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Handgunlaw.us - June 14, 2013
July 1 Kansas will honor all other states permit/licenses. August 1 Alabama will honor all other states permit/Licenses. July 12 West Virginia will start honoring all states that honor them. West Virginia will honor about 11 more states. I will not add these states as being honored by West Virginia until the AG lists them. Many Police Officers go by the AG listing. I do believe WV will be very proactive in getting those states listed quickly.
August 16 Arkansas will honor all other states permit/licenses. Others have reported July 17 as I have reported in the past. Now I am not sure. Arkansas states bills passed will take effect 90 days after the legislature adjourns. The Arkansas Legislature adjourned May 17, 2013 so that would make the effective date on or about August 16. Unless Handgunlaw.us receives confirmation on an earlier date it will report the new law as effective August 16.
There are other changes coming in the following months. Idaho will start issuing an Enhanced Permit/License which will make their permit/license more acceptable for other states to honor. Idaho already honors all other states permit/licenses. Illinois has major changes coming. Restrictions on Magazines and certain firearms have been passed in a few states. Other states are making their Permit/License info private. Plus there are many bills still pending in some state legislatures that could have major changes in places where a permit/license holder can carry and how permit/licenses are issued. These changes will be added as appropriate or on their effective date.
I have also had compute problems and have received a new computer. The Programs we use to update the site have been updated and I have been working with them to become more familiar with them. You may have received an e-mail stating the site was updated and nothing showed up on the Updates Page etc. This happened as I was learning the new program and made a few cosmetic changes to make sure I can use the program properly. I should have mentioned that at the time. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
Handgunlaw.us – 4/22/13 – Update to State Pages
There are about ten states that only issue what would be a Non-Resident Permit/License to Military stationed in their state. On the state page maps for those states I have marked the states that only except that states Resident Permit/License. Military personnel when in the Armed Services can keep their Home of Record Drivers License. Though their numbers would be small when compared to those issued to residents they need to know the facts when carrying when in those states that only honor Resident Permit/Licenses.
Handgunlaw.us - 4/19/13 - Updates
Starting July 1, 2013 Kansas will honor all other states permit/licenses. Kansas has also amended their firearm laws to allow carry in state and municipal buildings unless they are posted and have security.
Starting late July 2013 Arkansas will honor all other states permit/licenses. The exact date is not set as the law takes effect 90 days after the legislature adjourns.
It looks like the Alabama Legislature will also pass universal recognition in the near future. It passed the house with a huge majority and from all I hear the Senate will pass it and the Governor will sign it. This bill also makes Alabama a Shall Issue state and would make Permit/licenses valid from 1 to 5 years at the request of the Applicant.
West Virginia also has a bill that has passed one house by a huge majority. This bill would change West Virginia Reciprocity from they must have a signed agreement and the state must have certain restrictions to If you honor us we will honor you.
Other states have passed restrictions on the type of firearms people can own/possess/purchase and the size of Magazines a firearm can contain or the amount of ammo that can be loaded in a firearm. This info has been added to the Restrictions section of each states page if applicable.
To view other updated items on www.handgunlw.us go to the Updates Page at http://www.handgunlaw.us/updates.htm There you will find a list of all the lastest changes on www.handgunlaw.us
Texas - 4/14/13 -Texas Senate to Consider Bill Targeting Out-of-State Carry Licenses
Are you, or is someone you know, a Concealed Handgun Licensee looking to relocate to Texas from a neighboring state? Or are you, or is someone you know, a former neighboring state resident with a CHL who has already moved to Texas? Be aware of the implications of a bill making its way through the process in the Texas Legislature.
SB 481 could be voted on by the Texas Senate late Tuesday morning. It states that a person's carry license issued by another state may not be recognized in and will not be valid in Texas if the person has established a domicile in the Lone Star State. ("Domicile" is defined as the place where a person has the person's true, fixed and permanent home and principle residence and to which the person intends to return whenever absent.)
In other words, licensees from other states who move to Texas and establish residency would automatically lose the validity of their out-of-state licenses, as well as the money and time spent invested in obtaining them. For instance, say a resident of New Mexico, 15 hours of training which can cost between $150 and $250 to obtain a license in that state, then spends $100 paid to New Mexico to obtain a license from the state. Then one year into his four year license, his employer transfers him to or relocates to Texas. Under SB 481, he would have to take another 10-15 hours of training and pay at least, another $140 to obtain a Texas CHL in order to lawfully protect himself as soon as he establishes residency, foregoing the 3 years left on his New Mexico carry permit. Currently, he could enjoy the benefits of reciprocity until his out-of-state license expired. Not under SB 481.
Texas prides itself on attracting businesses to start or relocate there. Employees, or those seeking job opportunities, often follow. Those who have concealed handgun licenses from other states will have to spend a great deal of time and money becoming "legal" in the Lone Star State if SB 481 does pass.
Contact State Senators and urge them to OPPOSE SB 481!
Missouri - 4/13/13 - Missouri Secretly Shares Entire CCW List With Feds Against State Law!
Missouri State Senator Kurt Schaefer confirmed today that the Missouri Highway Department did in fact share confidential CCW lists with the federal government in violation of Missouri law. The Missouri State Highway Patrol has twice turned over the entire list of Missouri concealed weapon permit holders to federal authorities, most recently in January, Sen. Kurt Schaefer said Wednesday. Questioning in the Senate Appropriations Committee revealed that on two occasions, in November 2011 and again in January, the patrol asked for and received the full list from the state Division of Motor Vehicle and Driver Licensing. Schaefer later met in his office with Col. Ron Replogle, superintendent of the patrol.
Handgunlaw.us strongly suggests that ALL Concealed Licensees follow this story, understand and demand your licensing information be held in confidence in states that have legislated that protection into their statutes. We must hold our state officials accountable for these egregious violations of our rights legally granted. I can not state how reprehensible Gov. Nixon and his elected and appointed officials are for this malfeasance of office.
If you live in MO, make your voice heard to force action to protect any further violations of the law in your state.
Handgunlaw.us - 4/2/13 - NM, AK, FL, PA, WI, Pages Updated with Reciprocity Updates and Court Decisions.
New Mexico has added Alaska to the list of states it will honor. New Mexico is moving in the right direction after a year ago dropping all the states it honored but 5 and then reposting most of them after political pressure was put on those in charge of the Firearms Unit. AK has Constitutional Carry and anyone 21 or older who can legally own a firearm can carry one concealed. With Constitutional Carry AK doesn’t need to make a statement that they will honor all other states permit/licenses but they do. http://www.dps.nm.org/index.php/nm-concealed-carry/reciprocity-agreements/
New MexicoWas stating it would only honor permit/licenses from the states it honors if the person was a U.S. Citizen. Residents Aliens were denied permit/licenses and NM DPS was stating they would not honor a permit/license from the states they honored if the person was a Resident Alien. The U.S. District Court for NM issued an Injunction against the NM DPS for not issuing to Residents Aliens in NM. That Order Stated:It Is Therefore Hereby Ordered that Plaintiffs’ Motion for Preliminary Injunction is Granted and Defendant Hubbard is preliminarily enjoined from enforcing the citizenship provision in Section 29-19-14(A)(1) of the Concealed Handgun Carry Act pending resolution of this action. SO ORDERED this 30th day of March, 2013 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Residents Aliens with a Permit/License that NM Honors should still use caution before carrying in NM.
The Injunction can be read Here: http://www.handgunlaw.us/documents/agopinions/USDisCtForNewMexicoResidentAliensPermitIssue.pdf
Pennsylvania announced it had signed a new agreement with Florida and no longer honors the FL Non-Resident. Rereading the Agreements Pennsylvania’s Agreement with Maine states the same thing. PA will only Honor the Maine Resident Permit. I have contacted the PA AG asking them to note these issues for FL and ME on their website. http://www.attorneygeneral.gov/crime.aspx?id=184
The Wisconsin AG has announced Conditional Reciprocity with Alaska. Wisconsin requires certain background checks be run on applicants in the states they honor. Alaska Permit/Licenses issued/renewed on or after 1/14/13 are valid in Wisconsin. Wisconsin did the same thing with WV awhile back and they also will honor the VA Non-Resident Permit but not the Virginia Resident Permit because of the different background checks VA runs on Resident vs Non-Resident. The WI AG has it listed on his website as such: http://www.doj.state.wi.us/dles/cib/conceal-carry/reciprocity
As of this post the AK DPS has not posted info on this change in reciprocity.
Handgunlaw.us - 3/5/13 - Nevada No Longer Honors Arizona
On February 28, 2013 the Nevada Sheriffs’ and Chiefs’ association voted unanimously to end the recognition of Arizona concealed weapon permits. Effective the date of this release the State of Nevada will no longer recognize Arizona concealed weapon permits. You can read the News Release Here.
I have made changes to the "Who Honors My Permit" document format. I believe it makes it easier to follow. Handgunlaw..us is also gathering info on "Open Carry" and a section on that topic may be added to each states page in the future. It will be short and sweet and give just basic information. I have ask for feedback on what I have per state. If you would like to view this information and give me feedback on your state it would be greatly appreciated. You can view it here. http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=705684 You can email me with any info on Open Carry at email@example.com
Many changes in state laws are coming and some will not be good for those in the RKBA's community while some will be. Handgunlaw.us appreciates any information you can give us on law changes in your state. Do drop us an email and let us know what is changing in your state. We try to keep up but with so many changes coming it is easy to miss something. We depend on people just like you giving us a heads up when something changes and what to thank those who have taken the time to let us know when there have been changes in their state laws in the past.
Pennsylvania - 2/8/13 - PA No Longer Honors FL Non-Resident Permit/License
The PA AG has posted a newly signed Reciprocity Agreement with Florida. The wording has changed. It now states:
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania shall give full faith and credit to a valid Concealed Handgun License issued by the State of Florida to legal residents of the State of Florida;
PA already had a signed agreement with FL and now they have signed a new one. PA has been in a running argument with residents of PA carrying in PA with a FL Non-Resident Permit/License. Mainly in Philadelphia is where this has been coming up. But from the new agreement PA will no longer Honor the FL Non-Resident Permit/License. FL no longer puts the Address of their Permit/License holder on the Permit/License so your state issued ID will tell them your state of Residence. You can read the new agreement here:
Arkansas - 2/5/13 - Church Protection Act Passes House by an Overwhelming Majority
Today, the Arkansas House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 71, the Church Protection Act, by an overwhelming bipartisan 85-8 vote. It now returns to the state Senate for a procedural vote, then will be sent to Governor Mike Beebe (D) for his expected signature. Governor Beebe has publicly stated he has no objection to the legislation. Complete Story Here.
New Mexico - 1/24/12 - HB 77, Rep. Miguel Garcia's sweeping gun control bill will be heard on Monday, January 28, at 1:30 or upon adjournment of the House in Room 309 of the State Capitol in Santa Fe. We need as many people as possible to attend and speak in opposition to the measure. The committee will likely ask for a show of hands in the room for and against the bill, and then allow each person to stand up and briefly speak from their seat. Arguments should be clear, concise and not repetitive. Speak to HB 77, not to other gun control proposals in Washington or other gun-related bills filed in New Mexico.
Read it here: HB 77.
USA - 1/13/13 - Many in the RKBA's community are planning rallies for Saturday January 19, 2013. One is for everyone to visit a firearms dealer or gun range on that day. Another is calling for citizens to gather at their state capitals at noon on 1/19/13. Handgunlaw.us does encourage your participation but asks you to insure any planned rallies at state capitols DO NOT compromise those working in your respective capitols to improve your states firearms laws.
Most request No Camo, Dress Neatly, Pro Gun Slogans (Family Friendly). Check with your state RKBA's organization for more information if they are planning your capitol rally. You can find your state Org by clicking on "State RKBA Org's" in the left column of the main page here at www.handgunlaw.us.
Handgunlaw.us encourages you to contact your Local, State and Federal Representatives and let them know your feelings on Gun Control. Letters, Calls and emails are encouraged. We also recommend you join your State RKBA Organization and National Organizations that are fighting for our firearm rights. Your voice and membership matter!
Remember, The way you let people know how you really feel is to participate in your states legislative processes and hearings to work to actually change the parts of the law you don't agree with - not showing off your guns to the people that can manipulate that display against you.
Michigan – 12/23/12 – MI Gov Signs Bills
While the governor rejected Senate Bill 59,he did sign two other bills that streamline the process for handgun purchases and eliminate restrictions on interstate rifle and shotgun transactions to states contiguous to Michigan. Story Here.
Ohio – 12/23/12 - Governor John Kasich Signs HB495; Ohio's Concealed Carry and Firearms Laws Continue to Be Improved.
HB495, sponsored by Rep. Terry Johnson (R), makes three changes to current law:
• Eliminates the "demonstrated competency" requirement for second and future CHL renewals, making CHL training similar to a hunting license.
• Fixes the definition of a "loaded gun" to match the commonly accepted definition.
• Allows law-abiding gun owners to have their firearms stored in their cars in the state-owned parking garages such as the one under the Statehouse.
"This represents a dramatic improvement to the law," said Jim Irvine, Buckeye Firearms Association Chairman. "We solved the critical issues of removing the ill-conceived 'demonstrated competency' for renewals that start next month, and achieved a workable definition of a "unloaded firearm.'" The law, which received bi-partisan approval in the House (66-23) and Senate (26-7), will take effect on March 22, 2013.
Handgunlaw.us - 12/17/12 - Active Shooters in Schools: The Enemy is Denial
Preventing juvenile mass murder in American schools is the job of police officers, school teachers, and concerned parents.
(This is a must read and the only way we can protect our children in our schools. This is a Law Enforcement Trainer talking to Law Enforcement) Read the Story Here.
Alabama - 12/14/12 - State Lawmakers To Review Guns To Work Bill
Many Alabama gun owners have to leave their firearms behind when it’s time to go to work, but a bill under review by lawmakers may soon change that. State Sen. Roger Bedford (D-Russellville) is sponsoring legislation that would allow gunowners to bring their firearms to the workplace, as long as the weapons stay locked in their vehicle and out of sight. Story Here.
Ohio - 12/14/12 - Pro-Gun Reform Legislation Passes Both Chambers, Sent to Governor for his Signature
Today, the Ohio Senate approved House Bill 495 by a 26-7 vote and the Ohio House concurred with this measure by a 66-23 vote. HB 495 will now be sent to Governor John Kasich (R) for his expected signature. If enacted, this NRA-priority legislation would make many necessary improvements to Ohio’s concealed carry laws. Story Here.
Handgulaw.us - 12/14/12 – Selection of Stories on the 7th Circuit Illinois Ruling
Illinois - 12/12/12 Concealed Carry: Court Strikes Down Illinois' Ban
The state of Illinois would have to allow ordinary citizens to carry weapons under a federal appeals court ruling issued today, but the judges also gave lawmakers 180 days to put their own version of the law in place. Complete Story Here.
Ruling can be viewed Here. (Incorrect Link Repaired)