The Concealed Carry Debate Is About To Get Interesting

Get ready for some fireworks in both the House and Senate, assuming the flames from the current tax debate die down any time soon. As the NRA Institute for Legislative Action reports this week, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act has moved out of the Judiciary Committee with a thumbs up and is heading for a full vote on the floor of the House.

In a huge win for Second Amendment supporters, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday held a mark-up of H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, and favorably reported an amended version of the bill to the full House. Anti-gun Democrats on the Committee offered a lengthy list of amendments to weaken or gut the bill, all of which were defeated.

The last 30 years have seen a continual expansion of the right to carry concealed handguns for self-defense within the United States, even as the nationwide violent crime rate has plummeted during the same period.

The bill has a lot of support from Second Amendment advocates and has drawn plenty of interest all over the country. The Attorneys General of 24 states have signaled their backing of it. At the same time, Democrats from blue states are just as vigorously opposing it. That’s were we get to the cautionary portion of this tale. Even if it passes the House, does it stand a ghost of a chance in the Senate?

The Senate Minority Leader has already weighed in on the subject and let his members know what the party line is. Chuck Schumer was quoted in October, slamming the NRA and everyone else involved in the effort. (New York Post)

“How low can you go?’’ Schumer (D-NY) said of the National Rifle Assocation, referring to its support of the proposed “Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act,’’ which would override New York’s strict gun laws.

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