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It looks like there are some less than intelligent people in the AZ state government; The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 4-3 on Friday June 20, 2009 for the concealed gun bill. This bill if passed will allow anyone in Arizona without a criminal record to carry a concealed gun.
Gun ownership carries a certain responsibility and concealed carry is a huge responsibility. I am a gun owner and also have a CCW (Concealed Carry Weapon) permit. I have carried since I was 21 and concealed carry ever since Arizona law allowed it; I was one of hundreds who applied for the permit when it was first passed in to law. I understand what it means to defend myself and others with lethal force. I understand the legal ramifications of using lethal force if it ever becomes necessary. I have also considered the moral delema of taking a life to save a life. Most people have never really thought about it, or at least on the level true understanding. Education is the only way to make gun owners responsible. Even then, there will be those without a clue.
I am very disturbed by this new bill, as are many others, including law-enforcement. If passed, this bill would allow any retard to carry a gun concealed; not good! He/she would not have to undergo and pass a minimum 8-hour course on gun safety and proficiency – something I think should be required of all gun owners. Without basic instruction in safety and testing in proficiency there will be more accidental shootings and more crime.
As it is now, Arizona law allows one to carry a gun as long as it is in the open; you only need a permit to carry it concealed. I think the law as it is now works well and tends to only allow responsible individuals to legally carry a concealed gun; if you are not up to taking a safety course – you are not a responsible gun owner.
I have met people that should be nowhere near a gun; they are just accidents waiting to happen. Now, if the bill passes the old ccw laws are history and then every Tom, Dick and Jane could carry concealed, making life miserable for many. Law enforcement will also have to change in the way they approach any citizen; now potentially armed and dangerous.
Seems like the weapons issue is swinging wildly from one side to another; in one hand there are those who want to take our guns away, and on the other extreme there are those who promote irresponsible gun laws.
I am a firm believer in the right to keep and bear arms!!! But I also believe that responsibility goes with that. Every gun owner should have to take and pass a mandatory training course in gun safety and proficiency in order to own a gun. That gun owner would be given a certificate of compliance that would then be filed with the state. The certificate does not mean the individual is a gun owner, just that the individual can buy and own a gun. Extended courses should be promoted for those who wish to have the added responsibility of concealed carry.
This new bill is the equivalent of just handing a gun to anyone who wants one and saying “Here, stuff this in your pocket in case you need it.” How flipping insane is that???
On an added note, I do not believe the government in any form has a right to know if I own a gun, or how many, or what kind, unless a weapon falls within a certain category which requires a special ownership permit, such as an automatic or semi-automatic assult rifle. That addresses the responsibility issue once again – if you want to own a military type rifle, you would need a special permit and go on record as being an owner of this weapon type – any lack of responsibility such as selling the weapon outside of a dealer, would be cause to lose your special permit and possibly face some jail time.
Well, AZ Gov Jan Brewer really screwed the people over in this state. Legalizing anyone to carry concealed without a permit is outrageous and totally irresponsible! Now any nit-wit who owns a gun can conceal it – even if he/she does not know how to use it. I think it is a conspiracy; if more people are injured and killed because of this, it will give the lawmakers the ammunition they need to ban guns altogether!
What about the loophole that allows anyone to buy a gun at a gun show, without submitting to a background check? This includes gang members, convicted felons, the Mexican drug cartels and more.
Well Jan, you lost my vote!