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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Arizona Concealed Carry Law



On Thursday, the Arizona House voted to make the state the third in the nation to allow people to carry concealed weapons without a permit. The legislation, approved by the House 36-19 without discussion, would make it legal for most U.S. citizens 21 or older to carry a concealed weapon in Arizona without the permit now required. Governor Jan Brewer is expected to sign the measure into law.


Arizona will join Alaska and Vermont in not requiring permits to carry concealed weapons. Forty-five other states require permits for hidden guns, and two states — Illinois and Wisconsin — prohibit them altogether.


Firearms restrictions only affect people who want to follow the rules because criminals will carry hidden guns regardless of the law.


Under the measure, Arizonans would still be subject to the background checks federal law requires when buying firearms from a store. People carrying a concealed weapon would be required to tell a police officer if asked, and the officer could temporarily take the weapon while communicating with the gun carrier.

Brewer, a Republican who took office in January 2009, is very supportive of citizen's rights to own, bear and retain arms. Her predecessor, Democrat Janet Napolitano, vetoed several measures pushed by gun-rights supporters before resigning to run the U.S. Homeland Security Department.

On Monday, Brewer signed two bills loosening gun restrictions. One bill broadened the state's current restrictions on local governments' ability to regulate or tax guns and ammunition. The other bill declares that guns manufactured entirely in Arizona are exempt from federal oversight and are not subject to federal laws restricting the sale of firearms or requiring them to be registered.



I like Arizona!


(CNSNews.com) - A new reportpublished by MSNBC.com shows that more guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens results in fewer deaths from the use of firearms. [I never thought I'd see MSNBC put out a pro-firearm story no matter what the reality of the situation is.]
“Firearms in the hands of law-abiding citizens prevent 1 million robberies, murders and rapes every year,” John Pierce, a Virginia-based gun-rights activist with opencarry.org, told MSNBC.com. 
Alan M. Gottlieb, vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), called the finding "further evidence that everything the gun prohibitionists have been claiming and predicted over the past two decades has been fundamentally fraudulent.”

EVERYWHERE concealed carrying of firearms has been legalized, crime dropped. Allowing honest people to arm themselves made criminals more wary when committing crime. Criminals will always be armed. Allowing citizens the same right merely levels the playing field.  We're talking reality here, not how life should be in a perfect, utopian world.


20 comments:

  1. I like that Arizona takes "shall not infringe" seriously.

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  2. People who wish to take guns from the hands of citizens are criminals. If they ban firearms only the criminals will be armed, and thus hold power.

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  3. I am going to post about this later on if you don't mind. I would like to see more states allow Open Carry. Funny thing, 100 years ago only criminals concealed their weapons. Law abiders carried openly. I would also like to see the stupid laws that won't allow me to carry any which way within a distance from schools. I work in Ed and I cannot even have a firearm in my car in the parking lot. Not even within 1000' of where I work. Further, if I smoked, I couldn't do it in my car in the parking lot. Such is the lunacy of the left.

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  4. Right Guy - post it!

    Opus #6 - Arizona is doing the right thing. California, on the other hand has NO CRIME because it's concealed cary laws are the strictest in the nation...

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  5. Right Guy... Can you imagine the health damage the could be done by the second-hand smoke from a pack of Marlboros and a Glock?

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  6. As a resident of Tucson, I stand amazed that this finally passed. Its one of very few great days for Arizona. Huzzah!

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  7. LL:
    Posted up at my blog and you'll be interested in my postscript. Have a listen.

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  8. Another victory for the 2nd Amendment.

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  9. Nickie:
    Not even in your car 50 yards from the building. As far as the glock goes (I prefer the M1911), not within 1000' of the property. It's a perfectly safe place for a criminal to go and not worry about second-hand smoke or opposition as it were. That's goes for all schools and government buildings in Iowa.

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  10. This is great news for those of us living in AZ! I love the State's Rights measure too. Gotta love common sense.

    I posted an excerpt of this post and linked to here.

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  11. THANK YOU FOR POSTING THIS!

    I really like your blog!

    Common Cents
    http://www.commoncts.blogspot.com

    ps. Would you care to exchange links?

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  12. Larry, I owe you two apologies. The first is for waiting so long to follow you. The second is for following you now. Sorry bud ... the black sheep found you ... blame Soloman.

    And now about the post ... GO ARIZONA!!!

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  13. Odie, welcome to the kingdom of black sheep!

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  14. Excellent news man! I just got my concealed carry permit in Virginia - pain in the ass, let me tell you. I also like the Arizona manufacturing law - wondering if it applies to automatic weapons. That'd be great :)

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  15. I don't know if the new Arizona manufacturing law would apply to automatic weapons (I haven't read the bill), however full auto is over-rated.

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  16. @LL:
    Full auto is overrated in 99% of the circumstances anyone would be involved in. The first shot at each target is the one that counts. Sometimes I think even high capacity 9mm/40cal pistols encourage spraying. A wheel gun or a .45 has has less than 10 shots, so you better make it good.

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  17. LL, I absolutely agree full auto is overrated - but it should be up to us to decide whether we want it (as I'm sure you agree, just sayin'). I think bursts of 3 rounds are very well rated though.... Also, there's teh "fun and awesome" factor which you have completely overlooked, to my everlasting chagrin....

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  18. Candle, my last duty weapon was a H&K G-36 with the 10" barrel and the 1-2-Full option. I kept it on double tap for the very reason you suggested. It allowed for about a minute of angle disbursion at 25-30 meters (city fighting), and created a most acceptable wound channel.

    While a man of peace (as you know), I do believe that peace can be maintained effectively with superior firepower.

    (At night, the flame from the short barrel on full auto was a thing to behold)

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  19. Right Guy- Speed is fine, accuracy is final. And that's really the point. Unless you can put ordnance on target, why have a firearm? So we're in complete agreement.

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  20. it was very interesting to read.

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