This OTYCD entry originally posted in January 2018.
Tell your Senators to vote no on S 446, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, which would allow gun owners who have a concealed carry permit in one state to carry a concealed weapon in other states that have more restrictive gun laws.
We at OTYCD have kept an eye on this bill for a while. Because its counterpart, H.R. 38, passed the House of Representatives on December 6, 2017, we’re devoting a post to it now. Evidently, the Senate intends to tackle the bill in Spring 2018. The bill would also allow concealed carry on federal lands, including national parks.
People who support concealed carry reciprocity claim that the law is no different than laws that recognize the validity of state-issued marriage licenses and driver’s licenses. People who oppose concealed carry reciprocity oppose weakening gun laws, and some disagree with how it relies on the Commerce Clause of the Constitution.
All states offer concealed carry permits, but some states restrict them far more severely than others do. You won’t be surprised to learn that the National Rifle Association is the main booster of the bill.
The House of Representatives pressed ahead with the December vote despite the fact that 2017 has been an especially deadly year for mass shootings in America.
GovTrack cites numbers from Skopos Labs that rate the odds of the House version passing at 51 percent; the odds of the Senate bill passing are 10 percent. If the Senate fails to pass the bill, it dies there.
You can do your bit to make sure it dies in the Senate by calling your two Senators and asking them to vote no on concealed carry reciprocity.
Sample script: “Dear (Senator Lastname,) I am (Firstname Lastname of town, zip code), and I’m asking you to vote against S 446, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017. Guns are deadly weapons. Concealed carry permits should not get the same treatment we grant to marriage licenses and driver’s licenses because state gun laws vary so widely. Also, passing this bill would threaten public safety at a time when mass shootings are becoming more frequent and deadlier. The House version passed in December 2017. I ask you to stop this bill’s progress and stop it from becoming law. Thank you.”
Here’s the GovTrack page on S 446:
Here’s the GovTrack page on the House version of the bill:
Read a GovTrack Insider piece about the bill and its effects:
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Read a November 2017 CNN piece on how the law enforcement group Prosecutors Against Violence tried to fight its passage in the House of Representatives:
Read an April 2017 Politico story on how Michael Bloomberg intended to spend $25 million to fight concealed carry reciprocity through his gun control group, Everytown for Gun Safety:
A note: We at OTYCD intend to nurture and encourage the movement sparked by the Margory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting by devoting one post at least every other week to gun safety-related issues.
The reason that the NRA has a death grip on Congress, and in particular, GOP Congressfolk, is that NRA members get off their asses and call if there’s a whisper of a muttering of a hint that a law might pass that could impose even the slightest restraint on ownership of guns in America.
That’s what the politicians are afraid of. It’s not just that some of them get metric buttloads of money for their campaigns from the NRA. Those who embrace the NRA’s outlook pounce on their phones and berate their representatives the instant they think their beloved guns are under threat.
So, yes, it’s on us to shout back.
We have to adopt the tactics of those who support the NRA.
We have to call our representatives often to make it damn clear that the status quo is unacceptable, and we want common-sense gun safety laws.
OTYCD will start out with one weekday post every two weeks, at minimum, that has to do with improving gun safety and pushing back against the NRA.
We do this in honor of the Parkland victims, and all victims of mass shootings in America, and everyone who has been fighting to change our laws on firearms all along.
If Trump finally bows to the will of Congress and imposes the sanctions against Russia for messing with the 2016 election, we will switch to devoting one post per week to these issues.
Honor the victims of the Parkland shooting, and all other shootings, by stepping up and calling your reps about common-sense gun safety laws, and by supporting politicians who have low grades from the NRA, and voting out those who do the NRA’s bidding.
#NeverAgain. For the love of all that is right and good, Never Again.