Gun Safety: Small Victory
Aside from overruling the bipartisan compromise plan on background checks for would-be gun owners, U.S. Senators voted against an amendment that would have given gun owners the right to carry concealed weapons across state lines.
The amendment was drawn up by Republican Senator John Cornyn of Texas, who announced it last week as hos offer of “National Conceal-Carry Reciprocity Legislation”.
According to a press release from his office, the amendment would “guarantee the rights of gun owners to carry concealed weapons across state lines and within other states that also have conceal-carry laws.” It would also have extended concealed carry laws across state lines, without forcing owners to obtain a permit in the other state.
The Senate failed to pass the conceal-carry amendment 57-43. The background check legislation failed with a 54-46 vote. Last week, the Senators also turned down five other amendments, that would ban assault weapons, increase funding for criminal prosecution, make gun trafficking a federal crime, expand veterans’ gun rights, and ban high-capacity magazines.
The amendment that passed was the one to protect gun owners’ privacy, as well as mental health funding to improve services in schools and suicide prevention programs.
Each amendment mentioned had to pass the 60-vote threshold.