Latest Concealed Carry Law Updates From Around The Country

Gary Slider of handgunlaw.us sends these updates to state laws:

South Dakota – Effective July 1, 2015  HB1215  expands South Dakota’s CCW Law with an enhanced carry permit. This permit is just the same as the regular permit South Dakota issues but will require fingerprints, training and a NICS Check. Cost is the same as the regular permit, but the applicant must pay for the additional costs of fingerprints etc. South Dakota is doing this . . .

for reciprocity purposes. The enhanced permit will most likely be honored by more states which give the residents of South Dakota a choice. South Dakota will also consider a spouse of a service member whose home of record is South Dakota as a resident of the state and they can apply for a South Dakota permit when living out of state.

Georgia –  Effective July 1 polling places will only be off limits to concealed carry while an election is being held. (From my understanding some buildings used as polling places were off limits all the time and not just during elections.) Georgia amended their laws on off limits places. Their law used to specify that  “all government buildings” were off prohibited. It will change to “(1) In a government building as a nonlicense holder.”  Georgia’s definition of a government building is:

(2) Government building’ means:

(A) The building in which a government entity is housed;

(B) The building where a government entity meets in its official capacity; provided, however, that if such building is not a publicly owned building, such building shall be considered a government building for the purposes of this Code section only during the time such government entity is meeting at such building; or

(C) The portion of any building that is not a publicly owned building that is occupied by a  government entity. (At this time I am not sure how this is going to work if they have security at a government building. Check your firearm or be able to pass through? Also it could be off limits if it was a polling place during voting in an election).

Maryland – Effective October 1, 2015, concealed carry is expanded to a person who has retired as a law enforcement officer in good standing from a law enforcement agency of the United States, the state, or a local unit in the state who is a parent, guardian, or visitor of a student attending a school located on the public school property, provided that: the officer or retired officer is displaying the officer’s or retired officer’s badge or credential; and the weapon carried or possessed by the officer or retired officer is concealed; and the officer or retired officer is authorized to carry a concealed handgun in the state. This doesn’t mean anything to us concealed carry holders, but it’s a start and this is the state of Maryland. Let’s Hope!

Florida – The Florida governor signed SB290 which, effective immediately, allows for permitless carry by those who can legally own a firearm during a “mandatory evacuation ordered during a declare emergency.” The mandatory evacuation can come from the governor or a local authority. It just covers the movement away from the area and is in effect for 48 hours. The governor can extend that time period. You can read the bill here.

Washington DC – The U.S. District Court issued a preliminary injunction to stop DC from their “good cause” requirement to obtain a DC permit to carry. There is another hearing scheduled for July 7 to “discuss an expedited schedule for the resolution of this case.” The DC Chief of Police stated they would no longer apply good cause criteria to applicants with this preliminary injunction in place and have also not made a decision on appealing the ruling. Handgunlaw.us sees nothing different happening in DC on issuing until after the July hearing.

Minnesota – Effective Date August 1, 2015  Authority to seize and confiscate firearms is not allowed during declared states of emergency. Reciprocity wording changed from “substantially similar” to “similar.” This should gain Minnesota more reciprocity with more states. Having a concealed carry permit will imply that notification has been given to the commissioner of public safety when entering the capitol complex. The bill is long as these changes were amended into a spending bill.

Changes in the above laws will be added to their respective state pages at www.handgunlaw.us  On their effective date.

Source: Latest Concealed Carry Law Updates From Around The Country | Concealed Nation

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NFOA annual members meeting coming soon!

Join us Saturday August 22nd for a fun filled day for the entire family! We will be hosting our Annual Members Meeting at Heartland Shooting Park in Grand Island & we would love to see you there! There will be guest speakers, demonstrations, great food, & plenty of hands on activities for everyone!

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Do not worry if you are Not yet a member of the N.F.O.A….there is still time to Take A Stand With Us! Basic Membership is ALWAYS FREE & we will Not harass you for money after you join! Visit www.NebraskaFirearms.org/Join & join the 7600+ Nebraskans who are with us in supporting the 2nd Amendment!

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Welcome to the Nebraska Firearms Owners Association

NFOA membership is open to all types of firearms owners as long as you are a resident of the state of Nebraska. Whether you are a trap shooter, long-range rifle shooter, concealed handgun permit holder, air gun, rifle and or shotgun hunter, NFA firearms enthusiast or belong to any other group of firearms owners, you are welcome to join our organization.

We are local firearms owners who have a personal interest in representing firearms owners rights in Nebraska. While there are much larger firearms owner groups and lobbyists, we have a personal stake right here in fighting for our rights. We do not have big money to fly in lobbyists from the coasts, we do not have the money to wine and dine Legislators, and we are just everyday normal Nebraska residents like you who want our voices to be heard by the various law makers. We will operate on what money is donated to us voluntarily.

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Contact your State Senator and let them know that we want Firearms Freedom in Nebraska

This year the N.F.O.A. fought hard to get LB-289 out of the Judiciary Committee which was a victory in itself. The fight is not over! This bill would eliminate the ability of municipalities to create Unconstitutional Firearms laws above & beyond what the state of Nebraska law requires. Even though LB-289 has a slim chance of being heard this year, We could all benefit from contacting our state senator & letting them know that we want Firearms Freedom in Nebraska….Vote YES on LB-289!

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Find your Senator here…
http://www.nebraskalegislature.gov/senators/senator_find.php

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