pro-gun amendment to HR 980

Discussion in 'Legal and Activism' started by Kelly J, May 13, 2008.

  1. Kelly J

    Kelly J New Member

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    Senator Vitter To Offer Concealed Carry Reciprocity Amendment
    -- Action needed right away!

    Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert
    8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151
    Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408
    http://www.gunowners.org

    Tuesday, May 13, 2008


    Senator David Vitter (R-LA) has filed a pro-gun amendment to HR 980, and it
    could be voted on as early as tomorrow!

    This amendment would protect the right of citizens to carry concealed
    weapons (outside of their home state) in states that allow concealed carry.

    Sen. Vitter explains that his amendment does not violate the rights of
    states as it "does NOT establish national standards for concealed
    carry, nor
    does it provide for a national carry permit."

    In other words, the Vitter amendment specifically says that state laws
    concerning specific types of locations in which firearms may not be carried
    shall be followed. "My amendment will not federalize concealed carry
    permits but simply requires concealed carry permits to be recognized in
    other states that allow concealed carry permits," Vitter said.

    This is a real reciprocity provision which grants citizens the
    "full faith
    and credit" protection that is guaranteed in Article IV of the
    Constitution.
    Section 1 of this article says:

    Full Faith and Credit shall be given in each State to the public Acts,
    Records, and judicial Proceedings of every other State. And the Congress
    may by general Laws prescribe the Manner in which such Acts, Records, and
    Proceedings shall be proved, and the Effect thereof.

    Vitter says that this constitutional provision authorizes the Congress to
    pass legislation forcing each state to recognize the "public
    Acts" of other
    states. So if states are not willing to recognize another state's laws,
    Congress has the authority to pass laws to require recognition of those
    measures.

    It's just like with driver's licenses. If certain states refused to honor
    the driver's licenses of citizens in other states, Congress could pass
    legislation (under Article IV) to require every state to honor all licenses.


    ACTION: Please urge your Senators to vote for the Vitter amendment to HR
    980 to protect the right to carry concealed firearms outside of your home
    state.

    You can visit the Gun Owners Legislative Action Center at
    http://www.gunowners.org/activism.htm to send your Senators the pre-written
    e-mail message below. And, you can call your Senators at 202-224-3121 or
    toll-free at 1-877-762-8762.
     
  2. hillbilly68

    hillbilly68 New Member

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    I really like the driver's license comparison. I didn't pick up on if it is a may issue or a shall issue state, but I guess it doesn't matte ras a permit is a permit is a permit.