Sunday, December 13, 2009

Right To Defend Grows, Nationwide Review Shows

In many states, it's getting easier to carry a firearm, the result of a successful campaign by the National Rifle Association.
A nationwide review by The Associated Press found that over the last two years, 24 states, mostly in the South and West (and including Oklahoma), have passed 47 new laws loosening gun restrictions.
Among other things, legislatures have allowed firearms to be carried in cars, made it illegal to ask job candidates whether they own a gun, and expanded agreements that make permits to carry handguns in one state valid in another.
Some states, like Oklahoma, have broadened the protections afforded citizens who defend themselves. Oklahoma's "Make My Day" law is an example. Here, the Oklahoma Rifle Association, an NRA affiliate, has a constant Capitol presence and has been involved in every effort to protect law-abiding gun owners.
The trend is attributed in large part to the NRA push. The NRA, the leading gun-owners lobby in the U.S. which for years has blocked attempts in Washington to tighten firearms laws, has ramped up its efforts at the state level to chip away at gun restrictions.
"This is all a coordinated approach to respect that human, God-given right of self defense by law-abiding Americans," says Chris W. Cox, the NRA's chief lobbyist. "We'll rest when all 50 states allow and respect the right of law-abiding people to defend themselves from criminal attack."


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