U.S. Senate To Vote On National Right-To-Carry Reciprocity Amendment Early This Week


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Michael Thomson
July 20, 2009, 08:59 PM
http://www.nraila.org/Legislation/Read.aspx?ID=5063

Monday, July 20, 2009


Contact Your U.S. Senators TODAY And Urge Them To Support Your Right To Self-Defense by voting YES on the Thune-Vitter Amendment!

The U.S. Senate is now considering the National Defense Authorization Act (S. 1390). As a part of the consideration of that legislation, Senators John Thune (R-SD) and David Vitter (R-LA) will offer an amendment this week to provide for interstate recognition of Right-to-Carry permits. There is a very high likelihood of a Senate floor vote on this important and timely pro-gun reform between now and Wednesday.

Now is the time for Congress to recognize that the right to self-defense does not end at state lines. Under the Thune-Vitter amendment, an individual who has met the requirements for a carry permit, or who is otherwise allowed by his home state's state law to carry a firearm, would be authorized to carry a firearm for protection in any other state that issues such permits, subject to the laws of the state in which the firearm is carried.

Contrary to "states' rights" claims from opponents who usually favor sweeping federal gun control, the amendment is a legitimate exercise of Congress's constitutional power to protect the fundamental rights of citizens (including the right to keep and bear arms and the right of personal mobility). States would still have the authority to regulate the time, place and manner in which handguns are carried.

Expanding Right-to-Carry will enhance public safety, and certainly poses no threat to the public. Criminals are deterred from attempting crimes when they know or suspect that their prospective victims are armed. A study for the Department of Justice found that 40 percent of felons had not committed crimes because they feared the prospective victims were armed. The Thune-Vitter amendment recognizes that competent, responsible, law-abiding Americans still deserve our trust and confidence when they cross state lines. Passing interstate Right-to-Carry legislation will help further reduce crime by deterring criminals, and -- most important of all -- will protect the right of honest Americans to protect themselves if deterrence fails.

The Thune-Vitter Amendment represents a giant step forward in the protection of the basic right to self-defense. Its passage will recognize that the rights of law-abiding Right-to-Carry permit holders should be respected, even when they travel outside their home state.

Gun control groups, including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's "Mayors Against Illegal Guns" are running ads trying to scare your lawmakers and the American people into opposing this crucial Right-to-Carry reform. It is critical that your U.S. Senators hear from you immediately.

Please be sure to contact both of your U.S. Senators today, and urge them to cosponsor and support the Thune-Vitter interstate right to carry reciprocity amendment. E-mail and call them immediately!

To find contact information for your U.S. Senators, please click here (http://capwiz.com/nra/dbq/officials/), or call (202) 224-3121.

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SaxonPig
July 20, 2009, 09:01 PM
Even if it passes Obama will veto it unless it's a rider on a critical bill.

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
July 20, 2009, 09:08 PM
Still, it's better to pass it and put Obama in the awkward position of having to veto it. It will show that we've been right all along.

j-easy
July 20, 2009, 09:09 PM
about to call my senators, first time i've ever actually done this, what exactly should i be saying? lol

and how do you pronounce Thune-Vitter?

Michael Thomson
July 20, 2009, 10:56 PM
Even if it passes Obama will veto it unless it's a rider on a critical bill. S. 1390, the National Defense Authorization Act is a critical bill.

about to call my senators, first time i've ever actually done this, what exactly should i be saying? lol
urge your Senators to cosponsor and support the Thune-Vitter interstate right to carry reciprocity amendment to S. 1390 (National Defense Authorization Act) when it is voted on this week.

and how do you pronounce Thune-Vitter?
The amendment is named after Senators John Thune and David Vitter, hence Thune-Vitter interstate right to carry reciprocity amendment.

doc2rn
July 20, 2009, 11:02 PM
Worth doin! Get on it first thing in the a.m.

84B20
July 20, 2009, 11:42 PM
j-easy,

Go to the NRA site and search the name. You'll find a way to email or fax a letter to your representatives. That is what I did.

j-easy
July 21, 2009, 04:08 PM
ok did the auto email thing, thanks

twg67
July 21, 2009, 06:14 PM
Just got an automated call from the NRA asking me to call my senator.

Done!

CoRoMo
July 21, 2009, 06:43 PM
Odd how the crowd in this thread are so in favor of this bill, while the crowd in this thread (http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=455789) seem to oppose the same bill.

ArmedBear
July 21, 2009, 06:47 PM
It's the usual pseudo-Federalists making backwards arguments about how Federal guarantees of rights across state lines are somehow bad for individual liberty.

Interestingly, they're generally from states that are still sore about losing their right to self-determine that people could be enslaved within their borders.

damien
July 21, 2009, 07:27 PM
It's the usual pseudo-Federalists making backwards arguments about how Federal guarantees of rights across state lines are somehow bad for individual liberty.

Interestingly, they're generally from states that are still sore about losing their right to self-determine that people could be enslaved within their borders.

I wonder if this passes if we won't have some of the more liberal states sue in federal court stating that this is a violation of state's rights. That would be funny as heck. Especially if SCROTUS accepted the argument and came back at them time and time again when they tried to pass laws at the federal level and conservative states sued.

ArmedBear
July 21, 2009, 07:31 PM
There are only two kinds of laws: those that protect individual liberty, and those that rob us of individual liberty.

I don't give two ****s whether they're Federal, State or City laws.

If a Federal law keeps States from taking away individual freedom, bring it on. If a State law prevents Counties and Cities from taking away individual liberty (i.e. firearms law pre-emption), then bring that on, too.

"Local control" is still control.

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