Sunday, April 18, 2010

Arizona elminates permit requirement for concealed carry

News from the Grand Canyon State:
PHOENIX – Favoring the constitutional right to bear arms over others' concerns about gun safety, Gov. Jan Brewer on Friday signed into law a bill making Arizona the third state allowing people to carry a concealed weapon without requiring a permit.

The measure takes effect 90 days after the current legislative session ends, which likely puts the effective date in July or August.

"I believe this legislation not only protects the Second Amendment rights of Arizona citizens, but restores those rights as well," Brewer, a Republican, said in a statement.

Alaska and Vermont now do not require permits to carry concealed weapons.

By eliminating the permit requirement, the Arizona legislation will allow people 21 or older to forego background checks and classes that are now required. ...

Article here. Good news from the Grand Canyon State.

Starting sometime in July or August, Arizonans will be able to say “the Second Amendment is my permit!” and mean it! :)

Now they need to start working on eliminating their “gun free” zones, aka Disarmed Victims zones. Baby steps, baby steps.

Naturally, the article has the typical “sky is falling” Leftstream Chicken Little Media slant, but this is good news. As a friend in AZ pointed out, AZ is the first state with major metropolitan areas to get rid of the permit requirement for concealed carry (Vermont and Alaska are much more lightly populated and so don’t really qualify in that regard). Hopefully, this will become a trend. I believe Wyoming also had a bill to eliminate their permit requirement for concealed carry, but unfortunately it didn’t make it out of committee. Maybe next session.

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