Permitless Carry Losing Traction in State After State
Everytown and Moms Demand Action - Permitless carry bills seek to dismantle concealed carry permitting systems and allow people to carry hidden, loaded handguns in public with no permit and no safety training. In many cases, these bills would even authorize people with violent criminal histories to carry concealed guns in public.
In 2017, state lawmakers across the country are saying ‘no thanks’ to this reckless policy. So far this session, permitless carry bills have been rejected in eleven states: Arkansas,Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Montana, New Mexico, South Dakota, Utah and Virginia.
These defeats are happening in red and blue states alike, including:
- Georgia, where the bill failed in the Republican-controlled state legislature;
- Kentucky, where the bill failed in the Republican-controlled state legislature;
- Montana, where the bill was vetoed by a Democratic governor;
- New Mexico, where the bill failed in a Democratically controlled statehouse; and
- South Dakota, where the bill was vetoed by a Republican governor, and the GOP- controlled House failed to override him. In his veto message, Gov. Dennis Daugaard wrote, “As a longtime member of the NRA, I support the right to bear arms. South Dakota's current permit process is simple and straightforward, and permits can be obtained in a matter of minutes. It is paramount that our state protect the rights of our citizens while at the same time protecting the lives of our citizens.”