A new gun rights bill was voted down in the Senate today, defeating a proposed law to allow people to carry concealed weapons valid in one state to another state.
The measure needed 60 votes to passed, but it fell short 2 votes.
Many opponents of the bill said their big concern was that people who received permits in states with lax gun laws could carry them into states with strict gun laws, which could in turn make all states’ gun laws less strict.
But supporters said people who have concealed weapons permits, like “truckers and others,” should be able to carry their guns into other states to protect themselves.
Today’s decision surprised some, because gun rights groups have had a strong record in Congress recently, which the National Rifle Association’s chief lobbyist touched on: “We believe it’s time for Congress to acknowledge these changes and respect the right of self-defense, and the right of self-defense does not stop at state lines.”
But the legislative director at the Violence Policy Center, claims the bill could have been deadly, citing a Violence Policy Center study that said concealed handgun permit holders killed at least seven police officers and 44 people in the last two years and adding “It is beyond irrational for Congress to vote to expand the reach of these deadly laws.”
So what do you think – should people be allowed to buy and register a gun in one state, and carry it, concealed, to another? Or should they have to register their gun and go by individual state laws if they are crossing state lines?
Guns are still the second leading cause of death for Americans under 19. If you want to do something about gun control, write your elected officials about gun laws or see what else you can do about gun control.