Trump Plans to Take on States Rights Over Concealed Carry Permits

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Donald Trump was very adamant in his support for the second amendment during his campaign for the President of the United States.

Trump even went so far as to levy accusations at Hillary Clinton stating that the former Secretary of State “wants to abolish the second amendment.”

Trump plans to battle the 10th Amendment over concealed carry permits.

While Clinton wanting to abolish the second amendment simply has no ring of truth to it, the truth behind Trump’s stance on gun rights has far reaching implications. Trump intends to over-turn states rights by removing restrictions on concealed carry licenses and permitting gun owners to carry concealed into other states.

NATIONAL RIGHT TO CARRY. The right of self-defense doesn’t stop at the end of your driveway. That’s why I have a concealed carry permit and why tens of millions of Americans do too. That permit should be valid in all 50 states. A driver’s license works in every state, so it’s common sense that a concealed carry permit should work in every state. If we can do that for driving – which is a privilege, not a right – then surely we can do that for concealed carry, which is a right, not a privilege. – Trump’s stated position on his webpage.

How do state laws vary?

Excellent question, glad you asked.

The reason this law would be a mess is due to differing criteria for obtaining a concealed permit. Some states require that non-law enforcement citizens show an “urgent need for self-protection” like New Jersey. While others may require further diligence including gun safety classes before obtaining a permit. In states like New Hampshire it seems the only requirement is that you be able to read well enough to fill out a form and mail it in. No I.D required. It is the right of the state to determine its own criteria for such a permit under the tenth amendment.

No I.D required for a concealed carry permit but some states require it to exercise your right to vote. Let the irony of that sink in.

Passing a National Right To Carry law would mean that areas like New Jersey where obtaining this permit is more restrictive would now have their laws by-passed by individuals that simply have to download a form and send it back to New Hampshire and wait for a couple of weeks. If your state does the responsible thing and requires a gun safety course, well nobody really has to take that course to get a permit under this law.

As you can see, this can become a hazard in more populated areas that tend to require gun safety classes where individuals may not have been raised in a home where guns are commonplace and parents taught their children about gun safety.

The irony of the claim that the second amendment is there to protect the other amendments seems to be lost on Donald Trump as he plans to encroach on state government rights.


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