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History of Concealed Carry Permits
Concealed Carry has had to some degree a checkered past in the U.S. while open carry on has had a long tradition. The first court choice we know mindful of as to concede carry is Kentucky’s 1822 Bliss v. Ward in which the prosecutor, Bliss, was sentenced for having a sword-cane defying Kentucky’s laws limiting disguised carrying of weapons “unless while going on a journey.” He appealed arguing that the Kentucky constitution stated “the right of the citizen to bear arms in defense of themselves and the state shall not be questioned.” The court’s verdict said:
If, therefore, the act in question imposes any restraint on the right, immaterial what appellation may be given to the act, whether it be an act regulating the manner of bearing arms or any other, the consequence, in reference to the constitution, is precisely the same, and its collision with that instrument equally obvious.
And can there be entertained a reasonable doubt but the provisions of the act import a restraint on the right of the citizens to bear arms? The court apprehends not. The right existed at the adoption of the constitution; it had then no limits short of the moral power of the citizens to exercise it, and it in fact consisted in nothing else but in the liberty of the citizens to bear arms. Diminish that liberty, therefore, and you necessarily restrain the right; and such is the diminution and restraint, which the act in question most indisputably imports, by prohibiting the citizens wearing weapons in a manner which was lawful to wear them when the constitution was adopted. In truth, the right of the citizens to bear arms, has been as directly assailed by the provisions of the act, as though they were forbid carrying guns on their shoulders, swords in scabbards, or when in conflict with an enemy, were not allowed the use of bayonets; and if the act be consistent with the constitution, it cannot be incompatible with that instrument for the legislature, by successive enactments, to entirely cut off the exercise of the right of the citizens to bear arms. For in principle, there is no difference between a law prohibiting the wearing concealed arms, and a law forbidding the wearing such as are exposed; and if the former be unconstitutional, the latter must be so likewise.
Basically, they found in his favor. Kentucky passed a “Shall Issue” concealed carry law in 1826.
Before the passing of the Fourteenth Amendment in 1868, the Bill of Rights was legitimately held as a restriction upon just the FEDERAL government. States were allowed to do as they saw fit. Indiana definitely did. Their Constitution still states today “The people shall have a right to bear arms, for the defense of themselves and the State,” wording not extremely far from Kentucky’s. But in 1831 the state passed a statute like Kentucky’s: “That every person, not being a traveller, who shall wear or carry any dirk, pistol, sword in a sword-cane, or other dangerous weapon concealed shall upon conviction thereof, be fined in any sum not exceeding one hundred dollars.” This was challenged in State v. Mitchell in 1833. Mitchell was a defendant charged under this law but who appealed his case up to the state Supreme Court. That court’s whole decision analyzes:
Indiana passed a “shall issue” concealed carry law in 1980.
In any case, even the pre-Civil War Supreme Court acknowledged what the Second Amendment secured when they decided on Scott v. Sanford in 1857. That court, in picking whether the slave of an Army officer was or was not a liberated individual when he was taken by that officer into a “free” state, picked that not just was Scott not free, neither he nor whatever other individual – free or slave – could be a United States national in light of the way that:
Carrying concealed weapons was, then, considered as something done by wrongdoers, not by honest law abiding men. Honest men carried their weapons openly.
Note in that decision the warning of “the operation of the special laws and from the police regulations which they considered to be necessary for their own safety.”
Their own specific safety. Right.
As Ninth Circuit Judge, Alex Kozinski place it in one of his more known dissents:
So in our early history, concealed carry was detested, however open carry was accepted. As time advanced, and we drew closer the Civil War and its result, laws were kept running with the plan of incapacitating “those individuals” – blameworthy gatherings, troublemakers, and – particularly – blacks. As the nation wound up being more “acculturated,” the open carriage of arms reduced, and the laws needed to keep those individuals disabled were connected with more general groups. New York’s 1911 Sullivan Act has been held up as an example of a law designed to destroy one class or race without hurting others. One of the best occasion of “specific essential” starts from a Florida court choice in 1941 – Watson v. Stone. One of the agreeing jumade in light of current circumstances said:
Many states wrote laws against concealed-carry, but did not have laws against open carry. Arizona is one, though now Arizona is a “constitutional carry” state, requiring no permit at all.
The carriage of arms openly has faded over time as the country went from frontier to “civilized.” From a social standpoint, concealed carry has gone from something socially unacceptable (except “while traveling”) to something done to prevent people from having the vapors from seeing someone not a government employee carrying a firearm. From a legal standpoint, the early stigma associated with concealed-carry has resulted in a series of precedents making permitting of said carry acceptable, but open carry not. It has been an evolution without a precise date of demarcation, but this graphic illustrates the trend since 1986 very well:
You can understand the interest in concealed-carry legislation given the skyrocketing homicide rates beginning in the mid-60’s. People didn’t like being disarmed by a government that simply could not protect them. It took quite a while to overcome the legal inertia, but once Florida passed its law in 1987 and the promised “blood in the streets” and “shootouts over fender benders” not only did not occur, but homicide rates along with other violent crime declined at a faster rate there than the rest of the nation, other states followed its lead. The latest data for the U.S. puts the homicide rate at 5.3/100,000, significantly lower than it was in 2000, and the worst thing you can say about concealed-carry is that it might not have contributed to this decline.