Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Should Concealed Weapons Permit Holders Be Allowed To Carry Guns Across State Lines?
My driver's license was issued by the state of New Jersey but it is recognized by the 49 other states so I don't need a separate license for each state I visit. Which is a good thing because, if that were required, there'd be virtually no interstate travel in the United States.
Now, a U.S. Senate measure would extend those same benefits to holders of concealed weapons permits. The measure is mainly aimed at protecting truck drivers who typically carry large amounts of cash on them as they travel the highways of America. If a trucker based in Tennessee qualifies, for example, for a concealed weapons permit there, why can't he carry his gun for protection while hauling a load to Iowa?
Gun control advocates oppose the proposal. They argue, if one state has liberal gun permit laws, that's fine for that state, but don't put the rest of us in danger by flooding our state with guns.
But presumably there are standards in each state for the issuing of permits - and those who receive them are deemed qualified and stable enough to carry a gun.
A Senate vote on the bill is expected today.
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