(TargetLiberty.org) – The year 2023 marked a significant shift in the United States regarding gun laws, specifically those related to permitless carry. This year, the U.S. reached a milestone, becoming a nation where the majority of states have adopted constitutional carry laws. This development signifies a substantial change in the landscape of firearm regulations.
Wayne LaPierre, the NRA’s Executive Vice President and CEO, spoke exclusively to Fox News Digital, highlighting the dramatic increase in states adopting NRA-backed constitutional carry laws. In 2021, 16 states had such laws, but by 2023, this number rose to 27. LaPierre attributed this surge to the American public’s commitment to freedom and their support for the NRA’s efforts.
Constitutional carry laws fundamentally alter the process of carrying a concealed firearm. They allow legal residents to carry concealed firearms without the need for a permit, bypassing the requirement to seek government permission.
The close of the previous year saw 25 states with permitless carry laws. Georgia’s new law, implemented at the beginning of 2023, and Florida’s subsequent adoption of a similar law, spearheaded by Governor Ron DeSantis, marked a pivotal moment, establishing the U.S. as a constitutional carry-majority nation. DeSantis expressed his support for the law, emphasizing its alignment with constitutional rights and conservative values. Nebraska, too, joined this list with Governor Jim Pillen signing the state’s version into law.
The states that have embraced constitutional carry laws include Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
Interestingly, Fox News Digital reported a slight decrease in the number of Americans with concealed carry permits in 2023. However, John Lott, founder and President of the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC), clarified that more Americans are carrying concealed firearms due to these laws. He noted that this is the first year since 1998 that there’s been a decline in permit numbers. The drop is attributed to the fact that in constitutional carry states, fewer permits are issued, but more people are legally carrying firearms.
Lott also mentioned that obtaining a concealed carry permit can be costly in states without constitutional carry laws. The elimination of these costs allows more individuals, particularly in minority and low-income areas, to carry firearms for self-protection.
LaPierre concluded by reiterating the NRA’s commitment to making constitutional carry the law across the U.S., emphasizing the right of law-abiding citizens to defend themselves without government permission.
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