The U.S. Supreme Court repeatedly has sided with defenders of the Second Amendment, ruling that the Constitution protects an individual’s right to bear arms and that states cannot unreasonably restrict that right.
There’s also a case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court considering whether or not states can limit the right to self-defense to a citizen’s private home.
Now, in a related move, U.S senators have proposed a law to establish that the right to bear arms cannot be restricted by political boundaries. The bill would establish that a permit to carry a concealed weapon in one state is valid in all states that allow concealed-carry.
Mississippi Republican Sens. Roger Wicker and Thad Cochran recently signed on as co-sponsors of the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2014.
The bill, they explain, “is intended to defend the 2nd Amendment rights of individuals with conceal carry permits, allowing them to carry those privileges from their home state to other states that also have conceal carry laws.”
S. 1908 was introduced by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas. Other co-sponsors are Sens. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., John Boozman, R-Ark., Richard Burr, R-N.C., Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., James Inhofe, R-Okla., Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., Mike Johanns, R-Neb., Jerry Moran, R-Kan., Rob Portman, R-Ohio, Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Marco Rubio, R-Fla., John Thune, R-S.D., Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and David Vitter, R-La.
“Second Amendment rights shouldn’t stop at the state line,” Cochran said. “It makes sense to allow law-abiding gun owners to take their concealed permit privileges with them to states that also allow conceal carry permits.”
Wicker said he is “strongly committed to upholding Americans’ constitutional right to keep and bear arms.”
“This legislation would ensure this right is not limited to the state where the concealed carry permit was issued,” he said. “It responsibly grants legal gun owners the same freedom in states with concealed carry laws.”
Erich Pratt of Gun Owners of America told WND Cochran has the key to the argument.
“Your right to self-defense doesn’t stop once you leave your home. It doesn’t stop when you hit your state border,” he said.
A reciprocity bill “would enable citizens who are able to carry in their home state travel out of state as well [with] their right to protect themselves,” he said.
Pratt not only argues what’s legal in one state should be be legal in another, his group opposes any kind of gun registration because of the danger that information will be misused. He cited the proposal that names of gun owners, or those who hold concealed carry permits, should be publicized.
The issue arose just a day ago when Civitas Media, which owns 88 newspapers in 12 states, discussed in an internal email a plan to create a state-by-state database of people who have concealed carry permits.
The company later announced that the plan has been proposed but was discussed and then vetoed.
“A poorly crafted internal memo meant to highlight editorial discussions and planning incorrectly indicated that such a database was being planned; it was been considered and rejected,” said a statement from CEO Michael C. Bush.
The issue arose earlier when investigators with Project Veritas, James O’Keefe’s organization, posed as members of a gun-control group asking to post anti-gun signs on lawns. The targets included staffers of the West Nyack, N.Y.-based Journal News, which published the names and addresses of thousands of pistol permit holders licensed in the Westchester and Rockland counties area north of New York City.
O’Keefe also produced a video to expose the double standards of Hollywood celebrities and filmmakers who support President Obama’s gun control agenda.
WND also previously reported that police officers themselves essentially are telling citizens they are on their own if an attacker confronts them in their home.
Project Veritas investigators spoke with police officers from North Carolina to New York who told them the unfortunate truth about the time it takes to respond to calls for help and what citizens can do until officers arrive.
Pratt told WND he’s constantly concerned by the argument that reducing restrictions for Americans to be armed will allow criminals to have guns.
“Hello!” he said, “Criminals already are carrying guns.”
Second Amendment Foundation founder Alan Gottlieb recently told WND individuals and families “should not be deprived of the right to defend themselves.”
“What other constitutional right is confined to one’s house?” he asked. “The Second Amendment was never meant to be encumbered with such a limitation, and it cannot possibly be interpreted that way, but it will take a Supreme Court ruling to convince lower courts and anti-gunners, and put this debate to rest.”