At a time when liberals are trying harder than ever to negate the Second Amendment and shame virtually all gun owners into giving up their right to bear arms, about a third of states are going in the opposite direction with constitutional carry laws. Constitutional carry affirms the Second Amendment gives U.S. citizens and absolute right to own and carry firearms. That includes carrying concealed firearms with no licensing requirements or other special restrictions in place.
The commonwealth of Kentucky became the latest to enable residents to lawfully carry firearms, either openly or concealed, without requiring special permits when Governor Matt Bevin signed the legislation into law. The idea originates from Vermont, which was the first state to enact constitutional carry. While detractors trying to connect rising gun violence and gun rights, Vermont is the perfect example of how that’s not true. Since establishing their constitutional carry law, the state’s gun violence rate has settled at 11.1 deaths per 100,000 residents, which is lower than the national average of 11.8 deaths per 100,000.
With anti-gun activists attacking lawful gun owners and eroding Second Amendment rights with restrictions on concealed and even openly carrying firearms, constitutional carry is overriding localized efforts to ban handguns in communities. It started back in 2008, when the U.S. Supreme Court declared Washington D.C.’s ban on handgun ownership to be a direct violation of the Second Amendment. Similar laws were struck down in Chicago and other cities run by anti-gun activists.
The Supreme Court ruled self-defense is an absolute right and a central element of the Second Amendment. Therefore, local laws banning handgun ownership violate the U.S. Constitution. In 2010, the Supreme Court expanded that ruling when striking down Chicago’s ban on lawful handgun ownership. In that instance, the court said the Second and 14th amendments ensure the right to keep and bear arms. It also limited the scope of restrictions local units of government can place on firearms.
Those rulings helped ensure gun owners would not run afoul of local laws while traveling to and from shooting ranges or while otherwise lawfully abiding state laws. In many states, local units of government have enacted and enforce laws that greatly restrict lawful gun ownership. Those in charge of liberal enclaves, like Chicago and Washington D.C., both of which have serious problems with violent criminal activity, outright banned handgun ownership – even in people’s private homes. Such bans disarmed law abiding citizens, but did nothing to stop violent criminals from continuing to do as they please.
With the Supreme Court firmly ruling in favor of the Second Amendment and the absolute right to use handguns for self-defense, constitutional carry became a useful tool to ensure Second Amendment rights are not infringed. Vermont was the first state to enact a constitutional carry law, and 15 others have followed suit, with Kentucky being the latest. That is about a third of the nation’s states fully affirming the right to carry handguns concealed or openly.
So long as federal laws do not ban their existence, such as the ban on firearms on U.S. Postal Service property, it’s okay to keep your firearm on you and concealed.
In Kentucky, Gov. Matt Bevin says the law ensures the right to carry concealed without a permit, background check, or completing a gun safety course. All of which liberals greatly oppose. The opposition comes from the usual suspects: Police organizations and anti-gun liberals.
The only arguments they offer is fear of the unknown – they claim “potentially deadly, unintended consequences” would result. Yet, no states with constitutional carry laws have experienced such problems, and they won’t. That’s because an armed society is a polite society.