States Fights 2017: Part 2

Already we have a ton of news to update the States Fights from 2 weeks ago. This week, we stop by Georgia, Iowa, South Dakota, and Nevada. Plus, a surge in membership for Georgia militias that is splitting from the national trend, and a new law in Arizona that would significantly amp up penalties for rioting.

1.) Georgia. As a matter of efficiency tonight, let’s deal with all of the news out of Georgia in one shot.

First off, this week saw a meeting in the State House for a number of gun bills. Campus carry, new residents with carry permits, and reciprocity with Virginia were the main topics in a hearing with the Hose Homeland Security and Public Safety Committees.

Campus carry is pretty much a carbon copy of the bill from last year.

The second bill would make it so that new residents holding a CCW from a state with which GA has reciprocity would have 90 days to get a Georgia Weapons License.

The third would directly change the reciprocity agreement with Virginia.

Representative Eddie Lumsden noted that “most conservatives don’t believe it’s wise of government to require training because this is a right, not a privilege.” In case you are wondering, that is a reference to bills in the past which would have required training if they had a chance in hell of getting through the State Legislature.

Which they don’t.

Moving on.

1a.) Georgia militias. Despite the trend elsewhere, Georgia militias are apparently seeing a post-election spike in membership. The “Three Percent Security Force” had an interview with CBS46, in which their leader Chris Hill said “the level of violence that I see coming from these protests is alarming, and I think that creates more of a need for people like us.”

Whether that scares you depends on your perspective of the so-called Three Percent movement.

2.) Iowa. Is there such a thing as “too much pro-gun legislation”? Well, no, but if there were, Iowa would probably be one of the first states to meet the standard. With Republican majorities in both chambers, the Des Moines Register reports that Republicans are now “proposing a comprehensive rewrite that touches nearly every aspect of Iowa’s firearms laws, including adding “stand your ground” provisions, instituting lifetime permits to carry, allowing children to use handguns while under adult supervision and pre-empting local ordinances that restrict firearms use.”

“As a whole, this puts us light-years beyond where we’re at currently,” said Rep. Matt Windschitl, a Republican from Missouri Valley who spearheaded drafting the bill. “If we can get this down to the governor’s desk, I believe that Iowans will see this as a wholesale change that they approve of and agree with.”

Many of the changes outlined in House Study Bill 133 have been approved by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives in recent years, only to meet a swift defeat in the Senate where Democrats previously held the advantage.

Watch Iowa, folks. It could get really interesting there. Out of all of the articles this week on the Run, this one is easily the longest.

3.) Nevada. While not nearly as ambitious as Iowa, some bills in Nevada are headed for hearings next week. NRA-ILA has information on both, one pro-gun, one anti-gun. The anti-gun measure expands the list of prohibited places to carry, and also bars the storage of firearms in vehichles. The pro-gun bill would allow guns to be stored in vehicles on school property.

4.) South Dakota. Not much more to say here other than the headline from NRA-ILA: “House Passes Constitutional/Permitless Carry Legislation.” The bill now moves onto the Senate. It is already legal to carry a firearm openly without a permit, just not concealed. This law would fix that.

5.) Arizona. [Side note: My InSov Network colleague over at This Is The Line brought this up shortly before tonight’s Run was written, and deserves all the credit for what follows.]

Apparently exhausted at the recent tendency of protests to evolve into riots, legislators in Arizona (and apparently seventeen other states) are looking to amp up penalties for those convicted of rioting.

The Arizona bill would allow for charges against rioters, particularly in the event of damage to property. The driving force behind this seems to be the fact that a lot of riots are organized well in advance (as we saw in Berkeley when Milo was slated to speak there earlier this year).

Critics believe the bills amount to little more than an attempt to crackdown on protesting generally.

It is an interesting, and rather new trend, that should definitely be on your radar as the year (and the protests, considering the pattern after every time Trump signs something) continue.

While the Federal legislation has been fairly slow to move, that has clearly not been the case at the State level. Expect many more editions of States Fights in the next few months, as we will be checking in regularly with everything from campus carry, to permitless carry, to reciprocity. Clearly, the GOP takeover at virtually all levels of government has galvanized pro-gun/pro-self defense activists and legislators, all of whom know they may not have as good a chance as they do now.

Things are about to start moving very quickly because of that.

Stay alert. Stay informed. Stay free.

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