Constitutional Carry has been advancing in many states, 18 have already passed the measure, and it has been introduced in 7.
Iowa and Texas are the two states that are most likely to get Constitutional Carry in the coming months. Iowa has legislation that is on its way to the Governors desk, the Republican-controlled Senate in the state pushed the legislation through with a vote along party lines. Texas’ House Committee on Homeland Security & Public Safety will be hearing testimony from 4(possibly more) proposals looking to bring Constitutional Carry into the State.
Besides restoring the right of law-abiding citizens to practice the right to bear arms without a permit, HF 756 also scuttles Iowa’s long-obsolete permit-to-purchase requirements, a throwback to the days before instant background checks. The bill has other gun protections, including allowing EMTs to carry guns while on duty and preventing housing projects from banning firearms in tenant’s homes.
A second pro-2A proposal, HF 621, was also approved this week and will head to Reynolds. It protects the state’s firearm industry – ranging from dealers to manufacturers and distributors – from frivolous lawsuits related to the unlawful use of their products. The bill would be an important safeguard now that the Biden administration has promised repeatedly to repeal similar federal protections.
In related news, the Texas House Committee on Homeland Security & Public Safety this week is slated to hear testimony on no less than four proposals seeking to bring Constitutional Carry to the state. In each case, the bills would retain the state’s million-strong License To Carry program, simply recognizing the right of law-abiding citizens to carry a handgun without one.
The NRA, who backs the legislation in line with their state organization, says Texas residents already enjoy flexible gun laws and permitless carry is the next logical step.
Constitutional Carry has been one key gun rights issue that has consistently won across the country, while some have lofty dreams of achieving this legislation in states like California others are more grounded and are looking for success in other states.
As of now, there are 18 Constitutional Carry States:
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
- New Hampshire
There are also 7 states with legislative proposals:
- South Carolina