This January, the Supreme Court was set to hear a major gun rights case out of New York. You see, New York City has a law prohibiting gun owners from transporting their guns practically anywhere. Unless you have a concealed carry permit, it was against the law for NYC gun owners to bring their firearms anywhere — even if they were going out of state.
A gun rights group sued the city, arguing that this was flagrantly unconstitutional. How can the 2nd Amendment protect a right to bear (carry) firearms if the biggest city in the country is allowed to ban anyone from transporting a gun anywhere?
As soon as the Supreme Court announced they were taking the case, Democrats started to panic. They knew that this case could be the vehicle the Supreme Court could use to throwout carry bans nationwide. A quarter of all Americans currently live in states that prohibit concealed carry.
The Democrat Party put maximum pressure on the City of New York and demanded that they change their law to head-off the Supreme Court challenge. If the City Council could change their law, they could render the case moot and stop the Court from issuing a nationwide ruling.
That is exactly what happened two years ago in Washington DC. The Appeals Court ruled that the city's carry ban was unconstitutional. Instead of appealing to the Supreme Court, the city accepted the Appeals Court's ruling to protect other states from having their carry bans overturned.
That is exactly what the New York City Council is trying to do. They just changed their laws to allow gun owners to transport their firearms to a handful of "approved" places, such as a 2nd home, out of state, or a gun range. By changing the statute, the Supreme Court case is now technically moot since the law being challenged doesn't exist anymore.
The left is celebrating. They think they just blocked nationwide concealed carry once again.
The 2nd Amendment to the United States Constitution declares that all individuals have a God-given right to bear arms. The Supreme Court defines "bear" as "carry."
And yet, 25% of Americans are not allowed to carry in their home states and close to a dozen states refuse to honor out-of-state carry permits. Huge swaths of the country have become gun free zones and every time a court case comes up to overturn these restrictions, the Left fights to stop the Supreme Court from weighing in.
Luckily, a handful of Republicans are fighting back. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), along with 36 other Senate Republicans, just re-introduced the Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (S.69).
The concept is simple: if you have a resident concealed carry permit, that permit would automatically be valid in all 50 states. Right now, it is up to states to decide which out-of-state carry permits they honor. Not surprisingly, the most liberal states in the country refuse to honor ANY non-resident permits. It is currently impossible for any civilian to carry a gun in all fifty states.
The idea is if New York was forced to honor every concealed carry permit in the country, they wouldn't be able to maintain their carry ban.
In 2013, Sen. Cornyn was able to get 13 Democrats to support this common-sense bill. With today's balance of power, we only need seven Democrats.
The Supreme Court isn't going to save us. You MUST force Congress to act!
The Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act isn't perfect. But we can't allow perfection to be the enemy of good.
This bill respects the rights of states while reaffirming the 14th Amendment's promise that Congress would intervene anytime states violate the liberties of citizens.
The Supreme Court has already ruled that the 2nd Amendment protects a right to carry firearms. Once again, it is up to Republicans to force Democrat States to respect Americans' civil rights…
Cornyn is making a push to force a vote on the bill, but he needs your help right now!
Don't let the GOP stall any more!
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