Legislatures in a dozen states are considering laws that would eliminate requirements that residents obtain permits to carry concealed weapons, reports USA Today. Gun-control advocates view the efforts as part of a long-range strategy to eventually weaken gun laws across the country. But supporters say armed, law-abiding citizens prevent crime. The states are include Colorado, Iowa, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota and Virginia.
Andrew Arulanandam, policy director for the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action, which supports these legislative efforts, argues that crime rates are low in four states — Alaska, Arizona, Vermont and Wyoming — that already allow residents to carry without a permit. “Our viewpoint is, a good person will always be a good person,” he said. “They don’t need a license to be a good person.” Brian Malte, the director of state legislation for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, calls a permitless system “a recipe for disaster.”