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National Right-to-Carry Bill Introduced in Senate
By Gina Parker Ford - Special to The News

Recently, Senator John Thune (R-SD) introduced legislation calling for a national reciprocity of right-to-carry (RTC) licenses for firearm owners across the nation. This bill mirrors one introduced in the House by Representative Cliff Stearns (R-FL) and seeks to create a national system of state-to-state recognition of various RTC licenses and permits.

Much like the recognition of our drivers’ licenses state-to-state, law enforcement officers in Florida would recognize an RTC license or permit issued in Texas. This legislation would eliminate the hassle of having to apply for and carry RTC licenses for each and every state in the Union. The bill not only dispenses with this inconvenience, but also keeps the matter state regulated rather than becoming the responsibility of the U.S. Government.

The importance of this bill cannot be understated. To quote Charlton Heston, former President of the NRA, “the Second Amendment is America’s first freedom.†The American citizen’s right to bear and present arms is one that has been around since this nation’s inception and has continually stood the test of time. If this bill were to pass, the “right to carry†would be an easy way to keep safe no matter where one traveled in America, which was the intention of our founding fathers.

The bill, currently under review by the Senate Judiciary Committee, has gathered considerable clout and the co-sponsorship of 20 Senators, including our own Senator Cornyn!

As Senator Thune emphatically stated, “I strongly support the Second Amendment, which protects ‘the right of the people to keep and bear arms.’ I support legislation to protect the American firearms industry.â€

If this bill passes through Congress, it will be a milestone for those who exercise their Second Amendment rights, as well as a show of cooperation between the states. I urge you to call Senator Hutchison today and ask her to join Senator Cornyn in support of this historic piece of legislation.

Gina Parker Ford -CEO of Dental Creations, Ltd., a dental manufacturing company, and a successful attorney - is the National Eagle Forum Chairman for Judicial Reform. Mrs. Ford also served as a Bush and Perry appointee to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. She serves on the American Family Radio Advisory Board (Texas), and she was both the former Republican Party of Texas Treasurer and Associate General Counsel. For more information, please visit www.ginaparker.net.
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mzmtg said:
House and Senate bill numbers?
Yes, same question.

Sounds like a cool bill - repeat of last session. To bad Nancy Pelosi probably won't let it get heard even by a subcommittee.

If the Republicans had any balls and energy, there are probably enough pro-gun Democrats to get a bill like this passed, assuming the Republicans were a united front.

That assumes too much, of course.
 

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Malum Prohibitum said:
That assumes too much, of course.
Yeah, like guys with "R" behind their names are actually supportive of such efforts.

This guy is a republican (and we know where he stands):



He isn't a member of the legislative branch, though. This cat is:



I can't figure what he's thinking. He has said in the past that he is pro-concelaed carry and for the repeal of Federal firearms restricitions, but later made the statements below and creates that McCain-Feingold finance reform legislation.

From www.ontheissues.org:
McCain favors outlawing cheaply made handguns called Saturday night specials, and favors mandating safety locks on certain guns. He said he is intrigued by new technology that electronically identifies a person handling a gun, allowing only the owner to fire it. McCain rallied Senate Republicans behind a Democratic measure requiring background checks at gun shows.
Source: Scott Lindlaw, Associated Press Aug 17, 1999

McCain said he was open to voting for an assault weapon ban, depending on the details.
Source: Los Angeles Times, “McCain Calls for Hearings†Aug 17, 1999
 
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