On March 17 the Huffington Post ran a column detailing how Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and other members of the gun control lobby are getting decimated by state legislatures across the country.
From pending passages of open carry and campus carry to legislation that completely repeals any need for a concealed carry permit, the gun control lobby is getting rocked.
According to HuffPo, one the clearest losses for the gun control lobby is the open carry push in Texas. That fight is one which HuffPo has already written off as a done deal, and one which they presume will quickly be followed by campus carry.
Arkansas, Florida, Nevada, and 10 other states are also considering changing their concealed carry statutes so women can carry guns for self-defense on college and university campuses.
On top of this, the West Virginia legislation voted to do away with any concealed carry permit requirement, the New Hampshire Senate did the same, and Maine is working on it. Montana lawmakers are also pressing to do away with any remaining requirement for a concealed carry permit in their state, and the same repeal has been introduced in Idaho.
This all comes less than a year after Kroger, Fred Meyer, and Harris Teeter all rejected Moms Demand Action’s calls to deny law-abiding citizens their right to openly carry guns for self-defense in their stores. It comes less than six months after Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts tried to spin her group’s huge mid-term election losses as proof that they’d become a “political force.” It comes less than a month after their West Virginia chapter begged lawmakers in that state not to repeal concealed carry permit requirements. And all of it is compounded by their continued, unpopular opposition to arming women for self-defense on college campuses.
But according to HuffPo, Moms Demand Action plans to keep fighting. Watts said her group will be “pushing back in all 50 states,” so that the advance of gun rights “no longer goes unchecked.”
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