Dear Mr. *****,
Thank you for writing me to express your support for H.R. 4547. I appreciate the time you have taken to contact me on this important matter.
H.R. 4547 was introduced by Representative Cliff Stearns (R-FL) on 14 December 2005. If enacted, this bill would establish a national standard for the carrying of certain concealed firearms by non-residents. It authorizes a person who has a valid permit to carry a concealed firearm in one to carry a concealed firearm in another state in accordance with the restrictions of that state.
H.R. 4547 was not voted on in the 109th Congress. However, should this bill or similar legislation be introduced when the 110th Congress commences in January 2006, I will certainly keep your thoughts in mind in considering how to vote.
You should also be aware that I have always been a strong supporter of legislation that reinforces our Constitutional right to bear arms. I voted for several pieces of legislation in the second session of the 109 th Congress alone that will do just that. The Disaster Recovery Personal Protection Act (H.R. 5013) passed the House by a vote of 322-99 and this bill would prevent firearm confiscation of law-abiding citizens at the time they need guns the most - in the aftermath of a major disaster when government is unable to provide reliable protection to the citizenry. In addition, I am also a co-sponsor of H.R. 1288, the District of Columbia Personal Protection Act. This bill would restore the self-protection rights of District of Columbia residents by allowing them to possess and use firearms for self defense in their homes. Finally, I voted for H.R. 5092, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE) Modernization and Reform Act of 2006. This bill would amend the firearms provisions of the federal criminal code to revise the civil penalties for violations of firearms law and the procedures for assessing these penalties. Additionally, it requires fines to be based upon the nature and severity of the violation, the size of the firearms business involved, and the prior record of the firearm's licensee.
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With best wishes,
Charles W. Dent