A bill to protect concealed carry permit holders, sponsored by Sen. John R. Thune (R-S.D.) and Sen. David B. Vitter (R-La.), has been introduced with strong Republican support in the Senate. “I am pleased to introduce legislation that strikes a balance between states’ rights and individuals’ Second Amendment rights outlined by the Constitution,” Thune said.
The legislation, which has drawn initial support from 28 Republican senators, is called the Respecting States’ Rights and Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, S. 2213…. see here Concealed carry legislation
By a vote of 272 to 154. (The vote on the motion to recommit was 161 to 263). On the final vote, 44 Democrats voted in favor, and 7 Republicans voted against. H.R. 822 now goes to the Senate. In the previous Congress, a broader bill on interstate carry was narrowly defeated by a filibuster led by Sen. Charles Schumer. Of course whether the bill ever comes up for a vote in the Senate is up to Majority Leader Harry Reid.
In September, I testified before the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, in support of the bill. My testimony focused mainly on the Congress’s constitutional authority to pass the bill under the powers granted by section 5 of the 14th Amendment. Among the explicit purposes of the 14th Amendment was to give Congress the power to enact legislation protecting the right to interstate travel, which is one of the Privileges or Immunities of citizens of the United States. My written testimony is here. A video of the subcommittee hearing is here [Enigma note: this testimony is a MUST WATCH] …