14 States Now Opposing Concealed Carry Permit Restrictions


Kansas has become the fourteenth state to join in support of the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment, agreeing that a person does not need to show why they want a permit to carry their firearm concealed.

In a case before the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia Kansas has been added to the list of states which oppose requiring those who apply for concealed carry permits to provide a reason for carrying concealed. Attorney General Derek Schmidt confirmed the addition on November 15.

The court is reviewing a decision by a Maryland district court which struck down a Maryland requirement that a person had to provide a reason for needing to carry their firearm concealed before a permit would be issued.

“Citizens who qualify to have a concealed carry permit should not be required to clear the further hurdle of showing the government why they need to have a firearm,” Schmidt said. “The Second Amendment protects the individual’s right to keep and bear arms and does not allow the government to demand to know the reason why.”

The Wichita Eagle reports,

Maryland is among 10 states with a concealed-carry law that has further restrictions, such as requiring a reason for the permit. In Maryland, the law requires a person to have “good and substantial reason to wear, carry, or transport a handgun.”

The Maryland State Police unit that handles the permit requests has said that “such a reason must reflect more than `personal anxiety’ and (show) a level of threat beyond that faced by the average citizen,” according to court filings.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Kansas is one of 39 states with laws on the books that do not require a person to give a reason for needing the license.

The other thirteen states that Kansas has joined with in the brief before the court are: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Virginia and West Virginia.

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  • Bull57

    Here in Oklahoma carrying open is legal. You don't even get a second look with a pistol on your hip here!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Birckhead/100000703767411 John Birckhead

    Trainning and shooting is essential and keep the weapons cleaned.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Birckhead/100000703767411 John Birckhead

    They have no foothold over the 2nd amendment. It guarantees citizens the right (not a privilege) no questions asked to carry a firearm. We should pass laws to carry or face a fine.

  • Laurence Almand

    This is yet another example of the Socialist attempt to destroy democracy. Maryland's laws are a malicious attempt to keep people from exercising their right of self-defense. Such laws should be abolished, just as segregation was abolished.

  • Laurence Almand

    Maryland's laws are just another excuse by Socialists to restrict the right of self-protection. The Constitution states plainly this right "shall not be infringed." All these malicious state laws against concealed carry should be abolished by Federal Court, just as segregation was abolished.

  • HorseTeethSam

    Interesting how many leftist gun-haters either carry a gun themselves, or have hired thugs following them to protect them.

  • watchdogman

    Maryland...land of the liberals...

  • gypsy314

    This is what Obama and democrats have in store for Americans does your freedoms matter if so Civil war maybe our only out. Will Americans today stand up for our freedoms and willing to die for our rights we are about to be put to the test. Are you willing to prove to the democrats and Obama we will not allow them to take our rights and freedoms from us?? Well be prepare to fight soon.

  • edro3111

    The liberal courts are just one reason I carry concealed. I do NOT trust my government any more!

    • leithel1

      Not everyone knows this but the Federal Government is a Corporation. Runs just like General Motors. The Republic of the United States is governed by the Constitution. We are not represented in Washington D. C. at all, the corporation is all for its' self, that is why we can't get the Supreme Court to do anything about obama. They are all in it and they are part of the corporation.

    • ArmedPatriotsDOTcom

      Ive always prided myself in not being a conspiracy theorist.
      But over the last 10 years as Ive paid more and more attention to politics and policy these traitors in DC have given me little choice but to begin to believe a lot of what the theorists are saying about them.

  • http://www.missiontoisrael.org/ Ted R. Weiland

    Bible law charges us with the responsibility to bear arms in protection of ourselves, our families, and fellow man (1 Timothy 5:8, etc.). The Second Amendment merely recognizes a "right," which having been placed under the jurisdiction of the Constitutional Republic and particularly the judicial branch of that government can be, has been, and always will be limited to its interpretation.

    Larry Pratt, Executive Director of Gun Owners of America, agrees. Listen to his views at http://www.bibleversusconstitution.org/tapelist.html#goa.

  • jerry sweet

    here in oregon we have a shall issue policy.i would like it t be a non issue policy.if you want to carry we should have the right.well we do our 2nd amendment.i have a ccw but it has to be renewed every 4 years

  • JOHNRRITTERJR

    If everyone were required to be armed their would be way less crime..

  • JOHNRRITTERJR

    My reason is the 2nd amendment, argue that !!!!

  • marineh2ominer

    I am ashamed that my state of NORTH CAROLINA is not on that list , but not surprised .