Yesterday evening, the entire DC Circuit Court of Appeals issued a groundbreaking announcement: they would not intervene to save Washington DC’s unconstitutional concealed carry restrictions.
Basically, in order to get a concealed carry permit in DC, you used to need to prove to the Police Chief that you had a “good reason” to carry. Other liberal states have similar provisions. In New Jersey, it is called “justifiable need.” In California, it’s “good cause.”
This past summer, a three-judge panel for the DC Court of Appeals declared that this sort of may-issue permitting scheme is completely unconstitutional. Cities and states can’t just force Americans to prove why they need to exercise a right. The DC City Council asked the full Appeals Court to overrule the three-judge panel’s decision and Washington DC’s request was rejected.
On the one hand, this is excellent news. It reaffirms that Americans have a right to carry. However, this is also incredibly dangerous because if it is appealed to the Supreme Court, there is no telling how Justice Anthony Kennedy will vote. He could vote with the four liberal Justices and dismantle the 2nd Amendment entirely. Or if the DC Attorney General chooses not to appeal, this ruling then cannot be applied to the rest of the country. That would mean that nearly a quarter of all Americans would remain under states that violate their 2nd Amendment rights.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. We don’t have to leave it up to unelected men and women in black robes to decide our fate. Congress has the authority and a piece of already-introduced legislation that would make concealed carry legal nationwide, regardless of what any court says!
Yesterday, during a news conference, Nancy Pelosi was asked about what she was going to do to block the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. This is legislation that would allow every law-abiding American to carry a gun nationwide, not just in their home state.
As soon as she realized the question was about guns, Pelosi sighed, “Oh God…” She then proceeded to mumble and stutter her way through an incoherent answer.
You see, Nancy Pelosi knows that we are picking up momentum.
Right now, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act has 213 Congressmen on board. That is just five away from having enough to pass.
This legislation is very simple. If you have a concealed carry permit in one state, you can use it to carry in every state. If you live in a permitless or constitutional carry state – where you can carry a concealed weapon without a permit – you can do the same nationwide.
And if you live in a state like New Jersey or California and cannot convince your state to let you carry a firearm in public, you can apply for a non-resident permit from Florida, for example, and use that to carry nationwide. That includes in your home state. That provision would essentially dismantle every concealed carry ban left in this country.
President Trump has promised to sign the bill into law when it reaches his desk and all of the GOP leadership has promised in the past to support the measure as well. Yet, it is being blocked in the House and Senate because Ryan and McConnell think it “isn’t the right time.”
Well, it has to be the right time. If Washington DC appeals this to the Supreme Court, then the future of concealed carry will be decided by Justice Anthony Kennedy, the swing vote. If he and the four liberals on the court hear the case and rule that there is no such thing as a right to carry, then the Second Amendment as we know it dies.
If this was our only option, we could risk it. But Congress has the ability to overrule the courts and make concealed carry legal nationwide.
It is just up to YOU to demand a vote on it!
When I first came onboard with Conservative Daily, I lived in New Jersey. So, I understand first-hand what it means to live in a state that violates its residents constitutional rights. When I went to school in Pennsylvania, I had to get a Utah concealed carry permit so I could carry there because my home state wouldn’t issue me one.
I’ve driven across country and been forced to stop in Gary, Indiana to disarm and lock my gun in the trunk of my car because even though I hold carry permits from multiple states, none of them are recognized in Illinois.
This nonsense has to end.
For the past five years, we have focused heavily on this issue and brought the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act from a conservative pipe dream to something that actually now has enough support to pass. But we still have one more roadblock to dismantle.
Paul Ryan is taking his sweet time on this. But with the DC Circuit’s ruling yesterday, we cannot afford to wait any longer. Earlier this year, the Supreme Court had the chance to take up Peruta v San Diego and restore the right to carry for all Americans. They chose to reject the case, leaving California’s unconstitutional carry ban in place. The Court has also refused to take up similar challenges from New Jersey, Maryland, and New York.
Until Anthony Kennedy retires, the Supreme Court cannot be trusted to restore our rights. No, it is time to take our fate into our own hands!
Shall not be infringed,