Skip to comments.National Concealed Carry Bill Passes House 272 to 154
Posted on 11/17/2011 4:48:52 PM PST by neverdem
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 drivers 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.
Despite the mix of Democrats and Republicans voting for the bill, there have been critics.
On the Left, Sen. Scott P. Brown (R.-Mass.), who won a special election to succeed Edward M. Kennedy Sr., a ferocious opponent of gun rights after two of his brothers were cut down by assassin bullets, sent a November 3 Dear Friend letter to Bay State mayors assuring them that he would oppose the bill if the matter came before the Senate.
Brown, who was endorsed and strongly supported in his election by the National Rifle Association, echoed the arguments of other liberals when he called the bill a violation of states rights.
Christopher W. Cox, the executive director of NRAs Institute for Legislative Action, said, NRA has made the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act a priority because it enhances the fundamental right to self-defense guaranteed to all law-abiding people.
Cox said the reciprocity for regular people should be as easy as the current practice between states for recognizing carry permits held by armored car guards.
People are not immune from crime when they cross state lines. That is why it is vital for them to be able to defend themselves and their loved ones should the need arise, he said.
Another gun rights organization, Gun Owners of America, had concerns about the bill, preferring H.R. 2900, sponsored by Rep. Paul Broun (R.-Ga.).
One problem with H.R. 822 is that it destroys Vermont Carry, said John Velleco, GOAs director of federal affairs.
In Vermont, it has long been the case that law-abiding residents and non-residents alike could carry a concealed firearm, except for use in the commission of a crime, he said. The state, incidentally, also has the distinction of consistently being ranked one of the safest states in the country.
The problem is that because there is no permit, there is nothing for another state to recognize, he said.
Brouns bill would allow the Vermont drivers license to suffice, he said.
Another problem is that constitutionally, the Stearns-Shuler bill relies on the Commerce Clause, and the bills authority is grounded in the act of transporting guns across interstate lines being classified as commerce, he said. This stretch opens the legislation to court challenge.
The Broun bill is grounded in the Second Amendment, he said.
H.R. 822 would certainly benefit many Americans, although that number represents only a small fraction of all gun owners. But the bill has several deep flaws that could be fixed by Brouns legislation, Velleco said.
To mitigate to flaws in the Stearns-Shuler bill, GOA supported an amendment by Rep. W. Robert Rob Woodall III (R.-Ga.), which would assert that existing arrangements between states, such as 40 states have with each other, would supersede federal standards of reciprocity regulations, he said.
This will help to ensure that states are not deterred from seeking out reciprocity agreements and it acts as a check against future federal abuse of the nations gun laws, he said.
Now it is the Senates turn to act.
All eyes are Sen. John R. Thune (R.-S.D.). Thune attempted to gain Senate approval for reciprocity for national concealed carry in the last session of Congress with legislation very close to the language in the Broun bill. Ultimately, however, Thune fell two votes short of the 60 votes he needed to end a Democratic filibuster.
Neil W. McCabe is the editor of Guns & Patriots. McCabe, was a reporter and photographer at The Pilot, Boston's Catholic newspaper for several years. An Army reservist, he served 14 months in Iraq as a combat historian. Follow him on Twitter
There were a number of rats ready to change their YEAs to NEAs so they wouldn't get the magic 60 votes in order to prevent the passage of the Thune Amendment.
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Did dirty “Hairy Reed” vote against it last time?
This was a total waste ot time. Reid will never bring it up for a vote in the Senate, and Obama would veto it if it did pass.
Reid is pro-2A, but he may put on his Tom Daschle hat and not even allow it to have a vote.
Right idea, wrong justification. Should have stated that concealed carry is part and parcel of the 2nd Amendment, and that the 2nd Amendment is incorporated against the States.
Political theater for the elections.
IMHO, this is a very bad bill. Think about it—do we want the feds to have the data base of every gun owner in this country? Sure would give them what they need to make a call to disarm us all.
I am disappointed with the republicans who voted for this bill. The 2nd amendment does not specifically call for concealed carry, nor it specifically apply the 2nd amendment to the States.
An argument at best could be made that the Federal Goverment has the right to impose Gun rights on the grounds of arming the militia. But we need to be disarming the northern States not allowing their population to arm themselves. Why not at least allow them to disarm themselves.
When war comes we want them to be disarmed and helpless before southern furrie.
Never a waste get them on record and make the idiot in the wh veto it
Dingy Harry voted for it.
Not necessarily, remember the Coburn Amendment that now allows concealed carry in national parks, etc. You attach it as an amendment to must pass legislation.
In Alaska there is an automatic right to CC, but you can also fill out the forms to for a hard copy permit if you want to travel to a reciprocal state. Seems an easy fix.
You can walk into Walmart, buy your gun and ammo and walk out with it on your hip. I like Alaska.
Where is the GREEN!
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Agreed. Plus, this from GOA:
One extremely troubling amendment to the bill was slipped in on a voice vote. Sponsored by Republican David Reichert (C rated by GOA ), the amendment instructs the Government Accounting Office to:
Conduct a study of the ability of State and local law enforcement authorities to verify the validity of licenses or permits, issued by other States, to carry a concealed firearm.
Nowhere in the Constitution is there even a hint of authority for the federal government to study the exercising of a right. Even worse, you can be sure that anti-gunners will use any excuse, including this study, to push for some type of national carry license.
The bill now heads to the Senate, where GOA is already working with key Senators to address ALL of the problems with the bill. GOA is also working with Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) on legislation, H.R. 2900, that takes a constitutional approach to concealed carry recognition.
Please God, Please:
LET THIS POISON BILL DIE!
This is a replay of the nationalized truck driver’s license regulations. CDL and all that rot.
If the FedGov is the final arbiter of National Carry, subject to the nefarious Commerce Clause, do you EVEN THINK that 16 tons of number nine coal regulations won’t be attached?
Think LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR! Because NJ, Illinois and California have the most stringent rules, then the Fedgov will impose the most strict rules ON THE WHOLE NATION.
Think this through, please.
To be sure, if this bill flies through the Senate, and BeeHoe signs it, you can damn well believe that you have Royally Effed the Ef up.
Take what you know about the Fedgov and think it through.
This afternoon I walked into Walmart with a loaded handgun in my pocket—it wouldn't have made any difference if it were on my hip, bought some target ammo, and walked out.
Not quite Alaska but Arizona is pretty nice, too.
There are still pockets of freedom left in America. Shhhh...
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