Friday, July 8, 2011

And Then There Was Only One

Illinois is now the only state left that does not have some form of concealed carry or any carry for that matter.

Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) signed SB 93 today in Wausau, Wisconsin which approved concealed carry for those in the Badger State. From the NRA-ILA who was there along with NRA Exec. VP Wayne LaPierre:
Fairfax, VA. – Today, National Rifle Association (NRA) Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre and the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action Executive Director Chris W. Cox joined Governor Scott Walker as he signed the Wisconsin Personal Protection Act into law. This makes Wisconsin the 49th state to give law-abiding citizens an option to carry a concealed firearm for personal protection.

“For everyday crime victims, Right-to-Carry is the difference between no chance and a fighting chance. That is why the NRA's commitment to freedom, the Second Amendment and the self-defense rights of good people everywhere never wavers,” said LaPierre. “Today's signing ceremony is proof of the value of the hard work, dedication and perseverance of NRA members in Wisconsin.”

“This is an historic day for the Right-to-Carry effort not only in Wisconsin, but across the country,” said Cox. “The fundamental, individual, God-given right to self-defense must be respected. I’d like to thank Senators Galloway and Zipperer, Reps. Mursau and Suder and Gov. Walker for their dedication to freedom.”
“By signing concealed carry into law today, we are making Wisconsin safer for all responsible, law abiding citizens,” said Gov. Walker.

“I would like to thank the NRA for all their hard work over the past 10 years—they never gave up the fight for Wisconsinites to defend themselves,” said Sen. Pam Galloway. “While we were both disappointed that Constitutional Carry did not have the necessary support in the legislature to pass this year, we know that SB 93 represents one of the most freedom-oriented licensing laws in the entire country and it’s a tremendous first step toward our ultimate goal of adopting Constitutional Carry in the Badger State. I look forward to continuing this battle alongside the proud members of NRA.”

Both chambers of the Wisconsin legislature voted to approve one of the nation’s strongest Right-to-Carry bills by solid bipartisan margins. Today’s signing of the Wisconsin Personal Protection Act into law leaves Illinois as the only state that provides no way for its citizens to carry firearms for self-protection outside their homes or places of business.

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  1. If you wanna nitpick, it's actually two.

    NJ is the other.

  2. @Cemetery: You really could also add Hawaii from what I've heard as well.

    As to NJ, I just don't understand why that state is so regressive that it makes upstate New York look liberal on guns.

  3. @John Richardson

    I'm trying to look into what happened in NJ. I think it can go back to at least 1898 when they first required permits for CCW....but then again, NJ has never had a RKBA in the State Constitution....

  4. @Cemetery: That's what you get for being New Sweden.

    1898 puts it ahead of New York's Sullivan Law. I guess they wanted to keep all those new immigrants arriving at Ellis Island in check.

  5. Add MD, RI, MA, DE, and most of CA and NY in terms of population. For millions, the 2A disappears when you step outside. Not to mention the countless ghastly punitive laws and regulations in these states. It is NOT fun living in there if you own guns, and case law still stands making gun ownership extremely perilous.