This article by Dr. Lott reminds us that those who benefit from the recent wave of permitless carry laws really don’t benefit as much as it sounds because the federal Gun Free School Zones Act frustrates permitless carry with 1000-foot zones surrounding schools through which it is a felony to pass if you don’t have a permit.
[I had to deal with this issue when doing open carry demonstrations here in California, before they banned open carry here. My house happened to be right outside the 1000-foot radius, and the darling of the right, NRA-endorsed, Senate candidate Chuck DeVore was pushing to increase the zone to 1500 feet in California, which would have been a lot more frustrating and would have ended my open carry demos. I was running for Central Committee at the time (2010) and hardly any other candidate for Central Committee, or any other office, would defend open carry publicly.]
We have recently noted that with new laws being passed in West Virginia and Idaho it is possible to carry concealed handguns in 10 states without a permit (in addition, in Montana you can do that outside of city limits). But Federal law clearly hasn’t caught up with the Constitutional Carry movement. The problem is …
Dr. Lott raises an important issue but we will never change such laws unless people get the taste of freedom and see what is possible.
Besides, in a lot of areas local law enforcement simply refuses to enforce the GFSZA, such as is the case in Pahrump, NV, where I often carry openly without regard to that stupid little law.
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