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Monday, December 5, 2016

AP: Gun-rights Backers Vow to Go on Offense During Trump Years

An Associated Press report was carried in several print news outlets over the weekend, picking up the theme of Wayne LaPierre's latest video posted shortly after the election.  In that video, LaPierre told viewers "Our time is now."

The AP story, this one from the San Antonio Express reported:
Firearms enthusiasts who embraced Donald Trump's campaign and his full-throated support of the Second Amendment are expecting a sweeping expansion of gun rights under his administration and a Congress firmly in Republican hands.
At the top of the list is concealed carry "National Reciprocity."  As they have done in the past, the anti-gun crowd says it would be ironic that Republicans who usually support "states rights" would trample them by forcing states to accepted concealed carry permits they did not issue:
In pursuing their agenda, the gun lobby and its GOP supporters could find themselves at odds with two other tenets of Republican orthodoxy: states' rights and local control.

"It would be ironic to see conservatives who long have professed a belief in states' rights override states' choices in this area," said Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the University of California Irvine School of Law.
Chemerinsky also told the AP that congress probably doesn't have the constitutional authority to order states to recognize concealed carry permits from elsewhere.  Yet, our drivers licenses are good from state to state, and concealed carry reciprocity is the same principle as requiring states to accept drivers licenses.

With the White House and both houses of Congress in pro-rights hands for at least the next two years, now is the time to push our agenda.  We don't know when we will have a better opportunity than this.

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