Moms Demand Action is pushing hard to stop Permitless Carry (aka Constitutional Carry) in the Lone Star State.
The gun control group, funded by billionaire media magnate Michael Bloomberg, announced that it would be releasing online commercials and buying up a full-page ad in a local paper to spread the word about the putative dangers of the Permitless Carry bills HB 1911 and HB 375.
“It is embarrassing that some of our lawmakers are attempting to do away with our current permitting requirements. There’s a reason why a whopping 91 percent of Texans support the License to Carry system – it helps save lives,” said Lisa Epstein, a volunteer with the Texas chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, in a statement.
“These bills are entirely unnecessary and fly in the face of the serious concerns raised by our trusted law enforcement officials,” Epstein continued. “Our LTC system is a crucial tool used by law enforcement to keep our communities safe. If passed and signed into law, these measures would only make it easier for violent criminals to carry hidden, loaded handguns into public spaces we frequent daily with our families.”
Epstein went on to say that Moms Demand Action will continue to raise awareness about the “potentially deadly consequences of these proposed laws” and that “91 percent of Texas voters – including 90 percent of gun owners and 94 percent of permit holders” support the existing issuing system according to a Moms Demand Action Poll.
Alright, let’s cut to the bone of this nonsense. First off, about a dozen states currently have permitless carry laws on the books, including northeastern states like Vermont and New Hampshire. So far, not one has turned into the Wild Wild West. Not one. In fact, Vermont has never had a prohibition or law restricting one’s right to carry a firearm. Last time I checked, Vermont was a pretty safe place to live.
Second, most government agencies oppose Permitless carry ostensibly because it will endanger public safety (even though, like I said, there is little evidence to support that claim) but in actuality, they oppose it because they don’t want to lose the revenue generated by permit fees. Yes, it has nothing to do with public safety and everything to do with $.
Let me be clear about this. Issuing concealed carry permits has turned into a revenue-generating scheme for state and local municipalities. In Texas, for example, that standard LTC fee is $140. The standard renewal fee is $70. With over 1 million LTC permits in already issued in the Lone Star State we’re talking revenue in excess of $140,000,000 over the life of the program.
Yeah, so you can see why there is an interest in keeping the status quo. As far as the public support for the LTC, the survey by Moms Demand Action is flawed. It included a question that read, “If this permit requirement is removed, it would make it easy for people with no training or with histories of violent criminal behavior to carry handguns in public. Given this, would you… strongly support? Support? Oppose? Or strongly oppose… removing the requirement for a permit to carry handguns in Texas?”
What the survey fails to address is how Permitless Carry makes it “easy” for violent offenders to carry firearms. Federal law already prohibits violent felons, mental defectives, minors, domestic abusers, drug addicts and other prohibited persons from possessing, let alone, carrying firearms. When a violent felon decides to carry a gun, he or she is already breaking federal law!
The capital “T” truth about Texas’ LTC system is that it doesn’t make it harder for a criminal to pick up a gun and put it in their pants. It simply doesn’t. If Joe Criminal wants to carry a gun, he is going to carry a gun. By the same token, removing the LTC wouldn’t make it any easier. Because Joe Criminal is going to do what Joe Criminal wants to do regardless of what the law says. Yet, Moms Demand Action argue that this LTC system is the one law that magically works on Joe Criminal despite all evidence to the contrary.
Put quite simply, when have you ever heard a criminal say, en route to rob a bank, “I left my gun at home because I don’t have a license to carry”? Never.