Alabama, Ohio Become 22nd & 23rd State to Enact Constitutional Carry! 

The movement to restore carry rights the way the founders and framers of the Constitution intended notched two more victories as Alabama and Ohio became the 22nd and 23rd state, respectively, to enact permitless carry.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed House Bill 272 into law last Thursday and Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed Senate Bill 215 into law on Monday.  

“Unlike states who are doing everything in their power to make it harder for law-abiding citizens, Alabama is reaffirming our commitment to defending our Second Amendment rights,” said Governor Ivey in a press release obtained by GunsAmerica. 

“I have always stood up for the rights of law-abiding gun owners, and I am proud to do that again today,” she continued. 

DeWine did not release a statement celebrating the occasion, but the Buckeye Firearms Association, which backed the measure, did. 

“This is a day that will go down in history…,” Buckeye Firearms Association Director Dean Rieck said in a statement. “This is a great moment for Ohio and for those who wish to more fully exercise their Constitutional right to keep and bear arms.”

“Gov. DeWine made a campaign promise to Buckeye Firearms Association and to Ohio’s 4 million gun owners that he would sign a Constitutional Carry bill if it was put on his desk. And he has fulfilled his promise.”

Again, for those unfamiliar with constitutional carry, it does not change the law with respect to prohibitive persons.  It will still be illegal for felons, minors, drug addicts, fugitives from justice, those adjudicated mentally defective to possess, let alone, carry firearms.  

“Constitutional carry empowers law-abiding citizens who are already otherwise eligible to obtain a carry permit to exercise their right-to-carry without having to go through government red tape and delays,” as the NRA-ILA notes.  

Anti-gunners like to fearmonger about permitless carry, suggesting that it will lead to a “Wild Wild West” type environment.  

But a recent study from the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) dispels that myth.  

Per the study, allowing permit-less carry hasn’t led to increasing rates of violent crime. If anything, these rates have gone down in states that removed the requirement to obtain a permit before carrying a handgun.

It appears that when more responsible citizens have the opportunity to bear arms outside the home for self-defense, the safety of the public increases.  

Ohio’s constitutional carry law rolls out about 90 days from now.  Meanwhile, Alabama’s will take effect in Jan. 2023.  Other states, including Indiana and Georgia, are also considering constitutional carry.  As always, stay tuned for updates. 

About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • russ November 4, 2022, 8:20 am

    Indiana passed Constitutional Carry and it became law over the summer.

  • Walt March 19, 2022, 7:54 pm

    Look what happened in Ukraine. The communists in the Soviet union first thing they did is disarm all of their citizens. Now Putin knew the Ukrainian population was disarmed and thought he could concur the country in 3 days. Thanks to the Europe and later the the U.S. send arms, they are still fighting after 3 weeks and out numbered 4 to one and the 3 largest arme in the world.

    Keep your guns people.

  • Dustin Eward March 18, 2022, 9:04 pm

    It will never happen in Foriduh. Too many RINOs paid-off by corrupt CLEOs. Floriduh is where the RINO was invented. It’s crawling with these perverts down here…

  • Nicholas March 18, 2022, 8:25 am

    More pointless legislation passed by “public officials” who do not know the law, and backed by a 2nd amendment community that is equally as ignorant.
    Ohio Constitution, Article IX, § 1 – “All citizens, residents of this state, being seventeen years of age, and under the age of sixty-seven years, shall be subject to enrollment in the militia and the performance of military duty, in such manner, not incompatible with the Constitution and laws of the United States, as may be prescribed by law.”
    The U.S. Constitution required congress to make uniform all the existing colonial Militia Statutes. Those statutes REQUIRED, COMMANDED that all able-bodied men go armed. The congress simply restated the mandatory enrollment, the procedure for the federal government to call forth the Militia, if needed, and narrowed the scope of able-bodied men to 18-45. The Constitution recognized and established a requirement that the authority of the Militia was “to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections, and repel Invasions”.
    None of that limited, nor restricted the State statutes that detail the fact that all able-bodied men would be required to drill 4 – 5 times a year, and to do so organized, armed with a firearm comparable to the current military armament, and disciplined.
    All any state has to do is to revitalize the existing statutes. It should be noted that since Militia is the constitutional authority to “repel Invasions” then disarming the populace by force would constitute an act of Treason. There are a couple articles on this, one of which was written by me.
    Now, let me hear from all of those who will insist that the congress can do other than what the Constitution limits, particularly on this subject.

    • russ November 4, 2022, 8:52 am

      This is why the Democrats want to add a bunch of justices to the SC. They can make the court support their agenda, rather than the Constitution – and by the time those justices get old and are replace, the US as we know it (knew it) will be long gone and the Dems will have their one party Leftist rule.

  • Johnc March 18, 2022, 8:07 am

    What we need is a national permit-less carry. I can’t cross state lines in Connecticut carrying because Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, New Jersey don’t recognize my permit. This is really stupid considering what I had to go through to even get one in this lunatic liberal wasteland.

  • GERALD DAVIS March 18, 2022, 6:53 am

    Governor Desantis screwed Florida out of Constitutional Carry this year. He sat back and let a RINO kill it in committee.

    Desantis is a RINO. Florida has a lot of RINOs.

  • Let's go Brandon, FJB March 18, 2022, 6:33 am

    Representatives in Florida need to get off their ass and send the bill to Gov. DeSantis to sign.

  • susan mccartin March 18, 2022, 4:47 am

    Criminals take heed that easy mark that you think you have in your sights might just have a little surprise for you under their jacket. An armed society is a polite society, I think Benjamin Franklin said it first and he’s right no matter who said it first. There is more crime when there is more gun control because criminals have less fear that the victim can fight back.

    • Mark K March 18, 2022, 8:58 am

      And all you have to do to understand the truth of that statement is to recall the couple of pieces of surveillance tape that were published on this website in the last 6 or 8 months; one from a parking lot or street; the other from a convenience store where young punks carrying a gun waltz into the picture like Jesse James or something, but someone (with a gun or not) manages to take theirs away and get them down — and immediately they’re crying and screaming, scared to death. Criminals use guns because they have no courage at all. Confront them with resolute resistance (especially as well (or better) armed) and they’ll fold and run. They don’t want hard targets; only soft ones.

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