“Peter Ambler, executive director of Americans for Responsible Solutions, a gun control super PAC, said his organization plans to fight national reciprocity ‘tooth and nail,’ threatening a Democratic filibuster of the legislation in the Senate,” the Wall Street Journal reports. “’It’s a race to the bottom,’ he said. ‘It allows people that have permits from states with the weakest standards possible to carry [weapons] in the streets of any U.S. city.’ Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat and ardent gun-control advocate, said he believes any version of a national reciprocity bill would be ‘dead on arrival’ in the Senate, due to strong Democratic opposition.”
Well that sucks — if it’s true. And it is true IF Senate Republicans refuse to use the “nuclear option.” That would be passing national reciprocity based on a simple majority in the Senate — an option that Harry Reid and the Democrats first exercised in 2013 in order to clear a backlog of President Obama’s judicial and other appointees. Thus setting a precedent.
Apparently, the Democrat Party doesn’t regret that decision now that Donald Trump is the president-elect. The question is, will Republican Senators make them regret it? Do they have the balls to ram national reciprocity (or any of their other priorities) through over the opposition’s blood-in-the-streets howling indignation?