This post is the first in a series of weekly news updates and observations from the USCCA to help keep our members, and all responsibly armed Americans, up to date on important concealed carry developments. I also want to make sure I’m keeping you personally informed of my efforts to speak out in support of concealed carry and the Second Amendment.
On the Legislative Front
This past week was once again a study in contrasts between anti-gun politicians in Washington (who still don’t get it) and 2A supporters in state houses across the country — the ones who are working to support responsibly armed Americans like you and me. I hope you’ll take a moment to read this op-ed that I penned for The Hill, speaking out against more failed gun laws by Congress and in support of responsibly armed Americans. Here's a short snippet:
Instead of restricting Americans’ Second Amendment rights, our government should be doing everything possible to protect our children, and that includes supporting and allowing trained, licensed teachers and administrators to arm themselves. In countless situations across this country, responsibly armed Americans have been the front lines of defense against evildoers because they have the necessary knowledge, training and experience to protect those around them. In an emergency situation, seconds matter, and a well-trained, responsible gun owner can save lives in an active-shooter situation.
Although Pelosi and the anti-gun lobby rammed this bill through the House last week, the good news is that it’s not expected to go anywhere in the Republican-controlled Senate. President Trump promised to veto it if it does. Our government at the local, state and federal levels should be supporting responsibly armed Americans — not targeting them with more failed, feel-good gun laws that would restrict Second Amendment rights but ultimately do nothing to strengthen public safety.
Some States Are Getting It Right
Fortunately, just this last week at the state level, we saw some important progress on the concealed carry front. In West Virginia, for example, the State House passed a bill that would allow responsibly armed Americans to carry on college campuses. The debate now moves to the State Senate, where I hope they will pass it. I had the opportunity to speak out publicly in support of this legislation as a guest on The Tom Roten Morning Show (WVHU-880) in Huntington, West Virginia. If you’re interested, check it out below.
And in Kentucky, the state Legislature passed constitutional carry legislation that now heads to the governor’s desk, where he is expected to sign it into law this week. I was proud to speak in support of this legislation as a guest on the Kruser and Krew radio show (WVLK-590) in Lexington, Kentucky. Once again, if you’re interested, I hope you’ll check it out below.
Responsibly armed Americans are among the most law-abiding citizens in the country. We have the necessary knowledge, training and experience to protect ourselves and those around us. The USCCA will continue to stand up for your God-given right to self-defense.
Quote of the Week
“I'm a conceal carry gun owner, and so are many in Kentucky now. You will not need to go through a process and get a license and permission in order to have your Second Amendment right.” — Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin
Data Point You Should Know
- When Senate Bill 150 is signed into law by Governor Bevin, Kentucky will become the 16th state where you can conceal carry your gun without a permit. South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem (R) signed similar legislation into law in January, and Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt signed constitutional carry into law on Feb. 28, though the law will take effect Nov. 1.