Grab Bag: April 2016

Not much to cover this week. Campus Carry in Tennessee, supressors in Iowa, and suicide prevention in Washington state.

1.) Campus Carry. Campus carry is still on the Governor’s desk in Georgia. Meanwhile, other states are looking at legalizing campus carry. This week, a bill for campus carry in Tennessee is headed to the state Senate. The bill passed a House Committee with a 7-2 vote, and the Senate vote is slated for next week.

2.) Constitutional Carry. While constitutional carry is becoming real on a state-by-state basis, the same is not true for current federal law. In a must-read article, John Lott’s Crime Prevention Research Center notes that federal law, namely the Gun Free School Zone Act still makes possession of a firearm without a permit and within 1,000 feet of a school illegal.

The last effort I’m aware of to repeal the GFSZ Act was back in 2015, but it doesn’t appear to have gone anywhere.

3.) Suppressors. The only safety instrument that requires government permission was legalized in Iowa this week, making the state the 42nd to have some form of suppressor legalization on the books.

4.) Suicide prevention. Gun control groups and gun rights groups are celebrating the passage of a suicide prevention bill in Washington state. The bill would form a partnership between gun dealers and pharmacies. Gun dealers will distribute pamphlets on the subject and free gun locks, while pharmacists are trained on suicide assessment, treatment, and management.

It is worth noting that the vast majority of gun-related deaths are suicides. This law has broad support from the aforementioned groups, as well as mental health experts. Second Amendment Foundation EVP Alan Gottlieb released a statement that said in part:

“The process that went into creating this legislation clearly demonstrates that the firearms community is not only approachable, but is willing to participate in any serious discussions about a problem that affects us all. It is firearms groups and professionals that are the real gun safety experts, so it is only proper and prudent for us to be involved.”

Stay informed. Stay alert. Stay free.

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