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*** UPDATED x1 *** More concealed carry details

Monday, Jul 1, 2013

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* An outline of the concealed carry amendatory veto was shared by the governor’s office with some select legislators late this afternoon. The only caveat, I’m told, is that the outline was preliminary. Some items may be dropped, some may be changed, more may be added by the time the governor unveil his AV Tuesday morning at 11 o’clock.

The draft of the actual amendatory veto is here. Remember, this is a draft, not a final version.

* Here is the outline…

1) Re-defines “concealed firearm” to mean a handgun “completely covered or not visible from the view of the public” (rather than “completely or mostly concealed”).

2) Limits a licensee to carrying one magazine capable of holding 10 rounds or less (the original bill did not include a limitation).

3) Prohibits carrying in any establishment where alcohol may be consumed, except for a private residence or private club.

4) Reverses the presumption of where licensees can carry – licensees can only carry in locations where the property owner has posted a sign indicating permission to carry concealed firearms on the property. Accordingly, removes the requirement that owners of prohibited places must post signs.

5) Provides that an employer may prohibit an employee from carrying or bringing a firearm onto the employer’s entire property, thereby allowing an employer to prohibit an employee from storing a firearm in a car parked in the employer’s parking lot. In HB 183’s “safe harbor” provision, an employee can keep his or her firearm in the car while parked in the lot, even if the employer prohibits firearms on the property.

6) Requires the licensee to lock the firearm in a case before exiting the vehicle when parked in a prohibited location and prohibits the licensee from carrying the firearm outside of the car into a prohibited parking area for any purpose. In HB 183, a licensee can carry an unloaded firearm in the immediate area surrounding the car in order to store it or retrieve it from the trunk. The AV would remove this part of the “safe harbor” provision.

7) Provides that law enforcement and school officials reporting clear & present danger need only to report directly to law enforcement, rather than to DHS.

8) Allows certain, non-confidential information to be disclosed under FOIA & the Open Meetings Act.

9) Completely removes the assault weapon ban preemption, thereby restoring home rule authority to enact an assault weapons ban without limitation.

Expect the governor to play up the removal of the assault weapons ban preemption.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

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