Phoenix, AZ—Arizona always had open carry rights for people excluding felons, mental defectives and those addicted to alcohol or drugs. Concealed weapons were outlawed for all but police in the 1960’s.
Arizona had a population explosion of people from New York and Chicago for the relaxed Arizona lifestyle. Some of those people went into total shock when they saw others peacefully carrying guns. The early 1980’s brought suggestions of simply allowing permits for concealed weapons, That concept sent fear and condemnation throughout the State Legislature.
The late Prescott, representative Dave Carson introduced various bills forward to allow for concealed weapons. The Eastern transplants that joined the legislature went into absolute panic. Arizona’s police chiefs dutifully testified how this change would bring shootouts to every traffic accident. That, despite existing laws, that allowed motorists to carry loaded guns in glove compartments. Carson’s bills went nowhere.
Carson was undaunted and introduced these bills every year for the next 14 years. Finally Carson’s efforts paid off and the new law brought credibility to none of the violent predictions of Arizona’s naysayers. The concealed weapon permit holders in every state are a law-abiding bunch of folks.
With the liberalization of these laws in America we learned one thing. Gun control works, only on the law abiding. All the gun laws and harsh penalties have zero impact on criminals. Gun laws have only worked to disarm decent people and allow for their victimization.
Now the Arizona Legislature voted to join Vermont and Alaska in allowing for concealed weapons without a permit. Those choosing to carry weapons must not be prohibited to possess weapons by any state or federal law. The governor can be counted upon to sign this measure into law.
Illinois and Wisconsin have total bans on concealed weapons. New York, New Jersey and California radically restrict how guns may be carried with permits that are difficult or impossible to obtain. Many of these jurisdictions have confusing laws that overlap and do little more than give the bewildered and law abiding, criminal records for the rest of their lives.