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Image: Alfredo Rico; read more here.

A Mississippi resident who receives a concealed carry permit and takes an eight-hour course can now carry a gun on college campuses, in bars and in courthouses.

As of this summer, Wyoming residents need no permits for concealed weapons. And in Indiana, private businesses must allow employees to keep firearms in their vehicles on company property.

Those and other recent changes on the state level represent a growing shift toward loosening state gun regulations, according to University of Chicago professor Jens Ludwig.

“When you look across the states, they are definitely moving in the direction of allowing concealed weapons in more locations,” Ludwig says.

“The gun lobby won’t stop,” says Brian Malte, of the Washington, D.C.-based Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Malte described the way he sees the trend for the past 10 years: guns “anytime, any place and for anyone.”

Source: Elizabeth Crisp for USA Today.

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