I note that in the last few years, something like 6 new States have dropped laws requiring permits to carry firearms. Among these are Alaska and Arizona. Montana has done so for all areas outside incorporated cities IIR; something like 98% of the land area in the State.Laughable. ...
The ONLY thing that would show recognition is a complete repeal of any and all permitting laws. And then on top of that, the state needs to create a preemption law that has teeth, and the right guard dogs in place to actually enforce it, because until we have police employees and judges who will hold the state and local governments accountable, all is for naught.
Politics is the art of the possible. Twenty-years ago, constitutional carry was seen as a pipe dream. Today, it is gaining speed as a political possibility in a growing number of States.
Others may disagree, but I believe that in total, shall issue permits have helped move the pendulum toward greater respect for RKBA. They have certainly allowed a much larger number of people to legally carry guns for self-defense that could do so under discriminatory permits or no permits. There are also many who are uncomfortable with the peer pressure or risk of legal hassle if the openly carry and so are much more likely to carry if they can legally conceal. CC can be a personal stepping stone toward OC for some. They can get comfortable and confident carrying a gun when no one knows they are carrying and sometimes come to decide they also want to OC. Those with permits tend to be opposed to increased off limits locations or other new restrictions on purchase or possession. They tend to oppose laws mandating expensive storage, or imposing unjust liability, or requiring a duty to retreat. Even if they never support OC or permit-free carry, they are allies in 90% of what all gun carriers need from legislators.
Recognizing permits issued by other States, eliminating off limits locations, and enforcing strong State preemption against localized pockets of anti-self-defense sentiments are social stepping stones toward greater legal respect for RKBA. Ditto for reducing training requirements, lowering costs, or otherwise making permits easier for LACs to obtain.