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Mississippi and Governor Phil Bryant are fast becoming one of my favorite States and Governors (Right Behind my Home State of Texas of course). First the Religious Freedom Bill and Now Constitutional Carry!! It does my heart good to hear and read about so many liberals CRYING and COMPLAINING…As the old saying goes: You know you are on the right track when Liberals Despise and Hate You! Good For You Governor Bryant!!! -SF
Mississippi became the 9th state to restore permitless carry today, the 15th of April, 2016. It seems poetic that Governor Bryant chose to sign HB 786 into law a few days before most citizens were required to file their federal taxes. The easing of one burden helps reduce the pain of another, in this case. HB 786 is titled the “Church Protection Act”, which is a correct description. The bill provides that churches can create volunteer church security that will have the same protections that private security guards now have in Mississippi. The program will require training and the designation of the volunteers in writing.
The permitless carry portion of the bill was an amendment that made a small, incremental change to Mississippi law. Last year, in 2015, the legislature changed the law to allow people to carry concealed firearms in purses, bags, cases, briefcases, and other fully enclosed case, without a permit. This year the amendment to HB 786 added pistols or revolvers carried in a “sheath, belt holster or shoulder holster”. There is not much left. From HB 786, as it was sent to Governor Bryant. Underlined words have been added to the statute by the bill:
(24) * * * A license * * * under this section is not required for a loaded or unloaded pistol or revolver to be carried upon the person in a sheath, belt holster or shoulder holster or in a purse, handbag, satchel, other similar bag or briefcase or fully enclosed case if the person is not engaged in criminal activity other than a misdemeanor traffic offense, is not otherwise prohibited from possessing a pistol or revolver under state or federal law, and is not in a location prohibited under subsection (13) of this section.
The law has a provision to prevent the use of state resources for the enforcement of any future federal regulation or executive order that infringes on the Second Amendment or the Mississippi Constitution of 1890:
SECTION 5. No federal executive order, agency order, law not enrolled by the United States Congress and signed by the President of the United States, rule, regulation or administrative interpretation of a law or statute issued, enacted or promulgated after July 1, 2016, that violates the United States Constitution or the Mississippi Constitution of 1890 shall be enforced or ordered to be enforced by any official, agent or employee of this state or a political subdivision thereof.
Vermont has had “Constitutional” carry for as long as it has been a state. The Bill of Rights was ratified on December 15th, 1791, a great Christmas present to the United States, four months after Vermont became a state in the same year. In 1791, no permit was required for either open or concealed carry of weapons.
Vermont, plus the nine states that have restored “Constitutional” carry now make up 20% of all the states in the Union. They are Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, West Virginia, and Wyoming. They extend from the Pacific to the Atlantic, and from the Canadian border to the Mexican. It will be more difficult to call them a “handful” now, as the outnumber the states that still cling to the outdated notion of “may issue” concealed carry permits.
Those states are Hawaii, California, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Delaware, Massachusetts, and Maryland.
The new law is not absolute, perfect, “Constitutional” carry. All the “Constitutional” carry states have some restraints on carry. In Arizona, you are required to have a permit to carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol. In Wyoming, you are required to be a resident; in Mississippi, you are not allowed to carry in your waistband without a holster.
There are several other states that are prime candidates to pass permitless carry. New Hampshire and Utah passed bills that were vetoed by their governors. Louisiana and Missouri have implemented strong Constitutional amendments to protect the right to keep and bear arms; the courts may not allow a permit requirement for a fundamental right.
I will not be surprised if a majority of the states have Constitutional carry by 2025. That would only be another 16 states. Three states became “Constitutional” carry states just this year. The infringements on the exercise of Second Amendment rights have always been based on racism and lies. Now they are being repealed, and Second Amendment rights are being restored.
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On Friday, March 25, Governor Butch Otter signed SB 1389, making Idaho the ninth state to adopt constitutional carry (aka unrestricted carry or permitless carry).
Back in the day, we knew this as Vermont carry, after the one-and-only state whose residents were legally free to tuck guns in their pockets or purses or under their clothing without first asking their state government for permission. Vermont had been that way for generations. And for all those generations, they remained alone.
But now … oh, my.
In some ways, Idaho’s bill isn’t a huge change from its existing laws. Idaho residents already had constitutional carry outside city limits; SB 1389 merely extended it to cities — over the objections of police chiefs, Bloomberg’s Everytown, and the usual hoplophobes who cried the usual cry of “blood in the streets!”
In other ways, what a very, very big deal this is.
For one, the bill explicitly acknowledges the individual right to bear arms and that said people grant only limited powers to state governments:
The legislature hereby finds that the people of Idaho have reserved for themselves the right to keep and bear arms while granting the legislature the authority to regulate the carrying of weapons concealed. The provisions of this chapter regulating the carrying of weapons must be strictly construed so as to give maximum scope to the rights retained by the people.
Like all such bills, it’s full of legalisms that hardcore freedomistas won’t appreciate (for instance, permitless carry is only for those 21 or above; those 18 to 20 must still get permits though those permits are “shall issue”).
But for some of us who’ve been around a long time … it’s a bloody miracle.
Let me take you back to the day
It was a dark day. 1993 and 1994. A rabidly anti-gun president held the White House. A Congress composed of rabidly anti-gun Democrats and wishy-washy Republican “leaders” like Bob Dole stood ready to give Bill Clinton more service than Monica Lewinski ever did.
Wham! They hit us with the Brady Law. Wham! They hit us with the Ugly Gun Ban. Over the next several years, they hit us with more laws to restrict guns, give more funding to anti-gun enforcement, and, in general, extend the powers of both the federal government and local police against We the People.
Dark days indeed.
In 1993, I used my smoking-hot 1200-baud modem to dial into a gun-rights bulletin board in Colorado — half the country away from my Pacific Northwest home. And for me, that’s where I first encountered hopeful change — though I didn’t recognize it at the time.
The Internet, though it existed in the scientific and academic communities, was not yet a thing for ordinary people. But we were reaching out to find each other, anyhow. Some via FidoNet bulletin boards (BBSes) like the one I mentioned, which had been set up by and for fans of writer and gun advocate L. Neil Smith. Or a bigger FidoNet operation, the Paul Revere Network (PRN — where I first met TZP co-founder, Brad Alpert). Others gathered local friends and huddled around short-wave radios, where a handful of firebrands (some as crazy as moonbats, but that’s another story) were beginning to agitate against the looming federal takeover. Many began to gather in the real world to form militias.
I was soon running up $300-a-month phone bills dialing cross-country to various gun-rights and Bill of Rights bulletin boards. (My wallet and I were both so relieved when subscription Internet came along shortly thereafter.) But that first Colorado bulletin board remained my mainstay as long as FidoNet ruled the dawning e-world.
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