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States Keep Advancing The Second Amendment
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W

e are all painfully aware of the
deluge of anti-Second Amendment
messaging emanating from the
folks in charge in our nation's capital. In spite
of this, many states have been countering
the attempts to push unconstitutional
restrictions on law-abiding gun owners by
the Biden-Schumer-Pelosi regime by enacting
laws that move the needle on the gauge of
freedom ever closer to where our Founders
intended. Here is a run-down of just some of
the pro-gun reforms NRA-ILA has helped to
introduce and get signed into law.

PERMITLESS CARRY
CONTINUES TO SPREAD

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In our last issue, we told you that Utah and
Montana became the 17th and 18th states,
respectively, to enact permitless carry laws.
Such laws allow law-abiding citizens to
lawfully carry concealed firearms for personal
protection without first seeking permission
from the government.
The permitless-carry club has now
expanded to 20 members with the addition of
Iowa and Tennessee. For more details on the
passage of these two laws, go to A1F.com.
In addition, Texas made history when it
passed an NRA-supported permitless-carry bill
(H.B. 1927) out of its House of Representatives
and Senate for the first time. This is the first time
a permitless-carry bill has been debated by, and
passed out of, any chamber of the Texas legislature. As we go to press, differences between
the House and Senate versions needed to be
worked out, but Gov. Greg Abbott (R) has
expressed his support. It seems the Lone Star
State could be number 21 by the time you read
this. Clearly, this expansion of the right to selfdefense is building up momentum nationwide.
JUNE/JULY 2021

RIGHT TO SELF-DEFENSE
EXPANDS IN OTHER WAYS
New permitless-carry states are not the
only way that the Second Amendment is
being expanded. In North Dakota, where
permitless carry has been on the books
since 2017, Gov. Doug Burgum (R) signed
a number of bills in April that enhanced
the right to self-defense. Included
were an expansion of what firearms
can be carried in a vehicle for personal
protection, an increase in the number of
places where law-abiding residents may
carry firearms, a reduction in permitlesscarry residency requirements and the
removal of certain minor violations
that would disqualify individuals from
carrying firearms.
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice (R)
signed a bill into law that will now allow
nonresidents to take advantage of that
state's comprehensive agreements to
carry handguns for self-defense in other
states. This will help residents of other
states that do not have good reciprocity
laws for their permits, so that those lawabiding citizens will have more states in
which they may lawfully carry firearms for
personal protection when they travel to
them. Those who wish to take advantage
of this option will pay application fees
to West Virginia and seek training from
West Virginian instructors.
Wyoming also improved its existing
permitless-carry law in April, when Gov.
Mark Gordon (R) signed legislation that
extended the law to include all lawabiding adults. The old law applied only
to residents of Wyoming who had lived
in the state for at least six months.

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