National Reciprocity Passes House
Today the US House of Representatives passed H.R.822, the National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011. The bill passed by a vote of 272 to 154 with 43 Democrats voting for passage and 7 Republicans voting against it. There were also 7 members who were not present or abstained from the vote.
The bill now faces the US Senate and if it can be heard, voted on, and passes there, it would have to get past President Obama before it would become law. Nothing about those necessary steps looks promising at this point. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is the first hurdle. If Reid does not want the bill heard in the Senate, it will not be heard. Some parliamentary tricks could be used to “slip” the bill in somewhere, but only if Reid chooses to allow such a thing. A similar piece of legislation failed in the Senate a couple of years ago and little has happened to suggest the Millionaires Club would reach a different conclusion this year.
A list of House members and how they voted on final passage and on a previous motion to send the bill back to committee can be found at www.GunVoter.org.
All in all, we feel the good of the bill outweighs the potential problems that might come with it so we encourage our readers to pressure the Senate to bring the bill to a vote. While you’re talking to your Senators, we also urge you to push them to support the Veterans’ Second Amendment Protection Act.
Past posts about these bills are posted below.
Stay tuned for more details about these bills, their political progress, and what you can do to advance them.
The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on H.R.822, National Reciprocity for Concealed Carry Permits, this week! It is on the schedule for Tuesday.
While some in the rights community argue about nuances of the bill, this legislation is a clear step in the right direction with no national standards or conflict with Constitutional Carry states. One of the reasons Concealed Carry legislation has been so successful around the country over the past two decades is that as bills have passed, it has been proven over and over again that lawful carry does not endanger the public. Every minor step in the right direction has provided more proof that responsible gun owners are responsible citizens and that the fears of the hoplophobes are unfounded. Most states that started with restrictive carry laws have gone back and improved their laws as the case has been made for lawful carry. National reciprocity is a good next step and during the push toward the elections of 2012 is an excellent time to push for its passage. H.R.822 is a carefully crafted bill deserving of your support.
Contact your Representatives immediately and urge them to support National Reciprocity, H.R822, without amendments.
Veterans Second Amendment Protection Act Awaiting Action in Senate!
Keep Pressure on the Senate!
This important legislation has been languishing in both houses of Congress for the past several years in spite of bi-partisan efforts to get it moving. The Senate version of the bill, sponsored by Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), was passed out of the Judiciary Committee in 2009 and placed on the Senate Calendar under General Orders where it remained awaiting action from self-avowed Second Amendment supporter, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). Reid allowed the bill to die with the close of the 111th Congress and it has now been reintroduced in the Senate in the 112th Congress.
Now that a version of the legislation has passed out of the House, the pressure needs to be on for Senators to sign off on it and send it to the President.
Representative Denny Rehberg (R-MT) successfully amended the language from his bill, H.R.1898, to a broader veterans benefits bill, H.R.2349, which then passed the House on Tuesday, October 11.
The broader bill now goes to the Senate for consideration where shenanigans could strip out or seriously undermine the impact of the Rehberg language.
Contact your Senator – Especially Democrats who have gotten elected by claiming to support the Second Amendment – and urge them to vote for passage of H.R.2349 with the Veterans’ Second Amendment Protection language intact.
The Veterans’ Second Amendment Protection Act was introduced in response to a Veterans Administration policy of submitting names of veterans to the FBI for inclusion in the NICS firearms purchaser background check database. The VA has been submitting the names of veterans who have a fiduciary appointed to manage their financial affairs as “mental defectives” who are then permanently prohibited from possessing or having access to firearms and/or ammunition. It is not uncommon for a veteran with minor memory issues or problems such as compulsive buying or gambling to have themselves declared mentally incompetent to manage their own affairs and turn over control of their financial affairs to a spouse or relative to manage for them. Even if such an arrangement and diagnoses is temporary – such as in the case of a severely wounded veteran undergoing long-term rehabilitation or comatose patients – once the name is submitted to NICS, it is very difficult for them to ever regain right to arms.
The Veterans’ Second Amendment Protection Act specifies that only veterans who have been adjudicated to be a danger to themselves or others are to be submitted for inclusion in the NICS database. This simple adjustment could restore firearms rights to as many as 100,000 veterans who have had their names unreasonably submitted to NICS.
This important reform is long overdue and this is the closest we’ve ever come to getting it signed into law.
Your Immediate Action is Required!
Contact both of your senators AND Senate Majority Leader Reid.
Tell them that you want H.R.2349 passed with the Veterans’ Second Amendment Protection Act language retained intact. Do it Today and then do it again every few days until the bill is passed and signed by the President.
Also, please forward this Alert to every veteran and gun owner you know and re-post it on every veteran or firearms related forum, blog, and website you can find.
Our veterans deserve your support on this and the support of your senators.
For reference, here is a list of the 17 Republicans and 1 Democrat who cosponsored the Senate version of this bill in 2009:
Name [Party-ST] – Date Cosponsored
Sen Burr, Richard [R-NC] – Prime Sponsor
Sen Brownback, Sam [R-KS] – 9/29/2009
Sen Coburn, Tom [R-OK] – 3/23/2009
Sen Cochran, Thad [R-MS] – 3/23/2009
Sen Crapo, Mike [R-ID] – 3/23/2009
Sen DeMint, Jim [R-SC] – 3/23/2009
Sen Ensign, John [R-NV] – 3/23/2009
Sen Enzi, Michael B. [R-WY] – 3/23/2009
Sen Graham, Lindsey [R-SC] – 3/23/2009
Sen Grassley, Chuck [R-IA] – 3/23/2009
Sen Inhofe, James M. [R-OK] – 3/23/2009
Sen Murkowski, Lisa [R-AK] – 3/23/2009
Sen Risch, James E. [R-ID] – 8/6/2009
Sen Roberts, Pat [R-KS] – 3/23/2009
Sen Sessions, Jeff [R-AL] – 5/10/2010
Sen Thune, John [R-SD] – 3/23/2009
Sen Vitter, David [R-LA] – 3/23/2009
Sen Wicker, Roger F. [R-MS] – 3/23/2009
Sen Webb, Jim [D-VA] – 3/23/2009