NRA Calls for Universal Concealed Carry Law at Annual Meeting
It looks like the NRA is gearing up to push some pro-gun legislation rather than playing defense.
At it’s annual meeting, the National Rifle Association is making the case for a nationally recognized carry permit.
From ABC News,
The nation’s largest gun-rights group, which officially opens its meeting of about 70,000 people Friday in Indianapolis, wants Congress to require that concealed weapons permits issued in one state be recognized everywhere, even when the local requirements differ. Advocates say the effort would eliminate a patchwork of state-specific regulations that lead to carriers unwittingly violating the law when traveling.
“Right now it takes some legal research to find out where you are or are not legal depending on where you are,” said Guy Relford, an attorney who has sued communities for violating an Indiana law that bars local gun regulation. “I don’t think that’s right.”
Opponents fear the measure would allow more lenient gun regulations to trump stricter ones when permit holders travel across state lines.
“It’s a race to the bottom,” said Brian Malte, senior national policy director for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. “It’s taking the lowest standards.”
Personally, I’m a little torn on this. I would definitely like to be able to carry in more states, but I’m also hesitant to let the federal government have any hand in regulating carry. Just as anti-gunners are concerned states with good gun laws would influence states with bad gun laws, I’m afraid of the opposite.
I guess we’ll have to see what kind of legislation gets authored due to this.