I was still resonating with the good vibes from the Gun Rights Policy Conference when I ran across this story.
Hmmm…$500 per year to carry concealed. Can we say “unduly burdensome”? Can we say “poll tax”? Can we say “(expletive deleted) outrageous”?
On the other hand, if I lived there in New Jersey, I would pay $1.37 per day for the ability to protect myself and my loved ones. Once the precedent for “shall issue” was set at the ridiculously high price, lowering the tariff could be pursued through the courts or through the legislature. Blog readers, your thoughts?
This sort of thing is the province of our grassroots gun organizations at the state level, which are doing a truly great job. Consider Illinois, one of the last two states where there is no provision at law for honest, law-abiding citizens to get that piece of paper that allows them to carry a loaded, concealed handgun when they’re out and about. For many years, Illinois gun owners considered that situation to be hopeless. But Illinois State Rifle Association head Rich Pearson reports that the state sheriffs’ association is now supporting concealed carry, and the formerly oppositional state chiefs’ association and state police have now gone neutral on the issue. Hopes are high…and the hard work of ISRA and its many members have made that hope reasonable.
In beleaguered California, the CalGuns Foundation is supporting lots of proactive legislation. Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department is reportedly going to a “shall-issue” carry permit policy. That’s nothing less than a great leap forward. The state-of-the-state speech given by Gene Hoffman from CalGuns was encouraging to all of us.
Montana Shooting Sports Association, Gun Owners of New Hampshire, Unified Sportsmen of Florida, Maryland Shall Issue, the Gun Owners Action League in Massachusetts, and many more are doing some heavy lifting “on the ground” at the state level. Your own state’s grassroots gun owners’ organizations deserve your support. They’re doing important work