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Scott McPherson (a former member of Tulsa Area Libertarians, by the way) has a new article up at the Mises Institute. Enjoy!

What a difference a generation can make. In 1987 crime in the United States was out of control. That same year Gallup asked Americans if they would support a ban on handguns, and a worrying forty-two percent answered “yes.”

While almost half the country wanted to ban handguns, nine states were trying something different. “Shall issue” concealed-carry laws were passed, meaning non-felons could apply for a license to carry a concealed handgun and their state government was obliged to respect their right to carry for self-defense.

Meanwhile forty states had either “May Issue” laws in place – meaning the state had discretion in the matter, typically resulting in denial – or no law respecting a citizen’s right to carry a concealed handgun for personal protection.

Just one state – Vermont – required no license. Any American citizen could carry a concealed handgun in the Green Mountain State.

The anti-gun crowd predicted blood in the streets and Wild West shootouts at the local supermarket. They said crime and violence would only increase as a result of these “shall issue” laws.

By 1992 the number of “shall issue” states had risen to sixteen. Armageddon surely loomed on the horizon.

But it never came. Peaking in the early 1990s, homicide, rape, robbery, and assaults all began a rapid decline. A criminologist named John Lott published More Guns, Less Crime in 1998, arguing that states with permissive concealed-carry laws saw the most significant drops in violent crime.

Gary Kleck, a Florida State University criminologist, published his own research finding that Americans were defending themselves with guns as often as two million times per year.

Suddenly the anti-gun crowd had a new argument: Concealed carry has no impact on crime! Lott was left chuckling as he pointed out the irony of groups like the Brady Campaign launching an all-out assault on his findings and concluding that more people carrying guns had no effect on crime rates. Who would have thought?

The public, however, wasn’t buying it.

Quite the opposite. In 2003 “shall issue” was the law in thirty-four states, and Alaska joined Vermont: Residents of The Last Frontier could now carry a concealed handgun without first obtaining a license – referred to by proponents as “constitutional carry” – and over the next ten years the state’s murder rate would drop by twenty percent.

By 2010 the number of “shall issue” states stood at thirty-six, and Arizona joined the ranks of “constitutional carry” states, followed by Wyoming in 2011, Arkansas in 2013, and Kansas and Maine in 2015. The Crime Prevention Research Center would report in May 2017 that over fifteen million Americans had a concealed-carry license – not including those people living in the fourteen states (!) that had changed their carry laws and now require no license at all. Only seven states retain “May issue” concealed-carry laws: California, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York.

It is becoming increasingly difficult to ignore the value of armed self-defense in public places – the whole point of concealed-carry. Over ninety percent of defensive gun uses involve merely brandishing the weapon to scare off an attacker, but a number of high-profile cases in Colorado, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and elsewhere in recent years demonstrate that armed citizens are very effective at protecting themselves and those around them when bad guys strike.

A survey of fifteen thousand police officers in 2013 found that over ninety percent support permissive concealed-carry laws. The number of Americans who believe that protecting the right to keep and bear arms is more important than passing more gun-control laws surpassed fifty percent in 2014 – for the first time in two decades. In 2016 Gallup found that the number of Americans supporting a handgun ban had dropped to just twenty-three percent – about one in five. Blacks, women, and Millennials are the fastest growing groups of new gun-owners, belying the stereotype that only old white males care about guns.

A major cultural shift is taking place. More than ever, Americans are arming themselves against criminals and madmen in the modern era. Interestingly, this trend is also catching fire abroad. In Austria and the Czech Republic, for example, the migrant crisis, rising crime, and several high-profile terrorist attacks have been met by a renewed interest in self-defense and gun ownership. People are figuring out that when seconds count the police are always going to be too far away.

Onward and upward,

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National Gun-Carry Reciprocity Bill Moves to Mark Up in the House

Rep. Hudson: 'For me and the vast majority of Americans who support concealed-carry reciprocity, this is welcome progress'

BY: Stephen Gutowski Follow @@StephenGutowski
November 28, 2017

The national gun-carry reciprocity bill will enter the next phase of the lawmaking process on Wednesday when it enters markup in the House.

The House Judiciary Committee announced on Monday it will mark up the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017. The bill would require states to acknowledge the legality of each other's gun-carry permits. Under the bill, those with a valid gun-carry permit issued by any state and a valid government-issued photo ID would be able to carry a concealed gun in any state so long as they abide by that state's laws on when and where gun carry is allowed.

The bill would nationalize gun-carry reciprocity, making it simpler for those who wish to legally carry a gun across state lines. Currently, each state decides which other states' permits to honor. Some states, like Virginia, recognize all other states' permits. Some states, like New Jersey, don't recognize any other states' permits. The majority of states fall somewhere in between.

"For me and the vast majority of Americans who support concealed-carry reciprocity, this is welcome progress," Rep. Richard Hudson (R., N.C.), who introduced the bill, said in a statement. "I want to thank Chairman Bob Goodlatte for his strong leadership to protect our Second Amendment rights. I will continue to work with my colleagues and President Trump to pass this common-sense legislation to protect law-abiding citizens."

Hudson pointed to the plight of Shaneen Allen as an example of why the legislation was necessary. Allen was arrested in New Jersey in 2013 for illegally carrying a firearm despite being licensed to carry a firearm in her home state of Pennsylvania. Allen, a single mother of two from Philadelphia, obtained a Pennsylvania gun-carry permit after being robbed twice in the same year but claims she was never informed that her permit wasn't valid just across the Delaware River in New Jersey. So, until she was stopped by a police officer in New Jersey while on her way to a birthday party for one of her sons, she didn't realize her permit wasn't valid there and her legally obtained firearm, which she was licensed to carry in her home state, could cost her years in prison.

Gov. Chris Christie (R., N.J.) eventually pardoned Allen but not before she spent 40 days in jail and lost her job. She has since become a public advocate for a national reciprocity law.

Rep. Hudson's office reiterated the claim that the bill would apply equally to those with resident permits, those with nonresident permits, and those who live in states that don't require a permit to carry a firearm. Tatum Gibson, a Hudson spokesperson, said the congressman's comments to the Washington Free Beacon earlier this year were "still accurate." In January, Hudson responded to questions about nonresident permits by saying he intended for the bill to include them.

"My legislative intent is to ensure a nonresident carry permit is recognized, and I've confirmed this with legislative counsel and Judiciary Committee staff," Hudson told the Free Beacon at the time.

Gun-control groups have universally opposed the measure as encouraging concealed gun carry and undermining strict gun-carry laws currently on the books in some states.

The National Rifle Association, on the other hand, has made national reciprocity its top issue of 2017 and promised during its annual meeting in May it would eventually get the policy passed into law. "Our number-one legislative priority remains right-to-carry reciprocity," Chris Cox, head of the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action, told the Free Beacon at the time.

"The time for war has not yet come, but it will come and that soon, and when it does come, my advice is to draw the sword and throw away the scabbard." Gen. T.J. Jackson, March 1861

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Warning: House Leaders to Merge Obama-Style Gun Control with National Reciprocity

AWR Hawkins4 Dec 2017

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) is warning that House Leadership plans to merge Obama-style gun control with national reciprocity for concealed carry.

This news comes just days before Rep. Richard Hudson’s (R-NC) national reciprocity legislation, H.R. 38, is supposed to go the House floor for a vote.

Massie explains that the Obama-style gun controls are contained in the “fix-NICS” legislation, the very legislation that House Leadership “plans to merge” with H.R. 38. He used a Facebook post to explain the “fix-NICS” legislation would allow “agencies, not just courts, to adjudicate your second amendment rights.”

He expounds:

[“Fix-NICS”] encourages administrative agencies, not the courts, to submit more names to a national database that will determine whether you can or can’t obtain a firearm. When President Obama couldn’t get Congress to pass gun control, he implemented a strategy of compelling, through administrative rules, the Veterans Administration and the Social Security Administration to submit lists of veterans and seniors, many of whom never had a day in court, to be included in the NICS database of people prohibited from owning a firearm. Only a state court, a federal (article III) court, or a military court, should ever be able to suspend your rights for any significant period of time.

Massie does not name names, but presumes that some are seeking to add the gun control legislation as a way of “to ensure reciprocity will pass in the Senate.” Yet he believes it is a foolish attempt to gain the support of Senators like Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who will not support national reciprocity legislation “even if it contains the fix-NICS legislation they support for expanding the background check database.”

Massie observed, “If our House leadership insists on bringing the flawed fix-NICS bill to the floor, they shouldn’t play games. We should vote separately on HR 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Bill, and HR 4477, the fix-NICS bill. And we should be given enough time to amend the fix-NICS bill, because it needs to be fixed, if not axed.”

AWR Hawkins is an award winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News, the host of the Breitbart podcast Bullets, and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for the Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at awrhawkins@breitbart.com.

"The time for war has not yet come, but it will come and that soon, and when it does come, my advice is to draw the sword and throw away the scabbard." Gen. T.J. Jackson, March 1861

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National Reciprocity

SurvivalBlog has long discouraged the use of the federal government to obtain national reciprocity. It’s never a good idea to involve the feds in anything that the states should control. Now, reader T.J. send in this video with an attorney’s take on the proposed legislation. Unlike what some claim, the bill will not mandate that all states honor CCW permits. States like NY and California have the ability to yank the entire permitting process leaving the situation even worse off. To add insult to injury, the bill mandates that a “special” class (like judges) do get national CCW capability. These, as well as others, are direct issues in the bill before the government even has a chance to mangle and distort it (and you know they will). Despite the fact that the NRA supports this bill, it needs to be defeated.


"The time for war has not yet come, but it will come and that soon, and when it does come, my advice is to draw the sword and throw away the scabbard." Gen. T.J. Jackson, March 1861

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