The American Bar Association–representing nearly 400,000 attorneys nationwide–adopted a resolution in July 2011 expressing support for laws that provide broad discretion for law enforcement to approve or deny applications for concealed carry licenses. The resolution further states the ABA’s opposition to laws that limit discretion in concealed carry licensing, as well as to federal legislation that would require states to recognize licenses issues by other states.

An influential, national organization took a stand against laws that put the public at risk by allowing dangerous individuals to carry concealed weapons in public places. The ABA’s resolution is especially critical now that a dangerous federal bill (H.R. 822), has passed the House of Representatives and is headed to the Senate. This legislation would force states like California, which has enacted safeguards to keep dangerous individuals from obtaining permits to carry concealed weapons, to recognize permits from other states no matter how lax their permitting laws are.