September 13, 2011

MAIG Strangely Silent on Gunwalker

Congress will be discussing the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011 today, which, if passed, would allow concealed carry reciprocity in all states for a valid permit holder of any state.

The usual suspects are up in arms over the legislation, including Nanny Bloomburg and his anti-gun coalition called Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

Isn't it interesting that Bloomberg and the largely Democratic MAIG have all the time in the world to disparage lawful citizens, but can't seem to come together to issue such much as a strongly worded statement again the Obama Administration, elements of which have walked more than 2,000 guns to drug cartels and allowed convicted felons to buy guns in the Midwest?

Posted by Confederate Yankee at September 13, 2011 11:51 AM

It is, after all, only about control. Actual safety? meh, not such a big deal.

Posted by: iconoclast at September 13, 2011 12:15 PM

Sorry but I don't really want the Feds getting into gun permits. It seems like a good thing on the front but then so many things do. It's 5 or 10 years from now, if that long, when they start dictating to states what a person must do to get a gun permit...........then it's too late. If we were following the constitution the permits wouldn't be necessary in the first place. Argue to fix that and have the feds enforce the constitution, not to add yet another unnecessary regulation.

Posted by: K at September 13, 2011 06:52 PM

I tend to agree with K. Instead of passing a law about recipricocity they should be passing a law requiring each state enact a shall issue carry law in recognition of the Heller/DC and McDonald/Chicago cases. Then leave the specifics of it to each state as to whether they'll require permits, or background check or whatever.

I'm not that big a fan of the recipricocity thing for a couple of reasons. I would think it sets a strong precedent for recipricocity on gay-marriage (regardless of where you stand on the issue, do you want it to over-ride states right to enact/not enact). Second, the laws on self-defense vary pretty significantly between states. While CCW holders tend to be the most responsible folks on the planet, I can see this causing problems in the future, i.e. in a tense situation doing something that would be legal in their home state, but illegal where they are. Which will be a basis for attacking not just recipricocity but CCWs as a whole. Maybe I'm too paranoid...

Posted by: styrgwillidar at September 14, 2011 11:11 AM

Actually it's not quite all states, only the 49 that actually have a mechanism to issue permits. We'uns here in the Glorious Peoples Democratic Republic of Illinois do not believe int he issuance of any permission to have a ready means of self-defense. Therefore we are exempt from this legislation.

Posted by: Mr_Rich at September 18, 2011 08:22 AM