Thursday, November 17, 2011

Concealed Agenda

Gail Collins notes that the House has passed a bill sponsored by the NRA that would require states with strict gun regulations to honor concealed carry permits from other states.

Here’s an example of the way the House plan would work. California has very strict limits on who can get a permit to carry a concealed weapon, involving extensive background checks by local law enforcement. Utah, on the other hand, is really mellow about the whole thing. You don’t even have to live there to get a Utah permit. Just ask the 215,000 non-Utah folks who’ve gotten one. And, in Florida, “it is so easy that a staffer in one of our offices was able to complete the form in less than 30 minutes,” said Representative Alcee Hastings, a Florida Democrat.

Under this bill, California’s strict rules on gun permits are now expanded to include anybody who drives into the state waving a Florida or Utah permission slip.

What’s interesting about this law is that it would seem to be a pretty flagrant violation of the idea of states’ rights, something very dear to the heart of conservatives. After all, that’s all they talk about when it comes to things they don’t like such as Roe v. Wade or voting rights; it’s the jack-boots of the guvamint forcing them to comply with them East Coast commie-pinko librul gun laws. These are the same folks who demanded and passed the Defense of Marriage Act, which basically says the several states do not have to honor the laws of other states when it comes to recognizing marriage. So how is it different when it comes to concealed weapons laws?

I saw a tweet on Facebook last night from someone in Connecticut, where same-sex marriage is legal: “I’ll abide with Texas’s concealed gun laws when Texas abides with Connecticut’s marriages laws.” Nice shot.