This is an FYI about an amendment that has been put forward by Senator David Vitter (R-LA), It concerns our right to carry concealed handguns outside of our home states and is a good amendment that needs a push from us. This amendment points to Article lV, (4) Sec. 1 of the Constitution which is about Full Faith and Credit, which reads: (“Full Faith and Credit shall be given in each state to the public acts, records, judicial proceedings of every other state, and Congress may by general laws prescribe the manner in which such acts, records, and proceedings shall be proved, and the effect thereof.”)
I have posted two articles talking about Article lV Sec.1. (It is Already Black and White, 2002)-posted here on 4-15-2009, and also, (Reciprocatory Law, To Recognize from State to State) posted here on 9-30-2009. If you would like to look them up.
Vitters amendment would do nothing more than force states that already allow for concealed carry to recognize all permits from every other state that already allows concealed carry. It would not try to change any laws of other states, just make them adhere to Article lV Sec.1 of the Constitution. It would mean you could legally carry anywhere any state allows concealed carry, as it should be.
I feel that this is kind of redundant/silly, since it is already spelled out plainly in our Constitution, but go with the flow I guess. If you want to put a boot to the backside of your servant Senator to approve this amendment, the numbers to reach into their ‘ivory towers’ are as follows: 202-224-3121 or toll free at 1-800-762-8762
It is an election year, every incumbent will be worried about keeping their cozy throne of power, so they just might listen. But I hope that we will then toss the irresponsible bums out on their ears anyway, they are far to phony now to keep.
Also under Article lV sec.2 Clause 1 Privileges and Immunities states:( “The citizens of each state shall be entitled to all Privileges and Immunities of citizens in the several states”) What is there not to understand here? It says to me clearly that our rights under citizenship in the United States does not begin and end in any state wherein we may live. Mark Shean, written 5-21-2010