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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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