By John M. Snyder
The right to carry a concealed firearm around the country is a prime political issue.
Congress should take immediate definitive action on this matter.
Nearly 80 percent of America’s top cops as well as over half the U.S. Representatives favor such a bipartisan initiative.
Consider the 2011 poll of United States chiefs of police and sheriffs conducted by the National Association of Chiefs of Police (NACOP).
In the postal survey, 79 percent said general recognition throughout the nation of CCW permits issued by a state, in the way drivers’ licenses are recognized throughout the country, would facilitate the violent crime-fighting potential of the professional law enforcement community.
Over 230 Republican and Democrat Members of Congress now cosponsor H.R. 822, the proposed National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011.
H.R. 822 would allow any person with a state-issued permit to carry a concealed firearm to carry concealed in any state that issues permits to carry concealed, or that does not prohibit such carrying for lawful purposes.
The gun lobby is on the march. It’s really a people’s lobby. One-hundred million Americans own over 200 million rifles, shotguns and handguns. Americans purchase millions of firearms and probably billions of rounds of ammunition each year. The United States is gun country. It’s time for anti-gun politicians, media personalities, and government bureaucrats to get lost.