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Best States for Gun Owners 2015
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Agree or disagree with this list ??
Quote:Best States for Gun Owners 2015
by Keith Wood | July 21st, 2015
Our founders’ experiment in self-government gave us the gift of Federalism, where states unite under a centralized governing authority while honoring a state’s rights. Though the power of the federal government has increased, the United States still maintains great contrast on the subject of gun ownership. Gun rights vary from states that have all but made it impossible to own firearms and related accessories to states where few restrictions exist. For the third consecutive year and first time in print, Guns & Ammo presents our assessment of each state’s gun laws in a format that ranks them from worst to first for gun owners.

Rather than simply reverse the rankings made by anti-gun groups, G&A has conducted a thorough review of each state’s laws and considered initiatives pending in state legislatures. Every effort has been made to create a ranking system that is fair, equitable, accurate and objective. States were ranked numerically in each of five categories: right-to-carry, right to own “black rifles” (i.e., firearms possessing a tactical appearance), presence of the Castle Doctrine, subjects relating to the National Firearms Act (NFA) and a catchall miscellaneous column.


Right-to-Carry: Nearly every state in the union now has a regulatory system under which citizens can carry a firearm for defensive purposes. Though many states have laws in place that allow for concealed carry of a “weapon” (CCW), some states and municipalities do not issue permits. In these “may issue” states, a licensing authority may issue a permit, but whether a permit is actually issued sometimes depends on the political climate or how the local government views your social status. “May issue” states that issue permits frequently are given more points than those that don’t, and states that say the licensing authority “shall issue” permits are given higher scores. Among “shall issue” states, points are awarded based on the factors used in G&A’s “Best States for CCW” follow-up: training requirements, cost, reciprocity and the extent of locations where licensees are prohibited from carrying. States with permitless carry are given higher scores, whereas states that both issue permits and allow citizens to carry without one are given a full 10-point score. “Open carry” statutes are also considered and factor positively into these rankings.

Black Rifles: Since 2013, G&A has examined restrictions placed upon semiautomatic firearms, usually modular rifles and carbines with detachable magazines given a tactical appearance. Referred to as “assault weapons” by gun-rights opponents, these firearms are generally categorized by their cosmetic features. Restrictions on this type of firearm or magazine capacity, or states that require owners to register detachable magazines, are penalized for score under this category.

NFA: The National Firearms Act regulates the sale, transfer and possession of machine guns, suppressors (also defined as “silencers” according to the act), rifles with barrels shorter than 16 inches (SBR), shotguns with barrels shorter than 18½ inches (SBS), Any Other Weapons (AOW) and Destructive Devices (DD). State laws can be more restrictive than the federal law in this area, and it often is. G&A ranks states on whether they ban any or all NFA items, with nine points going to states that default to federal law as to ownership. A full 10 points is awarded to states with “shall sign” legislation that prevents de facto NFA bans by requiring that a Chief Law Enforcement Officer (CLEO) either approve or deny the requisite NFA form without undue delay.

Castle Doctrine: The term “Castle Doctrine” has become a shortcut for laws that protect the principles of self-defense and property rights. Some states require that an individual retreat until he is literally backed into a corner before using deadly force against an attacker. Such states that do not recognize an individual right to personal defense are given low scores in this survey. Many states allow deadly force to be used when necessary to prevent death or serious bodily injury wherever the attack takes place. These so-called “Stand Your Ground” states rank higher, with a sliding scale used to reflect what are often complex statutes.

Miscellaneous: Easily overlooked, this “catchall” category represents many important factors. Potentially harmful laws that don’t fit into other categories are represented here. Key qualities including whether a state has adequate shooting opportunities and limiting factors such as the availability and popularity of organized or informal shooting sports are also included. This column sometimes serves as a tiebreaker in the event of a numerical tie among two or more states. The firearms industry is a crucial component of America’s gun culture, and an industry presence or major training facility in a state is given appropriate weight.

Best States for Gun Owners 2015

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When they keep putting PA at 20, I will always disagree. We should be higher.
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bigdawgbeav;168045 Wrote:When they keep putting PA at 20, I will always disagree. We should be higher.

And the reason seemed to be odd--- "ongoing preemption battles," which really don't seem to be all that frequent even from the perspective of someone who lives here and hears about all of them.

How many of the "shall issue" states that placed ahead of us require certification and training?
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gascolator;168047 Wrote:
bigdawgbeav;168045 Wrote:When they keep putting PA at 20, I will always disagree. We should be higher.

And the reason seemed to be odd--- "ongoing preemption battles," which really don't seem to be all that frequent even from the perspective of someone who lives here and hears about all of them.

How many of the "shall issue" states that placed ahead of us require certification and training?

Maybe they're referring to the law that was passed last year and recently overturned, and recently reintroduced?
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gascolator;168047 Wrote:
bigdawgbeav;168045 Wrote:When they keep putting PA at 20, I will always disagree. We should be higher.

And the reason seemed to be odd--- "ongoing preemption battles," which really don't seem to be all that frequent even from the perspective of someone who lives here and hears about all of them.

How many of the "shall issue" states that placed ahead of us require certification and training?

Preemption battles? There are 3 lawsuits so municipalities will follow the already established law. That doesn't sound like it should be a negative.

I would bet part of the issue is that no training is required for LTCF and that keeps us from some reciprocity agreements. That might be holding us down the list as well.
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soberbyker;168049 Wrote:
gascolator;168047 Wrote:And the reason seemed to be odd--- "ongoing preemption battles," which really don't seem to be all that frequent even from the perspective of someone who lives here and hears about all of them.

How many of the "shall issue" states that placed ahead of us require certification and training?

Maybe they're referring to the law that was passed last year and recently overturned, and recently reintroduced?

Alas, it won't get signed by the Wolfman.

But not that much was lost, and much was gained in the mean time. A passel of municipalities have already rolled back their illicit gun ordinances, which are still illicit.

The only thing that was lost is that once again some poor bastard has to take a bust in order to gain "standing" to get an ordinance preempted.

Gun rights groups can no longer launch a (ahem) "preemptive strike" against an ordinance and have their legal costs paid by the municipality.

Of course we might have a happy medium if the NRA would just make a practice of paying for the defense of the aforementioned poor bastards with the same zeal that they went after municipalities after the late lamented law was passed!
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