Concealed carry is now permitted in more states than ever before. Two Midwestern states—Ohio and Indiana—have just stopped requiring a permit to carry a concealed firearm in public. Alabama also announced similar reforms.
These states now have 24 concealed carry permits.
This makes perfect sense. You should legally be allowed to possess a firearm if you are legally allowed. Conversely, “may issue” rules—which give law enforcement agencies veto power over whether you can carry a gun—don’t really jibe with the right to bear arms (and also seem likely to result in discriminatory enforcement). J.D. states that “if you must ask permission, it is a privilege and not a rights.” Tuccille says.
However, not all are happy. It seems like a terrible idea to open the doors for unrestricted conceal carry,” wrote one writer. Tuscaloosa News Photo editor Gary Cosby Jr. Concealed carry permits “make gun violence worse,” John Feinblatt, Everytown for Gun Safety, told CNN. A Daily BeastMichael B. Cohen calls this “absolute madness”.
Cohen makes the point that Ohio’s conceal carry permit required just eight hours of safety training, while Ohio “requires the completion at least 1,500 hours in cosmetology school programs to obtain a license in Ohio to cut hair,” even though guns can be more hazardous than haircuts. It seems that this is more an argument for Ohio’s license rules for hairdressers, than anything else.
But, it is still a puzzlement to me that gun owners don’t need permits.
Gun crimes can be committed regardless of whether conceal carry is permitted or not and regardless of whether the state requires a permit slip. It’s all part of being a criminal. Do not follow the law.
That means the only people burdened by obtaining a concealed carry permit—paying a fee, taking classes, and anything else required—are law-abiding citizens. Concealed carry permits do not stop crime. They just add to the criminals’ burden.
It could lead to people being in MoreThis could pose a threat to safety as it will likely mean fewer law-abiding individuals carrying guns outside of their homes, and therefore fewer opportunities for these people to act if an obstructionist or psychopath starts shooting at innocent people or threatens to do so.
Some will argue that concealed carry can lead to more crimes of passion outside the home—situations where someone doesn’t plan to commit violence but blows up and then uses a gun in public because he has it on them. Does anyone think the violent hothead in question will be more likely to do it if he had already paid a state fee earlier in the year? Even if he’d only attended eight hours of gun safety courses?
Meanwhile, concealed-carry rules invite police action against anyone carrying—or “suspected” of carrying—a gun outside the home.
We don’t have much data about this topic, but it is worth noting. An American College of Surgeons 2018 study showed that “no statistically significant association” between state-level firearms carry legislation liberalized over the last thirty years and the rate of homicides, or any other violent crime.
Cleveland.com notes that gun-control advocates point to “states where crime rose after permitting carry laws were passed,” according Cleveland.com. There isn’t any analysis on the role permitless carry plays in any of these criminal trends. Other factors, such as conceal-carry law, also influence them.
While there’s little research available on the impact of permitless-carry laws, there is significantly more on the effect of loosening state conceal-carry permit rules, specifically for states that move from a “may issue” state where officials can decide whether to issue a conceal-carry permit to a “shall issue” or “right-to-carry” state where officials must issue a license unless the applicant is a felon or has some other disqualification….But the conclusions reached by these studies have been all over the map, and there’s been an ongoing debate for decades about the effects — if any — of loosening state gun-control laws.
Look at ReasonHere is the coverage for concealed carry laws.
The disapproval rate of President Joe Biden is currently at 50 percent.
New national NBC News survey
Overall job rating for adults in Biden:
Approved by 40% (-3 beginning Jan. 2022).
Disapprove: 55% (+1)
— Mark Murray (@mmurraypolitics) March 27, 2022
Biden’s proposed tax system for wealthy households will allow the collection of assets, even when they haven’t been sold.Noting that the law could be challenged under the 16th Amendment if the measure were to become law, ” The Wall Street Journal.
Under current law, capital gains are taxed only when they are realized—when the asset is sold—and they are taxed at lower rates than ordinary income. These unrealized gains don’t count as income when people die. Instead, capital gains taxes are only paid by the heirs on any gain since their death and when they sell. Estate taxes are often due on the deceased’s net worth.
Biden’s proposal would tax unrealized gains.
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• The White House reassures people the Biden isn’t really calling for regime change in Russia:
???President Biden seemed to end his speech calling for Russia’s regime change: “For the sake of God, this man can no longer remain in power!”
Immediately thereafter, a WH official comes back. He was not referring to Putin’s Russian power or the possibility of regime change. pic.twitter.com/kFCJGacwNH
— Jacqui Heinrich (@JacquiHeinrich) March 26, 2022
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