Permitless-Carry Laws Make It Easier to Pack Heat in Red America

Permitless-Carry Laws Make It Easier to Pack Heat in Red America

The relaxing of restrictions in multiple states is a victory for gun advocates. Handguns on picked-over gun-store shelves in Rockville, Md. The high-profile legal troubles of the National Rifle Association may suggest a powerful organization on the ropes , but in statehouses, the pro-gun movement it helms is racking up victories. New laws are giving millions of Americans increasingly unfettered access to firearms even as gun violence rises across the country. So far this year, five states—Iowa, Montana, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah—have passed permitless-carry laws, bringing the total number of states with such laws to 21. These statutes typically eliminate the need to complete training and obtain a license before carrying a concealed firearm in public, making it easier to carry a gun around than to cut hair or drive a car. Texas became the latest state to go permitless in June when Governor Greg Abbott, NRA boss Wayne LaPierre, and others gathered at the Alamo for a bill signing. “Government is coming to take your guns,” Abbott warned. “Texas will not let that happen.” The permitless-carry movement sweeping red states has been “an NRA effort through and through,” says spokeswoman Amy Hunter. “We’ve been in it since the beginning and have worked very hard state by state.” Share of Adults Living in a Household with a Firearm Kris Brown, president of Brady , a gun control group, believes that eliminating permit requirements will make public places more dangerous and says the NRA is promoting “a dystopian universe where […]

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