By a vote of 272 to 154, the House of Representatives today approved H.R. 822, which would allow anybody licensed to carry concealed weapons in their home state to carry them concealed into other states as well, regardless of that state’s laws. The vote was largely on partisan lines, though 44 Democrats voted for, and 7 Republicans against.
The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.
[September 13, 2011] Congress to Decide: If you have a concealed carry permit, should you be allowed to carry that gun into other states when you travel?
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives will begin hearings on a proposed law in which both sides stand in support of “rights”: Proponents of the National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act want states to be required to honor “carry” permits issued in other states — so if you have the right to carry a concealed weapon in Texas, where those permits are about as easy to get as dog licenses, you can carry your weapon into Illinois, which doesn’t issue these permits at all.
Opponents are arguing for the right of states to control who can carry concealed weapons. Clearly, the end result (and clear intention) of this act would be to lower the national requirement to obtain a concealed carry permit to that of the most lenient state.
So on one hand this could result in a monumental shift in the right to bear arms, effectively eliminating gun control throughout the United States. On the other hand, this is all merely an exercise in political showmanship with the majority Republicans of the House voting for the bill to bolster their right-wing bona fides — since the perception, during the current election cycle, is that Republican candidates have to appeal to the party’s most conservative voters — knowing full well that the Democrat-controlled Senate will pass this about a week and a half after Hell freezes over.