I have been on a little unintended hiatus from blogging because I have been spending more time recently trying to work on my book, Concealed Carry Nation: Understanding the Culture of Armed Citizenship in America.
The first substantive chapter of the book covers the history of concealed weapons laws since the early 1800s, something I have covered in three periods previously:
1. The Early Republic (1813-1839): States begin to ban concealed carry of weapons.
2. The Restricted Era (1850s-1980s): Laws restricting concealed carry are institutionalized.
3. Liberalization: The rise of shall-issue concealed carry (right-to-carry) laws from the last quarter of the 20th century through today.
But history doesn’t only belong to the past. As Marx wrote, “Men make their own history.” And so it is with gun laws.
As I was trying to wrap up writing the history of concealed carry in the book, the legislatures in Kansas, Montana, and West Virginia passed permitless (a.k.a. Constitutional) carry legislation. Although the governors of the latter two states vetoed the legislation, I could not help but think that we are entering a fourth period in the history of carry laws in the United States.
I believe the country is too polarized between “red” and “blue” states for any sort of national concealed carry reciprocity to gain political traction, but it may just be a matter of time before permitless carry becomes the norm in the red states of America.
Thanks to a recent commenter on The Truth About Guns, we have a brief update on the status of permitless carry legislation around the country. The post from TTAG follows.
TTAG reader Delmarva Chip posted this Constitutional Carry update in the comments section. How are things in your neck of the woods?
Colorado — passed the Senate, died in the House
Idaho — introduced, no progress
Indiana — introduced, no progress
Kansas — ENACTED AND EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2015
Maine — still in progress, I think
Mississippi — passed the Senate, killed in the House . . .
Montana — VETOED by the governor after having passed the legislature
New Hampshire — passed Senate, in the House
Pennsylvania — introduced, no progress
South Carolina — introduced, basically no progress
South Dakota — passed the House, killed in Senate committee
Tennessee — killed in committee
Texas — introduced, died in committee
Utah — passed Senate, died in the House
West Virginia — VETOED by the governor after having passed the legislature