Vitter To Introduce Concealed Carry Reciprocity: MERGED

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    Thumbs up Vitter To Introduce Concealed Carry Reciprocity: MERGED

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

    Wednesday, June 18, 2008


    Senator David Vitter (R-LA) is planning to introduce a concealed carry reciprocity bill next week.

    Senator Vitter had been working closely with Gun Owners of America to draft and file a reciprocity amendment a few weeks ago, but that amendment, unfortunately, never saw the light of day -- thanks to powerful opponents inside the Senate.

    However, Sen. Vitter has continued undaunted and last week sent a Dear Colleague letter to his fellow senators, asking them to cosponsor his forthcoming bill, the "Respecting States Rights and Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act."

    The Vitter bill treats concealed carry permits much the same as drivers' licenses, where one state's license is recognized in all other states.

    In addressing the matter of reciprocity, the first concern of GOA and Sen. Vitter is that it be done constitutionally and that it respects states' rights.

    Unlike another senate reciprocity measure, S. 388, Vitter's bill does not establish "national standards" for concealed carry. It simply says that states that allow concealed carry must recognize the CCW permits of other states.

    Vitter's bill also respects the rights of states that allow concealed carry without a permit. Citizens of Vermont and non-license holders in Alaska are allowed to carry concealed without a permit. Under the Vitter bill, these states would be recognized in the same manner as states that do issue permits.

    States that do not allow concealed carry at all are not forced, under the Vitter bill, to recognize out-of-state permits. There are currently two such states, Illinois and Wisconsin. While it is deplorable that these states refuse to trust their citizens with firearms, this is an issue that has to be dealt with at the state level.

    Citizens should not be forced to sacrifice their right to self-defense at the state line. The Vitter bill will allow more Americans to defend themselves away from their home state.

    Action: Please urge your two Senators to become original cosponsors of the Vitter "Respecting States Rights and Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act." You can visit the Gun Owners Legislative Action Center at GOA Legislative Action Center to send your Senators the pre-written e-mail message

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    I completely understand the viewpoint of those who want ABOLUTELY NO FEDERAL GOVERNMENT INVOLVEMENT in CCW permits at all. I really do. It should not be a concern of the federal government and the G can screw up anything they touch! Believe me, I know.

    That being said, this level of involvement seems to be a postive thing. I personally think this would be a good thing for permit holders. I know there will be those who disagree, and I understand where they are coming from, but I think this is a good move. Not perfect, but better.
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    A great step in the right direction......may be hope for us, after all....this is amazing, someone in government, that has common sense.....
    Basic rights and freedoms are not granted by the government in exchange for good behavior. They are by ours right, God given and unalienable, which means that no government may take them away, for any reason, under any circumstance..

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGreatGonzo View Post
    I completely understand the viewpoint of those who want ABOLUTELY NO FEDERAL GOVERNMENT INVOLVEMENT in CCW permits at all. I really do. It should not be a concern of the federal government and the G can screw up anything they touch! Believe me, I know.

    That being said, this level of involvement seems to be a postive thing. I personally think this would be a good thing for permit holders. I know there will be those who disagree, and I understand where they are coming from, but I think this is a good move. Not perfect, but better.
    Gonzo
    I agree, I'd like the Feds out of as much as possible,but this is what I think is the 2nd Amendment(Federal Law). I don't think this passes though..........
    "The right of the whole people, old and young, men, women and boys, and not militia only, to keep and bear arms of every description, not such merely as are used by the militia, shall not be infringed, curtailed, or broken in upon, in the smallest degree..."
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    Absolutely has to be decided federally, and carved in stone once and for all. The Supreme court is about to ruminate on the 2nd shortly if I am correct. God grant them wisdom, and the ability to read and understand our language...

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    Reciprocity among other states.....

    Vitter To Introduce Concealed Carry Reciprocity

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

    Wednesday, June 18, 2008


    Senator David Vitter (R-LA) is planning to introduce a concealed carry
    reciprocity bill next week.

    Senator Vitter had been working closely with Gun Owners of America to draft
    and file a reciprocity amendment a few weeks ago, but that amendment,
    unfortunately, never saw the light of day -- thanks to powerful opponents
    inside the Senate.

    However, Sen. Vitter has continued undaunted and last week sent a Dear
    Colleague letter to his fellow senators, asking them to cosponsor his
    forthcoming bill, the "Respecting States Rights and Concealed Carry
    Reciprocity Act."

    The Vitter bill treats concealed carry permits much the same as drivers'
    licenses, where one state's license is recognized in all other states.

    In addressing the matter of reciprocity, the first concern of GOA and Sen.
    Vitter is that it be done constitutionally and that it respects states'
    rights.

    Unlike another senate reciprocity measure, S. 388, Vitter's bill does not
    establish "national standards" for concealed carry. It simply
    says that
    states that allow concealed carry must recognize the CCW permits of other
    states.

    Vitter's bill also respects the rights of states that allow concealed carry
    without a permit. Citizens of Vermont and non-license holders in Alaska are
    allowed to carry concealed without a permit. Under the Vitter bill, these
    states would be recognized in the same manner as states that do issue
    permits.

    States that do not allow concealed carry at all are not forced, under the
    Vitter bill, to recognize out-of-state permits. There are currently two such
    states, Illinois and Wisconsin. While it is deplorable that these states
    refuse to trust their citizens with firearms, this is an issue that has to
    be dealt with at the state level.

    Citizens should not be forced to sacrifice their right to self-defense at
    the state line. The Vitter bill will allow more Americans to defend
    themselves away from their home state.

    Action: Please urge your two Senators to become original cosponsors of the
    Vitter "Respecting States Rights and Concealed Carry Reciprocity
    Act." You
    can visit the Gun Owners Legislative Action Center at
    GOA Legislative Action Center to send your Senators the pre-written
    e-mail message below.


    ----- Prewritten letter -----

    Dear Senator,

    Senator David Vitter is planning to introduce a concealed carry reciprocity
    bill next week.

    The bill, the "Respecting States Rights and Concealed Carry Reciprocity
    Act," will allow citizens who are permitted to carry concealed in
    their home
    state, to carry in all states that allow concealed carry.

    This bill does not establish national concealed carry standards, but takes a
    sound constitutional approach that respects states' rights.

    I urge you to contact Senator Vitter and become an original cosponsor of
    this legislation.

    Sincerely,

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    Sent notes to both my senators.

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    If you're looking for action on this don't hold your breath. This has been introduced every session for the past um-teen years. It never goes anywhere; kind of like the AWB being reintroduced every session since it expired.
    "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the PEOPLE to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

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    I sent e-mail to my two Senators. Hopefully this gains some traction!

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