Response to McCabe’s call for readers to support H.R. 822, the National Concealed Carry Bill:
1. I think the NRA was wrong on this bill and you should not have supported them. See below:
Republican Congressman Justin Amash (MI-03) fought back against the institutional gun lobby for its support of H.R. 822: “It’s remarkably bold of the National Rifle Association to send out false and misleading messages regarding H R 822, an unconstitutional bill that improperly applies the Commerce Clause to concealed carry licensing. I would support legislation that gets the federal government out of the way of states that want to recognize other states’ concealed carry permits. In contrast, H R 822 will hurt gun rights by conceding broad new authority to the federal government to override state sovereignty.
Gun rights advocates have fought hard to prevent liberal abuse of the Commerce Clause that would restrict gun rights… I am disappointed that the NRA has decided to put its own interests ahead of the interests of gun owners. Fortunately, many other gun rights groups rightly oppose H R 822.”
I hope that you watch what the Senate does with this bill. All gun owners will be in a database of the Federal Government. Just another control over gun owners.
2. In response to your support of HR 822. I believe you are naive to think that we should turn concealed weapons information and regulation over to the Federal government. You need to look at the gun control aspect and who wrote and sponsored this misguided bill. Your comment of being “not perfect” should be replaced with “not necessary.” he states should retain the rights to control and regulate carry permits in light of the “Fast and Furious” debacle and mishandling of nearly all operations under Eric Holders command. I see your support of this bill as equally irresponsible and frankly makes me question your agenda. Please exclude me from future mailings…. denis
3. Mr. McCabe ,
I truly respect your opinions and efforts on protection of the 2nd Amendment. However, I believe that HR 822 is nothing more than the preverbal foot-in-the-door to more gun legislation and erosion of the 2nd Amendment in the future. If we give the Federal Government any additional jurisdiction over our rights, than is already granted and guaranteed in the Constitution, this will only turn into additional legislation or simply out-in-out violations against law abiding citizens that own, or want to own, firearms. My point is any legislation simply needs to protect and enforce the Constitution. If we are looking for legislation to further guarantee the Second Amendment that would be simple to draft up-
“ALL STATES AND GOVERNMENTS LOCATED WITH IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WILL NOT, CAN NOT, AND SHALL NOT INTERFERRE WITH ANY LEGAL U.S. CITIZENS RIGHT TO FOLLOW, EXPRESS, OR IMPLEMENT THEIR SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS TO BARE ARMS. ANY STATE, CITY, MUNICIPALITY, GOVERNMENT, ORGANIZATION, OR PERSONS LOCATED WITHIN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WHICH ENCROAHES, DENIES, OR INTERFERRES WITH A U.S. CITIZENS SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHT TO BARE ARMS IS SUBJECT TO DISSOLUTION AND ALL MEANS OF LEGAL PROSECUTION. ”
I would also recommend adding language that clarify legal citizen as a non-felon, and any use of firearms to commit or perpetuate a crime as being unlawful and punishable by death. You get my point…
I understand the premise of HR 822, it’s the attachments or implied jurisdictions that can be expanded upon, that have made it dangerous. Like allowing any Government lists of permit holders in any State or City. This sets up future ability to disarm our armed citizenry by the Federal, State, or City Governments…plus additional controls to stop gun ownership in the future…we just need to follow the 2nd Amendment- The Right to Bear Arms by all legal US Citizens, with the exception of convicted felons and those that use them in the action of a crime.
When you support more interference on our Rights, by any government action or dictate, it only leads to more dilution via additional legislation thusly eroding the average American’s ability to fully realize our protections and guarantees as a US Citizen.
4. I cannot support this bill. Just don’t understand how, after all these years of opposing gun registration that the NRA can support national gun OWNER registration….and that’s exactly what it is.–Martin