1.) Oklahoma. Campus Carry has entered the Oklahoma legislature. University of Oklahoma’s president David Boren opposes the idea, claiming that allowing guns on campus would jeopardize the security of the students. Rep. John Enns, however, suggested that with the rise in shootings and sexual assaults on various campuses, schools aren’t a safe place without some form of self-defense.
2.) Nullification: ShallNot.Org has details on bills looking to nullify federal gun legislation. A bill in Minnesota that would basically gut all federal legislation, “past, present and future.” Two bills in South Carolina, Two more in Kentucky, plus a bill in Montana aiming to block any ban on semi-automatic guns and “large capacity” (or, as rifle shooters call them, “standard capacity”)
ShallNot.Org is making decent progress it seems.
3.) Texas. Barring a ridiculous incident by one Kory Watkins that led to Texas lawmakers installing panic buttons, a bill supporting constitutional carry (AKA permitless carry) was filed in the Texas legislature. The bill has the backing of Open Carry Texas (no relation to Open Carry Tarrant County, which is Watkins’ group) and the National Association for Gun Rights.
But, seriously, if anyone knows anybody in Open Carry Tarrant County….tell them to stop.
4.) Indiana. Constitutional Carry legislation was also filed in Indiana, only this one goes a bit further than the Texas legislation. Whereas Texas seems to have Constitutional Carry in addition to the permit system (largely for reciprocity purposes), this one seems to repeal the permit program altogether.
Guns.com also notes that Constitutional Carry is already the law in Vermont, Alaska, Arizona, and Wyoming. Wisconsin also allows for permitless open carry.
5.) Alabama. The ability to carry a gun in your car without a license is the focus of a bill in Alabama’s legislature. The bill’s sponsor, Tuscaloosa State Senator Gerald Allen, says that the bill is basically an extension of the state’s Castle Doctrine, which states that your vehicle is itself an extension of the home.
6.) Kentucky. A mixed bag of legislation coming out of Kentucky. The NRA-ILA has a recap of most of it, with bills dealing with the aforementioned nullification (which, for some reason, isn’t mentioned in the NRA piece), allowing an NRA safety course to count towards a CCW permit, and allow current/retired military, law enforcement, etc. to apply for a CCW permit even if they aren’t 21.
But, like I said, it’s a mixed bag. Also on the schedule are 2 bills, one of which apparently reinstates “duty to retreat” and requires the initial aggressor to retreat before deadly force becomes an option.
At least that’s how I read it.
7.) Missouri. Two things from Missouri. The first would ban people convicted or suspected of domestic violence. (Yes, suspected.) The second would tax all handguns and ammo, supposedly to finance police body cameras.
8.) Nationally. From the NRA-ILA:
U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.) recently introduced H.R. 131, a bill that would more comprehensively address the interstate transportation of firearms and ammunition for law-abiding gun owners.
Current federal law guarantees the right of law-abiding persons to transport firearms between two locations where they have a legal right to possess and carry them, regardless of state or local laws that would otherwise apply. The firearm must be cased or otherwise not readily accessible. Unfortunately, anti-gun local officials are using overly restrictive state licensing laws to harass and prosecute travelers who have made every effort to comply with the law, resulting in seized guns that are sometimes never returned, delayed travel, legal fees, and sometimes even unnecessary guilty pleas.
H.R. 131 would ensure the law has the effect Congress intended when it passed more than 25 years ago. Specifically, the legislation would make clear that transportation of both firearms and ammunition is federally protected, as well as expand the protections afforded to travelers to include “staying in temporary lodging overnight, stopping for food, fuel, vehicle maintenance, an emergency, medical treatment, and any other activity incidental” to the trip. Additionally, the bill would place the burden of proof clearly on the state to show that the traveler failed to comply with the law.
In short, the emphasis this year is on nullification of federal gun laws, and permitless carry up to and including the destruction of pre-existing licensing schemes.
If any of them pass, it will be amazing. If MOST of them pass, it will be a watershed moment in support of the right of self-defense.
Stay informed. Stay alert. Stay free.