Senate fails to pass concealed carry amendment

| 7/22/2009

Falling short by two votes, the amendment seeking to allow concealed carry permit holders to carry in all concealed carry permit states was rejected in the Senate Wednesday, July 22.

While Senators voted 58-39 in favor of the amendment offered by Sen. John Thune, R-ND, it needed 60 votes to be rolled into the National Defense Authorization Act. His amendment sought to give gun owners with legal concealed carry permits the ability to carry concealed firearms in any state with a concealed carry permit law.

While Thune’s proposed amendment was shot down, he still has a stand-alone bill.

Thune’s efforts to bring states together on concealed carry permits began when, in late April, he introduced a stand-alone bill: “Respecting States Rights and Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2009.”

The bill seeks to allow “citizens who have concealed carry permits from the state in which they reside to carry concealed firearms in another state that grants concealed carry permits, if the individual complies with the laws of the state.”

According to S845, “the bill does not establish national standards for concealed carry, nor does it provide for a national carry permit.”

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has been supportive of Thune’s efforts from the get-go.

OOIDA President and CEO Jim Johnston sent a letter to Thune in support of his efforts in early June.

“Every day the nationwide shortage of safe and secure truck parking threatens the well being of Americans who make their living behind the wheel of commercial motor vehicles,” Johnston wrote. “Drivers who are forced to park in unsafe, unsecure areas are vulnerable to individuals seeking to do them harm, rob them of their possessions and steal the freight they are hauling.”

The stand-alone bill currently has 24 co-sponsors and is pending in the Senate Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs.

– By Jami Jones, senior editor