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By Chad D. Baus

Buckeye Firearms Foundation

Buckeye Firearms Foundation

Ohio --(Ammoland.com)-  The Associated Press reported recently that Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who once infamously admitted on national television that her goal is to get American gun owners to “turn them all in,” is trying to block votes on bills that would require a state to honor concealed gun permits from other states.

From the article:

The California Democrat wrote Majority Leader Harry Reid and Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, requesting that no votes be scheduled on two concealed weapons “reciprocity” bills. There was no immediate response from Reid, D-Nev., or Leahy, D-Vt., to the letter dated April 17.

…Feinstein wrote, “These dangerous bills … would undermine states’ rights by forcing nearly every state to accept the concealed carry permits issued by other states, even if the permit holder could not qualify for a permit in the state to which he is traveling.”

She said major law enforcement agencies opposed the legislation.

Feinstein said the bills present a special problem for women who are domestic violence victims.

“Imagine that a man who has been convicted of a domestic violence crime against a woman he had been dating seeks — and obtains — a permit to carry a concealed firearm from his state of residence,” she wrote. “Under the concealed carry reciprocity bills, he could legally travel across state lines and confront his former girlfriend …”

Leaving aside the fact that Feinstein’s voting record proves she cares nothing for state’s rights on other issues, this objection is laughable. If a person intends to commit a violent crime against another, it is ludicrous to think they would be deterred because of a law prohibiting travel across a state line.

Law enforcement officers, she added, could face potentially life-threatening situations. She said it often is impossible for an officer to determine if an out-of-state concealed carry permit furnished during a traffic stop is valid. She said most states do not enter permit information into the primary database used by officers when conducting a stop.

Even IF her claims about the database are true (and I doubt it), if the individual involved in a traffic stop is presenting no other signs of problems, the simple fact that they are exercising their Second Amendment rights doesn’t present any concerns whatsoever for officer safety.

For its part, the National Rifle Association told the AP it would not be deterred in efforts to pass reciprocity legislation.

“We have to work harder to get 60 votes, and we’re prepared to do that,” NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam said, referring to the number of senators needed to end a filibuster.

In 2009, former Ohio Senator George Voinovich (R) and another Republican, Dick Lugar, killed an attempt to bring this important issue to a vote in the Senate via an amendment to S.1290, the National Defense Authorization Act of 2010.

Chad D. Baus is the Buckeye Firearms Association Vice Chairman.

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Buckeye Firearms Association is a grassroots political action committee dedicated to defending and advancing the right of Ohio citizens to own and use firearms for all legal activities. Visit: www.buckeyefirearms.org

  • 2 User comments to “Feinstein Signals Attempt To Filibuster National Right To Carry Legislation”

    1. Inquisitor on June 3, 2012 at 12:12 PM said:

      Why do we have law-makers that either can’t understand law or just lie to make their point?

      H.R. 822, S. 2188 and S. 2213 all explicitly include the provision of Federal law, which declares the following classes of people are ineligible to possess, receive, ship, or transport firearms or ammunition, as a criteria for national concealed carry reciprocity:
      o Those convicted of crimes punishable by imprisonment for over one year, except state misdemeanors punishable by two years or less.
      o Fugitives from justice.
      o Unlawful users of certain depressant, narcotic, or stimulant drugs.
      o Those adjudicated as mental defectives or incompetents or those committed to any mental institution.
      o Illegal aliens.
      o Citizens who have renounced their citizenship.
      o Those persons dishonorably discharged from the Armed Forces.
      o Persons less than 18 years of age for the purchase of a shotgun or rifle.
      o Persons less than 21 years of age for the purchase of a firearm that is other than a shotgun or rifle.
      o Persons subject to a court order that restrains such persons from harassing, stalking, or threatening an intimate partner.
      o Persons convicted in any court of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.
      Persons under indictment for a crime punishable by imprisonment for more than one year are ineligible to receive, transport, or ship any firearm or ammunition. Under limited conditions, relief from disability may be obtained from the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, or through a pardon, expungement, restoration of rights, or setting aside of a conviction.

    2. Inquisitor on June 23, 2012 at 12:02 PM said:

      I think we should start calling her “Sen. Dianne [I had a CCW but don't want it any more so nobody can have one] Feinstein”

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