It was a busy couple of days in the realm of concealed handguns. The St. Cloud Times reports that the Minnesota House of Representatives has passed the revised CCW bill, which will now go to Governor Tim Pawlenty, who has already said that he will sign it into law.
News 14 TV in North Carolina reports on a new bill that would allow local sheriffs to issue a temporary concealed handgun permit to "any domestic violence victim with a protective order." In another report, a bill has also been introduced that would allow judges to carry a concealed weapon in the courtroom.
And finally, Senators Kay Bailey Hutchinson and John Cornyn (both Texas Republicans) have begun working "to lift a three-decade ban on handguns in the District of Columbia." A couple of quotes from this one: "Hutchison's bill, with 28 co-sponsors by late afternoon, would allow handguns, rifles and shotguns to be kept loaded in homes and places of business. It would not change city restrictions on carrying concealed weapons and would apply only to residents; Virginia and Maryland residents still could not bring guns into Washington." And: "But in the 15 years after Washington banned guns in 1976, the senators said, Washington's homicide rate jumped 200 percent while the national rate rose 12 percent."