Guam Legislature Passes “Shall Issue” Concealed Carry!
Guam, as a territory of the United States, is held to the standards created by court cases here in the mainland.
It looks like its legislature went ahead and passed a law that will allow for “shall issue” concealed carry permits following recent court rulings.
According to Guampdn.com,
The bill would require the Guam Police Department to issue concealed firearms permits to applicants who have shown, among other requirements:
– they are not a convicted felon;
– they have not been imprisoned; or
– they have not been committed to programs for substance abuse.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in February and March repealed “may issue” laws in California and Hawaii, respectively.
Guam currently has a “May Issue” carry permit, which means applicants must show a justifiable need to have a permit before being granted one. Obviously, this gives a lot of power to the issuing authority of permits, in this case, the chief of police.
It’s certainly a step in the right direction for ensuring that all areas of Untied States, even our territories, secure the right to keep and bear arms.