When the year started, 21 states including Texas had laws on the books that recognized assorted permitless carry doctrines– the legal right to carry a concealed firearm without a permit.
While calling it “constitutional carry” will bring quick howls from Second Amendment purists that it still falls short of being something more 1776, the practice has expanded, and Alabama became the 22nd state to adopt it with Gov. Kay Ivey signing a bill on March 10th. It is likely that this number will grow fast, as lawmakers in both Indiana and Ohio have similar bills waiting on the desks of Republican governors in those Corn Belt states and this is an election year.
Speaking of election years, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, is making “constitutional carry” a corner post of his platform for November, a factor which will likely see him inking a proposal now winding its way through Atlanta right now.
Should that hattrick hold, and all three of those states join Alabama, half the country will have permitless carry.