Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Another Update on HR 822

The House has passed HR 822 (read the text on, search by bill number), which says that anyone with a photo id who could get a permit to carry a concealed weapon in one state could carry it in other states.  In effect, it would be a national permit to carry rule with the least restrictive state regulations setting the bar.  The id requirements are not as strict as those in many of the state level voter id bills that have been introduced in several states.  Here is today's statement from Mayors Against Illegal Guns:

New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, co-chairs of the bipartisan Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition, issued the following statement after House passage of H.R. 822, the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act. The Senate defeated a similar provision in 2009 and is expected to consider the issue again soon.
“Ten months after a disturbed man carried a concealed weapon to shoot Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others, six fatally, the House voted today to gut state laws on who can carry concealed, loaded guns in public. This was an absolutely embarrassing display of putting special interests and fund raising ahead of public safety.
“A majority of the House ignored the advice of police, prosecutors, domestic violence experts, faith leaders and more than 600 mayors who made clear that this measure will put police and communities at greater risk.  Many members also cast aside their usual respect for the authority of states to decide how to protect public safety in their communities.
“With unemployment over nine percent and Congress taking no action to create jobs, it is astonishing that catering to the Washington gun lobby is the top priority for House Republicans. The vast majority of actual gun-owning Americans oppose this bill: 82 percent of them want states, not Washington, to decide who can carry concealed, loaded guns in public.
“We applaud the Democratic leadership, particularly Chairman Conyers, for waging a principled fight against this bill, and offer thanks to Republican members who stood up for police and public safety, including Representatives Peter King, Michael Grimm, Bob Turner, Dan Lungren, Robert Dold and others.
“The debate now moves to the Senate, which had the sense to reject this measure in 2009.  We urge them to do so again.”


Anonymous said...

Mumbles menino is a sub marginal idoit who is controlled by the teachers union - a national union with the largest turnout in Ma - they want to get there own weapon law to distance Law enforcement from their ivory tower and increase the pay of those who qualify to be armed

water dispenser said...

It baffles me that some people want to protect the right to carry something only intended to kill while access to clean water and food are not a concern for those same people. Quite maddening, really.

sc said...

hmmm The cop is 20 mins away, your daughter who legally can carry and has been trained to properly use it is being mugged by a rapist drug dealer who has aids. does she 1) DIAL 911
2) ask him to use a condom
3)protects her self with a concealed hand gun.

I am sorry I pick number 3. The laws against guns only hurt the law abiding citizen. The drug dealing punks will get what ever they want anyway, the laws dont apply to a thug or criminal.

DeadMensFingers said...

Strange, how the opponents of this "common sense" law want us to think that those well-qualified citizens, who meet both Federal and State requirements for a permit to carry a deadly weapon, somehow turn into rapacious, homicidal maniacs --- just by crossing a State line.