Once upon a time, Missouri gun-rights activists proudly upheld this state's right to pass and enforce its own laws. If you didn't like them, well, you were free to move to another state. That concept of states' rights used to be a bedrock philosophy of the Republican Party in its campaign against federal overreach.
Last Wednesday, the House of Representatives, amidst pressure from :proved a bill that would allow federal law to supersede the ability of individual states to enforce their own gun laws.
The bill would allow concealed carry permits to be issued, like driver’s licenses, making a permit from one state, valid nationally. Even six Democrats supported the bill and 14 Republicans voted against it.- perhaps mindful of being labeled hypocrites - The bill, HR 38, or the "Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017," effectively allows states like Missouri with the loosest gun laws to impose their will on states that impose tighter restrictions.
Missouri and Kansas are among the 12 states that allow permitless concealed carry, which means qualified adults can buy a handgun, conceal it, and under this bill go to any public place the law allows in other states, no questions asked. Illinois requires a permit. But under HR 38, Missouri would get to impose its laws on the people of Illinois, like it or not.
National concealed carry reciprocity “would end abuses in anti-gun states like California, New York and New Jersey and allow law-abiding concealed carriers to exercise their rights nationwide with peace of mind,” the NRA stated on its website. Although the NRA argues that Second Amendment rights should apply uniformly throughout the land, different states have conflicting interpretations.
Kansas, for example, expresses specific concerns about the existence of armed militias referenced in the Second Amendment. Kansas law states clearly: "The people have the right to bear arms for their defense and security, but standing armies in time of peace are dangerous to liberty, and shall not be tolerated."
In other words, Kansas specifically reserves the right to add clarity where the Constitution is too vague. Other states, such as California, impose far more restrictions on gun ownership, choosing to interpret the Second Amendment's reference to a "well-regulated militia" as meaning that the right to bear arms is not absolute.
But neighboring Arizona, like Missouri, seems to embrace a philosophy of the more guns, the better. Under HR 38, California would have to honor Arizona's concealed-carry laws.
Passing the Senate’s version SB 446, was submitted by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) in February will be a different battle considering the measure would need 60 votes to pass and there are only 52 Republican Senators.
So get ready for a bunch of Fake News! as Michael Bloomberg, New York’s former Mayor has committed $25 million to finance a hysteria campaign against the bill, and Gabby Gifford, former House of Representative from Arizona who servived an assisination attack in January of 2011, where she was victim of a critical gunshot wound to the head, six people were killed and thirteen were injured in the shooting. said her group with spend “six figures” buying ads against eight Republicans in the House that supported and voted for the measure.
The Fake News has already begun: Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Penn.) tweeted "There are 12 states that don’t require permits for carrying guns. Under HR 38, someone from one of those states could travel to your community and walk right into a school zone with a loaded weapon, no matter what local laws say.”
When you look up fake news in the dictionary... that should be there as an example.
The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 clearly states that it does not supersede state law. Under the bill, permit-holders are still subject to any state or local laws that restrict carrying a gun in a school or a designated zone around it.
The wording of the bill reads: "This section shall not be construed to supersede or limit the laws of any state that permit private persons or entities to prohibit or restrict the possession of concealed firearms on their property, or prohibit or restrict the possession of firearms on any state or local government property, installation, building, base, or park."
So buckle up folks, the ride is going to get bumpy.