I’ve been concealed carrying for a few years now. Definitely not an expert, but long enough to see the challenges, contradictions, and uneven laws that exist state to state. Here some of my observations:
- I live in SC, but travel to other states often. In SC, the “no concealable weapons” signs have the force of law. However, many of the places that ban guns do not have any methods to screen individuals upon entry, which means that criminals can easily break the law with little chance of being caught. However, as someone that supports the law, I have reservations about carrying in these places.
- Although I do not have hard data, it is evident that many (if not most) of media reported mass shootings occur in areas that prohibit concealed carry (schools, malls, nightclubs, etc). These areas are clearly targeted by mass shooters.
- Other “hardened” areas that have screening measures to prohibit guns (like airports, courthouses, amusement parks, concerts) seem to have a much lower incidence of shootings. Personally, I am more comfortable with not carrying in these areas, since it is much harder for criminals to get guns into these areas.
So, here is my proposal:
- Organizations that wish to prohibit guns on their premises (with the force of law) would be required to implement security measures to screen people upon entering their property (searches, x-ray, etc.)
- If an organization chooses to post “no concealed weapons” signs without any screening measures in place, they can still “trespass” someone found with a weapon, but it would not be a crime for the person carrying, unless the individual refused to leave when asked.
I realize that any solution like this would require significant resources, and there may be some legal pitfalls. However, it would “even the playing field”. Currently, law abiding people are at a disadvantage, because the “gun free zone” laws in many states favor criminals. Seems to me that criminals select places that they do not expect to receive any “return fire”.
Maybe I’m restating the obvious, but wanted to put it out there. Any thoughts? Thanks!