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Concealed Carry Reciprocity In The Senate‏

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« on: June 19, 2008, 12:57:53 am »

Concealed Carry Reciprocity In The Senate‏


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
http://www.gunowners.org/
 
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
http://www.gunowners.org/activism.htm 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.
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