Monday, January 13, 2014

Constitutional Carry Bill Introduced in Colorado

A bill has been introduced in the Colorado legislature for constitutional carry.  It would reform the current law to allow any legal possessor of handguns to carry them concealed with the same restrictions that apply to those in Colorado with a concealed carry permit.   The bill number is HB14-1041; the link is to a pdf file of the bill.

Wright and Holbert are sponsors of the bill in the House, Grantham in the Senate.  2014 is likely to see renewed activity in promoting constitutional carry in several states.   Currently, four states (Alaska, Arizona, Wyoming, and Vermont) have constitutional carry.  No problems have been noted with these laws.   Crime rates have continued to fall with their passage in Alaska, Arizona and Wyoming, while Vermont recognized the protection of their state constitution in the 1920's, and has had one of the lowest crime rates in the nation for decades.   Constitutional carry was the norm in most states until the early 1900's.

Arkansas passed a law very similar to Vermont's last year.  Activists are gradually gaining ground for grudging acceptance of the law by some police and political groups in Arkansas.

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Anonymous said...

I live in Alaska where Constitutional Carry for handguns was implemented in 2003. The results have been mainly reducing the angst of law abiding citizens when they do carry. Police officers see little difference. As it turns out, the average person is much more trustworthy and responsible than you may imagine. Also you get a odd fuzzy feeling that your fellow citizen has your back even if you do not carry.