The NRA can’t be happy about this one. The Senate voted today to not allow American citizens the right to carry a concealed handgun across state lines, if they have a permit to do so in their own state. Our Texas senators, Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn, voted to defend the rights of gun owners I’m proud to say. The Houston Chronicle writes:
Texas Sen. John Cornyn, a co-sponsor of the proposal, blamed Senate Democrats and President Obama for the defeat. He said the proposal “would allow law-abiding” citizens with concealed-weapons permits “to protect themselves while traveling to other states.”
“I’m disappointed with this move and certainly hope it is not a sign of things to come,” Cornyn said. “The Second Amendment guarantees law-abiding citizens the fundamental right to bear arms, and Congress should be working to defend, not weaken, these constitutional rights.”
Key defectors were Republican Sens. Richard Lugar (Ind.) and George Voinovich (Ohio). Seems a little odd to me, since those are pretty strong NRA states, based on deer hunting alone. Formerly NRA-backed Democrats who voted against it include Sens. Arlen Specter (Pa.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.). The Democrats are facing loose cannon liberals in upcoming primary battles.
It’s a shame that responsible Texans who live near border states aren’t able to have their Second Amendment rights protected. I’m just glad that I live in a state where both senators obvioulsy “get it.”
I’ve checked, and I see no word yet on the guys over at “A Keyboard and a .45“–a Texas-based blog that addresses gun owner rights. I’ll keep you posted if I see anything.
We can’t exactly say this is shocking though. The NRA knew what was coming when Obama got elected.