There are currently as of this writing a total of 18 constitutional carry states in the Union. Well, two of them won't go into law until later this year (Montana and Utah), but the laws have been passed. This growing number of pro-gun states has me scratching my head about gun control in general.
If a majority of Americans want gun control legislation passed, why the uptick in pro-gun bills like constitutional carry at the state level?
If you aren't sure what a constitutional carry state is, it is when a state passes legislation that allows its citizens to exercise their Second Amendment rights without having to jump through any unnecessary hoops to get a permit to carry their gun.
This is also sometimes referred to as permit-less carry. It generally applies to all state citizens unless you are somehow prohibited from owning a firearm. It can also, but not always, apply to visitors to that state.
How would you know if you are prohibited from owning a firearm?
Because a prohibited person, AKA a criminal, won't be able to pass the background check to buy the firearm to begin with.
Not that criminals care how they get their guns, nor are they willing to get a concealed carry permit to follow the law BECAUSE THEY'RE CRIMINALS.
They have no intent to follow the laws on the books, and because they don't, constitutional carry does not protect or necessarily help violent criminals.
It is strictly for law abiding citizens who would have followed the law to begin with.
The anti-gun politicians are therefore losing their minds for no particular reason.
But none of that is the point. The point, instead, is that with 18 different permit-less carry, pro-gun states, one really has to start wondering if gun control should even be on the list of things being tackled by politicians.
Nearly half of the country, as of this writing, have this pro-gun legislation passed. What's more, is that there are still a bunch of states with proposals on the table for constitutional carry. And even if those other states don't pass the laws, they're generally extremely gun friendly states and need to be counted as such.
The anti-gun media and law makers would love to have all of us believe that “a majority of Americans want gun control measures passed.”
I don't see it that way. To me, if there are that many states with already-passed pro-gun legislation and a handful more with it on the table, that says that America doesn't want gun control.
Quite the opposite, actually.
I'm sure there are some folks who do, and I know this because I talk to them from time to time in an attempt to convert them to the light side. But these people are usually mislead on the facts about guns and crime, as well as how best to combat how to fix it.
What's more baffling to me, is that there are currently 18 states with pro-gun constitutional carry laws passed along with some who are actively passing them, and they still want to regulate firearms beyond what is acceptable.
“Shall Not Be Infringed.”
While 18 states with constitutional carry is an impressive number, there are a ton more states without this law passed that are extremely pro gun. Look at that map. Green is permit-less carry, blue is shall issue, and red means good luck.
There are several states on that map that are extremely pro-gun, but are prevented from passing something like permit-less carry for one reason or another, or who currently have it on the table.
Which states? These:
- South Carolina
- North Carolina
Some of those states are self-explanatory, others not so much. Pennsylvania for example may come as a surprise to people in Texas, but there were 1.275 million concealed carry permits in 2017 in PA. The same year Texas had 1.20 million concealed carry permit holders.
Pennsy is in a bad spot because three cities run and vote for the rest of the state. The only state with more concealed carry permits on record was Florida with 1.784 million.
It's hard for me to make any solid conclusions based on these numbers because population density and voting patterns are not being taken into consideration here, but those states certainly add to our cause and help us take the majority, at least in terms of pro-gun states that are either shall issue or permit-less carry and not wanting anti-gun legislation passed.
Or course, also not taken into consideration are the number of pro-gun people who don't have a concealed carry permit. There are a lot of those people, too.
Then again, I could be way off base here. It happens. Let me know if I am wrong in the comments below. I can handle it, I promise.