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South Dakota may become the 23rd state allowing people to carry guns on Capitol grounds

23 Dec , 2018  

South Dakota’s House Majority Leader is sponsoring legislation that allows concealed carry, with an enhanced pistol permit, in the South Dakota Capitol and any county courthouse. In 2017, the bill was passed 46-20 in the House and 19-15 in the Senate, but Governor Daugaard vetoed it. The governor-elect Kristi Noem is much more sympathetic to such legislation.…

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At the Washington Times: The risks of a gun-free Capitol

17 Dec , 2018  

Dr. John Lott has a new op-ed at the Washington Times about Democrats promising to ban Congressmen from being able to have guns on Capitol grounds. The piece starts this way:

Letting legislators bring guns onto the U.S. Capitol grounds or into their offices hasn’t been a problem for 242 years.

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UPDATED: 21.5 State Capitols Officially Allow (and at least 23 allow in practice) Some Form of Legal Firearm Carry

7 Jan , 2018  

CPRC has found that there are 22 State Capitols in the U.S. which officially allow some form of legal firearm carry for either visitors, legislators, employees, or all of the above.  Tennessee is the most recent state to allow carrying permitted concealed handguns into legislative buildings.  Some states require the individual have a handgun carry permit before being allowed to enter the Capitol with a firearm.…

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Arkansas mandates that Public Universities. some bars, and government buildings allow permitted concealed handguns

23 Mar , 2017  

Arkansas has become at least the 11th state that mandates that permitted guns can be carried on campus (Michigan requires that they be carried openly) and the 19th state that to allow them in state Capitols.

For campus carry, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) previously said eight states allowed this, but Michigan (it clearly allows people with a permit to carry guns on college campuses as long as they carry openly) and Tennessee that allows carrying by professors and staff.  …

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Wyoming looks likely to pass Campus Carry and allowing permitted concealed handguns in government meetings, including state legislators

16 Feb , 2017  

On Wednesday the Wyoming Senate Judiciary Committee passed two bills: House Bill 136, which would allow concealed carry on college campuses, including athletic events, without prior approval from the college, and House Bill 137, which would allow concealed carry at any meeting of a government body on public property, including the state Legislature.  …

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CPRC in the Associated Press: “packing guns on statehouse grounds”

14 Jan , 2017  

Despite us emphasizing the Associated Press reporter with how incredibly rare any problems were with carrying guns at legislatures and noting that not one had been harmed in those cases, the reporter focused the very rare, minor problems that have occurred.  The AP headline for the piece is “Gun-friendly statehouses see occasional reckless conduct.” Relying on our data on where guns are permitted on statehouse grounds, the reporter lists one accidental discharge and two cases where people have temporarily misplaced their guns.  …

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