States Fights Update

Gov. Deal wavers on campus carry, California sheriffs oppose new gun control, and Mississippi could go Constitutional Carry. This week, we continue last week’s check on the state-level gun rights movements.

1.) Georgia. Out of nowhere, and only after the campus carry bill passed both houses, Governor Nathan Deal has found reason to consider vetoing it. Gov. Deal had initially supported the bill noting that promises of bloodshed from HB60 had not materialized, making his sudden opposition seem hypocritical at best.

2.) California. California’s new bill on running background checks for ammo and outlawing “military-style clips” is facing opposition from law enforcement. The California Sheriffs Association says that it will not impact criminals, but will impact law-abiding citizens. In a statement, the Association says “the focus of efforts to reduce gun violence in this state should be on those responsible for that violence, not those that have no intent to do harm.” This falls in line with law enforcement elsewhere, who have shown incredible support for citizens’ right to carry and opposition to gun control. (Most notably shown in the legendary PoliceOne survey.)

3.) Idaho. The Senate State Affairs Committee in Idaho has approved a bill that would legalize permitless carry. This is in direct opposition to groups like Everytown for Gun Safety. The Idaho Reporter has a brilliant take on Everytown’s inability to even squeeze out a victory.

His group, Everytown for Gun Safety, may have wasted its time, effort and money trying to persuade Idaho lawmakers to vote against a bill that would give more Idaho adults the right to conceal-carry handguns sans a government permit.

On Sunday, Everytown, based in New York, placed a full-page ad in the Idaho Statesman, the Gem State’s largest newspaper, which urged legislators to reject the bill and continue mandated permits.

Since then, Everytown has gone 0 and 3, losing at every stage of the game. On Monday morning, the Senate State Affairs Committee approved the measure by a large majority.

Then, the Idaho Senate approved the measure Tuesday on a 27 to 8 vote. Majority Leader Bart Davis, R-Idaho Falls, who lost a son to gun violence in 2003, stood as the only Republican to oppose the bill on the floor. All Senate Democrats voted against it.

4.) Mississippi. Also, we have Constitutional Carry going to a full Senate vote in Mississippi. This time, the major opposition appears to be Moms Demand Action, which has let loose “ds complete with Southern drawl and banjo music, social media campaigns and mailers,” all of which “contend that 89 percent of gun owners in the state support requiring a permit to carry a concealed handgun in a survey paid for by Everytown, and that Gipson’s proposal will lower the bar for persons carrying hidden guns in public.” (The statistic is pulled from a survey Everytown commissioned.)

Stay informed. Stay alert. Stay free.

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