Seeing the gun-free zone massacres happening across the nation, two states are considering common sense bills to dramatically reduce the possibilities of a mass shooting.
Sponsored by state Representative Jeff Coody, HB 2951 recognizes the right of Oklahomans to carry a firearm for self-defense without having to get government permission to do so.
Self-defense situations are difficult, if not impossible, to anticipate. Accordingly, a law-abiding adult’s right to defend themselves in such situations should not be conditioned by government-mandated time delays and taxes.
The CWP will still be available for those who wish to take advantage of reciprocity agreements when traveling to other states.
A Colorado Senate committee passed a so-called “Constitutional Carry” bill that would make it legal for most Coloradans to carry a firearm without a license, and foster an environment hostile to federal gun control.
Sen. Tim Neville (R) introduced Senate Bill 97 (SB97) on Jan. 22. The legislation would allow any person 21 or over who can legally possess a handgun under state and federal law to carry a concealed handgun in Colorado without a permit. Individuals would be allowed to carry concealed without a permit any place license holders can currently carry.
Under SB97 Colorado residents would still be able to obtain a license so they can carry in states that have conceal carry reciprocity with Colorado.
The Senate State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee narrowly passed SB97 by a 3-2 vote.
While permitless carry bills do not directly affect federal gun control, widespread passage of permitless conceal carry laws in states subtly undermines federal efforts to regulate guns.
As we’ve seen with marijuana and industrial hemp, a federal regulation becomes ineffective when states ignore it and pass laws encouraging the prohibited activity anyway.
The federal government lacks the enforcement power necessary to maintain its ban, and people will willingly take on the small risk of federal sanctions if they know the state will not interfere. This increases when the state actively encourages “the market.”
Less restrictive state gun laws will likely have a similar impact on federal gun laws. It will make it that much more difficult for the feds to enforce any future federal gun control, and increase the likelihood that states with few limits will simply refuse to cooperate with federal enforcement efforts.
Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
February 25th, 2018