What’s happening in the world of firearms?

People who don’t pay attention to gun news every day might not be aware of some of the great forward movements the industry has been making in the last 10 or 15 years. There’s been great advances in firearm technology as well as some of the laws that govern them. Here’s a quick overview of some of those and why we haven’t quite lost all hope in the struggle for Second Amendment rights.

Advances in firearm technology

holographic sitesOne of the biggest advancements in firearms technology is the development and widespread use of polymers. In the 70s and 80s when these materials first started coming out, they were very expensive when compared to the traditional steel construction of most guns. Now most of these materials are ubiquitous in the firearms industry with Glock making full lines of Polymer framed pistols ever since the mid 1980s. Their innovative line of 1911 grips is a favorite of mine.

This widespread use and availability of polymer today has cause the prices of other accessories like large capacity magazines to drop in price because they can be mass-produce with cheaper inputs than steel.

It has also caused guns to be a lot lighter. It’s no surprise that law enforcement’s sidearm of choice today is the Glock because it is a much lighter gun due to its polymer frame. If you are a police officer or someone who concealed/open carries, shaving off some weight can be a big help.

While the advances in polymer compounds are a bit outdated, some cutting edge advancements in firearms technology are sight advancements. Today, red-dot, collimator, or holographic sights are becoming very affordable and popular. While the traditionalists still using iron sights may object to this breakthrough, collimator sights have been proven to be just as effective as iron sites and in many cases faster on target. In fact, many military personnel don’t even train on iron sights anymore.

Another area of huge advancement are lasers. People can affordable own laser sights for guns and the quality and range of them have improved dramatically.

States movement towards CCWs

People forget that it was not that long ago when concealed carry wasn’t something you could do very easily—or at all. In 1986, there were over 15 states that did not allow concealed carry of weapons at all—period. It was completely banned. Today, thankfully almost every single state has passed some form of concealed carry that allows citizens to lawfully protect themselves. Even the last holdout state of Illinois passed a concealed carry law in 2013.

concealed carry in statesThink about that progress. Less than 30 years ago there were over 15 states that banned concealed carry all together. Now every state has some form of concealed carry. This is reason enough not to lose hope.

Courts Recognizing People’s Rights to Possess Firearms

supreme court and gun lawsIn 2008, in D.C. v. Heller the Supreme Court formally recognized that handguns are “arms” for the purposes of the Second Amendment. Before this decision, residents of Washington, D.C. were prohibited from owning any handguns except those that were registered before 1975. The law also required all firearms in the home to be kept unloaded, dissembled, or bound by a trigger lock. It pretty much required owners to lock their firearms up in high quality top-rated gun safes at all times. Luckily, the court struck down both of these elements.

More recently in Palmer v. D.C., the Supreme Court struck down Washington D.C.’s absolute prohibition on the concealed carry of handguns outside of the home.

While we will always have people like Senator Dianne Feinstein grandstanding about their stance to restrict everyday citizens’ access to firearms, we are making slow progress in the movement for Second Amendment rights.

We should be happy about the progress we have made thus far, but we should not forget that tyranny never sleeps and the fight for freedom is a perpetual fight.