The art of carrying weapons for self-protection; such as clubs, knives or whatever, exists since early mankind. Popular use of Concealed Carry pistols started with Henry Deringer’s single shot, muzzle loaded pistol in 1852 and modern day Concealed Carry got its start in 1976 when Georgia first introduced such laws for ordinary citizens. The ultimate goal is to have one license to carry, recognized by all states.
It became extremely popular in 2008 when the Supreme Court case: District of Columbia vs. Heller, concluded individuals have the right to possess a firearm for self-protection. New laws, favorable to carrying a firearm, are implemented each year as the number of licenses issued, estimated at 12 million, continues to grow. Currently all states recognize a citizens legal right to carry.
Future laws influenced by powerful organizations like the National Rifle Association (NRA) and Brady Campaign will affect the advancement of Concealed Carry along with public opinion. It’s quite evident, in today’s political arena; both sides of the issue are firmly entrenched in conflicting views. Compromise from US citizens should be the final force toward drafting new proposals and future legislation must contain reasonable decisions on “gun control” without trampling 2nd Amendment rights.
Current highly debated issues are; Background checks, Safety issues and “Straw Purchases”…defined as; when a first person buys a gun legally then sells it to a second person not legally permitted to own a gun. Neither pro-gun, nor, anti-gun advocates will disagree on importance of the above issues…their disagreement lies in the solution. How much attention do bad guys pay to current laws and why are they not successfully enforced? Some officials believe effective application of current laws would negate a need for future laws.
Great strides in safety have been made with handgun design plus owner training and aptitude issues, but, we can never abandon continuous efforts for improvement. Perhaps the NRA could do more to help assure a good reputation for Concealed Carry’s future by taking a more assertive stand supporting background checks and qualifications for licensing that relate to a person’s gun handling competence and mental stability.
License registrations underwent a major expansion in 2008, regardless of opposition from anti-gun groups, and as this growth continues, more “actual” experience data will be available either improving, or, damaging the reputation of Concealed Carry. Thorough programs for qualifying and training applicants to own and carry a firearm must be implemented and/or maintained thus assuring continuation of public acceptance.
Perhaps, if Concealed Carry continues with its favorable image, we may be able to carry in areas, across this nation, where shooting incidents are well documented such as; public buildings, college campus and churches. Of course, there will always be a few reckless offenders and strict penalties must be imposed on these troublemakers, including license revocation.
NRA and Brady Campaign officials will continue with their agenda and hopefully US Citizens will keep informed and influence suitable choices. Regardless of future laws; people will instinctively protect themselves and loved ones from harm with guns, clubs, knives or whatever. Concealed Carry offers an efficient, powerful, quick and effective response…Henry Deringer made this discovery back in 1852. Continue supporting the good reputation of Concealed Carry and as always…keep on packin dude.
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