenses (though getting one isn't easy). Even Hawaii and Maryland have CCW laws, though getting a permit has proven to be impossible without political clout.

The ten states that allow concealed carry, but are not shall issue are:

New Jersey
New York
Rhode Island

Alabama and Iowa are technically may issue, but the policy is effectively shall issue in most counties (lets get those laws changed folks).

Nope, the holdouts are surprising for many

1. Illinois
2. Nebraska
3. Wisconsin

Yes, Illinois I understand, it IS dominated by chicago after all, but Nebraska and Wisconsin? These are prime hunting country states; heavily rural population, heavily republican population outside of the college towns...

Well I'll tell you why carry was originally banned there, racism and big business. It was to keep guns out of the hands of blacks, and unionists.

So why are they still screwed up?

Lincoln, Madison, and Milwaukee that's why. Those three cities dominate the politics of the states in question, and they are solidly lefty. Hell both Wisconsin senators and most of the congressional delegation are democrat, even though the majority of wisconsinites are pretty conservative. Wisconsin is one of the last midwestern/prairie democratic holdouts from the new deal.

Nebraska is a more difficult nut however. The state itself is solidly republican, and on national issues votes that way; but the local democratic machine is so strong, and so over represented, that they have still controlled the in state legislative agenda.

Well this year it looks like that's going to change, because there's more than 50% support for a CCW bill in the next session of the legislature later this year.

Wouldnt it be nice to see that number go to 38, with a 48 total...

Oh and from what I hear the Alabama, Iowa, Maryland, and Delaware shall issue activists are making progress as well, so heres to 39, 40, 41, and 42.

Now if only that national reciprocity bill can make it through...