Concealed Weapons

The Arizona Senate on Monday approved a bill along party lines that would allow teachers in rural school districts to carry concealed firearms. Arizona’s Senate Bill 1325 would apply to employees in schools with fewer than 600 students, that are located more than 30 minutes and 20 miles away from the closest law-enforcement facility, and do not have their own school resource officers. The bill, which passed the Senate on a 17-11 vote, now moves to the House.

Stateline Midwest ~ January 2013

Rep. Kelly Cassidy doesn’t have to go far from her office in Springfield to understand the deep division over gun control and gun owner rights in Illinois.

Her suite mate inside the state Capitol is not only a fellow legislator, but a fellow member of the House Democratic caucus. She represents a part of Chicago, he a part of downstate Illinois.

They respect one another and can find agreement on many issues, but not when it comes to what to do about the state’s gun laws.

“We live in two different worlds,” she says.

Later this year, Wisconsin will become the 49th U.S. state that allows citizens to carry concealed weapons.  Now, 10 of the 11 Midwestern states are concealed-carry, "shall issue" states.

Later this year, Wisconsin will become the 49th U.S. state that allows citizens to carry concealed weapons.  Now, 10 of the 11 Midwestern states are concealed-carry, "shall issue" states.

A new "shall issue" law has taken effect in Iowa, while a court ruling in Ohio blocks cities from establishing local gun-control laws

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