Constitutional Carry, as I understand it, is the right to carry a firearm without any required training, personal evaluation or special license. It has been approved by four states Alaska, Arizona, Vermont and Wyoming. There are 11 other states proposing the same legislation: Colorado, Idaho, Kentucky, Montana, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia, Maine, and New Hampshire.
This legislation is in its early stages and can vary in some states, but what I have seen thus far will give individuals the “right” to open carry without any license and/or certification. No permit is required, which means no training. It appears to become an invitation for non-qualified people to carry a gun.
I am a strong believer in our second amendment rights to own weapons for self-protection; however, we must properly define who has these rights. A person has rights only when he is deserving, or capable of them without jeopardizing the rights of others.
We don’t allow felons to legally carry a weapon because; they have lost their right by breaking the law. We also need to take careful measures preventing incompetent people from carrying. How can individuals “safely” carry weapons without proper knowledge about them? This is fuel for the anti-gun people and rightfully so. I don’t get it; certified trainers have played a vital role in qualifying individuals to carry and now; some legislators are indicating this is no longer necessary.
There has always been camaraderie between concealed carry license holders. We all recognize and respect each other because of our common experiences with training, safety and respect for firearms. I’m sure most people, who decide to carry a handgun, will want to learn about handling skills, safety plus general knowledge of firearms and register for a training class. I’m not concerned about them…it’s the people who see no need for training that make me feel uneasy.
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