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December 14, 2012

The right to bear arms – concealed carry and guns-to-work

Filed under: Culture,Law/justice — Mike Kueber @ 2:55 pm
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When I was going door-to-door campaigning in 2010, several constituents asked me for my view of concealed carry.  One even wanted to know what my NRA rating was.  Unfortunately, I had to plead ignorance about concealed carry because I had never heard the term and its meaning was not self-explanatory.  Eventually, I learned that the term related to the right of an individual, usually with a permit, to carry a concealed gun.  And every constituent who brought up the subject was convinced that the right to carry a concealed gun was under assault by the liberal establishment.

Since 2010, legal developments with respect to concealed carry should placate the concerns of the staunchest Second Amendment proponents.  According to an Associated Press article earlier this week, 49 states have adopted some variation of a concealed-carry law, and the last remaining holdout, Illinois, was just told by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals that it was unconstitutional for Illinois to prohibit the carrying of a concealed weapon.  The Court reasoned that, because the U.S. Supreme Court had held that the 2nd Amendment protected the right of Americans to defend themselves in their home, it is logically to hold that the right to self-defense while away from home was just as protected. 

Question – are unconcealed guns legal?  According to Wikipedia, the vast majority of states decline to prohibit the “open carry” of a gun, although Texas is one of the seven states that do.     

Now that concealed carry has become the law throughout the land, the NRA is moving onto another nuance to having an expansive 2nd Amendment.  According to Bloomberg news, the NRA is pushing for Republican-dominated legislatures in four states (AL, TN, SC, and PA) to prohibit employers from prohibiting employees from having a gun in their cars in the employers’ parking lot.  

Surprisingly, 17 states already have such laws, and based on NRA results in the past, the right to keep a gun in your car at work may soon be the law of the land.

How do I feel about these developments?  If I were part of a constitutional convention, I would vote in favor of the 2nd Amendment, but suggest that it be drafted more clearly.  And I agree with the state legislatures and courts in allowing individuals to take their guns out of their homes. 

Guns are an excellent symbol of American self-reliance.

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3 Comments »

  1. If your employer has a ban on cc in their offices/facilities (which-good, bad, or indifferent-is their right), to allow said ban to carry over to the parking lot creates significant dissonance for the carry right.

    Comment by bobbevard — December 14, 2012 @ 3:00 pm | Reply

    • Well said. You are starting to sound like a politician.

      Comment by Mike Kueber — December 14, 2012 @ 3:05 pm | Reply

  2. Mike: Swearing, are you?

    Comment by bobbevard — December 14, 2012 @ 3:32 pm | Reply


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