Good news, if Governor Brownback signs the law, Kansas will become the fifth state, joining Alaska, Arizona, Vermont and Wyoming, to allow concealed carry in state borders without a permit. Montana allows concealed carry without a permit outside of cities, and West Virginia recently passed such a law which Governor, Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed. But, as Bob Owens notes, the West Virginia legislature seems to have the votes to override his veto. Owens also notes something about strategy
You’ll note that both Kansas and West Virginia were able to get as far as they have without obnoxious and intentionally provocative open carry demonstrations near schools, in the legislature, or in private businesses that unnecessarily added additional hurdles and gave gun control groups ammunition to fight against us.
Firearm rights campaigners in other states need to study carefully how the organizations in Kansas and West Virginia are building coalitions. In both of these states, supporters worked diligently and with resolve, while making sure not to do anything to generate or intensify opposition.
Anyone who looks at trends is well aware of the fact that firearms freedom is spreading in all but the most restrictive and liberty-challenged states. The momentum is on our side and legislators in both major parties know it. We will prevail… as long as some of the more “politically challenged” on our side don’t get in our way.
Yes, tactics matter. Especially if you are supporting what is right, which in this case is liberty. The “in your face” style of some open carriers is not good strategy, it alienates, rather than educates those who might be open to constitutional carry once they have more facts.