The Law Center applauds the American Bar Association – the preeminent voice for the legal community, representing nearly 400,000 attorneys nationwide – for taking an important stand in the battle over the carrying of concealed, loaded handguns in public places. On July 22, the ABA adopted a resolution 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.

Over the past five decades, the ABA has courageously endorsed a variety of common sense policy measures to prevent gun violence. Our political leaders would be wise to follow the Association’s lead.