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As States Expand Gun Rights, the Police Object

May 03, 2016  | 

Guns in bars. Guns in airports. Guns in day care centers and sports arenas. Conservative state lawmakers around the country are pressing to weaken an array of gun regulations, in some cases greatly expanding where owners can carry their weapons.

But the legislators are encountering stiff opposition from what has been a trusted ally: law enforcement, the New York Times reports.

In more than a dozen states with long traditions of robust support for gun ownership rights, and where legislatures have moved to relax gun laws during the past year, the local police have become increasingly vocal in denouncing the measures. They say the new laws expose officers to greater danger and prevent them from doing their jobs effectively.

“We are a gun society and we recognize that, but we should be writing gun laws that make us safer,” said Leonard Papania, the police chief in Gulfport, who opposes part of a new state law that creates exceptions to the rules for concealed-carry permits. “Do you want every incident on your street to escalate to acts of gun violence?”

Mississippi’s measure, signed into law in April and pushed mainly as an effort to allow worshipers in church to arm themselves, is one of several that have passed in recent months. West Virginia and Idaho have approved laws allowing people to carry concealed handguns without a permit or firearm training — and, in many cases, without a background check. Texas has given residents the right to carry handguns openly. Oklahoma appears set to pass a similar measure in the next several weeks.


Comments (8)

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House @ 5/3/2016 5:19 PM

Uh actually, the headline should read something like this... "Certain Law Enforcement Officers in New York, California, Chicago, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Washington D.C. object" because in the rest of the country (well those of us who know anything about guns/gun control anyways) WANT are law-abiding citizens to have arms for defense. In the liberal states, you will definitely get that opinion. Elsewhere, not so much

Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 5/3/2016 5:28 PM

I definitely approve of non felons being allowed to have and carry a gun. However I support background checks for those buying guns. If that measure didn't exist, dangerous criminals wouldn't be afraid to walk into a gun store and buy a gun anytime. I live in AZ, where you don't need a concealed carry permit, I do think, however that it should be required everywhere.

Poles Scot @ 5/3/2016 6:17 PM

We LEO carry everywhere, even of we are not allowed. Are we some how a higher citizens than any non LEO citizen that is not a prohibited possessor?

Mike @ 5/3/2016 7:14 PM

I fully support expanded carry capability. However i also fully support background checks. And in some cases expanding who can't have a firearm. Like someone with DUI's. A vehicle can be a weapon. If you can't be responsible with that, how do we know you can handle a gun?

Jeff @ 5/3/2016 7:26 PM

Police Chiefs are political hacks, not law-enforcement types. People who are actually on the streets understand that lawful gun ownership makes society safer.

Me @ 5/4/2016 10:23 AM

“Do you want every incident on your street to escalate to acts of gun violence?”

What utter and complete horse s#; t!

Gunny @ 5/4/2016 10:24 AM

Lawful carriers today don't bring their guns into play in inappropriate situations now, why would someone expect that to change because they are lawfully allowed to carry in a school or sports arena or WHEREVER? These comments are nothing more than liberal gun control advocates masquerading as Police Officers. When Dade county began their shall issue policy many years ago, libtards went ballistic with comments similar to those above, saying that CCW folks would be shooting each other over traffic accidents and other similar situations and I'm not positive, but pretty sure however, that did NOT become a problem! Where is the evidence to back up these ridiculous accusations or irresponsibility by those that carry? And why the comments about "background checks"? Everyone must already go through a background check to purchase and legally carry a gun. Do they mean EXPANDED background checks, or psychological examinations, or financial exams, or home security checks or what exactly do they want???? There are required and apparently sufficient (outside of people with mental issues, because our mental health system is non-existent, and those that falsify their 4473) at this point to make the system work. This is just more liberal anti-gun rhetoric.

Adam @ 5/4/2016 10:35 PM

I think that they're trying to turn the pro gun people against the police too.

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