Posted By Levi
December 16th, 2012 3:05pm
America is already a nation . . . under gun, yet Americans are arming themselves to the teeth, thanks to a series of new gun laws in various states. Since 2009, the NRA and its allies in state capitols have pushed through almost 100 laws making guns easier to own, easier to carry in public and harder for the government to track. More than two-thirds of the laws were passed by Republican-controlled legislatures, though often with bipartisan support.
Here is just a sample.
• In Missouri, law-abiding citizens can carry a gun while intoxicated and even fire it if “acting in self-defense.”
• In Kansas, permit holders can carry concealed weapons inside K-12 schools and at school-sponsored activities.
• In Utah, a person under felony indictment can buy a gun, and a person charged with a violent crime may be able to retain a concealed weapon permit.
• Nebraskans who’ve pleaded guilty to a violent crime can get a permit to carry a gun.
• Guns are allowed in churches in twenty states as part of their “Right to Carry” laws.
• Utah and Mississippi explicitly allow guns on college campuses.
• Tennessee, Arizona, Georgia and Virginia, recently enacted laws explicitly allowing loaded guns in bars. (Eighteen other states allow weapons in restaurants that serve alcohol.) Tenne ssee State Representative Curry Todd, the sponsor of the guns-in-bars law, was arrested in October, 2011, on charges of possessing a handgun while driving under the influence of alcohol.
• More than a dozen states now allow people to bring their gun to work, typically on the condition that the weapon remains stored in their vehicle.
The Governor of Indiana signed a law that bans employers from telling their employees they can’t have guns in their cars on the job only two weeks after an Indiana employee was given fifteen years in prison for attempting (and failing) to shoot his boss after a meeting concerning his subpar performance.
UPDATE: See this article today in the Washington Post – The 6 craziest state gun laws.