12 states on path to guns with no permits

Thursday, March 8, 2012
By Paul Martin

By Jonathan Ellis
USA TODAY

Legislatures in a dozen states are considering laws that would eliminate requirements that residents obtain permits to carry concealed weapons.

Gun-control advocates view the efforts as part of a long-range strategy to eventually weaken gun laws across the country. But supporters say armed, law-abiding citizens prevent crime.

Andrew Arulanandam, policy director for the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action, which supports these legislative efforts, argues that crime rates are low in four states — Alaska, Arizona, Vermont and Wyoming — that already allow residents to carry without a permit. “Our viewpoint is, a good person will always be a good person,” he said. “They don’t need a license to be a good person.”

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