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April 4, 2006
Dave Kopel of the Independence Institute in Golden, Colo., has an excellent post at the Volokh Conspiracy on concealed-carry weapons laws. Nebraska's action means that 40 of the 50 states have shall-issue (or even less restrictive) laws on gun possession. This is a great example of federalism: Reforms that could never have passed Congress have swept across the country, as people in some states have learned from the experience of others. While centralized elites have concentrated on restricting gun ownership, with little practical effect, decentralized non-elites in the states have promoted legal gun ownership, with results that seem benign.