Welcome back. It’s the end of 2016. We have two more Runs for 2016, then we meet again on January 14th, complete with a new President.
This week, we set the stage for 2017. Campus carry in 3 states, and the continuing decrease of homicides.
1.) Campus Carry. Ohio’s got campus carry….sort of. Florida is working on it, and Georgia is going to give it another round in the next session. Sure enough, alongside Constitutional Carry, Campus Carry is continuing to be one of the main focal points of the debate going into 2017.
The bill in Ohio is largely a paper tiger, giving local jurisdictions the ability to “opt-in” to allowing the practice (which just about nobody is going to do. The Students for Concealed Carry chapter is already working on a bill for next session to force public colleges to allow for campus carry.
Georgia’s bill was vetoed in this session alongside the Religious Freedom Bill. There was some side-stream discussion that the death of Gov. Deal’s Opportunity School District at the ballot box is due in part to those vetoes. Georgia campus carry already is being written, and should be ready in time for the start of the session in January. Florida is also working on a similar reboot effort
2.) Nationwide Reciprocity. You would think that legislation at the Federal level to force all states to honor CCW permits would be given a ton of support. But while the possibility of nationwide reciprocity even has it’s own legislation, there is a debate as to whether or not the Federal government should be given any authority at all over a state’s CCW permitting process at all.
3.) Homicides decline. The Washington Examiner has a report out showing that homicides have hit record lows, in the face of constant claims of an “epidemic of gun violence” that apparently isn’t there. This, going into 2017, makes attempts to get gun control in the aftermath of a shooting even less solid of a prospect (leaving aside the cynical effort with which the Ohio State University stabbings were swept to the side when the weapon turned out to be a knife and not a gun.) But while the fulcrum of the anti-gun movement falls apart, the fulcrum of the pro-gun movement, the tactical aspects of self-defense, can only get stronger. As we have discussed before, the anti-gun movement has no answer to lone-wolf attacks like OSU, and certainly not attacks that we saw elsewhere this year.
With a pro-gun Congress, and a President pro-gun enough to have the head of SilencerCo as an adviser, the future of gun rights in America looks quite good for at least the next four years.
Stay informed. Stay alert. Stay free.