(PresidentialWire.com)- Last week, Alabama became the 22nd Constitutional Carry state in the country and this week, Ohio became number 23.
On Thursday, Governor Kay Ivey signed into law Alabama’s constitutional carry bill eliminating the requirement to apply for a permit to carry a firearm.
House Bill 272 also establishes a $5 million fund to local governments to offset the loss of revenue from permit applications.
The new law will go into effect on January 1, 2023.
In a statement, Governor Ivey reaffirmed Alabama’s commitment to defending the Second Amendment, especially at a time when other states are “are doing everything in their power to make it harder for law-abiding citizens” to exercise their Second Amendment rights.
And on Monday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed the legislation making his state the 23rd Constitutional Carry state in the country.
Alabama and Ohio now join the other Constitutional Carry states, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
The Indiana state legislature passed Constitutional Carry last Tuesday. The bill now awaits Republican Governor Eric Holcomb’s signature.
On Friday, the Georgia House passed a Constitutional Carry bill after the Georgia Senate has passed its version. The House bill will now move to the Senate. Governor Brian Kemp has already said he would sign the legislation.
Meanwhile, the Nebraska state legislature last Friday passed a similar bill, but the legislation has to face another round of votes before it can be sent to the governor.
When the legislation is signed into law in Indiana, Georgia, and Nebraska, the majority of US states will be Constitutional Carry states.