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NRA backed bill would strip states right to legislate guns

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Mayors Against Illegal Guns has a problem with proposed federal legislation, backed by the NRA that would eliminate enforcement of local and state concealed weapon laws against visitors with guns.

States' rights over federal preemption of those rights is a large part of the argument of those that want to curb abortions and implementation of the Affordable Healthcare Reform for America Act, but when it comes to gun rights the positions change.

The NRA is staunchly behind and lobbying for passage of what is called the National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, H.R. 822. The U.S. House of Representatives is about to hold hearings on the bill that would eliminate every state’s right to set minimum standards for carrying a loaded, concealed firearm within its borders.

Currently, a gun owner from a state in which it is perfectly legal to carry a concealed, loaded weapon, would be in violation of another state's laws that precludes that right. H.R. 822 would change that.

The NRA chief lobbyist Chris Cox, recently stated his organization's position on the legislation in a pre-Labor Day interview with the Daily Caller.

"This Labor Day weekend, many families will pack up the car for one last road trip to the beach, lake or park before summer ends. Unfortunately, many of them will have to check their right to self-defense at the state border. Thankfully, there is legislation making its way through Congress that would fix this."

Nationalizing gun permits is the end game of the legislation which flies in the face of the principle at the heart of the states' rights argument.

Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a bi-partisan organization created by the mayors of New York and Boston, has begun a new initiative entitled "Our Lives Our Laws" and is seeking support from communities throughout the United States.

Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of N.Y.C. is the public face of the Mayors organization which includes mayors from more than 600 cities and towns across the country. It gained steam after the tragic shooting of Rep. Gabby Gifford in Tucson, Arizona early in 2011.

In regard to H.R. 822, Bloomberg has sent an email blast to ask Americans for help in opposing the bill, by sending emails to their members of Congress registering their opinion. The mayor believes that if the legislation is passed he would lose the right to protect the people of his city in a way that makes sense based on local factors, including the crime rate.

All major cities in the country deal with crimes committed with guns and Bloomberg's city had more than most. His public call to incarcerate NFL wide receiver Plaxico Burress after he violated N.Y.C's loaded weapon law was his way of gaining the attention of gun owners who might not know how strict the city's law is enforced.

With the creation of Our Lives Our Laws, Bloomberg wants to call attention to what the proposed federal legislation would accomplish, by concentrating on the types of individuals that would be carrying concealed and loaded weapons.

"Domestic abusers, drug addicts, stalkers, people with violent arrest records and even people with absolutely no training who have never held a gun before could be granted a concealed gun permit in another state, and your state would have to honor it -- no matter what."

The online petition drive is designed to counter the lobbying efforts of the well funded NRA lobbyists who have had their way for almost 20 years. That is how long it has been since Congress had the votes to pass gun control legislation.

The initiative to oppose H.R. 822 can be found here, for those interested to learn more or to take part in the petition drive.

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Submitted by Inquisitor (not verified) on
President Barack Obama, in fact, says his biggest concern is no longer a grand orchestrated attack. He told an interviewer just ahead of the 10th anniversary that he worries of a "lone wolf terrorist." "When you've got one person who is deranged or driven by a hateful ideology, they can do a lot of damage," the president said. He promised the U.S. will not drop its guard. I am a retired military officer, Vietnam vet, have a concealed weapons permit and (if it is legal) often armed. Who do you want standing next to you if the next “lone wolf” terrorist strikes; me or New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (WITHOUT HIS SECURITY DETAIL)?

Submitted by Inquisitor (not verified) on
I have started an online petition supporting H.R. 822: "We, the undersigned, request our elected representatives to cosponsor H.R.822, National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011 and vote affirmatively for this bill when it comes up for a vote. There are clear and undeniable U.S. Constitutional provisions that support this measure. Recent Supreme Court decisions have affirmed individual rights under Amendment II of the U.S. Constitution. In addition, this bill is required for the Federal Government to fulfill its constitutional obligation, on this matter, under Section 5, Amendment XIV." If you want to see the discussion and, then if you agree, sign the petition, copy and paste the following into your browser: signon.org/sign/each-state-to-honor-all?source=c.fwd.in&r_by=513497

Submitted by Inquisitor (not verified) on
“ . . . THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS, SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED” “shall not be infringed” does not give (or reserve to) the States the power to infringe; instead it specifically DENIES the Federal Government AND the States that power. The RIGHT to “keep and bear arms” belongs to (and is reserved by) the people.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
The NRA-ILA post is correct. If you take the time to actually read the bill you will see that these points are all valid. However, nobody seems to take the time to read the proposed legislation and they just read the twisted 'translations' of those who oppose and in other cases those who support the bills.

Submitted by Inquisitor (not verified) on
I am seeing posts on a very large number of websites and forums suggesting that H.R. 822 is a Trojan Horse. If you Google “H.R. 822 Trojan Horse” you will get 51,900 results. Surprisingly these posts all have strange similarities and if you read them carefully, you will see that they all come from the same source. These postings all have the same false and misleading statements. With all the false information and dirty tricks being done by the anti-gun lobby, I believe that these Trojan Horse postings are a false flag blitz by the anti-gun groups as a ploy to get gun owners to lobby against H.R. 822. Don't let them fool you! For my part, I am going to stick with the NRA on this one. I will continue to support passage and fight like hell against any changes to H.R. 822.

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