Goodbye “Vermont Carry,” Hello “Alaska Carry”
Concealed Carry

Goodbye “Vermont Carry,” Hello “Alaska Carry”

In a comment on my recent post on the dawn of the era of permitless carry, reader Matthew Carberry makes the astute observation that calling permitless carry in states which issue carry permits “Vermont Carry” is a misnomer. The modern system of “permitless carry with permit for reciprocity,” therefore, is more properly called “Alaska Carry.” … Continue reading

The History of Concealed Weapons Laws in the United States, Part 4: The Dawn of the Era of Permitless Carry
Concealed Carry / Firearms

The History of Concealed Weapons Laws in the United States, Part 4: The Dawn of the Era of Permitless Carry

When I began this blog nearly 5 years ago, I had no idea that I would be talking about the dawn of a new era of concealed carry in the United States. But developments in the past couple of years have forced my hand. Before highlighting those developments, I will review the broad pattern of … Continue reading

“The Social Life of Guns” Conference at Amherst College
Firearms / My Experience / Personal Defense

“The Social Life of Guns” Conference at Amherst College

As my gun blogger friend John Richardson noted, I spent a couple of days this past weekend in Western Massachusetts, attending a conference associated with the Copeland Colloquium at Amherst College. Seven of us had been invited to write and present papers on “The Symbolic and Material Construction of Guns,” and we were joined by … Continue reading

Why Do People Own Firearms in the United States Today?
Concealed Carry / Firearms / Personal Defense

Why Do People Own Firearms in the United States Today?

Following my last post about how many guns there are in America today, here I address the third of James Wright’s “Ten Essential Observations on Gun in America: Most of those (now 285 million or more) guns are owned for “socially innocuous sport and recreational purposes.” On this point, Wright’s observation in 1995 is not … Continue reading