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With state legislative sessions starting nationwide, the right to keep and bear arms is front and center in people’s minds and some state legislatures.

So-called “right to carry,” which requires government interference, paperwork, applications, approvals , taxes called “fees,” mandatory classes, written tests, shooting tests, plastic-coated permission slips, fingerprinting, photographs, entries into criminal databases and expiration dates for your “rights,” well, this has definitely moved the right to bear arms significantly ahead. Is it time to go further and reach “Freedom To Carry”?

Also called Vermont- or Alaska-style carry, basically the government stays out of your face as you exercise your fundamental human and civil right to own and carry property. Having a firearm, if you’re doing nothing wrong, is not a crime. What a concept. A woman can put a handgun in her handbag and go about her day without fear of arrest.

Under the infringement of so-called “reciprocity” schemes, your human and civil rights as an American have been reduced to a list of government-approved states for licensees only, when you leave your home state.

The 98% of the public that refuses to jump through the hoops, be taxed, get on the criminal database and get “rights” papers is left out in the cold when they travel under the current model. Enormous police effort that could be going directly toward reducing crime is instead being diverted into registering, regulating and tracking the innocent. Read more

Source: pagenine.typepad.com