Gun control advocates are staring down the barrel of a bill for national concealed carry reciprocity. To say they’re not comfortable with the idea is like saying action demanding Mom Shannon Watts is a tyrannical Bloomberg shill. Although the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 is stuck in post-Vegas shooting development hell, the antis are busy decrying H.R. 38’s deadly (i.e. imaginary) potential. Here are the three arguments they’re using and why they challenge a box of rocks for brainlessness.
1. Dangerous gun owners will “wander” into “safe states”!
latimes.com loves them some gun control: Mere weeks after Las Vegas, the GOP is quietly pushing a gun-lover’s pipe dream. The idea that someone from a state that respects the Second Amendment’s prohibition against government infringement on all Americans’ right to keep and bear arms could carry a gun in California is beyond galling. It’s dangerous! So much so that
In fact, a dozen states put no restrictions at all on who gets to carry a concealed firearm so long as people meet minimal federal qualifications for being able to buy a gun. Other states should not be forced to live under such loose rules if they don’t believe those rules to be safe.
Gun owners from Arizona, where no permit is required for carrying a concealed weapon, should not be allowed to wander armed into a state such as California, which has some of the strictest gun controls in the country, without meetings its requirements.
The Times‘ “argument” fails on two major points.
First, the LA Times is lying about the bill. The law’s text is crystal clear: it only applies to an American “who is carrying a valid license or permit which is issued pursuant to the law of a State and which permits the person to carry a concealed firearm.”
Anyone carrying under H.R. 38’s provisions would have to meet federal and state permitting requirement. Anyone carrying without a permit (i.e., “Constitutional carry”) would not qualify. Period
Second, all Americans carrying outside their home state would have to adhere to the rules and regulations of the state they’re visiting/living in. As they do now. For example, when I had a Massachusetts carry permit, I couldn’t carry an ammunition magazine in Massachusetts if it held more than 10 rounds (unless it was a pre-ban GLOCK magazine).
2. National concealed carry reciprocity tramples on states’ rights!
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman recently wrote a letter to Congressional leaders (i.e., his base on the sympathetic press) claiming that national reciprocity would violate state’s rights. It was co-signed by the AG’s of Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, California, Oregon, Virginia, Rhode Island, D.C., Delaware, Iowa, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Connecticut, Washington, New Mexico and North Carolina.
The missive trotted-out the same old “blood in the streets” logic gun control advocates have been selling since, well, forever. The state’s rights bit went a little something like this:
The Constitution and our system of federalism primarily reserve policing and protecting public safety to the States to accommodate the great diversity in geography, population, culture, and tradition among them. We would not mandate that one State honor another’s fishing, liquor, or hunting permits, yet the proposed legislation applies that same flawed approach to the far more serious issue of who may carry a concealed firearm.
Mr. Schneiderman and his fellow AG’s seem to have forgotten the Supreme Court’s Heller decision, which ruled that the right to keep and bear arms is an individual right. You know, like free speech and the right to assembly. And the McDonald decision, which incorporated the Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms (i.e. declared that it trumps local and state law).
Truth be told, the whole idea of requiring a government permission slip to bear arms is unconstitutional. But the idea that a state can trample on a Constitutionally protected right returns us to the days of slavery and post-civil war Jim Crow laws. Shame on these AG’s!
3. National concealed carry reciprocity would hamstring the police!
While I’d like to use another source to moot the “argument” that national concealed carry endangers law enforcement officers, Mr. Schneiderman’s letter is as good (i.e. bad) as it gets:
The legislation would endanger our state and local law enforcement officers. Police officers on the beat would have to determine—often in an instant or under duress—whether an armed individual not permitted to carry a concealed weapon under local laws, may legally carry in the state in which he purports to be licensed, with no way to determine if a permit is legitimate or if it is revoked, suspended, forged or otherwise invalid.
Even more alarming, officers would be further challenged when they encounter an individual claiming to be from one of the 12 states that allow concealed carry without a permit. A police officer patrolling city streets at 2 A.M. who spots a gun under the shirt of a suspicious person lurking outside a nightclub could (in order to avoid a potential lawsuit under the House bill) be forced to turn his back on any suspect who merely asserts residency [in] a “permitless” state.
In short, requiring officers to conduct traffic stops and other police activity with no ability to authenticate every other State’s carry laws would pose an extraordinary and unnecessary risk to our communities and to the men and women who put their lives on the line everyday to protect us.
Hang on. Why is this “issue” — a cop determining if a carry permit is legit or revoked, suspended, forged or otherwise invalid — not an issue in states that recognize other state’s concealed carry permits now? In other words, how stupid does Mr. Schneiderman and his (to a man) Democratic co-signers think we are?
Stupid enough to, again, accept the lie that H.R. 38 (or its Senate equivalent) would allow Americans without a state-issued concealed carry permit to legally carry a concealed firearm into a state that requires a carry permit.
I don’t expect the mainstream media to expose the fallacies underlying gun control advocates’ “arguments” against national concealed carry reciprocity. I beseech The People of the Gun to hit up the comments sections underneath offending editorials and “news” stories spreading the lies and disinformation. We all need to tell the truth about guns, and firearms freedom.