The Truth About Concealed Carry Licensing Laws

Lowell Massachusetts Police Superintendent William Taylor (courtesy lowellsun.com)

“A security guard wants to protect himself and improve his job prospects by being able to apply for positions as an armed security guard,” lowellsun.com reports. “A store owner wants to feel safe from the threat of robbery. They’re among four city residents — three male, one female — who have applied to the Lowell [Massachusetts] Police Department — and received — an unrestricted license to carry a firearm in public. The approvals are the first since the department earlier this year updated its gun policy, adding two controversial requirements: applicants must take a safety course and submit a ‘written supplement’ — or essay — explaining the reason(s) for seeking the license.” You ready for this? Here are The Sun’s summaries of the four concealed carry applicants’ essays . . .

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“Concealed Means Concealed”: Guns for Beginners

TTGA Publisher Robert Farago printing with his GLOCK 19 in an outside-the-waistban holster (courtesy The Truth About Guns)

If you’re just beginning the process of exercising your natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms, the gun world can seem a strange and intimidating place. A world unto itself, with its own unique expressions. Maybe you’ve heard this one: “concealed means concealed.” If you haven’t, you should. It imparts an important lesson for anyone who carries a concealed firearm. Simply put, it means . . .

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Concealed Carrier Shoots, Kills Man During Church Altercation. DGU? Media Jumping the Gun?

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By Brandon [via concealednation.org]

A man was shot and killed during a North Wales, Pennsylvania church service Sunday morning and police are still trying to determine if the shooting was justified or not. “The person shot and killed, identified as 27-year-old Robert Braxton, was said to have been in an altercation with another church member. The person who fired the shots has not yet been identified, but police say that he’s cooperating with their investigation and that he holds a valid PA concealed carry permit. He has also not been charged with any crime” . . .

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Alien Gear’s CT 3.0 IWB Holster Receives Official Patent

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Press release [via AmmoLand.com]

The award-winning Cloak Tuck 3.0 IWB Holster by Alien Gear Holsters is now protected by an official United States patent. This comfortable and concealable inside the waistband holster earned its official patent by utilizing an original steel core insert within a multi-layered design. As of April 5, 2016, patent # US 9,301,595 B2 protects the “multi-layered holster,” which includes the usage of the supportive and innovative spring-steel core. The official US paten reads . . .

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Demorest, GA City Council Restores Employees’ Right to Bear Arms

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Earlier this month, the Demorest, Georgia city council voted to restore the right to bear arms to city employees. “Demorest officials say they have passed a groundbreaking personnel policy amendment believed to be the first of its kind in Georgia,” accesswdun.com reports. “The city council voted unanimously to amend the city’s personnel policy to allow city employees with a valid concealed carry permit to carry their weapons during the workday.” The restoration of gun rights to public employees may be a first for a Georgia city, but it’s a growing trend in the United States. As wsls.com reported, on January 26th, Bedford County in Virginia enacted a very similar policy. As the right to keep and bear arms is being restored across the United States . . .

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Petition to Stop Mississippi Church Protection Act and Constitutional Carry Garnered Three Signatures

Petition to Reject Mississippi HB 786

Nearly two weeks ago, Ariel Draper started a petition to push Governor Phillip Bryant to veto Mississippi House Bill 786.  The goal of the petition was to get 1,000 signatures in support. The petition had three signatures when the bill was signed into law today. (Presumably, one of those was the petition’s author.) The petition used rather incendiary language. . .

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Oklahoma Senate Nears Vote on RKBA Reform Bill

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Oklahoma Second Amendment supporters, particularly OK2A, have been pushing for a reform of the state constitution’s weak protection of the right to keep and bear arms. A bill currently under consideration has strong support, but has been bottled up in committees. The reform is needed because current Section II-26 has been ruled by the Oklahoma Supreme Court to offer little serious protection . . .

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NJ Announces Guidelines to “Ensure Efficient Consideration in Processing Firearm Permit Applications”

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Just announced by the office of Governor Chris Christie:

Trenton, NJ – Acting on Governor Chris Christie’s commitment to ensure fair and consistent application of the state’s gun laws that respects individual’s Second Amendment rights and protects public safety, the Office of Attorney General announced a directive and guideline issued by Acting Attorney General Robert Lougy, and a regulatory change to align the regulations governing the issuance of a carry permit with New Jersey Supreme Court precedent interpreting the statutory standard of justifiable need. Taken together, the changes will help ensure all applicants receive efficient and uniform consideration in the processing of firearm permit applications . . .

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Northern Mariana Islands Set to Replace Unconstitutional Gun Laws with More Unconstitutional Gun Laws

Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (courtesy bbc.com)

The United State District Court for the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) recently ruled that the island chain’s gun laws — written by a peace corps volunteer in the 1970’s — are unconstitutional. The House and Senate of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands reacted to the Court’s ruling by passing S. B. No. 19-94, “To regulate the possession of firearms in the Commonwealth.” The bill passed the Senate unanimously. The short title is the SAFE Act (Special Act for Firearms Enforcement), perhaps in reference to the infamous New York law of the same name. It has not yet been signed by the Governor. Reading the bill . . .
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Newtown, CT Middle School Teacher Arrested for Carrying Gun in School

“We really don’t know the motive and why he was carrying it in school,” the local police chief told the assembled press. Gee, we can think of a couple of motives. Like wanting to protect his students and himself. Or the fact that the teacher in question, Jason Adams, taught in a Newtown, Connecticut middle school. Of course, many will argue that particular location only makes the fact that he was caught with a concealed handgun while on the job that much worse . . .

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Fresh Market “Requests” No Guns in Stores

Fresh Market (courtesy williamsburghhospice.org)

“The Fresh Market is asking customers not to carry guns into its stores,” journalnow.com reports. “The grocer said it had engaged in discussions with a group of activists called Moms Demand Action, who gathered nearly 4,000 signatures across North Carolina to support what they call a ‘gun sense policy.'” But don’t get to thinking that the grocery chain caved to MDA. “This was not a decision that was taken lightly nor in response to pressure from any outside group,” FM’s spokeswoman said. Anyway, let’s Google “Fresh Market armed robbery” and see what we find . . .

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