12 More States May OK Carrying Gun Without Permit
It's already legal in 4 states, but gun control advocates appalled
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Mar 7, 2012 11:33 AM CST
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour examines a gun during a stop at Riley's Gun Shop, Thursday, April 14, 2011, in Hookset, NH.   (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

(Newser) – Bills are in the works in at least 12 states to allow residents to buy and carry concealed weapons without a permit, USA Today reports. Gun control advocates are naturally appalled. "They want a gun in every nook and cranny in society with no permission needed," fumes a Brady Campaign official. "This is just a recipe for disaster." But proponents point out that the four states that already allow carrying guns without a permit—Alaska, Arizona, Vermont, and Wyoming—have low crime rates.

"Gun-free zones kill people," argues the congressman pushing the bill in New Hampshire. Other states considering the move are Colorado, Iowa, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Virginia, and South Dakota—where the sheriff of the largest county notes that between 30 and 40 of the 2,000 applications it currently sees a year are rejected. "Our viewpoint is, a good person will always be a good person," says the National Rifle Association's policy director. "They don't need a license to be a good person."

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May 30, 2013 3:42 AM CDT
" "They want a gun in every nook and cranny in society with no permission needed,"" Classic Liberal statement about anything in this crazy nanny state we live in now. You had better get permission from some faceless, nameless bureaucrat before doing anything besides paying taxes to support them.
Dec 17, 2012 8:51 PM CST
Great... all we need is more psychos carrying a gun.
Mar 19, 2012 5:49 PM CDT
I like gun control & permits for them. I also own 2 handguns. The class time taught me a lot that I did not know about guns, gun safety & the law. I needed to know when it's OK to use it, (and more important) when it's not OK. I also know how to safely store them (we have no kids).The laws have changed a lot in Florida. You do not want to shoot someone only to be indicted by the DA afterwards. I also don't see the need for an assault rifle, soldiers use those. So I think the registration & education process is needed.