Issues by Topic: Right-to-Carry

September 26, 2014

Shaneen Allen to Avoid Prison as New Jersey AG Revises Sentencing Guidance for Gun Law Violations

In a stunning outbreak of sanity in the Garden State, Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain has reversed his earlier decision to seek prison time for Shaneen Allen, a single mother from Philadelphia who was facing felony prosecution for misunderstanding concealed carry reciprocity rules.
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September 12, 2014

Rice, Allen Cases Show Danger of Unchecked Prosecutorial Discretion

The year 2014 has gone from bad to worse for Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice. In February, he was involved in an ugly confrontation with his then-fiancée (and now wife) Janay Palmer in an Atlantic City hotel casino.  A security camera captured the incident, which ended with Rice hauling the unconscious Palmer out of the elevator.
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August 8, 2014

Reciprocity Mix-Up Leads to Felony Charges for Philadelphia Mom

On Tuesday, Superior Court Judge Michael Donio declined to dismiss a case for unlawful possession of a firearm against Philadelphia resident Shaneen Allen.  Allen was arrested during a traffic stop last October after she volunteered to the officer that she had a firearm in her car.  She mistakenly believed her Pennsylvania license to carry firearms was valid in New Jersey.  This was hardly an unreasonable assumption, considering that Pennsylvania concealed carry licensees can lawfully carry in over 30 other states.
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August 1, 2014

Washington Post Quotes Bloomberg Researcher in Swipe at Right-to-Carry

On Tuesday, three days after the District of Columbia’s ban on carrying handguns outside the home was struck down in federal court, Washington Post staff reporter Emily Badger teamed with anti-gun researcher Daniel Webster, of Michael Bloomberg’s School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, in an attempt to disparage John Lott’s research on the effect of Right-to-Carry laws.
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July 28, 2014

Court Declares District of Columbia’s Ban on Bearing Arms Unconstitutional

The nation's capitol, long infamous for its strict gun control, is now one step closer to being forced to comply with the Second Amendment. On Saturday, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued a decision in Palmer v. District of Columbia, which challenged D.C.'s ban on carrying firearms in public for self-defense. The court's opinion prohibits D.C. officials from enforcing certain provisions of local law that effectively prevent the carrying of firearms in public for self-defense. Whether the District will seek further review of the court's decision remains to be seen. In the meantime, however, D.C. must now join all 50 states in the union in recognizing, at least to some degree, the fundamental right to bear arms under the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. We will provide further updates as more information becomes available.  
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March 21, 2014

Ninth Circuit Requires Federal District Court to Reexamine Hawaii's Restrictive Carry Permit System

There was breaking news in Hawaii this week, as the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals released a decision in the case of Baker v. Kealoha, which vacated a lower court decision that upheld Hawaii's restrictive "may-issue" carry permit system and required the lower court to reexamine the issue in light of the Ninth Circuit's recent Peruta decision.
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March 11, 2014

H.R. 2959, the Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2013

The Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2013 (H.R. 2959) has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressmen Richard Nugent (R-Fla.) and Jim Matheson (D-Utah).  The bill would allow any person who is not prohibited from possessing or receiving a firearm under federal law and who has a valid, concealed firearm permit to carry a concealed handgun in any state that issues its own residents permits to carry concealed firearms.  Persons carrying a handgun in another state pursuant to H.R. 2959 would be subject to the laws of that state with respect to where concealed firearms may be carried.  Similar legislation to H.R. 2959 passed the U.S. House of Representatives in 2011 by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 272-154.
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February 14, 2014

Victory in Peruta v. San Diego: Ninth Circuit Confirms Right to Carry Arms in Public

In a tremendous victory for the right to keep and bear arms, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has confirmed that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to carry firearms for self-defense in public.  The landmark decision came in the NRA-supported case of Peruta v. San Diego County, brought on behalf of the CRPA Foundation and five individuals who were denied carry licenses by the San Diego Sheriff.  In its ruling, this federal court struck down a San Diego County Sheriff’s policy that prevented most law-abiding adults from getting a license to carry a firearm.
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February 7, 2014

Police Using Data Concerning Lawful Gun Ownership to Ratchet Up Scrutiny, Escalate Tactics

In recent years much progress has been made in protecting the privacy of gun owners by restricting access to gun licensing and right-to-carry permit data, with a majority of states now limiting the availability of this information to law enforcement officers for official use. Unfortunately, two recent incidents have highlighted how government data indicating firearm ownership can be used by law enforcement officials as justification to escalate encounters with gun owners.
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February 7, 2014

No Guns on Gun Ban Signs?

When it comes to the anti-gunners' viewpoint, don't be too hasty in thinking that things can't get more ridiculous than they already are, because--as this story illustrates--they most assuredly can.
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January 17, 2014

Concealed Carry Licensee Gets Ungracious Reception by Police in "Charm City"

As anybody who is a member of NRA knows, we support the dedicated men and women of law enforcement who put themselves in harm's way for the benefit of us all.  We understand that most law enforcement officers take their oaths to defend and uphold the Constitution of the United States seriously.  We also understand that untold thousands of reassuring interactions occur between citizens and law enforcement officers every day.
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January 10, 2014

Detroit Police Chief Agrees: More Guns, Less Crime

Except among dyed-in-the-wool anti-gun fanatics, it is a commonly accepted fact that Right-to-Carry laws not only do not cause crime to increase, they may deter violent crimes.  It is also firmly established that people who have carry permits are statistically more law-abiding then people who do not.  And the number of RTC states and carry permit holders reached all-time highs as the nation's murder rate fell to nearly an all-time low.
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November 22, 2013

Law Professor Calls for Repeal of Second Amendment, Rewriting of Constitution

On November 15th, attendees of the University of Connecticut School of Law's "Up in Arms: The Second Amendment in the Modern Republic" symposium were subjected to a presentation by Texas A&M University School of Law Professor Mary Margaret Penrose (video, starting at 1:18:30) that managed to be both stridently radical and backward looking.   While antigun sentiment is all too common amongst the educational elite, Prof. Penrose upped by the ante by calling for the repeal of the Second Amendment, along with … well … reimagining the rest of the current U.S. Constitution.
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November 15, 2013

Outrage of the Week: Student's Self-Defense Leads to University Disciplinary Action

This week's outrage comes to us from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.  There, two students living in an off-campus, university-owned apartment were put on probation for the "infraction" of displaying a legally-owned firearm to thwart a home invasion by a convicted felon.
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November 8, 2013

Army Veteran Banned from Daughter's School after Facebook Posting of Concealed Carry Permit

A mother and parent volunteer was banned from her daughter's school after reportedly posting a picture of her concealed carry permit on her personal Facebook page. 
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October 25, 2013

Secretary General of Interpol Suggests an Armed Citizenry to Combat Terrorist Violence

In his speech to the American public on December 21, 2012, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre made clear, "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun."  The sentence is a concise summary of NRA's long-held position on the Right-to-Carry, and illustrates one of the reasons NRA-ILA works to abolish restrictions on this right throughout the country.  Predictably, anti-gun groups and some in the media failed to grasp the straightforward logic of the remark, or perhaps they grasped it all too well and feared what it would mean for their cause. As a result, they have criticized and attacked it.
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October 18, 2013

New Hampshire Clerk Fired for Defending Himself against Knife-Wielding Robber

On the early morning of Monday, October 14th, 29-year-old Shannon "Bear" Cothran was working his shift at a gas station convenience store in Nashua, N.H., when a man armed with a knife attempted to rob the establishment.
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September 13, 2013

Illinois Supreme Court Declares State's Ban on Carrying Firearms Unconstitutional

In an unusually forceful and straightforward opinion in the case of People v. Aguilar, the Supreme Court of Illinois unanimously held that the state's "comprehensive ban" on the "use of an operable firearm for self-defense outside the home" is invalid on its face under the Second Amendment.  The NRA had participated in the case with an amicus brief.
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June 24, 2013

Illinois Right-to-Carry: Litigation Leads to Legislation

While recent state attacks on popular firearms and on firearm transfers have been the focus of attention, another major front in the battle involves Right-to-Carry litigation. The epicenter of this litigation is in Illinois—still, as this edition of Legal Update goes out, the only state with no law on the books to provide a legal way for residents to carry firearms for self-defense outside one’s home or business for self-defense. But that may be changing, in a way that shows the complex relationship between legislation and litigation.
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June 24, 2013

Coast-to-Coast Action in Right-to-Carry Cases

Just a week before December’s NRA victory in Shepard v. Madigan, the San Francisco-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit heard arguments against the abuse of California’s permitting structure by local authorities. The NRA-backed case of Peruta v. County of San Diego targets San Diego County, and Richards v. Prieto (a non-NRA case) challenges the practices of Yolo County. 
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June 24, 2013

NRA and CRPA Orange County Carry Suits Lead to Appeal

Opening another front in the Right-to-Carry battle, on Sept. 5, a lawsuit backed by the NRA and the California Rifle and Pistol Association was filed against Orange County, Calif. and Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The suit (McKay v. Hutchens) was filed on behalf of several Orange County residents who have been denied carry licenses and seeks to remedy Sheriff Hutchens’ discriminatory licensing practice of requiring “good cause,” which the complaint defines as “a special or contemporaneous ‘need’ to defend oneself – something more than ‘general concerns about personal safety.’”
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April 19, 2013

Drama in the Rose Garden: Defying Senate, Obama Vows to Win on Gun Control

On Wednesday, the Senate rejected a gun control agenda that President Obama has adopted as his own over the last few months, but to which other gun control supporters have bitterly clung for years: banning an ever-lengthening list of semi-automatic firearms, banning magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, and expanding background check requirements to require government permission for many transfers of firearms among private citizens.
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April 8, 2013

Survey Finds Law Enforcement United Against Gun Control

FAIRFAX, Va. – PoliceOne.com released today the results of an extensive survey of about 15,000 active and retired law enforcement officers of all ranks and from departments ranging in size from less than 25 to more than 1,000.
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March 4, 2013

Mississippi Governor Signs Pro-Gun Bills into Law

Fairfax, Va. – Governor Phil Bryant has signed two important pro-gun bills into law in Mississippi.  “These two bills protect the privacy of Mississippians and remove legal traps for law-abiding citizens wanting to exercise their right to carry firearms for personal defense,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action.  
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January 11, 2013

Illinois Seeks Review of Right-to-Carry Case

On January 8, the State of Illinois petitioned the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit for a rehearing before the full court in the NRA-backed case Shepard v. Madigan. A month earlier, on December 11, a three-judge Seventh Circuit panel struck down Illinois' complete ban on Right-to-Carry outside the home.
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December 11, 2012

Victory for Self-Defense and the Second Amendment

Fairfax, Va. – The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled today that Illinois' total ban on carrying firearms for self-defense outside the home or business is unconstitutional. The case involves lead plaintiff Mary Shepard, an Illinois resident and a trained gun owner, who is licensed to carry a concealed handgun in both Utah and Florida. The National Rifle Association is funding this case. The Illinois State Rifle and Pistol Association is a co-plaintiff in this case.
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December 11, 2012

Victory for Self-Defense and the Second Amendment

Fairfax, Va. – The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled today that Illinois' total ban on carrying firearms for self-defense outside the home or business is unconstitutional. The case involves lead plaintiff Mary Shepard, an Illinois resident and a trained gun owner, who is licensed to carry a concealed handgun in both Utah and Florida. The National Rifle Association is funding this case. The Illinois State Rifle and Pistol Association is a co-plaintiff in this case.
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September 12, 2012

Tampa Mayor Attempts to Trample Florida Carry

When you receive this copy of America’s 1st Freedom, the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., will be only a week away. And thanks to Florida Gov. Rick Scott—who truly respects the people’s right to keep and bear arms—Tampa residents won’t be treated like simple criminals and disarmed by the government when visiting the downtown area during the convention.
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July 20, 2012

New Federal Report Shows Right-to-Carry Boom

A new report this week by the U.S. Government Accountability Office confirms that the number of Americans exercising the right to carry firearms for personal protection is skyrocketing.
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May 22, 2012

June 2012 Political Report: "National Carry Bills Introduced In U.S. Senate"

There's no better time to reflect upon the sacrifices the members of our Armed Forces have made in protecting our freedoms. To me, the best way to honor those noble sacrifices is to vigorously advance our freedoms. 
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May 1, 2012

Update on Right-to-Carry Reciprocity in New Mexico

In response to several inquiries, it is important to clarify information relating to the Department of Public Safety’s audit of other states’ concealed carry statutes.
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April 6, 2012

H.R. 4269: Protecting Lawful Transportation of Firearms

An important provision of federal law, intended to protect the right of law-abiding gun owners to transport firearms throughout our nation, has been ignored by anti-gun local officials and effectively gutted by the courts. H.R. 4269, introduced by U.S. Reps. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.), Ted Poe (R-Texas) and Bill Owens (D-N.Y.), would rewrite the law to give it the effect Congress intended when it was passed more than 25 years ago.
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March 30, 2012

NRA Will Appeal Decision Denying Right-to-Carry Outside the Home

Late today, a federal district court in Illinois wrongly ruled that the Second Amendment does not protect a right to carry firearms for self-protection outside the home. The NRA funded this challenge to Illinois' ban on citizens' ability to carry firearms legally outside their homes and businesses for self-defense, and will also be supporting an immediate appeal to the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals--and to the Supreme Court if necessary.
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March 13, 2012

Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Legislation Introduced in U.S. Senate

Senate Bill 2188, an important self-defense bill that would enable millions of Right-to-Carry permit holders across the country to carry concealed firearms while traveling outside their home states, was introduced in the U.S. Senate today. S. 2188 is the companion legislation to H.R. 822, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives on November 16, 2011 by a majority bipartisan vote of 272 to 154.
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March 13, 2012

S. 2188: National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2012

On March 12, S. 2188, the “National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2012,” was introduced by U.S. Senators Mark Begich (D-Alaska) and Joe Manchin (D-W.V.).  A nearly identical bill, H.R. 822, passed the House of Representatives on Nov. 16, 2011, by a vote of 272-154.
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March 5, 2012

Statement from Chris W. Cox, Executive Director, NRA – Institute for Legislative Action on Governor Mark Dayton's Veto of House File 1467

The National Rifle Association (NRA) is deeply disappointed in Governor Dayton’s veto of House File 1467 – an omnibus bill that included a number of key firearms law reforms in Minnesota.  This bill passed both chambers of the Minnesota legislature with broad bi-partisan support. 
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February 28, 2012

Right-To-Carry 2012

Self-defense is a fundamental right. The U.S. constitution, the constitutions of 44 states, common law, and the laws of all states recognize the right to use arms in self-defense. RTC laws respect the right to self-defense by allowing individuals to carry firearms for protection.
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February 24, 2012

Demand Action on “National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act”

As we previously reported, in Nov., the ongoing effort to fully vindicate the fundamental, individual right to carry a concealed handgun for self-defense took a major step forward with House passage of H.R. 822, the “National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011.” The bill, sponsored by Reps. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) and Heath Shuler (D-N.C.), which has 245 cosponsors, was approved in the U.S. House of Representatives by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 272-154. Though several amendments were offered to undermine the bill’s protections, thankfully, every one of these amendments was soundly defeated by an overwhelming bipartisan vote.  The bill was then sent to the Senate, where it remains.  Since November, the Senate has failed to take any significant action on the bill.
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February 1, 2012

National Right-to-Carry Passes U.S. House

On Wednesday, Nov. 16, the ongoing effort to fully vindicate the fundamental, individual right to carry a concealed handgun for self-defense took a major step forward with passage in the U.S. House of H.R. 822, the “National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011.” 
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January 27, 2012

Outrage of the Week: Politician Attacks Sheriff’s Support of Self-Defense

During an Oct. 31 press conference following the attempted rape of a woman walking her dog by a convicted felon, Spartanburg County, S.C., Sheriff Chuck Wright didn’t mince words. “It’s too bad someone with a concealed weapons permit didn’t walk by. That would fix it,” Wright said. Wright then repeatedly told his constituents “I want you to get a concealed weapons permit.”  To hammer the point home he held up a fanny pack, saying, “They make this right here where you can conceal a small pistol in them.”
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