The U.S. House of Representatives voted 272-154 in favor of H.R. 822, the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act, on Thursday in Washington, D.C.
The bill, introduced by Representatives Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) and Heath Shuler (D-N.C.), allows any U.S. citizen with a valid concealed firearms permit to carry a concealed firearm in states that allow concealed carry, or states that do not prohibit concealed carry for lawful purposes.
The Supreme Court of the United States has decided that the Second Amendment to the Constitution means that individual Americans have a right to bear arms in 2010.
Senator Thune (SD) sponsored a concealed carry reciprocity amendment in 2009. It received 58 votes, which was two votes shy of blocking a filibuster. There was bi-partisan support from several Senate Democrats, including Feingold (WI), Dorgan (ND), Bayh (IN), Pryor (AR) and Webb (VA). GOP Senators Lugar (IN) and Voinovich (OH) voted “nay”.
President Obama has not demonstrated any support for our 2ndAmendment rights, making a veto of any related legislation likely. This allows liberal Democrats in conservative states vote simply for re-election purposes to keep their party in control of the Senate. These legislators are not acting as leader representatives for their constituents. They are simply playing political games. The citizens of South Dakota deserve representatives that take active roles and are willing to fight for our 2nd Amendment rights.
They deserve principled leaders who will take concrete steps toward permanently securing these rights, not just for South Dakotans, but for the citizens of our country as well.
So it remains to be seen whether Johnson will work with Thune to build the coalition necessary to pass the Senate legislation with enough votes to override a Presidential veto. Or will he simply sit back and cast a safe vote to keep his party in power knowing the President will likely act contrary to the will of the people.
Is Senator Johnson truly “working” to protect our rights or to protect a seat in the Senate? Will he fight or simply cast a vote?