Elder Patriot – Congressional Republicans would like gun owners to believe that they scored a major Second Amendment victory by passing a bill that legalizes national reciprocity for those holding concealed carry permits.
Take a second look.
The bill passed with less votes than the number of seats Republicans hold in the Congress.
Also, the bill only had the support of 24 of the attorney generals countrywide despite major backing by the NRA.
Republicans like Richard Hudson ran to the microphones to hail this as a major step for Second Amendment supporters:
“For the millions of law-abiding citizens who lawfully carry concealed to protect themselves, for conservatives who want to strengthen our Second Amendment rights, and for the overwhelming majority of Americans who support concealed carry reciprocity, Christmas came early.”
Oh, if only Republicans would deliver on that Christmas present but there is virtually no chance the Senate will play along. Instead House Republicans have teased us with a picture of the present that they know will never be delivered.
The bill faces a certain death in the Senate without the addition of major concessions to the anti-gun crowd that more than likely would make the bill unpalatable to defenders of gun rights.
Candidate Trump promised a national reciprocity law when he was running for president. The House is attempting to deliver on Trump’s promise but there are 48 Democrat no votes waiting to filibuster the bill in the upper chamber so that it never comes to a vote, at least not in any form that would be acceptable.
The House did what it had to do but this legislation will go the way of Obamacare repeal until the Republicans occupy at least eight more seats in the Senate to give them a filibuster proof majority.
Even then how many defectors would vote to torpedo anything President Trump supports?