Friday, January 14, 2011

Drop gun-owner licensing requirement

Utah State Representative Carl Wimmer plans to introduce a bill to eliminate the requirement for a state concealed firearm permit to carry a loaded concealed firearm. The legislation would change nothing with regard to people with bad judgment -- they'd still be banned from even touching a gun or ammunition.

As a state-certified firearms instructor, I have a vested interest in keeping the requirement for training and licensing of those who choose to carry a gun. On the other hand, as a freedom-loving American, I oppose those same requirement because one should not be required to seek permission of the State to exercise a Constitutionally-enumerated right. Instead, I urge all gun-owners to voluntarily get appropriate formal training in firearm safety and proficiency as well as in the laws regarding the use of deadly force -- even if it is not required.

Three other States have dropped the licensing requirement with no adverse effect. I therefore endorse Wimmer's proposed legislation.

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