First, I do not like the term "constitutional carry" since I believe it sets the in favor argument up for failure right off the bat by making it sound that we believe the constitution addresses carrying a firearm in public...which it does not. Still, I am starting to warm to the idea if not to the labeling. At first I was pretty set against...ummm...let's call it "legal carry." Meaning making it legal for any lawful person to carry a legally obtained firearm on their person. I am way to in favor of training to carry a gun. I am also of the opinion that there are a lot of people out there that should not be allowed to handle scissors in public, much less a firearm. There are some real unstable and unhappy people out there. Still, I think that sometimes you have to allow things to just be and deal with the consequences. You cannot preemptively stop bad people from doing bad things at the expense of everyone else's freedoms. As I sit here and read some of the posts over the past few days regarding "legal carry" I find myself altering my opinions a bit. When I start to think about it I realize that the only difference between this and the process used in WA (where I also have a non-res carry permit) is a fee paid to the state. WA does not do any type of training. It just runs a background check and issues a permit after you pay your $65. Since people already go through a background check to buy the gun in the first place (under most circumstances) the only difference between this policy and "legal carry" is the $65. Since anyone that is legal to possess a firearm will pass the check there is no real validation going on. If someone is caught with a gun who is not legal to possess one then they will be punished. And lets face it, people who are not legal yet still carry a gun are going to do it until caught regardless of legal requirements. So who would these requirements really stop? Just legal gun owners who do not have the time or money for the process and the really stupid illegal ones. Could allowing anyone to carry cause issues? Of course it could. Do I think it will? I do not know. If it does cause any problems I do not believe they would be of the "shoot out" variety. I think they would be of the self inflicted ND injury variety. People that are going to try and hurt someone else are going to do it with a gun or a bat. They will not be more likely to do something because they have a gun. Especially if they think the other person might have a gun too. These types of people do not usually like fair fights. In fact some people might even mature a bit from having a gun on them. It really does make you feel less vulnerable and less angry. It makes you think more about your actions. So it might be good for a lot of people. Like I said before, I feel the ones most likely to suffer will be people that do not bother to educate themselves and end up harming themselves through mishandling of their firearm. PS: One of the statements that started me moving in this direction was one in another thread where the statement was made that it would now be legal for a woman to place a handgun in her purse for protection. That made me think of a lot of women I have known that were threatened by ex boyfriends or spouses who could have armed themselves for peace of mind during the ordeals.