Constitutional carry

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Constitutional carry is a legal term and a conservative-libertarian-prepper-Patriot political term that means that the Second Amendment is the only needed so-called "license" for Concealed carry and Open carry of weapons including firearms, such as handguns (pistols and revolvers) and long guns (rifles and shotguns), knives and any other form of hand-carried weapons.

In practice, a "constitutional carry" law would be one that allows the open carry of firearms and prohibits police from stopping someone based merely on the fact the person is carrying a firearm.

Constitutional carry means that the carrying (see "Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms") on one's person or in/on one's vehicle of firearms, concealed or not, is generally not restricted by the law. A constitutional carry state is a free state from a Second Amendment unalienable rights perspective.

The legal term "Constitutional carry" describes the unalienable Bill of Rights legal interpretation that the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution allows/permits no regulations or restrictions (see "Shall not be infringed") on gun ownership.

In actual practice, the 2008 United States Supreme Court decision called "District of Columbia v. Heller" suggests that some state or city-county government controls may be allowed, at least as to certain types of weapons.

States Who Implemented Constitutional Carry

  • Alaska: June 11, 2003 House Bill 102
  • Vermont: Since the Constitution was first ratified in 1789, Vermont was the only state to permit "Constitutional carry". From 1789 until the 1800s, Constitutional carry was the law of land. During the 20th century, all states except Vermont had legislated gun control bans on concealed carry. In most states, however, there was an exemption for those citizens with a permit. Thanks to Vermont's strictly worded state constitution,[1] liberal "[[gun control|gun grabbers" have not been able to have any restriction added on the method of how one carries a firearm. Thus Vermont was the only free state in the nation from an Second Amendment unalienable rights perspective. For this reason, Constitutional carry is often still referred to as "Vermont carry" among old persons.
  • Oklahoma (residents of constitutional carry states)[7]

Idaho Legislature and Governor Passed Constitutional Carry

Alex Barron, the self-styled "Bard of the American Redoubt" on his Charles Carroll Society podcast and blog says, "The Idaho Second Amendment Alliance (ISAA) has pushed the Idaho State legislation to consider a Constitutional Carry bill. Constitutional or “permitless carry,” says that if you are a legal gun owner you don’t need permission from the State to exercise your God-given natural right. The people of Idaho have tried this for several years without the Idaho House picking up the bill. This year ISAA has suggested that it will put an initiative on the ballot for the people to vote on."[8] Suddenly the Idaho legislature approved the Constitutional Carry bill and Governor Butch Otter signed it in March 2016.

See Also

External Links


  1. Fischer, Howard. Concealed weapons bill goes to Brewer for signature. Daily News-Sun.
  2. Arkansas Act 746 of 2013 Press Release.
  3. Arkansas Act 746 of the Regular Session. 89th General Assembly - Arkansas State Legislature.
  4. See Opinion No. 2013-047, footnote 7 dated July 8, 2013 at
  5. Wyoming House approves concealed carry bill. Laramie Boomerang.
  6. "Wyoming governor signs concealed gun bill", 2 March 2011. 
  7. Accessed December 18, 2014
  8. Barron, Alex, "Idaho Constitutional Carry bill advances & rally is called#nra #idaho #2A". Idaho, American Redoubt: Charles Carroll Society. Published February 12, 2015. Accessed February 12, 2015.

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