What are the big, current, state-level pro-gun issues?


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MatthewVanitas
December 11, 2008, 09:40 PM
Since many of us have only limited knowledge of pending legislation, or legislative momentum, in other states I thought it'd be great to have folks update as to what pro-gun issues have come to the forefront in their state.

I'm particularly interested in the suppressor issue, as I believe two states (MO and ?) relaxed their laws to make suppressors more accessible in the last year.


For my part, so far as Texas goes:
-Concerted attempt to legalize Open Carry. Last I checked there was no legislation on the table yet, and the grassroots org to push it through is trying to rile up legislators to get something out there before the current session closes. From what I understand, as in many other states, this issue is bedeviled by a large percentage of otherwise pro-gun, or CCW-having people saying "Well, I don't want to Open Carry, and I'm not sure it's tactically sound, so I'm agin it." I'm mixed as to the tactical advisability, but I figure anything loosening gun laws (within reason) is a good thing.

-Concerted attempts to legalize CCW on public college campuses. Currently laws allow state colleges to ban CCW in certain, often very convoluted ways. To paraphrase from memory, there are colleges where you can carry outside on campus, but not into a building, etc. There's a grassroots group, with supposedly wide gunowner support, that wants public colleges to fall under the same laws as public areas throughout the state.


How about your state?

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Prince Yamato
December 11, 2008, 09:57 PM
To paraphrase from memory, there are colleges where you can carry outside on campus, but not into a building, etc.

That's true of all Texas colleges and universities. You can carry anywhere that's not "premises" or in other words, anywhere that's not a building.

orionengnr
December 11, 2008, 11:01 PM
I already bought a 6" S&W M-25 in 45 LC for my first Open Carry pistol, so I hope they hurry up and pass Open Carry :)

MatthewVanitas
December 11, 2008, 11:02 PM
I already bought a 6" S&W M-25 in 45 LC for my first Open Carry pistol, so I hope they hurry up and pass Open Carry

Please tell me that you wrote your state rep and state senator and encouraged them to support such legislation. ;)

mljdeckard
December 11, 2008, 11:33 PM
Utah has been trying to loosen in-vehicle restrictions, it's been kicked back in a couple of legislative sessions. Currently, you're not allowed to have a round chambered in your car without a permit. Which means if I'm carrying, and I have to leave my gun in the car for my wife to drive home, she's breaking the law unless I clear it first.

We're pretty well ahead of the game otherwise. Carry in schools, colleges, open carry, state pre-emption, Suppressors are legal, but we can't hunt them. (Our DWR takes the fair-chase idea pretty far.) We have good castle doctrine, but stand your-ground needs some work.

withdrawn34
December 12, 2008, 01:35 AM
Mostly just campus concealed carry issues (as it is a state statute in this state, and not just a matter of campus "policy") as well as other rather silly off-limits places, and open carry. However, and not to say I do not care about the latter issue, but the first one is my priority.

I'd say we're blessed/lucky to have "only" those issues, compared to other states. Hell, I'd say we're pretty decent in the sense that we have no problems with regular restaurants which happen to also sell drinks, so long as you stay out of the bar area - a very common sense rule IMHO.

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