Wednesday, June 8, 2011


For a long time, Illinois and Wisconsin have been the only two states in the Union so backward that they overtly ban carrying firearms for self defense. States like Jersey and Maryland at least make a show of offering "discretionary" carry permits that almost nobody's approved for, but only the Prairie and Badger States were willing to stand astride an unfashionable civil right and say "No!"

Which is why it's so intensely gratifying to see that the current debate in Wisconsin is not over whether they'll overturn the prohibition on concealed carry, but whether they'll go with a shall-issue permit system or drop the ridiculous pearl-clutching pretext and just let people carry their guns.

If I was a betting man, my money would be on Wisconsinites getting a permit-with-training law, because no matter how pointless they are, they sound prudent to people without an intimate knowledge of gun policy, which is of course the great majority of normal people. Constitutional carry may well be the future of gun rights in the US, but I expect it'll take a while to spread, just as carry permits did.

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