Governor Ron DeSantis signed legislation making Florida the 26th constitutional (permitless) concealed carry state.
In the first major gun control ruling in over a decade, on June 23, 2022, the US Supreme Court ruled that New York’s concealed carry law, which required applicants to show “proper cause” for the concealed carry permit, was unconstitutional.
Georgia joins 23 other states in not requiring concealed carry permits for handguns.
Ohio’s constitutional carry law, signed on Mar. 15, 2021, goes into effect 91 days after the law is filed by the Secretary of State.
Alabama joins a growing number of states eliminating concealed carry permit requirements.
A majority of US states are “shall-issue” states, with more and more embracing permitless (or “constitutional”) carry laws.
19 states now have constitutional carry laws allowing for concealed carry without a permit.
Tennessee joins 18 states who have constitutional, or permitless, concealed carry laws.
Governor Kim Reynolds signed a law allowing permitless concealed handgun carry in Iowa, joining 17 other states.
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All 50 states and DC allow the concealed carry of firearms. 34 states require permits and have “may issue” or “shall issue” permit laws, 15 states have constitutional carry laws but will also issue permits upon request, and Vermont has constitutional carry but does not issue permits.
Our new topic explores the pros and cons in the debate over making birth control pills available over-the-counter (OTC). 9.1 million women (12.6% of contraceptive users) use birth control pills, which are the second-most commonly used method of contraception in the United States. Proponents say making the birth control pill available over-the-counter would lower teen pregnancy rates, provide contraceptive access to medically underserved women, and ease access to a health-improving drug with decades of safe use. Opponents say making the Pill over-the-counter would raise the cost of contraception for women, pose a danger to teens’ and women’s health by removing the doctor’s visit requirement, and limit what options are made available.
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All 50 states and DC allow the concealed carry of firearms. Ten states allow concealed carry without a permit, eight states have some discretion in approving permit applications, and the rest issue permits to all applicants who meet the requirements.
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