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legislature conclude that the law
wasn't so bad after all. "
In fact, a study by economist
John Lott and David Mustard
concluded, " allowing citizens to carry
concealed weapons deters violent
crimes ... [W]hen state concealed
handgun laws went into effect in a
county, murders fell by 8.5 percent,
and rapes and aggravated assaults
fell by 5 and 7 percent. "
And while all of this RTC expansion
was going on, NRA was working
to ensure the reach of these laws
exceeded the confines of each
individual state.
We knew that the right to selfdefense
should not end simply by
crossing a state line, so NRA worked
to promote the passage of laws to
ensure states recognized the permits
issued by other states. Some states
wanted certain conditions met
before they would recognize another
state's permit, such as having similar
issuing standards. Others required
reciprocity, a sort of quid pro quo,
where they would only recognize
another state's permit if that
state recognized theirs. These
reciprocity states generally required
a specific agreement be entered into
between those states.
The gold standard we worked to
pass were straight recognition laws-
where a state simply said that if you
are visiting from another state, and
if that state issues a carry permit,
and if you have a valid one, your
permit will be recognized. Much like
the system in place for
driver's licenses.
Today, 20 states have straight
recognition, 20 have conditional
reciprocity and 10 either do not
recognize the permits of other
states or have a conditionalreciprocity
standard but have not
entered into specific agreements with
any other states.
Of course, getting every state to
recognize every other state's permits
would be ideal. And to try to achieve
this goal, NRA has been working
tirelessly on federal legislation to
establish a national RTC reciprocity
or recognition standard. While we
have seen progress on this front
at times, even passing bills out of
one chamber of Congress, federal
legislation of this magnitude tends to
move at a glacial pace.
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In stark contrast, the state RTC
movement has continued to pick up
steam, with more and more states
moving to permitless carry systems.
Sometimes referred to as
" Constitutional Carry, " as the
" permitless " name implies, it is law
that removes the permit requirement
from RTC. The premise is pretty
simple. If you are not prohibited
from purchasing or possessing a
handgun, you can carry one for
personal protection.
THERE ARE MANY
CIRCUMSTANCES WHERE
LAW-ABIDING AMERICANS
MAY NEED TO CARRY
A FIREARM FOR
PERSONAL PROTECTION
WITHOUT THE BURDEN
OF A PERMIT.
The modern-day movement to
further remove the government from
deciding which law-abiding citizens
can and cannot carry a firearm for
personal protection began in Alaska
in 2003. But the idea is really not that
new, as Vermont has never required
its residents to obtain a governmentissued
permit before they can carry a
concealed firearm. Many other states
have had a similar lack of permit
requirement, but with the caveat
that the firearm carried for personal
protection must not be concealed,
but carried openly.
Like many of you, I have watched
plenty of old westerns. Most of us
have never given it much thought, but
it would seem ludicrous to imagine
that all those cowboys, ranchers and
settlers carrying Colt Peacemakers
on their hip would be required to also
carry a piece of paper from some
government agent saying it was OK
to do so. And, as they wandered
on horseback, they certainly didn't
have to wonder if they needed to
get a new permit every time they
meandered from one state (or
territory) to another.
But not everyone wants to carry
openly. And it is just silly to think that
carrying a firearm for the world to
see might be fine, but the second you
throw on a jacket or drop the gun into
freedom
your purse, you suddenly become
a " problem. "
No criminal will ever follow the law,
and there are many circumstances
where law-abiding Americans may
need to carry a firearm for personal
protection without the burden of a
permit. Whether that is during a state
emergency due to a hurricane like
Katrina or a woman who finds herself
confronted with a stalker, law-abiding
Americans shouldn't have to wait to
exercise their rights. After all, a right
delayed is a right denied.
Permitless concealed carry for the
law-abiding just makes sense, and
states where respect for the Second
Amendment remains high have been
coming to realize that. In fact, the
permitless movement is starting to
spread as rapidly as the initial RTC
movement that sprung out of Florida.
After Alaska's law in 2003, Arizona
followed in 2010, then Wyoming in
2011, and NRA has worked steadily
over the years to further expand
the list of permitless carry states.
This year, I was thrilled to see five
new states added, with one other
a potential add-on as I sit down to
write this.
Iowa, Montana, Tennessee, Texas
and Utah have joined the ranks of
permitless carry states in 2021,
bringing the total to 21 states.
Louisiana passed its own permitless
carry bill, but, on June 24, Gov.
John Bel Edwards (D) vetoed it. By
the time you read this, we will know
whether the Louisiana House of
Representatives and Senate have
decided to hold a veto session and
whether they have voted to override
the governor's veto of this critical
self-defense bill.
I am hopeful that Louisiana
lawmakers will do the right thing
and make the Sportsman's Paradise
the 22nd state to enact permitless
carry. And while I appreciate all
the progress made over the last 35
years on the RTC front, and am truly
grateful to have been involved in so
many of those advances, I know there
is plenty of work to do in the future.
Together, we've accomplished a
tremendous amount, but there's still
much more to do. We won't rest until
all law-abiding gun owners can freely
exercise their right to self-defense
with as little government intrusion
into their lives as possible.

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