Gun Law News: March 10, 2019

Arizona…

Arizona law already allows gun owners to keep unloaded firearms in their cars when they park on school grounds. But some Second Amendment-loving state lawmakers say that doesn't go far enough: They're pushing a bill to allow parents to store loaded guns in vehicles parked on school property.

Idaho…

A hearing will be held for legislation allowing individuals age 21 and older to carry a concealed weapon into public schools without having to tell anyone, so long as they have obtained an Idaho enhanced permit. The sponsor of the proposal, Rep. Chad Christensen (R-Ammon), told the House State Affairs Committee the intent is to arm teachers and harden Idaho public schools against active shooters. "That's why I'm doing this bill," Christensen said. "I want children to be safe. I don't want them to be a soft target. Gun-free zones are a soft target. They're a sitting duck waiting for something to happen."

Indiana…

Just because Indiana lawmakers haven't voted on the plan to allow people to carry a gun for free doesn't mean they won't vote on it. State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Aurburn), who wrote the plan to remove the fee for a concealed carry permit, said he expects the idea to be resurrected before the end of the session in April.

Missouri…

University faculty and staff could be allowed to carry concealed weapons in order to act as campus safety officers under a proposed bill from the Missouri House of Representatives. These faculty and staff members would need to show proof of a permit to carry a concealed weapon and would be required to complete a training program. Republican Rep. Dean Dohrman proposed the bill. He said it would quickly bring more order and safety to schools in the event of a shooting.

Oklahoma…

Oklahoma residents will be able to carry a firearm without obtaining a permit after Nov. 1, according to a new law signed Wednesday by Oklahoma’s Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt. Stitt discussed the importance of his first legislation signed into law. In a ceremony held Wednesday after a Senate vote, he said: “As I traveled all over the state to all 77 counties, I heard from Oklahomans all over that they wanted us to protect their right to bear arms." Specifically, House Bill 2597 eliminates the concealed or unconcealed carry permit requirement for anyone older than age 21, or 18 for active duty, veteran or reserve military personnel.

Pennsylvania…

The mayor of Pittsburgh, Bill Peduto, is likely to pass an anti-gun bill with the support of most of city council. It is a Democratic city in a Democratic county run overwhelmingly by Democratic machine politics, so that part is not noteworthy. What is noteworthy is that it is blatantly against the law. Peduto knows it, Councilman Corey O’Connor — who introduced the legislation — knows it, and they have bluntly told anyone within shouting distance that they don’t care. Why? Because they believe they have the moral authority to break the law. The council has been holding public hearings on the proposed ban on certain types of guns, bump stocks and ammunition used in mass shootings.