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  • US Marine (retired): Ban on travellers From Iraq

    02/05/2017 6:15:30 PM PST · by Candor7 · 12 replies
    Milo Video ^ | 1 Feb 2017 | Steven Gern
    Click " Not Now" and listen to this contractor's video about the Iraq situation for US citizens, who are resident in Iraq.
  • GOP Rep Introduces National Concealed Carry Reciprocity On Day One of New Congress

    01/04/2017 7:24:32 AM PST · by Zakeet · 34 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 3, 2017 | Awr Hawkins
    On January 3–the first day of the 115th Congress–Representative Richard Hudson (R-NC-8) introduced national concealed carry reciprocity legislation. Hudson's office published this summary of the legislation: Rep. Hudson's bill, which is supported by major pro-Second Amendment groups, would allow people with a state-issued concealed carry license or permit to conceal a handgun in any other state that allows concealed carry, as long as the permit holder follows the laws of that state. It also allows residents of Constitutional carry states the ability to carry in other states that recognize their own resident's right to concealed carry. Note: Hudson's legislation not...
  • LA Times: Concealed carry reciprocity ‘absurd and dangerous’

    12/06/2016 4:08:00 PM PST · by PROCON · 39 replies ^ | Dec. 6, 2016 | Brian Seay
    The Los Angeles Times editorial board says the Donald Trump backed, NRA push for nationwide concealed carry reciprocity is bad for public safety, calling it “absurd and dangerous” in a piece published Saturday. Lawmakers have four bills drafted that would make concealed carry reciprocity a federal law allowing gun owners licensed to carry in one state, to be able to carry in any other state. The Times calls it an effort to “dismantle state and local gun-control laws,” driving nationwide concealed carry laws “to the lowest common denominator” by allowing people to get carry permits in states with less...
  • WV: Second Amendment Supporting AG Gains Maximum Reciprocity

    10/20/2016 6:08:42 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 12 October, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Image from West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has done a remarkable job of expanding reciprocity with other states for West Virginia's concealed carry permits. The West Virgina Citizen's Defense League has noted his efforts.  From Keith Morgan, president of the West Virginia Citizens Defense League, said his group was optimistic the new provisional licenses would be recognized in three to six states, initially believing any expansion beyond that would take years. “The relentless tenacity with which Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s office attacked this issue, resulting in recognition from 16 states, is quite frankly, astonishing,” Morgan said in...
  • New Jersey Governor Christie upends old income tax deal with Pennsylvania

    09/03/2016 11:01:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Sep 2, 2016 5:46pm EDT | Hilary Russ
    New Jersey Governor Christie said on Friday the state would begin taxing income earned by people who work in New Jersey but live in Pennsylvania, ending a long-standing arrangement with the neighboring state. Pulling out of the nearly 40-year old “reciprocity” agreement would allow New Jersey to raise more revenue starting Jan. 1. Christie, a close ally of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, said in a statement that he was forced to act because the Democrat-controlled legislature created a $250 million budget hole in June by relying on public employee health insurance cuts they have not yet made. If lawmakers...
  • California Infringement of Second Amendment can be Overcome

    06/30/2016 9:38:03 AM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 30 June, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    While I was visiting another member of the gun culture, I was shown a new acquisition, a Springfield XD in .45 caliber.  I was struck by the the warning label on the box “NOT LEGAL IN CALIFORNIA” and “W/HIGH CAPACITY MAGAZINE”.I object to the term “High Capacity Magazine”.  The magazines are not high capacity, they are standard capacity.  Magazines of ten rounds or less are reduced capacity. The idea that a Constitutionally protected item could be forbidden by state law reminded me of how topsy turvy the interpretation of the commerce clause of the Constitution has become.When the American...
  • Gov. Nikki Haley signs laws shortening legislative session, granting Georgia gun carry rights

    06/04/2016 3:39:21 PM PDT · by TangoLimaSierra · 13 replies ^ | 6/3/16 | Maya T. Prabhu
    COLUMBIA — Statehouse lawmakers will be in session less time in 2017 and Georgia gun permit holders can now carry their weapons in South Carolina after Gov. Nikki Haley on Friday signed dozens of bills passed by the General Assembly into law. After about 20 years on the table, lawmakers this year voted to shorten the legislative session by three or four weeks, depending on how the calendar falls. Legislators will head home on the second Thursday in May, instead of the first Thursday in June, beginning next year. In 2018 and some other years ahead, the session would be...
  • VA Republican: If McAuliffe hates firearms so much, we'll cancel his security force

    12/28/2015 5:54:48 PM PST · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Hot ^ | December 28, 2015 | ED MORRISEY
    The decision by Virginia’s Attorney General Mark Herring to sever reciprocity in carry permits with 25 other states has one state senator seeing red. Bob Carrico considers the issue “absurd,” but plans to do more than fume about it. If the Terry McAuliffe administration worries this much about firearms, Carrico wants to take action to keep them as far away from the governor as possible, according to the Bristol Herald-Courier: "I absolutely think it's absurd," Carrico, a Republican from Galax, said Tuesday. "I think it's a threat to the people of Virginia that have concealed carry handgun permit reciprocity from...
  • MN: Minnesota Posts New CCW Reciprocity List for 2015

    08/15/2015 2:09:51 AM PDT · by marktwain · 19 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 12 August, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The Minnesota Department of Public Safety has posted the new reciprocity list for the State, in order to meet the requirements of the gun law reform passed in 2015.  As expected of an appointee of an openly disarmist governor, the list approved by the Commissioner of Public Safety is very restrictive, removing four states for minor differences in the law, and adding eight states or state permits that have limited numbers. The additional eight states permits now be recognized by the State of Minnesota are: Delaware, Idaho (enhanced permit), Illinois, New Jersey, North Dakota (enhanced permit), Rhode Island, South...
  • MN:Are All States' Gun Permits now Valid in Minnesota?

    08/04/2015 7:51:20 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 3 August, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    In May of 2015, Minnesota enacted an omnibus firearm reform law.  The law went into effect yesterday, 1 August, 2015. One of the reforms was a change in the wording for Minnesota to recognize permits from other states.  The previous wording required that the other State's law be "substantially similar" to Minnesota's permit law.  The Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety is required to publish a list, and if the State that a person has a permit for is not on the list, then the permit is considered valid.  Here is the old law, that ceased effect on...
  • Nevada Expands Concealed Carry Permit Reciprocity

    06/22/2015 5:35:55 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 21 June, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Nevada has added ten states whose permits it will recognize, dropped Michigan and New Mexico, and will recognize both permits from Idaho and North Dakota instead of only their enhanced permit.   Here is the list of states that Nevada will recognize, as of June 18th, 2015.  From Nevada Division of Public Safety(pdf): Pursuant to SB 175 and AB 488 of the 2015 Legislative Session, the State of Nevada will recognize concealed weapons permits from the following states: Alaska Arizona Arkansas Delaware Idaho (both types of permits) Illinois Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Minnesota Montana Nebraska North Carolina North Dakota (both types...
  • OR: Expanded CCW Reciprocity in Trouble

    06/11/2015 6:11:07 AM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 June, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Oregon is one of the states that has stubbornly refused to grant reciprocity to concealed carry permits from other states, even though many of those states recognize the Oregon permit when Oregon residents visit them.  The map above, from, show that Oregon does not recognize  a single other state. The map below shows that 20 states allow Oregon residents to carry in their state, with an Oregon permit.  Vermont does not require a permit.  The blue states recognize the Oregon permit.  Michigan only recognizes Oregon permits for Oregon residents. Now that Michael Bloomberg's organizations have purchased a repressive...
  • OR: House Moves toward CCW Reciprocity

    05/02/2015 6:35:53 AM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 2 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Oregon is one of the most restrictive states for carry permit reciprocity.   It does not recognize any permits from any other state.  There are eight other states that are as restrictive.  They are Hawaii, California, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts.    Most are the last hangers on to the old "may issue" permit system, where the right to carry is not just subject to fees, classes, background checks, and waiting for government permission, but is subject to some, often unelected,  bureaucrat's feelings and attitudes toward you and your lifestyle.   Rhode Island is the...
  • Nevada lawmakers hear testimony on concealed weapon law changes

    CARSON CITY — State lawmakers took up the first of three 2nd Amendment bills Wednesday, with the Assembly Judiciary Committee hearing testimony on a bill that would require Nevada to recognize concealed carry weapon permits issued to individuals from all other states. Assembly Bill 139, sponsored by Assemblyman Jim Wheeler, R-Gardnerville, would establish the universal reciprocity requirement. Permit-holders from other states would have to follow Nevada’s concealed carry rules, and Nevadans would still be required to obtain a Nevada concealed carry permit. The committee took no immediate action on the bill. Nevada now has reciprocity with only 14 other states...
  • OH: Gun Reform Bill goes to Governor Kasich (R)

    12/13/2014 3:02:56 PM PST · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 13 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    H.B. 234  is an 18 page reform of Ohio's firearms laws, though most of the 18 pages are existing law.  The reforms are simple commonsense reforms of provisions of state law that were unduly restrictive and made no sense.  This was reflected by the large vote margins for passage of the bill; 24-6 in the Senate, 69-16 in the House.  The bill now goes to Governor Kasich, who has not indicated if he will sign it or not.   Disarmists are already lobbying the Governor in an attempt to have him veto the bill.  Governor Kasich has 10 days from...
  • P320 Enty: Federal Reciprocity Now!

    06/23/2014 8:02:16 AM PDT · by Q-ManRN · 9 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | June 22,2014 | Dan Zimmerman
    My four small children and I were headed to my parents’ house in Illinois when my daughter uttered those five words every parent on a road trip hates to hear, “I have to go POTTY!” When we returned to the van I noticed that the man had opened the side door of his van that was nearest mine and was standing in front of it. In order to put my baby in his car seat I would have to turn my back on the man standing 2 feet from me in the creepy van. Had I been in my home...
  • Jackson: Gun owner unarmed, unwelcome in Maryland

    01/14/2014 5:49:44 PM PST · by servo1969 · 104 replies
    The Tampa Tribune ^ | 1-14-2014 | Tom Jackson
    John Filippidis, silver-haired family man, business owner, employer and taxpayer, is also licensed to carry a concealed firearm. He’d rather he didn’t feel the need, “but things aren’t like they used to be. The break-ins, the burglaries, all the crime. And I carry cash a lot of the time. I’m constantly going to the bank. “I wanted to be able to defend my family, my household and the ground I’m standing on. But I’m not looking for any trouble.” Filippidis keeps his gun — a palm-sized Kel-Tec .38 semiautomatic, barely larger than a smartphone in a protective case — in...
  • State Police Circumventing Act 1089? (Updated) (Refuse to accept Concealed Weapon Licenses)

    09/29/2013 7:47:51 PM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies ^ | 25 September, 2013 | Chris Matthews
    UPDATE:  Arkansas Senator Jason Rapert has advised Arkansas Carry that ASP Director Col. Stan Witt has issued a correction letter to Idaho.   Here is a copy of the letter: It was brought to our attention that the Arkansas State Police is side-stepping Act 1089 by Sen. Jason Rapert.  This bill basically obligated Arkansas to recognize all concealed handgun permits in the country.  The Arkansas State Police claim that a state that issues a "weapons" license is not the same as a "concealed handgun" license and therefore will not recognize any state that has "weapon" instead of "handgun" on their...
  • Congress can require Carry Reciprocity under the "Full Faith and Credit Clause" of the Constitution

    09/25/2013 6:57:53 AM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 25 September, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    Alabama recently recognized firearm carry permits from all other states.  This is a continuing trend among states, where it is common for states to recognize each others permits. The situation is reminiscent of the early days of drivers licenses, where research was required to determine what states recognized drivers licenses issued by other states. There are enough votes in the Congress to pass national reciprocity, to insure that people who are allowed to carry guns in one state will be able to exercise their rights in all U.S. territories. National reciprocity has not come to a vote, because the...
  • DE prosecutors drop concealed weapon charge against Middletown engineer

    07/09/2013 11:20:09 PM PDT · by imardmd1 · 12 replies
    The News Journal (Delaware) | July 9, 2013 | Cris Barrish
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  • Washington Post admits: Stopping Criminals not Goal of Gun Bill

    04/12/2013 6:37:04 PM PDT · by marktwain · 20 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 13 April, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    >An interesting admission in the Washington Post:Moments after clearing the first procedural hurdle, Democrats and gun control groups began readying themselves for a potentially more difficult fight: Weeks of Senate debate defending their carefully crafted legislation against possible amendments — particularly a plan to allow gun owners to carry concealed weapons from one state to another — that would kill the bill’s underlying goal. If the underlying goal of the "universal background check" bill is not to "keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentaly ill", both of which are prevented from obtaining concealed carry permits, one...
  • Kansas Gov Brownback Signs HB 21 Recognizing All States’ Concealed Carry!

    04/08/2013 9:10:00 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 12 replies ^ | 4-8-2013 | Tami Jackson
    Friday afternoon Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed 11 bills into law, including SB 21 which amends several firearms-related statutes including authorizing official recognition of any valid concealed carry permit from another state for individuals traveling through or visiting Kansas. Thanks to Gov Brownback, Kansas now has the best Concealed Carry reciprocity in the nation!
  • Concealed-weapons permits catch on in Colo. county

    05/28/2012 6:48:14 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies ^ | 27 May, 2012 | Jeff Glor
    (CBS News) The U.S. Senate has yet to act on a so-called "concealed carry reciprocity" bill, which would let people with permits to carry a concealed weapon in their home state carry that weapon into virtually any other state. A similar bill has passed the House. Almost every state now allows the carrying of concealed weapons under certain conditions. Colorado, for example, has issued nearly 130,000 concealed handgun permits since 2003. Robert Paulson is getting his permit to carry a concealed gun and says other seniors should do the same. "Yeah, why not?" he asked. Aimee Galvin is thinking about...
  • MILLER: Drive across America, armed

    05/26/2012 5:03:44 AM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 25 May, 2012 | Emily Miller
    Americans choose to take to the roads for va- cations and to visit friends and family on Memorial Day. Often, they’ll bring their firearms with them for sport or personal protection, and it’s perfectly legal under federal law. This gets under the skin of a handful of anti-gun jurisdictions that have grown so out of control that they’ll jail an active-duty Afghanistan veteran who’s following the letter of the law. A growing, bipartisan movement in Congress is looking to stop the harassment. Rep. H. Morgan Griffith, Virginia Republican, has sponsored legislation that would amend current law to make it clear...
  • Cross-State Gun Carry Bill Under Fire

    05/05/2012 7:44:17 PM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies ^ | 3 May, 2012 | dabneybailey
    A bill that would allow citizens to carry concealed handguns over state lines is catching harsh criticism from opponents in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting. The bill is the brainchild of Senators David Witter and John Thune, Republicans of Louisiana and South Dakota, respectively. They call it the "Respecting States' Rights and Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act," and what the bill does is pretty much all right there in the name. Basically, if you're allowed to carry a concealed gun in your home state, then that alone should be enough to let you carry a weapon in just about...
  • A Hit To Carry Reciprocity In The Southwest (NM)

    05/02/2012 6:57:25 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money ^ | 1 May, 2012 | John Richardson
    The State of New Mexico has stopped honoring carry permits from 13 other states in the last two weeks according to a report on I don't see much good that will come of this especially for the residents of the Land of Enchantment. Notice: New Mexico has stopped honoring 13 other states Permit/Licenses in the last Couple weeks. Many of those states will stop honoring a New Mexico Permit/License. If you are a New Mexico Permit holder advises you to call ahead to make sure your New Mexico Permit is honored. Below is the list of states that...
  • MILLER: Have gun, will travel

    04/12/2012 11:44:37 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies ^ | 11 April, 2012 | Emily Miller
    Law-abiding gun owners can run into serious trouble when on the move. Venturing into firearm-unfriendly states creates confusion about what individuals need to do to abide by a confusing maze of regulations. Congress should act to prevent honest citizens from winding up behind bars because police are misinformed. Rep. Morgan Griffith introduced legislation in late March to strengthen national gun-transport laws. “The most important clarification in this bill is that when you are traveling, as long as your weapon is in a locked container and unloaded, you shouldn’t have to worry about being arrested,” the Virginia Republican told The Washington...
  • Gun Owners Seek End to State Barriers to Concealed Weapons

    04/11/2012 8:25:22 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies ^ | 10 February, 2012 | Ryan Jerome
    Ryan Jerome took his .45-caliber Ruger with him to Manhattan last September and thought he understood the city's weapons laws when he carried his loaded handgun on a side trip to the Empire State Building. But Jerome, who is from Indiana, soon found himself in a legal tangle that he said illustrates the confusing array of gun laws in the U.S. and the need for uniformity. "How can the city of New York override your rights under the Second Amendment of the Constitution?" said Jerome, 29, who pleaded guilty last month to a misdemeanor weapons possession charge as part of...
  • Representative Terry Johnson introduces HB495 (Reciprocity & Concealed Carry Modernization)(OH)

    03/28/2012 7:45:15 PM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Buckeye Firerams Association ^ | 27 March, 2012 | Jim Irvine
    Representative Terry Johnson (R-McDermott) has introduced HB495, a bill designed to reform Ohio concealed carry law to protect the rights of law-abiding gun owners and continue a trend toward making Ohio law similar to other states. Currently, the gun laws in the Ohio Revised Code contain a number of ambiguities, and a number of "poison pill" provisions that have created confusion for law-abiding Ohioans, law enforcement agencies and the courts. Nine years ago, Governor Robert Taft refused to sign Ohio's concealed carry legislation unless it contained language to address so-called "safety concerns" of anti-gun activists. None of these provisions have...
  • Out-of-state concealed carry permits approved

    03/21/2012 2:25:37 PM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies ^ | 21 March, 2012 | Bob Hague
    A legislative committee has signed off on a rule which allows concealed carry permit holders from other states to carry concealed in Wisconsin, even though those states may have looser training requirements. Brian O’Keefe with the state Department of Justice told lawmakers on Tuesday that the agency has been able to keep up with demand for concealed carry permits. “We’re meeting all our statutory requirements,” O’Keefe told members of the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules. “Right now, on average, it’s probably about ten days we can turn them (permit requests) around.” About 100,000 applications have been received. The JCAR approved...
  • Two Reciprocity Bills: A Strong Bill versus a Compromise (CCW)

    03/14/2012 7:02:19 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    GOA ^ | 13 March, 2012 | GOA
    Great news! Pro-gun Senate champions John Thune (R-SD) and David Vitter (R-LA) have decided to stand their ground on their concealed carry reciprocity legislation, despite pressure from gun rights compromisers to weaken the bill. Specifically, Senators Thune and Vitter are sticking with their version of the bill, which recognizes the right to carry concealed by residents of “Vermont-style” and “Constitutional Carry” states.ThuneVitter Such states do not require residents to obtain the government’s permission before carrying a firearm for self-protection. There are currently 17 states that have either enacted legislation in the past or have introduced “Constitutional Carry” laws in their...
  • New Minn. Bill Expands Rights of Self-Defense

    02/27/2012 5:36:43 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies · 1+ views ^ | 26 February, 2012 | Jay Kolls
    A new Minnesota Senate bill would give you more power to use self-defense outside your home. Right now, Minnesota law allows you to protect yourself in your home if you are threatened or believe you are in imminent danger. The law also allows for the use of deadly force. But, under that same law, if you are in public and threatened, you are technically supposed to try and leave the scene or diffuse the situation if possible. If you cannot "retreat" from the threat, you then can use deadly force in self-defense. This new Senate bill, which passed 40-23, not...
  • Minnesota Legislature News: Bill expanding self-defense rights passes in Senate

    02/25/2012 6:42:34 PM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies · 1+ views ^ | 24 February, 2012 | Danielle Nordine
    ST. PAUL – A bill that would expand Minnesotans’ self-defense rights was approved 40-23 Thursday night by the state Senate. The Personal Protection Act – known by many opponents as the “shoot first” bill – extends the right to use deadly force for personal protection outside the home to any place where an individual lawfully can be, sponsor Sen. Gretchen Hoffman, R-Vergas, said. “This bill isn’t just about guns,” it is about allowing any use of deadly force if necessary to guard against imminent danger, Hoffman said. The bill, approved by the House last year, also would require Minnesota to...
  • Fish in a Barrel: Fisking the Philly Inquirer(PA)

    12/02/2011 6:41:33 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies · 1+ views
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 1 December, 2011 | Bruce W. Krafft
    The Philadelphia Inquirer has their knickers in a serious twist over H.R. 822, the “National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011,” stating, “The threat of gun violence to Philadelphia-area residents from the so-called Florida loophole could go national – unless U.S. senators such as Pennsylvania Democrat Bob Casey, and many others, do the right thing.” Florida loophole? What is this Florida loophole to which they are referring and how does it increase the threat of gun violence? As is so often the case, when the antis start throwing around the ‘loophole’ term, it doesn’t mean evading the law but rather following...
  • Just what is this ‘right to bear arms’ and what does it cover?

    11/30/2011 3:58:10 AM PST · by marktwain · 26 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 28 November, 2011 | Dave Workman
    Washington State’s own Tri-City Herald today published an editorial that speaks about the Second Amendment and how many liberals cling to the notion that it is the illegitimate son in the Bill of Rights; interesting timing since other newspapers today also are discussing recent legislation, H.R. 822, adopted by the U.S. House of Representatives to assure right-to-carry licenses and permits are honored across the country when armed citizens travel. This column discussed that legislation. The Philadelphia Inquirer is aghast at the legislation, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette does not seem terribly happy with it, either. But out west in the Tri-Cities,...
  • Have firearm, can travel

    11/25/2011 5:36:59 AM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    The Economist ^ | 26 November, 2011 | NA
    ONE question that worries many visitors to, a website devoted to the delights and pitfalls of life with a hidden gun, is whether their “concealed-carry” permits will be valid outside the state in which they are issued. Can they take their guns on holiday with them? Can they pack them in their checked bags for a flight? What if their plane is diverted to a spot like New York, which makes it exceedingly difficult to carry a gun? And if they cannot bring their guns with them, how will they defend themselves and their loved ones when threatened? Gun-rights...
  • National Right To Carry Reciprocity And The Senate

    11/24/2011 7:24:07 AM PST · by marktwain · 29 replies · 1+ views
    onlygunsandmoney ^ | 23 November, 2011 | John Richardson
    Now that HR 822 has passed the House of Representatives in overwhelming fashion, it moves to the Senate. Unless I am greatly mistaken, there is significant pressure on senators from both sides of the debate. The Brady Campaign is ramping up the pressure with an auto-mailer campaign asking senators to vote no. Nonetheless, even they admit they don't have the votes to stop it. I sent an email today to Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) about the bill. While I have no worries that Sen. Richard Burr will be a solid backer of the bill, Hagan can be wishy-washy despite her...
  • Kissell praised for stand on gun ownership(NC)

    11/23/2011 6:02:08 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies ^ | 23 November, 2011 | Dawn M. Kurry
    The National Rifle Association has commended U.S. Rep. Larry Kissell for his “leadership” on a gun owner rights issue. Last week, a bill co-sponsored by Kissell that protects gun owner rights nationwide was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. H.R. 822, the “National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011,” will allow people with a valid, state-issued concealed firearm permit to carry a concealed firearm in other states which issue concealed carry permits. The measure passed the House by a vote of 272 to 154. Chris Schuler, communications director for Kissell, said, “As with any legislation these days, there are always...
  • Safer Streets 2012: Candidates, don’t hold back.

    11/23/2011 5:53:46 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 22 November, 2011 | John Longenecker
    Now that H.R. 822 seems to be on the move, a lot of optimism about a climate change in Washington is coming alive. Our idea of climate change is, of course, how warm things are for the second amendment. I don’t care for gun laws that ‘permit’ second amendment freedoms; I much prefer the repeal of all gun laws as an affirmation of who is the Sovereign in this country. All gun laws are a challenge to our authority as supreme, and when we stand for it, we confirm that paradigm that we are not the Sovereign and the servants...
  • Op-Ed: What's Wrong With Making It Easier to Carry a Gun Across State Lines?

    11/23/2011 5:28:07 AM PST · by marktwain · 11 replies ^ | 15 November, 2011 | John Lott
    Congress is expected to vote Tuesday on whether concealed carry gun licenses should be treated the same way we treat driver's licenses for cars. With 245 co-sponsors in the House, the only question is whether there are the 290 votes necessary to override President Obama's veto. For decades, treating licenses for guns like those for cars was something that gun control advocates wanted. In his 2000 presidential campaign, Al Gore promised: "We require a license to drive a car in this nation in order to keep unsafe drivers off the road. As president, I will fight for a national requirement...
  • Poll: Carrying Concealed Weapons

    11/22/2011 6:22:30 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies ^ | 21 November, 2011 | Staff
    The House passed a bill that would require states to honor permits issued by other states that allow people to carry concealed weapons. One of the leading opponents of the bill is Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-Garden City, whose husband, Dennis, was one of six people shot to death on a Long Island Rail Road train on Dec.7, 1993. Do you think we should allow more people to carry concealed weapons? Are you influenced by the C.W. Post professor who accidentally shot himself on campus last week? Should New York Have to Accept Other States' Concealed-Weapons Permits? (Voting has been closed...
  • Concealed carry bill gains momentum

    11/20/2011 2:12:04 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies ^ | 18 November, 2011 | Clarissa Kell-Holland
    Truck drivers are closely monitoring a bill aimed at unifying states’ concealed carry laws. The bill, HR822, the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011, passed the House by a vote of 272-154 on Wednesday, Nov. 16. U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-FL, introduced the bill, which currently has 245 cosponsors and has been referred to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has been supportive of efforts like HR822, which would require states that “currently permit people to carry concealed firearms to recognize other states’ valid concealed carry permits.” “This bill will go a long ways toward...
  • It Is A Shame When Sad Pandas Have To Lie (gun control)

    11/18/2011 5:01:20 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies ^ | 17 November, 2011 | John Richardson
    As might be expected, the Brady Campaign released a statement yesterday condemning the passage by the House of HR 822 - the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011. The statement is replete with plays to emotion, the parsing of language to create the wrong impression, and at least one outright lie. Let's look at the first part of the statement. Washington, D.C. – Just hours after Gabby Giffords spoke publicly for the first time and shared her painful but remarkable story of recovery from being shot in the head, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would force...
  • Rules panel rejects Johnson's workaround on concealed carry(IL)

    11/16/2011 5:20:04 AM PST · by marktwain ^ | 15 November, 2011 | Tom Kacich
    A proposal to circumvent Illinois’ ban on carrying concealed weapons failed in the rules committee of the U.S. House Monday night. U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson, R-Urbana, and four other Illinois Republicans offered an amendment to the National Right to Carry Reciprocity Act that is scheduled to be voted on by the full House on Tuesday. The amendment would supersede Illinois’ ban on carrying concealed weapons by allowing Illinoisans to obtain a concealed-carry permit in another state — provided that state’s background checks and safety-training requirements are met — and use the permit in Illinois. But the rules committee rejected the...
  • Rep. McCarthy Proposing Amendments to Stop H.R. 822, National Concealed Handgun Bill(barf alert)

    11/15/2011 3:46:21 PM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies ^ | 14 November, 2011 | Carolyn McCarthy
    WASHINGTON, DC - Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY4), one of Congress’s most vocal advocates for reducing gun violence, is proposing two amendments in an effort to stop H.R. 822, the National Right to Carry Reciprocity Act. The bill, which would force states to recognize the concealed handgun permits issued by other states even if their safety standards are much lower, is expected to receive a full House floor vote on Wednesday. Rep. McCarthy is proposing two amendments to the House Majority: (No. 1) an amendment that would allow states to opt in to the reciprocity agreements mandated by H.R. 822 and...
  • False alarms over nat’l CCW legislation only help anti-gunners

    11/15/2011 7:26:47 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 14 November, 2011 | Dave Workman
    This week, perhaps as early as Tuesday, the House of Representatives will vote on HR 822, the National Right to Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011, and hysteria about this legislation is not merely coming from the usual gun prohibitionist corners. Incredible to some, perhaps, but one organization – the National Association for Gun Rights (NAGR) – is working just as hard as anti-gun Sen. Frank Lautenberg and Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy to derail the measure and get President Obama to promise a veto. Maybe harder. Why? An e-mail from NAGR says this: Once gun owners let the Obamacrats start mandating whether...
  • Gun Dean calls for Passage this week of H.R. 822

    11/14/2011 7:05:08 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies ^ | 14 November, 2011 | John M. Snyder
    "The House of Representatives this week should pass H.R. 822, the proposed National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011," gun law expert John M. Snyder said here today. He is the Gun Dean, according to Human Events. "This bill, if enacted into law, would allow an individual with a permit to carry a concealed firearm issued by a state to carry in other states," he explained. "It's an idea whose time has come," Snyder added. "Studies show that where CCW legislation is enacted, rates of violent crime take a precipitous downturn. People with drivers' licenses issued by a state can drive...
  • Bad Federal Arguments to Limit Your Rights(gun control)

    11/03/2011 4:45:44 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies · 1+ views ^ | 23 October, 2011 | Rob Morse
    HB 822 is a bill in congress to establish a national law requiring reciprocity between states for those who carry concealed weapons. Basically it says that you can carry concealed in a state if you’re licensed, if the state’s citizens can carry, and you have to obey local laws. The bill also says that a visitor has the same rights to self defense as an unrestricted citizen. Let me explain this in familiar terms. You can drive in another state if the state allows its own citizens to drive. You have to be 16 years old to drive if...
  • Congress Moves Closer to Restoring a Key Second Amendment Freedom(NRA)

    10/24/2011 6:55:50 AM PDT · by marktwain · 33 replies ^ | 23 October, 2011 | Chris Cox
    Thanks to the good work of millions of American gun owners and NRA members, Congress is moving closer to restoring one of our fundamental freedoms guaranteed by the Second Amendment. Ten days ago, the House Judiciary Committee considered amendments to the “National Right-to-Carry-Reciprocity Act” (H.R. 822), which would allow any person with a valid, state-issued concealed firearm permit to exercise the right to carry a firearm in any state that permits concealed carry. Some members of the Committee tried to weaken the bill with anti-gun amendments, and I’m happy to report that every one of them failed. The committee is...
  • U.S. House Committee Advances National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act

    10/20/2011 7:59:47 PM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Buckeye Firearms Association ^ | 19 October, 2011 | cbaus
    [Last] week, the House Judiciary considered amendments to H.R. 822, the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Bill, and defeated all anti-gun amendments offered in an effort to weaken or gut the legislation. The legislation is an important pro-gun reform that will provide for the recognition of carry permits in all states that issue permits. (For detailed information on the legislation, click here.) The bill, as originally written, was successfully amended at the outset of the markup with a substitute that added a number of important protections. Foremost, it amended the language so that visitors to states that have laws requiring licenses just...