Political Correction

Republicans Still Pushing "Insane" Concealed Carry Bill

October 20, 2011 9:36 am ET - by Matt Gertz

An NRA-backed bill that would force states to recognize the concealed carry permits of all other states - even those with dangerously lax standards — continues to move forward in Congress. According to reports, supporters could seek to add it to a Senate appropriations bill as soon as this week.

In the House, the bill was intended to receive a vote during last week's markup in the Judiciary Committee, but was instead delayed through this week's recess. According to the Huffington Post, the bill will receive a vote next week and will almost assuredly pass.

In a video for the coalition Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Newark, NJ Mayor Cory Booker criticized the bill as "insane," pointing out that it would put civilians and law enforcement "at risk":

Booker isn't alone in warning of the dangers of this bill. The International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Major Cities Chiefs Association, and the Police Foundation are all sounding the alarm, warning that police officers will be put in jeopardy if the bill passes.

House Republicans have blocked all attempts to tweak the bill to prevent potentially dangerous individuals from taking advantage of it. During the Judiciary Committee markup, Republicans beat back Democratic amendments intended to prevent misdemeanant sex offenders, those on the Terrorist Watch List, those with misdemeanor convictions for stalking, and those who have been the subjects of domestic protection orders in the last ten years from carrying guns legally outside their home states.

In an advertisement in The Boston Globe on Wednesday, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence honed in on the domestic violence offender issue, urging Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) to oppose the legislation. While Massachusetts allows permits to be issued only to "suitable persons," giving law enforcement discretion to deny them to domestic violence misdemeanants and subjects of protection orders, under the bill individuals who do not meet those standards could seek permits from other states with more lenient standards.

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