The House of Representatives passed a bill that would make a state permit to carry a concealed firearm valid in almost every other state in the country.
Under the House legislation, people with a concealed carry permit in one state could carry a concealed weapon in every other state that gives people the right to carry concealed weapons. While states have various standards for issuing such permits, currently only Illinois and the District of Columbia prohibit the concealed carrying of weapons.
“The Second Amendment is a fundamental right to bear arms that should not be constrained by state boundary lines,” said GOP Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.
Hmmmm…. I am conflicted. On one hand, I am all for it. I have a permit to carry in Iowa but a person barely needs to carry in Iowa. I need to carry when I travel. This would make that a hell of a lot easier.
On the other hand, I have a hard time getting on board with federal legislation that forces states to comply with police laws against their will. I don’t like it when the feds do it with health care and I think this isn’t all that different. These policies should be determined at the state level. A gun law that works fine in Montana may need some tweaks in Maryland.
More here where the AP manages to work in mention of Gabrielle Giffords in the second sentence.