Do you feel safe in Vermont? I’ll get back to this question in a bit.
The Dec.10 Gazette editorial, “Concealed carry bill undercuts state laws,” is indicative of The Gazette supporting a position sans critical thinking or research.
The spin on this editorial is 180 degrees from reality. The Second Amendment is in the U.S. Constitution; hence the real issue is the various state laws that are undercutting our constitutional rights. Whole chunks of your rights for the freedom of speech, rights against illegal search and seizure, etc. don’t disappear when you cross a state border as they do for the Second Amendment.
The editor’s advice to rely on the USA Carry website for clarification of state laws is very poor indeed. Would you want to be standing before a judge in another state, after unwittingly violating a penal law, with your only defense being “This website said it was OK.” Only a licensed attorney, with experience on a state’s penal laws, could ethically advise a client on such matters.
The writer(s) seem to be unaware that approximately 11 states have constitutional carry laws, which means that they require no permit to purchase or carry a handgun, just a NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Check System) check. The bulk of these states became constitutional carry states in the last four years, with no significant negative repercussions.
Prior to 2002, there was only one constitutional carry state, Vermont. I expect you’ve always felt safe in Vermont, being ignorant of this fact, but it’s really because the “less safe” argument on reciprocity is a complete fallacy. Handgun licensing hassles the law abiding, not those with criminal inclinations.