Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Concealed Carry Reciprocity Fails

At least Virginia Senators Mark Warner and Jim Webb had brains enough to vote in favor of the Thune amendment, #1614 (S.1390), to allow concealed carry reciprocity within the states which allow concealed carry. Too bad it failed. Webb actually came to the defense of the amendment, as quoted in the Washington Compost:

During the debate, Schumer -- who led the campaign efforts in 2006 and 2008 --- offered the hypothetical example of a gang member in New York City moving to Vermont, which has some of the least-regulated gun laws in the nation, and establishing residency there. That person could then buy guns and transport them back to New York, Schumer argued.

But he was rebuffed by one of his prize recruits, Sen. James Webb (D-Va.), whose victory in November 2006 gave Democrats control of the Senate. "The reality of that particular situation is the gang members already have their guns. . . . The people who need this bill are the ones that the gang members might be threatening," Webb said.

This was a close vote, but at least they did the right thing.

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