Gun Dean Calls for Passage This Week of H.R. 822

WASHINGTON, D.C. – “The House of Representatives this week should pass H.R. 822, the proposed National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011,” gun law expert John M. Snyder said here today.  He is the Gun Dean, according to Human Events.

“This bill, if enacted into law, would allow an individual with a permit to carry a concealed firearm issued by a state to carry in other states,” he explained.

“It’s an idea whose time has come,” Snyder added.  “Studies show that where CCW legislation is enacted, rates of violent crime take a precipitous downturn.  People with drivers’ licenses issued by a state can drive an automobile throughout the country.  There is no good reason for preventing people with state-issued CCW licenses from carrying concealed around the country.

“The opposition to this proposal comes on an ideological basis and not a factual one.  It’s time to overcome anti-gun die hard politicians and mainstream media personalities.  It’s time to enact this and other gun rights legislation into law.  It’s time to begin rolling back some of the anti-gun legislation enacted into law by Congress and some state legislatures over the last several decades.”

Snyder said, “The issue is coming to a head as public opinion surveys indicate support for unreasonably restrictive gun legislation has been declining over the last half-century or so.  Support for the individual Second Amendment civil right of law-abiding American citizens is at an all-time high.  So is the purchase of firearms and ammunition.

“The gun rights movement has been and continues to be on the rise.  The gun control movement is on the decline, even though it has had the support of much of the mainstream media over the last several decades.  This is true even though millions and perhaps billions have been spent to support it.  In this country, it’s a loser.  The United States is gun country.  It’s time for Congress to recognize this.”

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3 responses to “Gun Dean Calls for Passage This Week of H.R. 822

  1. I support a National Carry. I’m all for it. It’s a great idea. It’s good for permit holders traveling state-to-state. Why do I need to stop in Virginia to lock my sidearm in the trunk when going through Maryland? Or illinois? Hmmm. How about D.C.? I can’t carry in D.C. at all. That’s not a state.

    What concerns me is this:
    – Could the Federal Government also issue a national license revocation, or is that still legislated at the state/local level?
    – Could the Federal Government add additional legislative requirements in order to “legally” carry? Possibly.
    – Does this violate the 14th Amendment in requiring states to accept another states reciprocity? Probably not, because you still have to register locally to carry. Just like a driver’s license.
    – How about a National Declaration of Emergency Act? Not on the books yet, but could we be disarmed by the government like many European countries were in the 1940’s? Another “possibility.”

    Here’s what the NRA says:
    “H.R. 822 does not create a federal licensing or registration system; does not establish a minimum federal standard for the carry permit; does not involve the federal bureaucracy in setting standards for carry permit; and it does not destroy or discourage the adoption of permitless carry systems such as those in Arizona, Alaska, Vermont and Wyoming.”

    I don’t know. Call me a pessimist, but in the not so distant future I can see additional legislative caveats that would burden law abiding U.S. Citizens, that would make legal carry and firearm ownership more difficult. It’s always the case when the Fed gets involved. Just look at the current ownership and carry laws in Illinois and D.C., which make ownership almost impossible. Even in my neighboring state Maryland. The licensing government officials can revoke a permit because you don’t have a good and sufficient reason to carry. Sorry, protection of life is not a good reason.

    I say, “Molon labe.”

  2. I have my concealed carry license here in Texas. I also have my FFL.
    I am against this bill.
    This is a back door for the Feds to control Concealed Carry. Let them take and inch………………..
    The States are doing a great job. Keep Washington DC the hell out of it or we will find ourselves regretting this. It is a power grab.

  3. John Snyder congratulations in your efforts to pass H.R. 822 let’s hope it has similar success through the rest of the law making process.

    Unifying state boarders for concealed carry licensees is a great idea. I would also recommend that the Senate amend 49 U.S.C 46505 section (b) 1. as an amendment to H.R. 822 this because with the successful passage of H.R. 822 into law unintentional violations of 49 U.S.C 46505 section (b) 1. Will inadvertently occur.

    49 U.S.C 46505 section (b) 1. is a criminal offense for attempting to board an aircraft with a loaded firearm. A citizen can be charged with this federal felony by attempting to pass through a TSA checkpoint at any US airport. Since 911, this criminal charge has been on the rise and has targeted hardworking, honest, tax paying citizens with concealed carry licenses. Many CEOs to successful national corporations, celebrities, professional athletes and recently even a congressman became a victim to this charge. This usually happens to innocent and honest frequent flyers who run late to catch a flight and rushes to an airport and forgets a legal and licensed firearm in a briefcase or bag when attempting to clear a TSA check point.

    The aforementioned scenario has become such a costly burden to society and epidemic that the U.S. Department of Justice has issued its own policy to it’s litigators in the form of a “Public Protective Order” No. 9-63.161
    Prosecution Policy for Carrying Weapons or Explosives Aboard Aircraft (49 U.S.C. § 46505) which allows for no prosecution under 49 U.S.C 46505 section (b) 1 if the individual has a valid state conceal carry permit. See http://www.justice.gov/usao/eousa/foia_reading_room/usam/title9/63mcrm.htm#9-63.161. Unfortunately, this is only a DOJ policy and an aggressive US Attorney does not have to follow policy which leads to many other constitutional concerns such as selective prosecution and uneven application of the law and many more.

    In conclusion, in the passing of H.R. 822 into law a simultaneous amendment should be made to 49 U.S.C. § 46505 which makes it uniform and consistent with the Department of Justices’s own policies and Public Protective Orders.

    I write from a first hand bad experience. I have the following credentials, a state concealed carry permit, a class 1 ATF dealers license, a pilots license, a US Coast Guard captains license, I work for a defense and military contractor, previous security clearances, no criminal history and I pay a lot of federal income taxes.

    Joe Hollins
    202-607-1220

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