15 New Gun Laws that May Surprise You

February 7, 2017

Since the Newtown shootings, there have been about 1,500 state gun bills introduced and 100+ of these have now become laws. Nearly every state has enacted at least one new gun law. Most people will assume that these new gun laws are imposing more restrictions on gun owners; however,  almost 2/3 of these new laws actually decrease restrictions and expand the rights of gun owners. Here are 25 of the most interesting gun laws that have been passed in the last year:

1. Alabama, Alaska and Kansas have nullified federal firearms laws in their states.

2. Alabama now requires the sheriffs to approve or deny permit applications within 30 days and explain any rejections. They additionally amended their state Constitution to say that every citizen has a right to bear arms and that any restrictions will be subject to strict scrutiny.

3. Arkansas now allows guns in places of worship, allows pregnant women to use deadly force to protect the fetus with no duty to retreat and allows employees to carry on college campuses. They even  allow firearms in bars and allow employees with concealed-carry permits to carry in liquor stores.

4. Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Tennessee and Virginia have declared concealed-carry permit records confidential.

5. Arizona expanded a prohibition on keeping records of gun possession and purchases, as well as prohibiting the destruction of firearms by a government entity as part of a buyback effort.

6. Idaho declared that local governments may not regulate the carrying of concealed weapons.

7. Indiana allows people authorized by school boards to carry firearms at K-12 schools

8. Kansas allows K-12 schools, universities and colleges to authorize employees to carry in school buildings, and concealed-carry permit holders to carry in buildings that do not explicitly prohibit it.

9. Louisiana allows issuance of lifetime concealed handgun permits.

10. Missouri has prohibited state agencies from cooperating with the federal government to develop a firearms database.

  1. Montana has prohibited health care providers from asking patients about  firearm ownership.
  1. North Carolina allows firearms in bars, vehicles in state government parking areas and on college campuses.
  1. Oklahoma allows concealed and unconcealed handguns in private schools as well as on private school buses.
  1. Texas now allows the state attorney general to file injunctions against local governments that adopt regulations on firearms or ammunition, and pre-empts local regulations of air guns.
  1. West Virginia exempts concealed-carry permit holders from background checks.

Just goes to show that not all the gun laws that are being passed are anti-gun.