Lugar on National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act

The proposed┬áConstitutional Carry Reciprocity is a little different than the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act in that it takes into account and makes provisions for reciprocity with “Constitutional Carry” states like Vermont (not exactly of hot bed of rabid conservatism mind you) which requires no special permit for non-Felon citizens to carry a concealed firearm.

In supporting the Constitutional Carry Reciprocity over the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act I went through the usual channels to send Senator Lugar my thoughts and asking him to support this legislation.

Leave it to technology to give me a glimpse into the Lugar office, earlier this morning I received the following email:

Thank you for sharing with me your opposition to the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act, legislation which would require all states to honor concealed-carry permits issued in another state.

I share your concerns about this proposal, and voted against similar legislation during consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010. I believe that state and local officials should be afforded the ability to determine proper concealed-carry laws and regulations, including whether or not to honor permits issued in other states. As the Senate considers this legislation and other proposals that would amend our gun laws, I will have your concerns in mind.

Needless to say this caused me some concern seeing as I’d written the good Senator in support of this type of legislation rather than in opposition to Concealed Carry itself. But I didn’t have to wait long before I understood what was going on as I received this email a bit later:

Due to a miscue in our computer mail system, I believe you may have received an erroneous reply to your recent communication to Senator Lugar regarding your support for concealed carry reciprocity legislation.

I have corrected this mistake in Senator Lugar’s computer records and you should receive the corrected response shortly. I apologize for any inconvenience this has caused you, and I encourage you to continue to share your views with Senator Lugar.

Followed a couple of minutes later by

Thank you for sharing with me your support for legislation that would require states to honor concealed carry permits issued by other states. These proposals are currently awaiting further consideration in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Congress has passed similar reciprocity provisions for law enforcement officers. The Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2003 was passed into law and signed by President Bush in 2004. This measure exempts qualified current and former law enforcement officers from state laws prohibiting the carrying of concealed firearms. I was a co-sponsor of this legislation.

I share your support for the Second Amendment rights of Americans to lawfully own, carry, and use firearms. As consideration of this legislation moves forward in the Judiciary Committee, I will have your thoughts in mind.

I’m not going to dive too deeply into comparing the statements since I’m expressing my preference between 2 competing Carry Reciprocity pieces of legislation… Suffice it to say I’m not counting on Lugar’s support for either which I’m sure, should they lose this round, soon to be Senator Mourdock will support on the next go round…

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