Call Of The Day: Oppose Overriding Restrictions On Concealed Carry

NOTE:  The House has passed HR 38 in early December of 2017.  It now awaits consideration in the Senate.

Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and his fellow Republicans have proposed the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, a pair of bills introduced to the House and the Senate.  These bills would require that citizens who are allowed to carry concealed weapons in their home states be allowed to carry their weapons in every other state.  Under this legislation, residents of states that do not require concealed carry permits could travel to any other state and carry their concealed weapon without any permit.  Law enforcement organizations, including the Law Enforcement Coalition for Common Sense, have opposed concealed carry reciprocity, noting that it would make it nearly impossible for police to confirm if a person with a concealed weapon is carrying the weapon legally.  Additionally, Senator Cornyn's law would allow gun owners to sue police for even attempting to verify the status of their permits, according to The Trace and Everytown for Gun Safety.

Thirty-nine states require gun safety training for any concealed carry permit applicant, at least 30 states ban convicted domestic abusers from having gun permits, and 28 states bar convicted stalkers from having permits.  Under the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, these popular common-sense gun control measures would be invalidated. Permitless concealed carry would become legal in every state.  Republicans claim to respect state-level legislation, yet this is a blatant attempt to use federal law to contravene states' gun control measures.

Who To Call:  Senators Kennedy and Cassidy

Senator Bill Cassidy: DC Office: 202-224-5824; Metairie office: 504-838-0130; Monroe: 318-324-2111; Lake Charles 337-493-5398; Alexandria: 318-448-7176
 
Senator John Kennedy: DC office: 202-224-4623; New Orleans: 504-581-6190; Lafayette: (337) 269-5980; Monroe: (318) 361-1489; Alexandria: (318) 445-2892; Baton Rouge: (225) 926-8033; Shreveport: (318) 670-5192.

Sample Script:

Hi, my name is [Your Name] and I'm an active voter from New Orleans, ZIP Code 70118 [or wherever you're from].

I'm calling to express my opposition to HR. 38, the concealed carry bill passed by the House, and ask that the senator not let it be attached it to any other gun-related bill.  This legislation would invalidate state-level concealed carry restrictions and make it difficult for law enforcement to verify whether a weapon is legally carried.  

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This call is adapted from 5Calls.org.