I have donned my nomex underwear, my BPvest, and all the turnout gear I can find... Let the flames begin!
Seriously, I'd like to have a sane discussion on the advantages and pitfalls of both systems.. unless it's been done here before (and I couldn't find it).
The recent post about the CCW permit holder ignoring the law and being charged with murder is what triggered this line of thought.
Let me start with these statements, so that there are no doubts about my status:
I have an Iowa nonprofessional permit to carry weapons. I went thru ~8 hours of class, qualified on the range, went thru an NCIS check, and a "background check" by my county sheriff to get it. I have in the past, also had a professional permit and a nonprofessional permit in the same state. After the first of the year 2011, the sheriff's background check and qualification will no longer be necessary in any county in the state (hoooray)!
I firmly believe in the 2nd amendment and the rest of the Constitution.
I do not belong to the NRA, or any other national gun rights organization (GOA, etc.). I use this fact when I write letters to my representatives, so that I can honestly say to them that I do not belong to any gun groups.
I believe we (gun owners and 2A supporters) have been very fortunate in the recent SCOTUS decisions as regards guns (Heller and McDonald). The decisions could have just as easily gone against us.
We have 3 states that will allow carrying weapons (concealed or not) with no permit other than the ability to purchase a gun.
We have most of the states that have a "permitting system" some of which require a background check other than NICS.
We ignore those idiot states that will not issue permits to anyone, they (the entire states) are merely suburbs of Chicago.
My questions are:
Should anyone, who can acquire a handgun after filling out the form and passing the NICS check, be able to strap it on, concealed or otherwise?
Should some sort of class/qualification be required?
Do you think that "relaxing" the requirements for obtaining a permit will end up putting a negative image on CCW holders in general, because the press will use instances like the CCW holder murdering a fleeing thief, and there will be more instances like that?
Basically it boils down to this: Is the CCW community going to be harmed over the long term by allowing "the riff-raff" to join?
As to what I think:
I think anyone who has no record of assault crime or felony, and has not been adjudicated mentally impaired, should be allowed to carry.
I worry about it, though. I think it will put us in a bad light, and turn the tide of public opinion against those who carry legally.