Why would I want to support this when I can OC now without a CCW permit?.
Well, I've been thinking. To me this sounds like a BAD, BAD bill....This is not even a compromise ...I can see that if this bill would pass that this may drive other towns that are open carry (oc) friendly now, change to prohibit it. This would mean that In order for anyone to carry, they must first pay for the RIGHT by buying a permit.(you can no longer carry with out one). This to me sounds like you all are just trying to get anything to pass and to call it a good thing. Sorry I just don't see this bill being a good thing.
I think that instead of supporting a bill that eventually may require everyone that carrys to pay for this right, we sould fully support bills like SB680. NOT this HB1369 thing. And find a way to Change RMSO 21.750
Somebody correct me if I'm wrong, but the language of the bill wouldn't require a CCW for OC in towns that are already OC friendly (municipalities without restrictive ordinances).
So if this passes, and I do not have a ccw, I can still OC in areas that are currently OC friendly, right??
That is 100% correct. It would only exempt ccw's in localities who restrict OC currently. Muni's vary, some restrict 100% others offer the exemption for ccw and others offer no laws against OC at all. Only the ones who restricted it 100% will have any change to current laws.
The biggest protection offered is from the unknown's where they have outlawed it, but have failed to update the laws in an easy manner.
Last year near this time Maplewood did their thing and as of last month still did not have information updated unless you travel to city hall and review the ordinances in person. I know of three more muni's in the state so far who have similar issues.
It is currently basically impossible to OC in the state unless you are monitoring the muni's bi-monthly or monthly agendas and minutes, if you don't you can find yourself in a pickle fast.