Friday, May 19, 2017

Reciprocity and Constitutional Carry Bills Move Forward in Several States

We’ve covered several stories in the past few weeks about various concealed carry and reciprocity laws moving through the systems in a few states. This week, we’ll bring you an update on a few of those stories, as well as give you some information on a new bill in South Carolina that joins others seeking to provide reciprocity arrangements for gun owners who can legal carry a concealed weapon in their own states.

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Update: Michigan

We’d previously reported on the bill moving through the Michigan state system that would allow gun owners to carry a concealed weapon without an additional permit. Hearings were held this week on the bill, with continued discussion anticipated in the next week.

Proponents of the bill point out that a gun owner can legally carry their weapons openly, without a permit or classes. But the simple act of putting on a coat makes that carrying their weapon illegal.

The focus for gun owners is that the cost of getting a permit to carry a concealed weapon appears to be an arbitrary tax on gun owners, while opponents of the bill claim that not requiring training for gun owners will make increase the dangers associated with concealed carry.

Michael Thiede of the Michigan Gun Owners Association indicated his belief that responsible gun owners already understand the value of training. “I didn’t have to take a class to tell me I was going to be safer to do all of these things. I didn’t have to give the state an extra $105. Concealed pistol permits didn’t make this state any more safe. It just made it richer.”

The Michigan House of Representatives will continue hearings the week of May 22nd, 2017.

Update: Wisconsin

A bill permitting constitution carry in Wisconsin gained additional support at the end of April when the Wisconsin State Attorney General Brad Schimel said he believes that the law is reasonable.

Pointing out that Wisconsin didn’t turn into the “Wild West” when its own concealed carry laws were passed, Schimel said he didn’t think that allowing those who were allowed to carry a concealed weapon in their own state would create a drastic change for Wisconsin.

In additional concealed carry news from Wisconsin, Governor Scott Walker signed a bill at the end of April that would rectify an administrative glitch for concealed carry renewals. Previously, when a 5-year concealed carry permit was renewed, it was extended for 5 years from the date of renewal. This penalized those who renewed early. The law now requires that the renewals cover the 5 years from when the permit expires.

South Carolina House Passes Reciprocity Bill

The South Carolina House of Representatives this week voted on a bill that would allow concealed carry reciprocity with other states. The bill passed the house by a margin of 85-23 in favor.

While the bill recognizes concealed carry from most other states, it excludes reciprocity for those states that do not recognize the permits of any state other than their own. There are 10 states that only recognize their own concealed carry permits.

Having now passed in the House, the bill will move on to the state senate in the final week of the current session. If it does not make it through the South Carolina senate next week, the bill will still have another year to win passage.

The article Reciprocity and Constitutional Carry Bills Move Forward in Several States originally appeared on Clipdraw

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

President Trump Speaks at NRA National Convention

On the very day that President Trump wrapped up his first 100 days in office he spoke to the attendees of the National Rifle Association’s annual convention in Atlanta, Georgia.

On Friday, May 28th, 2017, the President took the stage at the NRA convention, with an expected attendance of roughly 80,000 people. Trump took the opportunity to thank the association for their assistance with his election, reassure the audience of his stance on the Second Amendment, and campaign for the Republican candidate in the upcoming Georgia runoff race.

Trump Assures Crowd on Second Amendment Rights

Speaking to the crowd of thousands of cheering supporters, Trump declared “I am here to deliver you good news: the eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end.”

As the first sitting president to address the NRA since the 1980s, when Ronald Reagan spoke to the group in 1983, Trump promised to “never, ever infringe” on the rights of legal gun owners.

The President referred to the previous administration’s attempts to strengthen background checks as an “assault” on the Second Amendment. “No longer will federal agencies be coming after law-abiding gun owners,” President Trump said. “No longer will the government be trying to undermine your rights and freedoms as Americans.”

Acknowledging the NRA’s Part in the Election

Trump graciously acknowledged the role the NRA played throughout the election in his speech as well. While previously a gun control advocate himself, Trump became a supporter of gun owners rights after he entered politics.

As a result of his support for Second Amendment right, the NRA spent more than $30 million to help elect President Trump.

His acknowledgement of the role the NRA played in getting him elected was met with the loudest applause of the entire speech. “You came through for me,” he said, “and I am going to come through for you.”

The president also returned to some of his campaign promises and concerns when addressing the crowd, reiterating the importance of a border wall with Mexico and his continued commitment to remove Islamic terrorist threats.

Comments on Georgia’s Runoff Election

In addition to speaking about his own election win, Trump spoke about the upcoming Georgia runoff election to replace the recently vacated seat of Tom Price, who was placed as the Health and Human Resources Secretary in the current administration.

The previous election brought Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff 48% of the vote, just shy of the 50% needed to prevent a runoff election. The election had 11 Republican candidates represented. In the runoff the Republicans will be represented by Karen Handel.

In addition to speaking about Handel at the NRA convention, Trump appeared at a fundraiser for her immediately following his speech. During his speech he encouraged NRA members to get out and vote for Handel. “She’s totally for the NRA and she’s totally for the Second Amendment. So get out and vote,” he said.

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