Mississippi, other states loosen gun laws

Proponents of the shift say they are just trying to give law-abiding citizens a way to protect themselves.

“Somebody who’s disturbed or a crook — they’re not going to care (if it’s illegal to carry a gun in certain locations),” says Mississippi state Rep. Greg Snowden, a Republican who was one of three authors of an amendment that paved the way for the new policy here.

Alaska, Arizona and Vermont, like Wyoming, do not require permits for concealed guns, according to the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action.

Lawmakers in Colorado and Utah made similar proposals, but those bills died during the states’ most recent legislative sessions, legislative records show.

USA Today
12/20/11