In the wake of the massive school shootings that have invaded our lives, you would think that society would fight to regulate the number of guns that can be carried by those who are not equipped or legally allowed to hold such weaponry. Without a doubt, one can’t successfully argue against someone else’s Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms in America; however, one can argue whether a person should be allowed to carry weapons when they have not been trained, they don’t have a permit, and they have not had a background check.
This loophole is one of the main reasons why the national argument on gun control is running amok today. Well, no need to worry because both the gun lobby and legislation has come up with a solution to America and its right to harbor its own “weapons of mass destruction”—simply give everyone the right to carry a concealed weapon in public places without a permit or safety training. Oh yes, that will solve everything.
Permitless carry is the future
Legislation across the country has a new mission—to allow virtually anyone to carry concealed weapons in public. Many states will even allow violent criminals, teenagers, and people with no concept of safety the right to legally carry a gun in crowded malls, schools, and on city streets. The legislation itself ignores the percentage of Americans who support required safety training (over 80% to be precise) and a clean criminal record in order to carry a concealed handgun in public.
So let’s put this alongside Congress, in an effort to address the issue of gun violence, who decided to pass the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act which would allow any person with a concealed carry permit from one state to also carry their weapon in any other state. According to GovTrack, this bill also allows anyone with a concealed carry permit to do so on any federal land, such as national parks or national monuments. Although Congress states that this bill is for those who have permits, they are proving that this is not necessarily the case.
Who needs a permit when you’ve got guns?
Thus far, at least 11 states have passed laws that allow the concealed carry of guns without a permit, and 16 states have introduced legislation this year to do the same, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures and the National Rifle Association. So what does this mean? If the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act states that one can carry a concealed weapon in any state then how did Congress allow the acceptance of laws that were passed to ensure that a person can carry in any state without said permit?
Currently, the legislation believes that “constitutional carry” or “permitless carry” allows people their constitutional right to carry a gun with as few restrictions as possible. States like Idaho, Mississippi and West Virginia passed laws last year that did away with concealed carry permits, allowing people to carry weapons without them, according to the Washington Post. In New Hampshire, Gov. Chris Sununu (R) signed Senate Bill 12-FN to repeal the licensing requirement for carrying a concealed pistol or revolver. It even goes so far as to state that a person has the right to carry their weapon, loaded or unloaded, in their vehicle. With all of the road rage in America, this should be good.
Welcome to the wild, wild west
According to Everytown Research, since the enacted permitless carry legislation, the annual total of aggravated assaults committed with a firearm in states which have enacted the “right to carry without a permit” has increased. Arizona, which is one of the states to enact the legislation, has seen a 44% increase of their aggravated assaults with a firearm since 2010. After Missouri passed a permitless carry bill in January 2017, the city of St. Louis experienced a 23% increase in aggravated assaults with a gun.
Currently, permitless carry lowers the bar for who can carry a concealed handgun in public. This is bad news considering the fact that teenagers, violent criminals, and weapon offenders are now safe to carry guns without permits and without repercussions. In time, we can expect to see teenagers and teachers taking guns to school in an effort to protect themselves in a society that fails to provide them with the legal structure or laws in which to be protected.
Road rage will soon include individuals who will act out their rage with immediate gratification by using guns to either threaten or intimidate other drivers who cut them off on the freeway. And why stop there? Allow someone filled with race ignorance…I mean, race hate…to have a gun the moment they walk past someone of another culture, race, or sexual orientation. One can only hope that such legislation will eventually turn over a new leaf.