States loosening restrictions on firearms

From the UK’s Independent –

In many states across the US, it’s getting easier to carry a gun – and many say it’s the result of a campaign by the National Rifle Association (NRA). A nationwide review by Associated Press found that, over the past two years, 24 states, mostly in the south and west, have passed 47 new laws that relax gun restrictions.

Among other things, legislatures have allowed firearms to be carried in cars, made it illegal to ask job candidates whether they own a gun, and expanded agreements that make permits to carry handguns in one state valid in another.

The NRA, the leading gun- owners lobby in the US, has blocked attempts by Washington to tighten firearms laws for years, but has been increasing its efforts at the state level to chip away at gun restrictions.

“This is all a co-ordinated approach to respect that human, God-given right of self-defence by law-abiding Americans,” says Chris W Cox, the NRA’s chief lobbyist. “We’ll rest when all 50 states allow and respect the right of law-abiding people to defend themselves from criminal attack.”

Amen. Continue reading Why it’s getting easier to carry a gun in the U.S.

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