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On Wednesday, the Senate is expected to vote on the latest assault on public safety in the name of gun ownership. Introduced as an amendment to the military’s budget bill by Senator John Thune, a Republican of South Dakota, this radical measure would nullify the laws of almost every state, subjecting police officers to greater risk and increasing the potential for gun violence.
Nearly all states issue licenses to carry concealed firearms, but the criteria for granting such permits vary widely, and it is now, sensibly, up to each state to decide whether to accept another state’s permits.
At least 35 states prevent people from carrying concealed weapons if they have certain misdemeanor convictions. At least 31 states prohibit alcohol abusers from obtaining a concealed carry permit and require gun safety training. The Thune amendment would force states with more restrictive standards to accept concealed carry permits from states with less stringent rules — in effect giving the lax rules national reach.
Passage of the amendment would make it much harder for law enforcement to distinguish between legal and illegal possession of a firearm. It would be a boon for illegal gun traffickers, making it easier to transport weapons across state lines without being caught.
For Alaska to permit residents who have committed repeated violent misdemeanors or who have committed misdemeanor sex offenses against minors to carry a concealed weapon is terrible public policy. For the Senate to extend that permit to 47 other states would be the height of irresponsibility, as well as a breathtaking violation of legitimate states’ rights.
Washington, D.C. - Both Virginia Senators Mark Warner and Jim Webb broke with their party to back a gun control amendment, but the measure failed anyway. Senators Warner and Webb were among 58 senators who voted Wednesday in support of the controversial Thune amendment that would have allowed a person with a concealed weapon permit in one state to carry a weapon into another state. The vote fell two short of the 60 votes needed to approve the measure. Before the vote, Warner's officer said he is a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights, while a Webb spokesman said he has backed similar bills in the past. About 30 survivors and families of Virginia Tech victims had worked to defeat the amendment. One family member cheered the vote but said she was disappointed by the votes of Warner and Webb. Source
Originally posted by netwarrior
Reply to post by KarlG
I have a federal firtearms license (01 FFL) and I fire more rounds training in one year than most cops do in their entire career.
Three years ago I ran afoul of an overzealous campus cop and it ended with me being charged with public intoxication. I requested a breathalyzer and I was denied.
By your standards I should be denied my right to self defense while traveling. Idiotic in the very least.
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Originally posted by dooper
This bill shouldn't be necessary.
Originally posted by KarlG
I see. You wanted to shoot the campus cop because he denied you a breathalyzer. Right. Self-defense, sure.