HolyCoast: National Concealed Carry Bill Passes House

Thursday, November 17, 2011

National Concealed Carry Bill Passes House

When you leave your state to drive in another, you don't have to get a new license for the other state.  Your current license is honored.

Why shouldn't gun permits work the same way?
A bill promising the most significant expansion of national gun rights since the current gun control regime began with the Handgun Control Act of 1968, passed the House 272 to 154 November 16 at 5:50 p.m. after two days of debate.

“The right to defend yourself and your loved ones from criminals is fundamental, and it should not be extinguished when you cross a state border,” said Rep. Clifford B. Stearns (R.-FL), who lead the fight with his co-sponsor Rep. J. Heath Shuler (D.-N.C.), a leader of the caucus of moderate Democrats known as the Blue Dogs.

“H.R. 822, the National Right to Carry Reciprocity Act, recognizes this important fact by establishing the interstate recognition of concealed carry permits in much the same way driver’s licenses are recognized,” said Stearns.

“Although 49 states issue these permits and many have reciprocity agreements with other states, the lack of uniformity makes it hard for law-abiding permit holders to know for sure if they are obeying the law as they travel from state to state,” he said.

“This legislation will simply make it far easier for law-abiding permit holders to know they are in compliance with the law when they carry a firearm as they travel,” he said.
For those who claim this takes away state's rights to control guns, the Second Amendment supersedes state law. It gives the right to bear arms to ALL citizens, not just those to live in non-liberal states. I like this plan, though it probably won't go anywhere in the Senate, especially with Republicans like Scott Brown opposing it.

1 comment:

Larry said...

One of the arguments I read against the bill is that states like California and New Jersey would create registration lists of out-of-state permit holders, plus the whole permit process is an afront to a right that should be automatic -unless you're a felon.