Alabama, Indiana and Ohio Join Constitutional Carry States This Month.
Date: March 29, 2022
Since the beginning of this year, three additional States have passed Constitutional Carry laws. Alabama, Indiana and Ohio. This brings the total to 24 States that have passed constitutional carry or permitless carry laws. That's right, nearly 50 percent of U.S. states have passed laws permitting constitutional carry or permitless carry of late and the list keeps growing. Eighteen of the 24 states (or 75 percent) have adopted constitutional carry or permit less carry in the last six years.
Constitutional carry is when a state does not prohibit individuals who can legally possess a firearm from carrying handguns in public. Vermont has been a constitutional carry state since 1793, with it written in its constitution. The remaining States, with Alaska being the first, have all happened since 2003.
On May 10, 2022, Gov. Kay Ivey (R) signed House Bill 272 into law, making Alabama the 22nd constitutional carry state. The law will go into effect on January 1, 2023.
“Unlike states who are doing everything in their power to make it harder for law-abiding citizens, Alabama is reaffirming our commitment to defending our Second Amendment rights,” Gov. Ivey said in a press release. “I have always stood up for the rights of law-abiding gun owners, and I am proud to do that again today.”
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) signed Senate Bill 215 into law on March 14. It will go into effect on June 12, 2022.
“About half the states now have this provision,” Gov. DeWine told reporters, “and this is consistent with the United States Constitution.”
Gov. Eric Holcomb (R) of Indiana signed HB 1296 on March 21. The new law will go into effect on July 1, 2022.
“The Second Amendment has been debated for years, yet time and again our U.S. Supreme Court has reaffirmed this important constitutional right that I fully support,” Gov. Holcomb stated. “Twenty-three other states have laws comparable to HEA 1296. Vermont has had a constitutional carry law in place since it became a state, and several other states have had a similar law for more than a decade. HEA 1296, which I’ve signed today, entrusts Hoosiers who can lawfully carry a handgun to responsibly do so within our State.”
So, what State is next? Only time will tell.
But, in the meantime, please write your legislators advocating for it. We all need to do our part as it relates to our gun rights.
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