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Gun Rights Advocates Ramp Up New Legislative Push

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By    |   Friday, 03 Feb 2017 08:35 AM

Lawmakers are introducing more bills to revamp gun laws in the wake of President Donald Trump's election, including concealed-carry rules, removal of license requirements, and allowing firearms in schools, airports, and churches, The Hill reports.

"People, I think, are realizing that they are the first and best line of self-defense against a growing population of people who have absolutely no regard for life and law," said Indiana Rep. Jim Lucas.

One of Lucas's bills calls for "constitutional carry," which would allow anyone to carry a weapon without a license. Kansas, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Montana, and New Hampshire also have bills in the works for constitutional carry.

The bill would allow anyone who is otherwise licensed to carry a gun to carry it concealed without a permit, according to the Tenth Amendment Center.

"Licensing constitutional rights should not be used to acquire revenue," Lucas said in a statement, the site reported.

Bills that would allow firearms in schools and universities have been introduced in Indiana, as well as Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

Stand-your-ground laws could be expanded in Florida and Utah, which would put the burden for determining guilt in stand-your-ground cases onto the prosecutor, not the defense, The Hill reported.

Lucas has introduced a bill to give tax credits to people who take courses in gun safety, but he said he is against a government requirement to take such a course.

Lawmakers in favor of gun control are looking to require background checks on gun sales, but in Republican states, those efforts appear likely to fail, The Hill notes.

Gun sales, however, are on the rise. The National Instant Criminal Background Check System, the database that gun sellers must use before selling a firearm, processed 27 million sale requests in 2016, 4 million higher than the previous record, according to The Hill.

Those in favor of relaxing gun rules cite the president's claims of rising crime rates, which have been disputed by federal and local crime statistics, The Hill reported.

The number of violent crimes committed in the United States in 2015 was lower than the rate in 1981, despite the fact that the population has increased by 100 million. The rate of violent crime has reduced by half between 1996 and 2015, according to FBI statistics.

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Lawmakers are introducing more bills to revamp gun laws in the wake of President Donald Trump's election, including concealed-carry rules, removal of license requirements, and allowing firearms in schools, airports, and churches, The Hill reports.
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