Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Senate Gun Bill

Senate Rejects Republican Bid to Loosen Weapon Laws

Bloomberg — The U.S. Senate defeated a Republican bid to expand gun ownership rights by letting people carry concealed weapons across state lines.
The Senate voted 58-39 for the proposal by John Thune, a South Dakota Republican, two votes short of the 60 needed. It would have allowed truck drivers, salespeople and anyone else permitted to carry concealed weapons to take them into any of the 48 states that allow hidden firearms.
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Democrats Defeat Concealed Weapons Amendment

Washington Post — By the narrowest of margins, the Senate's liberal bloc of Democrats defeated an amendment that would have allowed gun owners to carry their weapons across state lines without regard for stricter laws in many jurisdictions, giving preference to states with looser standards.
In a 58-39 vote, supporters of the looser gun law -- including all but two Republicans and 20 Democrats -- fell two votes short of the 60 they needed under Senate rules to approve the measure. The amendment, sponsored by Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), showed the bitter divisions among a Democratic caucus that now holds 60 seats, many of whom got to the Senate by winning in conservative states as they proudly supported gun rights. It also divided the party's leadership, as Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.), campaigning for re-election in 2010, sided with gun rights supporters. His top lieutenants, Sens. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) and Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), led the push against the measure.
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Senate vote on concealed weapons proves again there is no 2nd amendment right to own a gun

L.A. Examiner — The Senate by a 58-39 vote, defeated a bill that would have made concealed weapons permits in one state valid in other states. The bill needed 60 votes to pass.
But the fact that there was even a vote at all proves beyond a doubt that the 2nd amendment has nothing to do with an individual's right to own or carry a gun. A point I've been making for quite some time.
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