On Friday, March 1, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin said that he will sign Constitutional Carry legislation into law. By signing Constitutional Carry, Kentucky will become the 16th Constitutional Carry state.
Under Constitutional Carry, the requirement for residents to get a permit from the state in order to carry a firearm for self-defense is eliminated.
Two weeks after the Kentucky Senate passed Constitutional Carry by a 29-8 vote, the Kentucky House passed S.B. 150 with 60-37 vote margin.
Bevin was on record saying that S.B. 150 is a textbook example of “constitutional carry” and that the bill reaffirms the Second Amendment.
S.B. 150’s language is very clear:
“Persons aged twenty-one (21) or older, and otherwise lawfully able to possess a firearm, may carry concealed firearms or other concealed deadly weapons without a license in the same locations as persons with valid licenses.”
Constitutional Carry was signed into law earlier this week in Oklahoma. Once S.B. 150 receives Bevin’s signature, Kentucky will join Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wyoming, and Vermont as the 16th constitutional carry state.
The hottest pro-Second Amendment fight in the nation, Constitutional Carry offers Second Amendment activists hope in times when gun control has been gaining ground in state legislatures nationwide.
With clear momentum on their side, pro-gun activists should make it a point to make every red state a constitutional carry state by 2024.
The fight to restore gun rights begins in a state legislature near you.
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President Trump: Best Pro-Life President Ever?
Karen Cross, the Political Director for National Right to Life, praised President Donald Trump for his pro-life efforts during his administration.
At Life News, she wrote “President Donald J. Trump and his Administration have established more pro-life policies than any other president in history.
The National Right to Life Committee endorsed president Trump’s re-election bid on July 4, 2019.
That day, Carol Tobias, the president of National Right to Life, said:
“As our nation celebrates Independence Day, we are proud to endorse the only presidential candidate who stands for the unalienable right to life. From his first day in office, President Trump and his Administration have been dedicated to advancing policies that protect the fundamental right to life for the unborn, the elderly, and the medically dependent and disabled.”
One of the Trump administration’s first actions as president was to restore the Mexico City Policy, which bars tax funds from going to organizations that carry out abortions or lobby to bring pro-abortion laws to host countries. Trump followed up by expanding this policy to keep $9 billion in foreign aid from being used to bankroll the global abortion industry.
The Trump Administration also slashed funding to the United Nations Population Fund due to that agency’s involvement with China’s forced abortion program.
President Trump originally pledged “to veto any legislation that weakens current pro-life federal policies and laws, or that encourages the destruction of innocent human life at any state.”
According to Cross, President Trump vowed to sign the following pro-life legislative items:
- The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act;
- The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act; and
- The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.
The National Right to Life Political Director emphasized the importance of the 2020 elections. She stated that this election “will determine who appoints justices to the U.S. Supreme Court and numerous federal judges to lower courts.”
Having Republican control of the Senate will allow Trump to continue to nominate conservative judges.
So far, Trump has nominated 192 federal judges, which include U.S. Supreme Court Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch, who were ultimately confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
Having Nancy Pelosi out of the picture as House Speaker will allow for pro-life legislation to actually move out of the House.
All in all, pro-lifers’ best bet for any type of policy change will be for Republicans to gain control of all three branches of government.
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