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For Immediate Release

Vote Looms In Senate On Amendment Allowing Dangerous People To Carry Hidden Handguns Virtually Anywhere In The United States


Gun-toters from states like Georgia, Mississippi or South Dakota who can get concealed gun permits with no training would be able to carry their hidden guns legally in every state except Wisconsin and Illinois if a measure now scheduled for a vote as an amendment to a Defense authorization bill in the U.S. Senate on Monday, July 20 becomes law.

The amendment, introduced by Senator John Thune (R-SD), would allow the carrying of loaded, concealed handguns outside a person's home state, even by persons legally barred from possessing guns in the state where the carrying occurs. It would effectively allow the concealed carry laws of one state to nullify the restrictions on gun possession in other states.

Some examples of the results of the legislation if passed:

  • Mississippi residents can get a concealed weapons permit without any training whatsoever, including ever shooting a pistol on a range. Those Mississippi permit holders could carry concealed firearms in New York City, where police have broad discretion to deny permits, or Dallas, Texas, where permit applicants must undergo at least 10 hours of training.
  • Alaska residents who have committed repeated violent misdemeanors or have committed misdemeanor sex offenses against minors would be permitted to carry concealed guns in 47 other states, even if those states completely ban gun possession by persons with violent or child sexual abuse misdemeanor convictions.

Multiple studies have shown that laws allowing the carrying of concealed firearms have not reduced crime and, if anything, have increased violent crime, including murder and robbery. Numerous examples of crimes and dangerous acts committed by concealed carry licensees are at

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