It’s hard to stand up for the 2nd Amendment in Congress when you don’t have a spine…
The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act is the biggest pro-gun legislation ever to be introduced into Congress. It would dismantle more than a century of anti-gun laws on the books in blue states and restore the Second Amendment’s right to bear arms to all law abiding Americans (including the 26% of the country not allowed to carry at all).
The bill was introduced 44-weeks ago. It took half a year, with the GOP trying to kill it on multiple occasions, but Paul Ryan finally caved and allowed a vote on the bill. It passed with a bipartisan majority.
Yet, Mitch McConnell hasn’t even scheduled a vote on it. In fact, he hasn’t even commented on the bill in the past year. Mitch doesn’t think it can pass and doesn’t want to try to push it through. He is perfectly content with letting this legislation die collecting dust on his desk.
Congress must pass a spending bill in the next week. We are launching a full assault demanding that Congress pass this bill, literally by any means necessary. Including the nuclear option!
Right now, a Florida woman named Donna Gracey is facing 10 years in prison for bringing her legally owned pistol into the State of New Jersey. She was pulled over for “tinted windows” and when the police officer saw she had a lawful permit to carry in the State of Florida, they decided to search her car. They found a handgun. Her permit allows her to legally carry a firearm in 37 states, except New Jersey doesn’t honor Florida’s permit. In fact, New Jersey doesn’t honor any other state’s concealed carry permit and won’t allow practically any of its own residents to carry. The result is that the 2nd Amendment doesn’t exist in New Jersey.
And it isn’t just New Jersey, either. 26% of all Americans live in states that believe they can reject concealed carry permits at any time, for any reason.
If the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act had been signed into law, Donna Gracey wouldn’t be facing felonies right now for exercising her Constitutional rights. Mitch McConnell’s inaction could literally send this woman to jail.
Enough is enough. We are calling on all Members of Congress — Congressmen and Senators alike — to pass this common sense bill by any means necessary. That includes bypassing Mitch McConnell with a discharge petition and, yes, that includes the nuclear option.
There are 51 Republican Senators. There are eight Democrat Senators up for re-election this year in pro-gun states that Trump won. The votes are there to pass this life-saving bill, but Mitch McConnell refuses to do what is necessary to get it passed.
Enough is enough!
Going nuclear would allow the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act to pass with just 51 votes in the Senate. That means that we wouldn’t even need a single Democrat vote to pass it. But if RINOs like McCain or Flake wanted to block it, there are more than enough vulnerable Democrats up for re-election this year in pro-gun states like Montana, North Dakota, West Virginia, or Missouri.
Now that Doug Jones has been sworn in as the next Senator for Alabama, it would take full Republican participation and then nine Democrats to pass it under the current rules.
But if Congress goes nuclear, we could pass it into law TODAY.
McConnell is literally stalling. It is up to us to make sure Congress understands that a right delayed is a right denied!