Three CCW related stories to report.
1. Alabama. Currently, Alabama is a “may issue” state where the local county sheriff can deny someone a CCW permit for pretty much any reason he likes. A state senate bill would, amongst other things, make Alabama a “shall issue” state for concealed-carry permits. That isn’t sitting well at the Anniston Star newspaper where a completely one-sided article presents arguments by Alabama sheriffs on why taking away their “discretion” on permits would be a bad thing.
I didn’t see a single quote from the “pro” side of this legislation. Sheriffs are elected. Maybe they’ve got a grudge against someone who campaigned for their opponent in the last election. Maybe they don’t like black people being legally armed. Or gays. Or Hispanics.
If a person is legally eligible to conceal-carry, a permit should be issued. Of course, in a perfect world, you would not need permission to exercise the right to self-protection. That brings us to the next story.
2. South Dakota. South Dakota is a “shall issue” state. A bill passed by the House would have made it a permitless state. That is not to be. From USA Today:
Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard on Friday vetoed a bill that would have allowed any resident 18 and older with a valid state drivers’ license to carry a concealed handgun without having to obtain a permit.
In his veto address of House Bill 1248, Daugaard said the state’s permitting laws are already “fair and reasonable.”
And Daugaard is a Republican. Again, there was opposition from the sheriffs who issue the permits.
3. Maine. Maine is also a “shall issue” state. The problem is that getting that permit can take months. According to an article in the Sun Journal, the biggest problem is understaffing at the state agency that issues the permits:
Bowler oversees the concealed-handgun-carrying permitting process at the Maine Department of Public Safety for about 250 municipalities, such as New Gloucester, that don’t issue their own permits. His also is the only permitting agency for nonresidents and private investigators.
The number of applications for concealed-carry permits processed by his agency shot up 46 percent from 2008 to 2011, he said.
While applications are up, staffing at his agency is not.
“We just never seem to get caught up,” he said. To make matters worse, he’s had personnel shifts that left the agency even shorter-staffed at times.
More on the problems in the story at the link. So here we have an overworked, understaffed agency. Blimey, all the more reason to save everyone a lot of time, money, and grief by going “permitless.” That’s how it is here in Vermont where blood still isn’t flowing in the streets.
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